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March 4, 2015
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA AMZN CELG MCD SINA TSLA V TWTR PBR
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $425 from $380 at RW Baird
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07:12 EDTBAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTHNTNo preparations under way for elimination of some subsidies, NY Times says
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06:29 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion meets opposition, WSJ says
Kinder Morgan's $4.3B proposal to burrow through Burnaby Mountain is encountering opposition in nearby Vancouver, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kinder's proposed expansion would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline and allow Alberta oil sands producer to move 890,000 BPD, while Kinder says it is already planning to increase crude oil shiploads to foreign markets to 34 ships per month. The company plans to start construction in 2016 and complete the project by late 2017, though the expansion is still being reviewed by Canadian regulators who aren't expected to issue a verdict until early 2016. Reference Link
05:40 EDTBABoeing, Ryanair announce order for three additional Next-Generation 737-800s
Boeing (BA) and Ryanair (RYAAY) have announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at $280M at current list prices. With this order the Irish low-cost carrier now has unfilled orders for 174 Next-Generation 737-800s and 100 737 MAX 200s.
March 3, 2015
12:31 EDTBABoeing and Silk Way West announce order for three 747-8 freighters
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09:13 EDTBAUnited Airlines may buy more Boeing 777X planes, Reuters reports
United Airlines (UAL) is not interested in buying Boeing's (BA) new 777X aircraft in the near-term, but it thinks Boeing's older 777-300ER planes may be a good fit for it, the carrier's CFO, John Rainey, said, according to Reuters. The 777-300ER "could be a quick fix" for United in markets where the company requires additional seats, Reuters quoted Rainey as saying. Reference Link
07:16 EDTHNTCowen to hold a conference
35th Annual Health Care Conference is being held in Boston on March 2-4 with webcasted company presentations to begin on March 3 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:38 EDTBAAir Lease to lease two Boeing aircrafts to Air Tahiti Nui
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March 2, 2015
16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
10:00 EDTISISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals downgraded at Stifel
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08:06 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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07:20 EDTHNTCowen to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $15M from GlaxoSmithKline for advancing ISIS-TTR Rx
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) announced that it has earned a $15M milestone payment from GSK (GSK) related to advancing the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug Isis is developing with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $60 million in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. In addition, if GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license ISIS-TTRRx, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
February 27, 2015
17:29 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman awarded $148.3M government contract
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09:54 EDTBAHouse Committee on Science, Space & Technology holds a hearing
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09:43 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals sees reporting data on eight or more drugs in FY15
Sees initiating up to 13 studies, broadening pipeline with up to five new drugs in partnered, unpartnered programs.
09:38 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals sees FY15 pro forma NOL in mid-$50M range
Sees ending FY15 with more than $630M in cash, representing net cash outflows of only $100M to move forward its pipeline.
09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 2c
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06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch begins broadcasting online poker, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
16:35 EDTBABoeing files automatic mixed securities shelf
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15:30 EDTISISNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:31 EDTBABoeing says received 50 new orders for 737 Max jet in last week
Boeing says it has received 50 new orders from unidentified customers for the 737 Max jet in the last week. The company said customers canceled deals for four of its 737s.
12:21 EDTMERUBuckley reports 5.02% passive stake in Meru Networks
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11:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hires Jay Carney for corporate affairs position, Politico says
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has accepted the position of SVP for Worldwide Corporate Affairs at Amazon, says Politico. Reference Link
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryStarz
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09:23 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Hold from Buy at Johnson Rice
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08:26 EDTCHKChesapeake weakness overdone, says Bernstein
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06:35 EDTBABoeing, FedEx oppose punishing Gulf airlines for alleged subsidies, Reuters says
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05:45 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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February 25, 2015
16:38 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages had a relatively quiet open and remained in a tight range for most of the session. The market moved to the high end of its range by mid-afternoon, which pushed the Dow and S&P to new highs and the Nasdaq ever closer to its 5,000 level. There was little momentum behind the move and the averages eventually faded, closing nearly unchanged for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales slipped 0.2% to a 481K annual pace in January, which was better than the expected 2.3% decline to a 471K rate. The DOE petroleum inventory report showed crude stockpiles grew by 8.4M barrels in the week of February 20, versus expectations for a 4M barrel increase. In China, HSBC and Markit's flash purchasing managers' index for February came in at 50.1, which was above the consensus outlook of 49.7 and represented a four month high. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) dropped $3.82, or 9.92%, to $34.67 after the PC, printer and server maker reported lower than expected Q1 revenue and cut its FY15 EPS view and free cash flow outlook, citing separation costs and foreign exchange headwinds. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. Later in the day, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that HP is in talks to make its biggest acquisition in several years by potentially acquiring Aruba Networks (ARUN), sending shares of the WiFi equipment maker up $3.86, or 21.0%, to $22.24. Shares of Aruba competitor Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) also gained 66c, or 5.89%, to $11.86 after Bloomberg's report on potential M&A in their space... Chesapeake Energy (CHK) slid $1.90, or 9.56%, to $17.98 after reporting worse than expected earnings amid the recent plunge in energy prices and announcing lower capital spending plans for 2015. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Benefitfocus (BNFT), which jumped $10.85, or 47.24%, to $33.82 after reporting Q4 earnings and disclosing that Marsh & McLennan (MMC) subsidiary Mercer took a 9.9% stake in the company. Also higher was SFX Entertainment (SFXE), which gained $1.09, or 29.46%, to $4.79 after the company’s Chairman and CEO, Robert Sillerman, offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company not already owned by him for $4.75 per share in cash. SFX Entertainment confirmed that it received the proposal and established a special committee to review and negotiate the nonbinding offer. Among the noteworthy losers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which plunged $18.15, or 26.39%, to $50.63 after reporting Q4 earnings per share and revenue that missed consensus expectations, warning on its associated call that an upcoming "60 Minutes" piece may cast the company in an unfavorable light, and disclosing in its annual report that the Department of Justice indicated in recent communications that it is contemplating seeking criminal charges under the Lacey Act. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Republic Airways (RJET), which fell $2.17, or 14.49%, to $12.81, and LendingClub (LC), which dropped $3.14, or 13.28%, to $20.51. INDEXES: The Dow added 15.38, or 0.08%, to 18,224.57, the Nasdaq slipped 0.98, or 0.02%, to 4,967.14, and the S&P 500 dropped 1.62, or 0.08%, to 2,113.86.
