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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.
News For AGN;VRX;BLOX;LGF;NPSP;SHPG;RTRX;SPLK From The Last 14 Days
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October 15, 2014
09:11 EDTSHPGShire upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital
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07:30 EDTSHPGAbbVie review of Shire deal an 'unwelcome surprise,' says Jefferies
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06:58 EDTSHPGAbbVie volatility elevated into reconsidering Shire merger
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06:55 EDTSHPGShire volatility elevated into AbbVie reconsidering merger recommendation
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05:34 EDTSHPGShire says AbbVie should proceed with recommended offer
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October 14, 2014
19:50 EDTSHPGShire down nearly 6% following AbbVie reconsidering merger recommendation
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19:48 EDTSHPGAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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19:46 EDTSHPGAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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08:01 EDTRTRXRetrophin divests non-core assets to Turing Pharmaceuticals
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06:03 EDTAGNMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
09:23 EDTSPLKHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
06:04 EDTSPLKSplunk upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair upgraded Splunk to Outperform citing better earnings visibility and more reasonable valuation levels.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTSPLKGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAGNMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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10:20 EDTAGNFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:37 EDTVRX, AGNActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:35 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $224-$225, from $198-$199 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Allergan after the company pre-released better-than-expected revenue and EPS, and raised its 2014-2016 EPS guidance. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:23 EDTSPLKSplunk price target raised to $65 from $56 at Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTAGN, VRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
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