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May 28, 2014
16:24 EDTSNN, VRX, DDD, SYK, AGN, DSW, TWTROn 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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February 18, 2015
08:32 EDTTWTRUC Berkeley Haas School of Business to hold a discussion
Gabriel Stricker, Chief Communications Officer of Twitter, holds a discussion, "Twitter and Free Speech" in Berkeley, California on February 18 at 3:30 pm. Webcast Link
08:04 EDTDDDBarron's wrong on 3D printing stocks, says Oppenheimer
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07:50 EDTAGNActavis CEO says company gave appropriate guidance to analysts
Actavis (ACT) CEO Saunders said he believes that the company did provide appropriate guidance to analysts ahead of its earnings beat. Saunders sees the Allergan (AGN) deal closing by the end of this quarter or early next quarter. Saunders says tying R&D to a percentage of revenue "makes no sense to me," noting that Actavis will spend about $1.7B on R&D next year. Saunders says will do acquisition if opportunity arises, but not planning for M&A right now. Actavis CEO Brent Saunders is speaking on CNBC.
07:13 EDTTWTRNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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07:01 EDTAGNActavis announces intention to adopt 'Allergan' corporate name
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06:43 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
3D Systems February call option implied volatility is at 78, February weekly is at 99, March is 76, May is at is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 26.
06:34 EDTAGNActavis sees Allergan transaction completed in late Q1 or early Q2
05:59 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 71 at upper end of index mean range
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTVRXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTAGNPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:18 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Restaurant Brands International (QSR). INCREASED STAKES: Zoetis (ZTS), and Platform Specialty Products (PAH). DECREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
17:13 EDTVRXPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTSYK, AGNSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; February 17, 2015
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13:52 EDTAGNEarnings Preview: Actavis near 52-week high ahead of Q4 earnings report
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09:40 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTTWTRTwitter still the large cap Internet stock to own this year, says MKM Partners
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08:09 EDTDSWDSW increases dividend 6.7% to 20c
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07:11 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 15, 2015
17:26 EDTDDD3D Systems could continue to fall, Barron's says
Investors should not view 3D Systems' current drop as an opportunity as shares could continue to fall to $15 per share, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
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