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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBV, ECOM, VZ, PETM, SLXP, AA, WFC, RAI, LO, SHPG, AMZNStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
Stocks finished the week lower as problems experienced by a Portuguese bank and a statement by the Fed worried investors. MACRO NEWS: The shares of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, plunged yesterday after its parent company reportedly missed a debt payment and was accused of accounting irregularities. The news triggered fresh fears about Europe's financial stability. However, Portugal's central bank today said that Banco Espirito's funds are undoubtedly secure... The Fed was concerned that investors may not be adequately factoring in uncertainty about the outlook for the economy and monetary policy, minutes of the central bank's last meeting indicated. The central bank also indicated that it would likely end the tapering of its asset purchases in October... On a positive note, fewer new jobless claims than expected were filed last week. Additionally, Chinese inflation for June came in slightly below expectations, leading to speculation that Beijing would be able to implement additional stimulus measures. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season kicked off, with Alcoa (AA) reporting stronger than expected results. Wells Fargo (WFC) became the first large bank to report results this earnings season. Its revenue surpassed expectations but its profits were in-line with the consensus estimate... In M&A news, AbbVie (ABBV) raised its takeover bid for U.K.-based Shire by 11% to over $51B in cash and stock. Another drug company, Salix (SLXP), announced that it would merge with its U.K.-based peer, Cosmo Technologies. The deal is expected to lower Salix's effective long-term tax rate from a high 30% level to a low 20% level. In the tobacco sector, Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... Longview Asset Management announced that it had obtained a 9% stake in pet supplies and services retailer PetSmart (PETM) and recommended that the retailer engage advisors for the purpose of exploring a potential sale and "other strategic alternatives," as had been suggested by another large investor in the stock, Jana Partners... Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company had added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth... Consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that Amazon's (AMZN) same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. INDEXES: This week, the Dow fell 0.73% to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq fell 1.57% to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 fell 0.9% to 1,967.51.
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August 19, 2014
13:15 EDTSLXPSalix options active after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:13 EDTSLXPAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTSLXPSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTSLXPAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
11:25 EDTVZHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
07:12 EDTECOMStephens to hold a plane trip
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07:12 EDTVZFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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07:02 EDTSLXPSalix announces early termination of HSR Waiting Period for Cosmo transaction
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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August 18, 2014
18:33 EDTVZSprint introduces Sprint Family Share Pack data plan, doubles high-speed data
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17:18 EDTSLXPVisium Asset Management reports 4.9 % passive stake in Salix
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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11:41 EDTSLXPCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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11:30 EDTPETMJANA says anonymous package shows PetSmart missing targets
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10:46 EDTPETMJANA discloses receipt of anonymous PetSmart presentation
JANA Partners disclosed that on August 14, it received in the mail an anonymous, unsolicited package containing a presentation prepared by PetSmart, setting forth certain business plans relating to improving third and fourth quarter results and a cover letter noting that the company "has missed internal projections and criticizing the Issuer’s actions including those described in the Presentation as not being in the long-term best interests of shareholders." JANA believes that in the interest of full disclosure such materials should be shared with all shareholders. However, given that certain portions of such materials may be deemed to be competitively sensitive, on August 18, it sent a copy of such materials to PetSmart, together with a letter asking the company to "promptly release such materials after redacting any such competitively sensitive information." JANA says it does not have any knowledge regarding who may have sent this material, and has not independently verified the authenticity of any statements made therein.
09:35 EDTWFC, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:47 EDTVZRaymond James to hold a summit
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07:57 EDTSHPGCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
07:10 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor has reached attractive entry point, says Stifel
After meeting with ChannelAdvisor's CFO, Stifel says that the CFO reiterated that the fundamentals of its business model remain strong. The firm continues to be upbeat about the company's growth outlook and predicts that it can sustain 25%+ revenue growth and show leverage over time. Stifel keeps a $30 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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