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May 30, 2014
16:34 EDTAGN, VRX, BLOX, LGF, NPSP, SHPG, RTRX, SPLKOn 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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August 22, 2014
18:33 EDTVRX, AGNPershing Square submits requisite requests from Allergan holders to call meeting
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09:33 EDTVRX, AGNValeant to request today special meeting of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will deliver today a request of 30%-plus of Allergan (AGN) shareholders for a special meeting, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources.
06:49 EDTAGN, VRXJudge rejects Allergan inquiry to quicken insider trading case, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTVRX, AGNJudge refuses to prevent special Allergan shareholder meeting, NY Times says
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August 21, 2014
09:42 EDTVRXValeant to sell Precision's assets related to two acne treatments
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06:23 EDTSPLKSplunk price target lowered to $55 from $65 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Splunk (SPLK) shares to $55 from $65 ahead of the company's Q2 results on August 28 and says it prefers Tableau (DATA) on a relative basis. Deutsche, however, keeps a Buy rating on Splunk, noting that its recent user checks didn't pick up anything incrementally negative. The firm believes the Street is cautious on the stock into the results.
August 20, 2014
17:59 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan talks with Salix in defense tactic said to be dormant, Bloomberg says
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17:35 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan said to explore options outside of Salix acquisition, Bloomberg says
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10:53 EDTVRX, AGNAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
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09:46 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan merger deal not imminent, CNBC's Faber reports
An acquisition by Allergan (AGN) is not imminent, CNBC's David Faber reports. Salix (SLXP) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) are said to be potential targets of the company, Faber adds. Valeant (VRX) could announce over the next few days that it has enough votes to call for a special meeting, the reported said.
07:19 EDTAGNPossible Allergan Salix deal could be 8% accretive in '15-'16, says Wells Fargo
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) had approached Salix (SLXP) and other companies about a potential acquisition, Wells Fargo thinks that a largely debt financed purchase of Salix could be 8% accretive for Allergan in 2015-2016, reaching 12% accretion in 2018.
07:07 EDTVRX, AGNSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAGNSalix buyout price could be near $192 per share, says William Blair
William Blair believes a combined Allergan (AGN) and Salix (SLXP) would be very attractive. The firm estimates a potential takeover price for Salix towards the high end of its $176-$192 per share range. Salix rose 16% yesterday to $160.80 after Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan approached the company and at least one other about a takeover.
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAGN, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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14:40 EDTAGNSterne Agee says Allergan could pay up to $190 for Salix and still be accretive
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13:13 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTAGNSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
06:22 EDTBLOXInfoblox FY15 outlook likely to miss consensus, says Citigroup
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