16:16 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Hold from Buy at Johnson Rice
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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12:31 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:08 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake sees 2015 adjusted production growth 3%-5%
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07:03 EDTCHKChesapeake reports Q4 adjusted EPS 11c, consensus 24c
Reports Q4 revenue $5.05B, consensus $4.83B. Chesapeake’s daily production for Q4 averaged approximately 729,000 boe, a year-over-year increase of 12%, adjusted for asset sales. Average daily production in Q4 consisted of approximately 121,200 bbls of oil, 3.1 bcf of natural gas and 97,600 bbls of NGL, which represent year-over-year increases of 7%, 9% and 40% respectively, adjusted for asset sales.
06:10 EDTBAFAA will allow Southwest to fly planes that missed inspection, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTAMZNGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTAMZNReport: Amazon reduces tablet orders to Compal, Quanta by 30%, DigiTimes says
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTCHKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:48 EDTISISIsis says ISIS-PKKRx reduced prekallikrein levels in Phase 1 study
Isis Pharmaceuticals announced results from a Phase 1 study with ISIS-PKKRx. In this study, healthy volunteers treated with ISIS-PKKRx achieved dose-dependent reductions of up to 95% in prekallikrein, or PKK, Isis said. ISIS-PKKRx is a RNA-targeted antisense drug designed to inhibit the production of PKK for the prophylactic treatment of hereditary angioedema. ISIS-PKKRx was evaluated in single and multiple doses ranging from 50 mg per week up to 400 mg per week for the single dose and 100 mg up to 400 mg for the multiple doses. After three weeks of dosing, subjects in the 100, 200, 300 and 400 mg multiple-dose cohorts displayed a mean reduction of PKK of 33, 69, 87 and 92%, respectively, from baseline. In this study, ISIS-PKKRx was generally well tolerated.
10:24 EDTBABoeing finds buyers for early 787 Dreamliner inventory, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTBABoeing lines up buyers for 10 'overweight' 787 Dreamliners, Bloomberg says
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08:28 EDTBASenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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06:46 EDTBAAirbus told suppliers to prepare for increase in A320 production, Reuters says
Airbus (EADSY) has told suppliers that it is considering increasing the number of A320 jets it produces to 50 per month as early as 2017, according to Reuters. The company, which is looking to make 48 A320 jets per month by the second quarter of 2016, currently manufactures 42 of the jets per month and had previously planned to produce 46 of them monthly by the second quarter of 2016, the news service noted. Boeing (BA) competes with Airbus in international commercial plane markets. Reference Link
05:23 EDTBARaytheon and Boeing partner to provide solutions to Royal Saudi Air Force
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTBAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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12:21 EDTHNT, BAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:35 EDTAMZNAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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11:13 EDTBABoeing falls after Goldman downgrades to Sell, levels to watch
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11:10 EDTHNTHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
10:31 EDTAMZNEPIX announces extension to Prime Instant Video agreement
EPIX announced that it has extended its agreement with Amazon to license thousands of new releases, classic library titles and original programs for Prime Instant Video. Programming from the agreement includes movies from EPIX studio partners, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and delivers new releases such as Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, along with classic big film franchises including James Bond, Star Trek, Rocky and more.
09:59 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:45 EDTBIOCBiocept OncoCEE-BR used to determine hormonal status of metastatic breast cancer
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08:05 EDTHNTCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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07:22 EDTISISSunTrust to hold a conference
2015 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 1:1 Orphan Drug Day is being held in New York on February 23.
06:51 EDTBAAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:19 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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15:20 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTBABoeing price target raised to $196 from $164 at Sterne Agee
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07:10 EDTAMZNBrean Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:04 EDTCHKChesapeake March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:04 EDTAMZNAmazon expands two-hour delivery program to Brooklyn, Re/code says
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February 19, 2015
17:28 EDTBABoeing awarded $591.25M government contract modification
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10:16 EDTAMZNAmazon advances after Munster says margin could jump
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07:46 EDTBAAustralia opens bids for $8B armored vehicle defense contract, WSJ says
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07:17 EDTAMZNMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
05:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $475 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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