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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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October 17, 2014
05:55 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; ABBV CSX
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October 16, 2014
16:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo commercial banking veteran in Florida Howard Halle to retire
Wells Fargo head of Commercial Banking in Florida, Howard Halle, will retire at year-end. A search for Halle’s successor is underway and is expected to be announced in early November.
16:29 EDTABBV, SHPGShire price target lowered to $198 from $278 at Leerink
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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15:10 EDTSLXP, ABBVAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
14:42 EDTAMZNeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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14:09 EDTWFCApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
12:11 EDTAMZNeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
12:04 EDTABBVStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
10:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks below $300, levels to watch
Shares have broken psychologically important support at $300, last at $299.59. At that price, next support is at $296.76. Resistance is at $305.01.
10:01 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:58 EDTABBVAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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08:52 EDTSHPG, ABBVAbbVie price target lowered to $59 from $71 at BMO Capital
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08:06 EDTAMZNAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.
06:17 EDTABBV, SHPGJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
05:50 EDTSHPGStocks with implied volatility movement; SHPG SIRI
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05:37 EDTSHPG, ABBVShire releases statement regarding AbbVie withdrawal of recommendation
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05:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to add 80,000 seasonal jobs
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05:21 EDTSHPG, ABBVAbbVie recommends holders vote against Shire transaction
Following Shire's (SHPG) waiver of the three-day notice period, AbbVie (ABBV) announces its board withdraws its recommendation made on July 18 regarding the proposed Shire transaction and recommends that stockholders vote against the transaction. AbbVie and its board made this determination following a detailed consideration of the impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury's unilateral changes to the tax rules, as issued on September 22. The breadth and scope of the changes, including the unexpected nature of the exercise of administrative authority to impact longstanding tax principles, and to target specifically a subset of companies that would be treated differently than either other inverted companies or foreign domiciled entities, introduced an unacceptable level of uncertainty to the transaction. Additionally, the changes eliminated certain of the financial benefits of the transaction, most notably the ability to access current and future global cash flows in a tax efficient manner as originally contemplated in the transaction. This fundamentally changed the implied value of Shire to AbbVie in a significant manner. Under the conditions of AbbVie's offer and the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, the withdrawal of the recommendation alone will not cause a lapse of AbbVie's offer or terminate the Co-operation Agreement between AbbVie and Shire. Unless Shire and the U.K. Takeover Panel agree otherwise, AbbVie must convene an AbbVie stockholder meeting to consider the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement. AbbVie's offer will lapse if the company's stockholders do not adopt the agreement. Assuming Shire provides the requisite cooperation and consents, a pre-effective amendment to the registration statement filed by AbbVie Private Limited in connection with the combination is expected to be filed with the SEC as soon as practicable. Under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, following the withdrawal of the AbbVie Board of Directors' recommendation, a break fee of approximately $1.64B will be payable to Shire if either: AbbVie stockholders do not approve the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement at an AbbVie stockholder meeting; or such a meeting does not occur by December 14.
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