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April 21, 2014
19:02 EDTNFLX, RMBS, 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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March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTNFLX, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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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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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.
10:44 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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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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10:02 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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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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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
07:50 EDTVRXValeant to raise offer for Salix to $173 per share, DJ reports
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06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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