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May 28, 2014
16:24 EDTAGN, VRX, TWTR, SYK, SNN, DSW, DDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower following a session that began in quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the day. The volume was light, the trading range was tight, and the news flow failed to produce a catalyst that brought buyers into the fray. The S&P 500 touched an all-time high during the session, but was unable to hold onto its narrow gains into the close. Investors will have a busier economic calendar to look forward to tomorrow, which will include the first quarter annualized GDP numbers, weekly jobless claims data, a personal consumption reading, and energy inventory reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Europe, a measure of business confidence In the euro area increased to 0.37 in May from 0.28 in April. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Allergan (AGN) fell $8.90, or 5.39%, to $156.12 after Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) raised the cash portion of its takeover bid by $10 to $58.30, along with 0.83 of a Valeant share and a new contingent value right, or CVR, related to DARPin sales which would provide up to approximately $25.00 per share of additional value. Wells Fargo calculated that, based on Valeant's closing price yesterday, the total new offer for Allergan is around $166 per share, which the firm believes may still be insufficient for Allergan. Following the new bid, which Allergan said it will "carefully review and consider," Valeant shares slid $3.00, or 2.31%, to $126.95. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Twitter (TWTR), which climbed $3.26, or 10.69%, to $33.77 after Japanese bank Nomura upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors. Also higher was Stryker (SYK), which rose $2.28, or 2.84%, to $82.64 after Financial Times reported this morning that the company was preparing a takeover bid for its U.K-based rival Smith & Nephew (SNN) and Stryker's CEO reportedly confirmed in an interview that the company was in the early stages of evaluating a potential acquisition of its peer. However, Stryker, at the urging of a British regulator, said it does not intend to make an offer for Smith & Nephew at this time, but reserved the right to make a future bid. Smith & Nephew shares trading in New York advanced $2.71, or 3.37% to $83.05. Among the noteworthy losers was shoe retailer DSW (DSW), which fell $8.90, or 27.37%, to $23.62 and was downgraded at Sterne Agee and Citigroup after its quarter report and yearly profit outlook disappointed. Also lower was 3D Systems (DDD), which slipped $6.20, or 10.95%, to $50.44 after announcing a secondary offering of about 6 million shares. INDEXES: The Dow fell 42.32, or 0.25%, to 16,633.18, the Nasdaq dropped 11.99, or 0.28%, to 4,225.08, and the S&P 500 declined 2.13, or 0.11%, to 1,909.78.
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August 18, 2014
11:57 EDTAGNAllergan CFO departure largely unexpected, says Wells Fargo
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09:02 EDTAGNAllergan names Jim Hindman as CFO, effective immediately
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07:57 EDTAGNCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 15, 2014
17:03 EDTAGN, VRXValeant extends offer to acquire Allergan
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that it has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Allergan (AGN) to December 31. The exchange offer was previously scheduled to expire August 15. All other terms and conditions of the exchange offer remain unchanged.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
14:14 EDTVRX, AGNValeant being probed by IRS after Biovail deal, FT says
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10:01 EDTSNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
09:45 EDTAGN, VRXEvent-driven funds, Pershing own over 20% of Allergan, CNBC reports
Event-driven hedge funds and Pershing Square owned over 20% of Allergan as of June 30, CNBC's David Faber reports. Valeant (VRX) and Pershing are seen as getting the over 30% to call a special meeting, Faber adds.
09:35 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTSNNSmith & Nephew downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
August 14, 2014
17:41 EDTVRXPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:16 EDTAGNPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:28 EDTAGN, VRXAckman says Pershing, Valeant took no tender steps before buying Allergan shares
Bill Ackman made the statement to CNBC's Scott Wapner regarding his fund and Valeant's (VRX) pursuit of Allergan (AGN). Note that the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the SEC is investigating Valeant and Pershing's pursuit of Allergan.
13:48 EDTVRX, AGNValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, WSJ says
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13:22 EDTVRX, AGNValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, DJ says
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12:11 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; SEAS TWTR
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09:11 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 2.5%... Plug Power (PLUG), up 10%... Perrigo (PRGO), up 4.5%. HIGHER: Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 3% after shares upgraded at Stifel... KaloBios (KBIO), up 7.9% after publication shows EphA3 as target for anticancer therapy... Supernus (SUPN), up 4.4% after receiving FDA fast track designation for SPN-810. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Noodles & Company (NDLS), down 22%... Vipshop (VIPS), down 5.8%. LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 10.7%, Voxeljet (VJET), down 6.6%, after earnings reports. Peers in the 3D space are lower as well, with Stratasys (SSYS) down 1% and 3D Systems (DDD) down 0.2%... Enphase Energy (ENPH), down 2.6% after filing to sell common stock for holders... InterMune (ITMN), down 3% after downgraded at Goldman following yesterday's advance on Bloomberg report that the company received takeover bids from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY).
08:43 EDTDDD3D Systems announces new Ohio facility
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