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June 16, 2014
10:10 EDTACMP, CCE, COV, GNC, NCLH, RNR, TMHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Access Midstream (ACMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) downgraded to Neutral at SunTrust... RenaissanceRe (RNR) downgraded at JMP Securities... Team Health (TMH) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
News For ACMP;CCE;COV;GNC;NCLH;RNR;TMH From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
07:37 EDTCCECoca-Cola Enterprises sees FY14 revenues 'essentially flat'
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07:36 EDTCCECCE sees FY14 comparable, currency-neutral EPS growth approx.10%
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07:35 EDTCCECoca-Cola Enterprises reports Q3 EPS 92c, consensus 88c
Reports Q3revenue $2.14B, consensus $2.22B.
October 22, 2014
16:07 EDTTMHTeam Health acquires Premier Physician Services
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15:37 EDTCCENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
October 21, 2014
12:37 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:52 EDTCOVCovidien rises after Medtronic maintains merger date language
Shares of Covidien (COV) are rising in early trading after Medtronic (MDT), in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of the Irish drugmaker, left its language regarding the expected closing date unchanged. WHAT'S NEW: In its most recent filing, Medtronic again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived." ANALYST REACTION: Research firm BTIG says Medtronic's amended regulatory filing on the Covidien transaction increases the firm's confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AbbVie (ABBV) last night confirmed that the company and Shire (SHPG), another Irish domiciled drugmaker, agreed to terminate their proposed merger. AbbVie said its decision was based upon its assessment of the September 22 notice issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which re-interpreted longstanding tax principles in a "uniquely selective manner designed specifically to destroy the financial benefits of these types of transactions." AbbVie continued that the Treasury notice "introduced an unacceptable level of risk and uncertainty given the magnitude of the proposed changes" and the stated intention of the department to continue to revise tax principles to further impact such "tax inversion" transactions. AbbVie noted that it has agreed to pay Shire a break fee of approximately $1.64B due to the deal falling through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, shares of Covidien trading in New York rose 4% to $88.86, Medtronic advanced 1% to $64.57, Shires gained 0.7% to $185.82 and AbbVie added 1.4% to $55.16.
09:43 EDTCOVAmended filing increases confidence in Covidien deal at BTIG
BTIG says Medtronic's (MDT) amended regulatory filing on the Covidien (COV) transaction increases its confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. Shares of Covidien are up 3% to $88.11 in early trading.
09:12 EDTGNCGNC, eBay, Vivendi recommended as long ideas by Sandler, Bloomberg reports
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09:11 EDTCOVMedtronic keeps language unchanged on merger closing date
Medtronic in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of Covidien (COV) left the language unchanged around the expected closing date. The company again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived."
October 20, 2014
16:06 EDTTMHTeam Health acquires PhysAssist Scribes
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14:46 EDTGNCVitamin Shoppe may hire adviser amid pressure for deal, Reuters says
Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which has been urged by activist shareholders to consider a sale, is speaking to banks and may hire a financial adviser, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that Reuters previously reported on September 18 that some large Vitamin Shoppe holders have urged the company to consider a sale to rival GNC Holdings (GNC) or to a private equity buyer. That same day, The Financial Times reported that GNC was considering a possible sale after receiving attention from private equity suitors. Following this latest report from Reuters, shares of Vitamin Shoppe are up 6.7% to $45.23 in afternoon trading, while GNC shares are up over 3% to $38.88. Reference Link
13:40 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTCOVCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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October 17, 2014
12:35 EDTCOVCovidien puts active on wide price movement
Covidien October 82, December 70 and January 75 puts are active on total put volume of 8K contracts (1K calls). November put option implied volatility is at 60, January is at 40, April is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTCOVCovidien granted preliminary injunction against Ethicon's Harmonic ACE+7
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07:17 EDTNCLHNorwegian Cruise volatility elevated on sharp sell off
Norwegian Cruise November call option implied volatility is at 39, December is at 31, March is at 28; compared its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
October 16, 2014
11:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:17 EDTCOVJefferies 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).
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