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February 13, 2013
10:01 EDTIRWD, UTIW, NNA, CMCSA, MDU, PRO, PL, MOH, AHS, ZMH, WU, PM, GRPN, BPLOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Todayís noteworthy upgrades include: AMN Healthcare (AHS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Avon Products (AVP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Molina Healthcare (MOH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Protective Life (PL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... UTi Worldwide (UTIW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Underperform from Sell at CLSA... Avon Products (AVP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley Caris... PROS (PRO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Ironwood (IRWD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Buckeye Partners (BPL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... MDU Resources (MDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Williams Capital.
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November 20, 2014
10:33 EDTZMHHigh option volume stocks
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09:46 EDTAHSAMN Healthcare added to Conviction List at Avondale
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09:02 EDTIRWDIronwood earns $15M milestone from Astellas Pharma
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals has earned a $15M development milestone payment from Astellas Pharma Inc., its partner for linaclotide in Japan. This milestone was triggered by Astellasís enrollment of the first patient in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial of linaclotide in adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation in Japan. Astellas expects to complete the Phase III trial in 2016. Ironwood and Astellas entered into a licensing agreement in 2009 to develop and commercialize linaclotide in Japan for the treatment of IBS-C, chronic constipation and other gastrointestinal conditions. Per the agreement, Astellas paid Ironwood a $30M upfront licensing fee. In addition to the $15M development milestone payment upon enrollment of the first patient in the Phase III trial, the agreement also includes additional development milestone payments that could total up to $30M, consisting of $15M upon filing for regulatory approval in Japan and $15M upon receipt of approval. The agreement also provides for Ironwood to receive royalties which escalate based on sales volume. Astellas also plans to expand its development of linaclotide in Japan and is entering into a Phase II clinical trial with linaclotide in adults with chronic constipation. If approved, the same royalty terms would apply.
07:50 EDTNNANavios Acquisition reports Q3 adjusted EPS 2c, consensus 1c
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07:16 EDTCMCSACharter could look to buy Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal fails, WSJ says
John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), said Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) if TWC's deal with Comcast (CMCSA) falls through, The Wall Street Journal reports. Malone told shareholders at Liberty's investor day that he would pursue "an outright purchase" of Time Warner Cable if regulators don't approve the Comcast deal. Reference Link
November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:08 EDTGRPNGroupon director discloses 30K share purchase at $7.75
Groupon director Daniel Henry disclosed the purchase of 30K shares at a price of $7.75. Shares of Groupon are up 1.31%, or 9c, to $7.35 in after hours trading.
13:29 EDTCMCSACharter CEO sees Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal getting done
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13:06 EDTCMCSADeutsche Telekom CEO says T-Mobile could again attract suitors, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg quotes Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) CEO Timotheus Hoettges speaking in interview as having said that T-Mobile (TMUS) could attract interest from suitors such as Comcast (CMCSA), DISH (DISH) or America Movil (AMOV, AMX).
10:17 EDTPMPhilip Morris reaffirms FY14 reported EPS view $4.76-$4.81
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09:11 EDTZMHZimmer reports Synovasure PJI test earns certification
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November 18, 2014
11:16 EDTWUWestern Union downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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07:30 EDTZMHZimmer agrees with EC to extend deal review deadline by 'limited number of days'
Zimmer Holdings announced that it has agreed with the European Commission to extend the deadline for the EC's review of Zimmer's proposed acquisition of Biomet by a "limited number of days" in order to provide the EC with certain additional information. Under the previous timeline, the EC had until March 11, 2015 to make a final decision on the proposed transaction. As a result of this extension, the deadline for the EC's final decision will be extended by the limited amount of additional time that Zimmer has agreed to provide to the EC. "Deadline extensions are not uncommon in such in-depth investigations. Zimmer has been working closely with the regulatory authorities to facilitate their review of the pending transaction and is encouraged by the substantial progress that has been made to date in connection with the overall regulatory process. Zimmer continues to expect to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2015," the company said.
November 17, 2014
15:36 EDTWUSnapchat partners with Square on money messaging service, Re/code reports
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12:31 EDTGRPNGroupon acquires marketing startup Swarm Mobile
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06:35 EDTCMCSA'Dumb and Dumber To' takes first at the box office from 'Big Hero 6', WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA) company Universal Pictures' "Dumb and Dumber To" brings in $38.1M at the box office, taking first away from Disney's (DIS) "Big Hero 6," which brought in $36M this weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. "Big Hero 6" has a two week total of $111.7M in North America, the Journal adds. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTGRPNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
10:00 EDTNNAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with an Underperform at Sterne Agee... Carter's (CRI) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Container Store (TCS) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Genuine Parts (GPC) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at UBS... NeoStem (NBS) assumed with a Buy at Maxim... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) initiated with a Buy at UBS... The Buckle (BKE) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... TriMas (TRS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TriplePoint Venture (TPVG) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... USD Partners (USDP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with a Buy at BB&T.
09:38 EDTGRPNJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
05:30 EDTNNANavios Acquisition initiated with a Buy at UBS
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