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January 3, 2013
10:00 EDTFDO, WAT, CCO, STI, AFL, WLP, UNH, GEVA, SBAC, MS, LYB, LSI, ALTR, CY, BIIB, AMD, AOSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: A.O. Smith (AOS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... AMD (AMD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... SBA Communications (SBAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Synageva (GEVA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Aflac (AFL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Waters (WAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
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April 10, 2014
07:08 EDTBIIBBiogen announces positive top-line efficacy, safety results from Phase 3 trial
Biogen Idec and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB released positive top-line results of the Kids A-LONG Phase 3 clinical study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of Eloctate, an investigational recombinant factor VIII Fc fusion protein product candidate, in children with severe haemophilia A. Eloctate was generally well-tolerated and no inhibitors were detected. Efficacy analyses showed twice-weekly prophylactic dosing with Eloctate maintained low bleeding rates in children.
07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:41 EDTMSGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTMSMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
16:03 EDTLSILSI Corp. stockholders approve acquisition by Avago
LSI Corporation (LSI) announced that its stockholders approved the previously announced merger agreement with Avago Technologies (AVGO) at a special meeting of stockholders. Upon the closing of the merger, stockholders of LSI will be entitled to receive $11.15 per share in cash, without interest, less any required tax withholding. Completion of the merger is subject to remaining regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions and LSI expects the merger to close in the first half of 2014.
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:28 EDTLSIAvago price target raised to $76 from $65 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Avago (AVGO) citing its growth potential in the China TD-LTE market, strong RF participation in the smartphones market, and improved margins following the close of its acquisition of LSI Corp (LSI). Shares are Buy rated.
06:35 EDTMSRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTMSBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
10:18 EDTWLP, UNHCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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10:03 EDTGEVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTUNH, WLPLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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08:35 EDTGEVASynageva upgraded at Wedbush
As noted earlier, Wedbush upgraded Synageva to Outperform from Neutral. The firm upgraded the stock based on valuation.Target remains $93.
07:22 EDTBIIBCaSA-ISPE to hold a conference
21st Annual Lilfe Sciences Technology Conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8.
07:11 EDTGEVASynageva upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTMSFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
19:13 EDTUNH, WLPCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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06:58 EDTMSDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
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