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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 Francesca’s (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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July 21, 2014
06:26 EDTIGTInternational Game downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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06:12 EDTIGTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 14 according to iVolatility.
July 18, 2014
12:51 EDTAGN, VRXKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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11:27 EDTAGN, VRXSamlyn undecided on support for Valeant bid for Allergan, Dow says
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11:25 EDTIGTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:56 EDTFRANFrancesca's price target lowered to $17 from $28 at Canaccord
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06:05 EDTIGTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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July 17, 2014
16:45 EDTVRX, AGNPershing Square looks to obtain consents for special meeting
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11:12 EDTIDIX, IGTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:20 EDTAGNPershing sees coming 13-Fs to show long-term Allergan holders have been selling
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10:00 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
10:00 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTIGTInternational Game downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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09:00 EDTAGNAckman says large takeover by Allergan could be 'enormously value destructive'
08:44 EDTAGNPershing says special meeting warranted given 'poor governance' at Allergan
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08:08 EDTVRXValeant receives FDA clearance for Victus Femtosecond Laser Platform
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07:35 EDTIGTInternational Game downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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07:00 EDTVRX, AGNPaulson says Allergan could be wroth $220 per share, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTIGTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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05:32 EDTIGTInternational Game upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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