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February 4, 2014
10:00 EDTFRX, WETF, HK, AWI, PFE, CRM, ZNGA, ORLY, OIS, OPEN, NLSN, MRK, ANGI, CBT, CVX, DVN, DRE, FRC, GPS, GILD, AGNOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cabot (CBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Duke Realty (DRE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... First Republic (FRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette,,, Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Gilead (GILD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... OpenTable (OPEN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Salesforce.com (CRM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Oil States (OIS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... Wisdom Tree (WETF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Forest Labs (FRX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
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July 21, 2014
08:07 EDTAGNAllergan: Approx. 94% of customer-facing personnel unaffected by restructuring
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08:06 EDTAGNAllergan sees Q3 EPS $1.44-$1.47, consensus $1.45
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08:05 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 total net product sales $6.9B-$7.05B
Sees total specialty pharamceuticals net sales $5.87B-$5.98B, total core medical devices net sales $1.01B-$1.05B. Sees FY BOTOX net sales $2.2B-$2.28B, LATISSE net sales $100M. Sees effective tax rate on non-GAAP earnings between 26% and 27%.
08:03 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 EPS $5.74-$5.80, consensus $5.70
Allergan reconfirms its aspiration of double digit sales growth across the strategic plan period (2014 through 2019), as the planned reductions in selling, general and administrative expenses and reduced focus on lower-value spend will have only a modest impact on the net sales growth. Allerganís strategic plan (2014 through 2019) is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth. Allergan estimates 2014 EPS between $5.74 and $5.80. Allergan estimates 2015 EPS between $8.20 and $8.40. Allergan estimates 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan currently estimates that it will incur total non-recurring pre-tax charges of between $375 million and $425 million in connection with the restructuring and other costs, of which $65 million to $75 million will be a non-cash charge associated with the acceleration of previously unrecognized share-based compensation costs and certain other non-cash accounting adjustments. The restructuring charges and other costs will primarily consist of employee severance and other one-time termination benefits, facility lease and other contract terminations, accelerated depreciation and asset write-downs, accelerated equity-based compensation, temporary labor and duplicate operating expenses. These non-recurring charges will be incurred beginning in the third quarter of 2014 and are expected to continue through the second quarter of 2015.
08:02 EDTAGNAllergan to reduce workforce by approx. 1,500 employees
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08:01 EDTAGNAllergan reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.51, consensus $1.44
Reports Q2 revenue $1.86B, consensus $1.77B.
07:21 EDTGILD, MRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:15 EDTAGNValeant Allergan contacts Quebec, U.S. regulators regarding Allergan statements
Valeant (VRX) has contacted both the Autorite des marches financiers in Quebec and the SEC regarding Allergan (AGN) apparent attempt to "mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business despite Valeant's public statements correcting such information." The latest statements were made last Friday when Allergan asserted in an SEC filing that Bausch + Lomb's pharmaceutical sales were stagnant or declining. Valeant's decision to contact the authorities also reflects concerns raised by several Canadian Valeant shareholders about comments made about Valeant by Allergan's management during recent meetings with these investors in Canada.
07:09 EDTAGNValeant, Ackman go to SEC over Allergan claims, CNBC reports
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06:43 EDTGILD, MRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTAGNCapital Research sells nearly all its Allergan stake, WSJ reports
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July 20, 2014
12:46 EDTGILDGilead drug cocktail helps treat HIV/HCV-coinfected patients, JAMA says
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July 18, 2014
12:51 EDTAGNKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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11:34 EDTWETFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:27 EDTAGNSamlyn undecided on support for Valeant bid for Allergan, Dow says
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10:38 EDTORLYAutoZone, O'Reilly drop following Stifel downgrades
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10:03 EDTORLYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:41 EDTORLYO'Reilly Automotive downgraded at Stifel
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07:05 EDTDVNDevon Energy added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
06:06 EDTORLYO'Reilly Automotive downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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