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June 16, 2014
07:07 EDTVRX, AGN, MSAllergan: Executives from Morgan Stanley recently sent emails to management
Allergan (AGN) says executives from Morgan Stanley (MS), the investment bank understood to have recently been retained by Valeant (VRX), have sent emails directly to Allergan’s management team that suggest they share the concerns of Allergan and third parties.
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December 16, 2014
08:53 EDTAGNActavis accretion targets look more achievable, says Sterne Agee
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07:40 EDTAGNActavis reports Saunders to lead combined company as CEO
Actavis (ACT) announced the planned senior management team that will lead the global pharmaceutical company following the successful close of the acquisition of Allergan (AGN), anticipated in the second quarter of 2015. Brent Saunders will continue to lead Actavis as CEO and President and a member of the Board of Directors. Paul Bisaro will remain Executive Chairman of the board of directors. The company noted that it anticipates continuing to define the subsequent management levels within the global organization as rapidly as possible between now and the close of the acquisition. Actavis announced that, following the close of the acquisition, its global brand sales and marketing will be structured into three organizations: International Brands, Branded Pharma and Allergan Medical. "Although we are acting rapidly in announcing these appointments, we are making them following extensive discussions with David Pyott, Chairman and CEO of Allergan, and his executive leadership team. We believe that by announcing the proposed structure of the combined organization our shareholders, customers and employee teams will better appreciate our commitment to create the most dynamic company in Growth Pharma and will share our confidence in seamless execution of this combination beginning on Day 1," Saunders said.
07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley volatility at upper end of one-year range
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December 15, 2014
16:16 EDTMSMorgan Stanley initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Guggenheim initiated Morgan Stanley with a Buy and $42 price target and named it a Best Idea.
10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
07:58 EDTAGNAllergan downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:09 EDTMSBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
07:10 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTMSFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
December 10, 2014
11:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley pays $4M to SEC for violating market access rule
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTMSFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTMSFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
09:31 EDTVRX, AGNZoetis drops after report of Valeant abandoning growth by acquisitions strategy
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06:39 EDTVRXValeant to abandon growth by acquisitions strategy, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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December 8, 2014
07:29 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
2014 Annual West Coast Investor Trip travels on the West Coast on December 8-10.
06:35 EDTMSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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