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April 21, 2014
19:02 EDTRMBS, NFLX, VRX, AGNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: Allergan (AGN), up 20%, and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), up 9.1%, both advanced after The Wall Street Journal reported that activist investor Bill Ackman is teaming up with Valeant to make a bid for Allergan. Following the report, Ackman's Pershing Square filed a 13D with the SEC disclosing a 9.7% stake in Allergan and outlining an agreement with Valeant. The agreement, among other things, said that Valeant plans to make a bid for Allergan comprised of $15B of cash and a to-be-determined amount of Valeant stock. The filing also showed that Ackman began building a position in Allergan in late February, and at that time entered an agreement with Valeant forming a new, jointly-owned entity through which to acquire a position in Allergan. CNBC's David Faber reported that Valeant is expected to officially make a hostile bid for Allergan by tomorrow. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX) gained 6.3% after reporting profits that beat expectations on revenues that were in-line with expectations. The streaming internet video service also reported that U.S. subscribers grew by 2.25M in the first quarter, with its international subscriber base expanding by 1.75M for the period. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS) fell 7.5% after providing a second quarter revenue outlook that fell short of expectations, with the company adding that its revenue outlook, "includes expectations that the company will sign new customers for patent as well as solutions licensing." Rambus' first quarter results, however, came in better than expected, and the company also reaffirmed its fiscal 2014 revenue outlook.
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November 10, 2014
13:26 EDTNFLXCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:24 EDTNFLXOn 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 market’s 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 Internet’s 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 distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ 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.
09:45 EDTNFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTNFLXObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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07:23 EDTNFLXRBC Capital to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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November 9, 2014
13:26 EDTVRX, AGNAckman's Allergan court win may prove costly down the road, Bloomberg says
When U.S. District Court Judge David Carter ruled on November 4 that Pershing Square can vote its 9.7% stake in Allergan (AGN) in a shareholder ballot aiming to remove Allergan directors, he also noted that there were “serious questions” regarding insider trading rules in the way Pershing Square acquired Allergan stock while preparing a bid with Valeant (VRX), says Bloomberg. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
17:05 EDTVRXValeant sends open letter to physician customers
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14:56 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan says Valeant offers to date inadequate, would consider increased bid
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09:49 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says Allergan 'tipping scales' in Actavis’ favor, disadvantaging Valeant
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08:46 EDTNFLXCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
November 6, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; November 6, 2014
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10:30 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan disclosure today forced by SEC, CNBC's Faber reports
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10:05 EDTAGNActavis talks to buy Salix put on hold, Bloomberg says
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09:40 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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09:28 EDTVRX, AGNActavis in active talks to acquire Allergan, Bloomberg reports
Actavis (ACT) is in active talks to acquire Allergan (AGN), Bloomberg reports, citing sources. Allergan earlier today disclosed in a filing that it has been approached by another party and that talks "may lead to negotiations." Shares of Allergan are up 1.1% to $198.50 in pre-open trading while Actavis is up 1% to $250.07. Valeant (VRX) is down 1.8% to $129.58. Reference Link
09:24 EDTVRX, AGNActavis in active talks to acquire Allergan, Bloomberg reports
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09:11 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tesla (TSLA), up 0.6%... CBS (CBS), up 2.3%... Whole Foods (WFM) up 8.4%... American Capital (ACAS), up 9.5%... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) up 6.8%... Kate Spade (KATE), up 10%. ALSO HIGHER: Planar Systems (PLNR), up 70%, upgraded at Needham following the company's Q4 results... Tableau (DATA), up 9.8%, upgraded at RBC Capital following the company's Q3 earnings report... Allergan (AGN), up 1% after disclosing in new regulatory filing that discussions between the company and another unnamed party regarding a potential merger transaction have continued and "may lead to negotiations.” DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Qualcomm (QCOM), down 6.9%... Zillow (Z), down 6.7%... PhotoMedex (PHMD), down 17.3%... Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC), down 7%... BioScrip (BIOS), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: Solazyme (SZYM), down 47%, downgraded at RW Baird, Pacific Crest and Cowen following the company's Q3 report... Genworth (GNW), down 23%, downgraded at Compass Point following the company's Q3 results... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), down 19%, downgraded at various firms including William Blair and FBR Capital following the company's Q3 report.
09:06 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan says approach may lead to merger negotiations
Allergan (AGN) disclosed in new regulatory filing, “Notwithstanding the foregoing, we have been approached by another party regarding a potential merger transaction. Discussions between us and that party have continued and may lead to negotiations.” It has been reported that the unnamed party is Actavis (ACT). Allergan is attempting to fend off a hostile takeover by Valeant (VRX).
06:04 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PBR NFLX
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