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June 10, 2014
12:22 EDTAGN, VRX, ACHN, SGMS, RSH, MRK, IDIX, IGT, FRANOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, threatening to break their recent winning streak. The market has steadily moved higher over the past week and has seen the Dow and S&P move to all-time highs, albeit on very light volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 1.1% in April, with sales up 1.3%, which were both better than forecast. The JOLTS report showed job openings climbed 289K to 4.46M in April. In China, official data showed an index of consumer prices rose 2.5% year-on-year in May, while China's producer price index contracted 1.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) once again rejected the takeover proposal being made by Valeant (VRX) in partnership with hedge fund Pershing Square, saying that their upwardly revised bid still "substantially undervalues the company, creates significant risks and uncertainties for the stockholders of Allergan, and is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders." Allergan said in a letter to Valeant that it publicly disclosed that the Allergan board has "serious concerns" about the large stock component of the proposal and that the latest Valeant proposal does not warrant discussions between the companies. Following the latest twist in this ongoing story, shares of Allergan were fractionally lower, while Valeant was down a bit over 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion (ACHN), which rose another 54% near noon after having gained 47% yesterday. This morning JMP Securities upgraded Achillion following Merck's (MRK) acquisition of Idenix (IDIX) yesterday, while Piper Jaffray became the latest Street research firm to say it believes Achillion is positioned as an acquisition target. Also, Achillion announced that the FDA has removed the clinical hold on sovaprevir, an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, to permit the conduct of trials in patients with HCV. Also higher for a second straight session was Scientific Games (SGMS), which rose nearly 13% after the company announced the appointment of a new President and CEO. The company's shares had risen yesterday after Reuters said another company in the same space, International Game Technology (IGT), was exploring a sale and has attracted interest from rival gaming companies and private equity firms. Among the noteworthy losers was apparel, jewelry, and accessories retailer Francescaís (FRAN), which sunk more than 13% after the company's first quarter quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates and it cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also lower following its own earnings report was RadioShack (RSH), which declined over 9% after reporting a Q1 loss that exceeded analyst's expectations and warning that it may need to borrow additional funds or raise capital if the current trend in its operating results continues or further declines. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 14.18, or 0.08%, to 16,928.92, the Nasdaq was down 6.62, or 0.15%, to 4,329.62, and the S&P 500 was down 3.39, or 0.17%, to 1,947.88.
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August 12, 2014
11:24 EDTIGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:39 EDTRSHRadioShack turnaround highly in doubt, says UBS
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06:51 EDTRSHRadioShack turnaround in doubt, says UBS
UBS said RadioShack's turnaround efforts have been impacted by the difficult operating environment and its financial flexibility is in a "perilous position." The firm notes the company's CD's have climbed 70% in the last month indicating the cost of doing business with counter-parties has gotten more expensive. The firm is skeptical limited store remodels will impact the entire chain and that new products will not change the company's perception. Shares are Sell rated with a 50c price target, down from 90c.
August 11, 2014
17:36 EDTVRX, AGNValeant receives FTC second request under Hart-Scott-Rodino
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12:52 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan receives second request from FTC regarding Valeant's proposal
Allergan (AGN) announced that it received a request for additional information under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in connection with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International's (VRX) unsolicited acquisition proposal of Allergan. Allergan intends to respond fully in connection with the ongoing investigation. The Company noted that Second Request investigations typically take some time to conclude, and Allergan cannot predict how long this investigation will take or how it might otherwise develop. The company previously announced that Allerganís Board of Directors unanimously determined that Valeantís unsolicited exchange offer is grossly inadequate, substantially undervalues the company, creates significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan stockholders, and is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders. Goldman, Sachs & Co. and BofA Merrill Lynch are serving as financial advisors to the company and Latham & Watkins, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are serving as legal counsel to the company.
12:42 EDTAGN, VRXValeant shareholder ValueAct sees no need to buy Allergan, Reuters says
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12:27 EDTAGN, VRXValueAct says Valeant does not need to buy Allergan, Reuters says
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10:19 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:06 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
07:22 EDTVRX, AGNJudge sets hearing date for Allergan suit vs. Valeant, Reuters reports
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05:48 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Achillion to Outperform citing the potential for multiple near-term catalysts around the company's hepatitis C portfolio. Wells raised its price target range for shares to $11-$13 from $7-$8. Achillion was also upgraded this morning at Piper Jaffray.
05:35 EDTIGTInternational Game granted early termination of HSR waiting period for merger
International Game announced that it received early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976., or HSR, with respect to the company's previously announced acquisition by GTECH S.p.A. Termination of the HSR Act waiting period satisfies one of the conditions required to finalize the acquisition. The transaction is currently expected to be completed in 1Q15.
05:29 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTAGN, VRXMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
10:58 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan rises after analyst sees compelling risk/reward, upgrades stock
Shares of drug maker Allergan (AGN) are rising after research firm Leerink Swann upgraded the stock in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After Allergan's stock fell recently, the shares' risk/reward ratio has become "increasingly positive" and is now compelling, Leerink analyst Seamus Fernandez wrote. Allergan's business has shown little if any weakness as a result of Valeant's (VRX) takeover bid for the company and Allergan's planned restructuring is overdue, the analyst contended. The weakness in Allergan's shares has been caused mainly by technical and arbitrage issues, according to Fernandez, who forecasts that the company can generate EPS of over $8.20 next year. Meanwhile, Valeant's bid will prevent Allergan's stock from dropping too far as long as it is on the table, Fernandez believes. Allergan has a number of other upcoming potential positive catalysts, including a potential $5B-$10B share repurchase initiative and data due to be released on August 12 on DARPin, the company's drug for wet age-related macular degeneration. A potential compelling acquisition by Allergan could also boost the stock, the analyst wrote. He upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform and placed a $184 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Allergan rose $3.98, or 2.6%, to $155.67.
10:36 EDTIGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
07:01 EDTAGN, VRXHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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06:16 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink upgraded its rating on Allergan (AGN) shares to Outperform citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. The firm believes Valeant's (VRX) takeover attempt is having little if any impact on Allergan's business. Leerink has a $184 price target for Allergan shares, which closed yesterday down $5.18 to $151.92.
05:50 EDTVRXStocks with implied volatility movement; TWX VRX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Valeant (VRX) 49 according to iVolatility.
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