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May 30, 2014
16:34 EDTRTRX, LGF, AGN, SHPG, BLOX, SPLK, NPSP, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market began the session in quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the day. There was little for investors to get excited about, as the day’s economic data proved to be a mixed bag. The averages moved in a narrow range on very light volume while the news flow slowed to a trickle. With memorial Day kicking off the summer season and the week shortened by a day, investors appeared content to let the market drift in the last trading day of the week and the month, albeit near record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in April, matching expectations, while consumer spending fell 0.1%, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The Chicago ISM index rose 2.5 points to 65.5 in May, which was much better than expected. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for May came in at 81.9, which was up just 0.1 from the prior reading and a hair below the expected 82.5 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) raised its offer for Allergan (AGN) for the second time this week. Under the newly revised proposal, each Allergan share would be exchanged for $72.00 in cash and 0.83 shares of Valeant common stock, plus a Contingent Value Right for DARPin of up to $25.00 per share in value. This is up from the $58.30 in cash, plus shares and the CVR, that Valeant offered just two days ago. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Retrophin (RTRX), which gained $1.74, or 13.51%, to $14.62 after announcing a license agreement with Mission Pharmacal for Thiola and revising its guidance. Also higher was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which jumped $3.68, or 13.41%, to $31.13 after FT Alphaville, citing "usually well informed sources," said Shire (SHPG) has held internal discussions about a potential cash takeover offer for its smaller pharmaceutical industry peer. Among the noteworthy losers was Infoblox (BLOX), which plunged $7.56, or 36.84%, to $12.96 after the company's outlook for the new quarter missed expectations, its CEO Robert Thomas said he will step down and the shares were downgraded by at least six Street research firms. Other decliners following their earnings reports were data analysis software provider Splunk (SPLK), which fell $8.18, or 16.35%, to $41.86, and "Hunger Games" producer Lions Gate (LGF), which dropped $3.40, or 11.51%, to $26.13. INDEXES: The Dow was up 18.43, or 0.11%, to 16,717.17, the Nasdaq was down 5.33, or 0.13%, to 4,242.62, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.18%, to 1,923.57.
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March 17, 2015
08:57 EDTAGNActavis completes acquisition of Allergan
Actavis plc (ACT) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Allergan (AGN) in a cash and equity transaction valued at approximately $70.5B. The combination creates one of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies by sales revenue, with combined annual pro forma revenues of more than $23B anticipated in 2015. Actavis continues to expect the transaction to generate double-digit accretion to non-GAAP earnings within the first 12 months, including approximately $1.8B in operating and financial synergies to be realized within one year following the close. These synergies exclude any additional revenue or manufacturing synergies, and are in addition to the $475M of annual savings previously announced by Allergan in connection with Project Endurance. Actavis further expects to generate strong operating cash flow in excess of $8B in 2016, which would enable the company to rapidly de-lever the balance sheet.
08:56 EDTAGNActavis completes Allergan acquisition valued at $70.5B
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March 16, 2015
18:38 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
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17:19 EDTAGNAmerican Airlines to replace Allergan in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
16:28 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:21 EDTRTRXRetrophin files to sell 5.1M shares of common stock
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16:01 EDTVRXValeant files to sell $1.45B in common stock
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12:43 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
12:18 EDTVRXProgenics Relistor SI royalty loss transient, says Brean Capital
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11:00 EDTSPLKArrow Electronics and Splunk announce distribution agreement
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10:58 EDTVRXValeant price hike likely ends Salix saga, says UBS
UBS believes the race for Salix (SLXP) is likely over now that Valeant (VRX) has increased its offer price, as expected. The firm said it will still like both Valeant (VRX) and Endo (ENDP) if this is how things end, as it believes the deal is still a very good one for Valeant despite the higher price and it expects Endo to find another deal that should be accretive. UBS has Buy ratings on both Valeant and Endo Health.
10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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10:18 EDTVRXValeant should win Salix with increased offer, says Cantor
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09:22 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:17 EDTVRXValeant rises 1% after sweetening Salix takeover offer
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08:06 EDTVRXValeant ses Salix deal closing on April 1
08:05 EDTVRXValeant raises offer price for Salix to $173 per share from $158
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08:04 EDTVRXValeant, Salix agree on amended terms to merger agreement
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07:50 EDTVRXValeant to raise offer for Salix to $173 per share, DJ reports
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