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June 10, 2014
12:22 EDTIGT, RSH, VRX, IDIX, SGMS, AGN, FRAN, MRK, ACHNOn 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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November 12, 2014
07:01 EDTAGNAllergan announces approval of amendments to company bylaws
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06:22 EDTAGN, VRXZoetis price target raised to $49 from $44 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Zoetis (ZTS) shares to $49 after activist Pershing Square confirmed the accumulation of a 10% stake in the company. Citi thinks Pershing is interested in advocating for a sale of Zoetis, potentially to Valeant (VRX) if its bid for Allergan (AGN) fails. Citi believes others, including Bayer (BAYRY), could be interested in acquiring Zoetis. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
05:54 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility movement; ACHN FXY
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November 11, 2014
16:24 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTMRKOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:46 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square, Sachem Head build 10% stake in Zoetis, WSJ reports
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15:43 EDTMRKLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading
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08:32 EDTVRX, AGNValeant likely to raise offer for Allergan again, says Bernstein
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08:10 EDTMRKMerck reports results from Phase 2 study of Grazoprevir/Elbasvir
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05:56 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME ACHN
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:06 EDTRSHRadioShack to open most of its stores on Thanksgiving, Bloomberg reports
RadioShack plans to open most of its stores on Thanksgiving for the first time, reports Bloomberg. According to company spokeswoman Merianne Roth, more than 3,000 Radioshack sotres will open from 8 a.m. to midnight. Reference Link
12:24 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:17 EDTACHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: RMTI ACHN RPRX ARCP SALE ZU KING UBNT KATE AWAY
10:09 EDTIGTOptions with increasing implied volatility: CZR IGT CMCSA TWC
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09:35 EDTACHNActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTACHN, MRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTMRKGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:20 EDTMRKGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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