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May 15, 2014
10:01 EDTSUSQ, RAX, PBCT, MPET, LEJU, ICPT, ITW, GLRI, GSK, FCF, EBS, CHKE, CAMP, BDSI, ACADOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACADIA (ACAD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) initiated with a Buy at Summer Street... CalAmp (CAMP) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) initiated with a Buy at Summer Street... First Commonwealth (FCF) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Glori Energy (GLRI) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) reinstated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Buy at Summer Street... Leju (LEJU) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Magellan Petroleum (MPET) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... People's United (PBCT) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rackspace (RAX) assumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Susquehanna (SUSQ) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
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September 8, 2014
13:53 EDTEBSEmergent BioSolutions awarded contract valued at up to $29M with NIAID
Emergent BioSolutions has signed a contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop a dry formulation of NuThrax, also known as AV7909, the company’s next generation anthrax vaccine candidate. This five-year contract, valued at up to $29M, provides funding for manufacturing and non-clinical activities through the preparation of an Investigational New Drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The dry formulation of NuThrax is intended to increase stability of the vaccine candidate at ambient and higher temperatures, with the objective of eliminating the need for cold chain during shipping and storage. NuThrax is comprised of BioThrax in combination with the immunostimulatory oligodeoxynucleotide compound CPG 7909. The company is currently conducting a randomized, parallel-group, active-controlled, double-blind Phase 2 study designed to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of NuThrax for post-exposure prophylaxis of anthrax infection using two- and three-dose immunization schedules and two dose levels. This development contract HHSN272201400038C will be administered through NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:51 EDTEBSEmergent BioSolutions receives $29M HHS contract
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10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
10:06 EDTCHKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:15 EDTCHKECherokee initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
Target $20.
09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:52 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences price target raised to $28 from $20 at Summer Street
Summer Street raised its price target for BioDelivery Sciences shares to $28 saying it left the company's analyst day on Friday incrementally more positive. The firm believes its sales estimates for Bunavail and BEMA Buprenorphine may prove to be conservative and reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
08:48 EDTGSKGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
September 7, 2014
16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline Ebola vaccine works in tests on monkeys, Bloomberg says
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
06:30 EDTICPTIntercept initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $420.
September 4, 2014
06:03 EDTMPETMagellan Petroleum commences Horse Hill-1 well drilling activities
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September 3, 2014
11:34 EDTACADACADIA price target raised to $28.50 at Ladenburg after breakthrough status
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06:39 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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05:23 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences to host investor/analyst meeting
Investor/Analyst meeting to be held in New York on September 5 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
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