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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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July 16, 2014
17:42 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square's Ackman says Allergan's attack on Valeant unprecedented
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10:36 EDTVRX, AGNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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10:31 EDTAGNPershing Square Capital Management holds analyst/industry conference call
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09:16 EDTVRX, AGNPershing Square sends letter to Allergan's board of directors
Pershing Square Capital Management announced it has sent a letter to Allergan's Board of Directors. Pershing Square last Friday filed definitive solicitation materials with the U.S. SEC to seek shareholder support for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders and is now actively soliciting shareholder support to call the meeting. At this special meeting, Allergan shareholders will be able to voice their opinions on a number of critical matters, including the proposed removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the proposed appointment of an independent slate of directors and certain other proposed provisions to improve Allerganís corporate governance.
08:16 EDTAGN, VRXLew's letter could bring 'chilly' tax inversion environment, says BMO Capital
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07:59 EDTVRX, AGNTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
11:13 EDTAGNPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:56 EDTTWTRFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTTWTRFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTTWTRFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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10:00 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTTWTRTwitter cracks down on providers of user stats, BI says
After Twitter's stock declined early this year following data that suggested growth in its monthly active users was slowing or flat and that engagement measures were declining, the social network operator has taken the unusual step of shutting off its data flow to certain companies that have published their own stats on Twitter's user statistics, according Business Insider, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:06 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) to Neutral saying a reset in expectations and improving fundamentals will limit downside in the stock. The firm believes user growth trends remain an issue, though, and remains cautious on the name. Macquarie has a $36 price target for Twitter shares, which closed yesterday down 2c to $38.31.
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; July 14, 2014
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12:47 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan slides question Valeant growth, disclosures, says BMO Capital
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09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTTWTRTwitter Q2 MAUs likely to miss expectations, says Wunderlich
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08:13 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan reiterates belief that Valeant model unsustainable in new presentation
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08:02 EDTVRX, AGNValeant submits HSR filing for proposed acquisition of Allergan
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