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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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October 7, 2014
17:52 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan up 2.8% after Dow Jones says Valeant planning to boost bid for company
17:49 EDTAGN, VRXValeant up 3.9% after Dow Jones says planning to boost Allergan bid
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17:47 EDTVRX, AGNValeant, Pershing Square planning to boost Allergan bid by $15 a share, DJ says
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15:21 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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15:01 EDTAGNAllergan up 1.5% following report on Actavis planned approach on merger
14:59 EDTAGNActavis plans new approach to Allergan, Reuters reports
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10:56 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTRSH, ACHNActive equity options trading on open
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07:48 EDTAGNSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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07:12 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan requests Ackman be hindered from voting at meeting, Bloomberg says
In an effort to avoid an unsolicited $54B acquisition offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), Allergan (AGN) filed a request in a California court for a judge to hinder Bill Ackmanís Pershing Square from voting its 10% stake at the December shareholder meeting, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing. A hearing regarding Allergan's request is set to occur on October 28. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTRSHOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:15 EDTRSHRadioShack still likely to be pushed into bankruptcy, says Wedbush
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11:15 EDTAGNDurata surges after Actavis takeover
Shares of Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) are surging after the drugmaker agreed to be acquired by its larger industry peer, Actavis (ACT). WHAT'S NEW: Actavis announced it will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Durata common stock for $23.00 per share in cash, or approximately $675M in the aggregate, and contingent value rights entitling the holder to receive additional cash payments of up to $5.00 per share if certain regulatory or commercial milestones related to Durata's lead product Dalvance are achieved. If Dalvance is approved in Europe for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, or ABSSSI, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If Dalvance is approved for single dose administration by the FDA, holders of the CVR will receive $1.00 per share. If a net global Dalvance revenue threshold is met over a designated time period, holders of the CVR will receive $3.00 per share. Actavis expects the acquisition to be accretive by the end of the first year, it stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The acquisition comes after Durata Therapeutics was granted a Special Protocol Agreement by the FDA for its Phase 3 study of Dalvance on October 3. The study was designed to study Dalvance for the treatment of patients with community-acquired pneumonia and pediatric osteomyelitis. ANALYST REACTION: BMO Capital views the acquisition as a "good deal" for Actavis that is in line with CEO Brent Saunders' goal of making investments that complement its existing business. BMO believes the acquisition does not extend Actavis' balance sheet too far, and therefore does not prevent the company from doing additional deals. The firm expects there could be more deal-related news ahead for Actavis. The Fly notes Bloomberg reported on October 2 that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Durata Therapeutics gained $9.93, or 71.5%, to $23.81, Actavis slipped $1.95, or 0.8% to $244.12, and Salix fell $4.02, or 2.6%, to $148.85.
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09:37 EDTRSHActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTRSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: HP (HPQ), up 5% after confirming plans to separate into two companies... CareFusion (CFN), up 24% after Becton Dickinson (BDX) agreed to acquire the company for $58 per share in $12.2B deal. Becton Dickinson shares are up 7% following the news... Chimerix (CMRX), up 7% after announcing announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola Virus Disease... Conn's (CONN), up 6.5% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... TASER (TASR), up 5% after announces multiple orders of TASER Smart Weapons... Tableau (DATA), up 3.5% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Splunk (SPLK), up 3.9% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Unilife (UNIS), up 52% after signing a 15-year commercial supply agreement with Sanofi (SNY). LOWER: RadioShack (RSH), down 5% after confirming definitive agreements to restructure debt... Alcobra (ADHD), down 43% after announcing results from Phase III study of MDX in adult ADHD... Sunesis (SNSS), down 71% after announcing Phase 3 VALOR trial did not meet primary endpoint... H&R Block Bank (HRB), down 5% after deal with BofI (BOFI) not expected to get regulatory approval this year. Tekmira (TKMR), down 8% after downgraded at Leerink.
08:07 EDTAGNSalix slips in pre-market trade after Actavis strikes deal for Durata
Note that Bloomberg reported on October 2, citing people with knowledge of the matter, that Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) was discussing selling itself to Actavis (ACT) after failing to reach a deal with Allergan (AGN). Actavis announced this morning that it has reached a deal to acquire Durata Therapeutics (DRTX) for $675M, or $23.00 per share. In pre-market trading, shares of Salix are down nearly 2% to $150 per share.
08:01 EDTRSHRadioShack has little chance of recovery, says B. Riley
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07:01 EDTAGNAllergan Q3 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein predicts that Allergan's Q3 EPS will exceed expectations by 15c, driven by cost cutting.
06:29 EDTRSHRadioShack still needs to improve seales, develop business plan, WSJ reports
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