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April 28, 2014
Air Products (APD) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... BCE (BCE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... CenturyLink (CTL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... FLIR Systems (FLIR) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Knightsbridge Tankers (VLCCF) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mattress Firm (MFRM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... National Australia Bank (NABZY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Panera Bread (PNRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Longbow... Sociedad Quimica (SQM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Walter Energy (WLT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson... Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
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November 16, 2015
09:13 EDTMARMarriott CEO Sorenson says Starwood brands to 'remain in place'
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08:58 EDTMARAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
08:57 EDTMARMarriott says 'committed' to management and franchise strategy
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08:07 EDTAGNAllergan reports Phase I/II interim data of Bimatoprost SR IOP therapy
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06:33 EDTAGNPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
06:19 EDTMARMarriott & Starwood to host joint conference call
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06:12 EDTMARMarriott volatility flat into acquiring Starwood for $12.2B
Marriott (MAR) November call option implied volatility is at 31, December is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 41, suggesting non-directional price movement into acquiring Starwood (HOT) for $12.2B in cash, stock.
06:09 EDTMARMarriott to acquire Starwood for $12.2B in cash, stock
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06:09 EDTMARStarwood November volatility up into Marriott acquiring for $12.2B
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06:05 EDTMARMarriott to acquire Starwood for $12.2B in cash, stock
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November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTAGNAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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November 13, 2015
14:41 EDTAGNAllergan presents EARLY analysis data at AAO meeting
Allergan announced that a post-hoc analysis of best corrected visual acuity data in diabetic macular edema patients treated with anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, or anti-VEGF, therapy suggests that long-term response in anti-VEGF treatment of DME can be assessed after three injections. Pravin Dugel, M.D., Clinical Professor, USC Eye Institute, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Managing Partner of Retinal Consultants of Arizona, said, "This data suggests that if treatment goals are not achieved after three injections, further expected improvement may be minimal and physicians may want to consider other treatment strategies."
11:12 EDTAGNPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
10:49 EDTAGNMylan jumps, Perrigo plunges after hostile takeover bid fails
Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed. Perrigo shares fell after the news. WHAT'S NEW: Mylan's approximately $26B hostile takeover offer for Perrigo officially fell through Friday morning, ending a seven-month ordeal between the two companies. Mylan said that only about 40% of Perrigo's shares were tendered by the company's stockholders, falling short of the 50% required for an acquisition, forcing the offer to lapse after failing to meet its goal by the established deadline. In response to the news, Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer. "We have said all along that this offer from Mylan was a bad deal for our shareholders, as it significantly undervalued our durable business model and industry-leading future growth prospects," Papa said. Perrigo added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback and that it intends to complete $500M of the planned repurchase by the end of the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 27, Teva (TEVA) withdrew a takeover offer for Mylan amid Mylan's talks with Perrigo. The Israeli pharmaceutical company opted instead to purchase Allergan's (AGN) generics business. Commenting on its failure to buy Perrigo, Mylan Executive Chairman Robert Coury said in a statement that while the company viewed Perrigo as a "unique and exciting company," it was not required for the future success of the company. Coury said, "We are well-positioned to quickly execute on the next strategic, value-enhancing opportunities for our business, some of which we have already identified." STREET RESEARCH: Citi analyst Liav Abraham upgraded Mylan to Buy and raised her price target for shares to $59 from $52, saying that an overhang has been removed since the company's hostile attempt to buy Perrigo has fallen through. Abraham argued that a combination of the two companies would have been both destructive to both earnings and value for Mylan and that the failed bid will increase management's optionality to pursue other value-enhancing opportunities and enable investors to focus on the company's base business. In addition, RBC Capital Markets analyst Randall Stanicky confirmed a Sector Perform rating for both Mylan and Perrigo with price targets of $60 and $176, respectively. Stanicky said he expects Mylan's stock to gain 10%-15% towards $50 as a result of the news, while Perrigo will probably see a pull-back into the low $140s. The analyst added that the removal of the Mylan bid will drive initial weakness for Perrigo's shares but that the stock can settle close to its current levels. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Mylan rallied 12.5% to $48.60 and Perrigo fell 6.92% to $145.72. OTHERS TO WATCH: Teva shares trading in New York increased 0.26%, Allergan was up 0.66%, and Endo (ENDP), with which Reuters reported Perrigo held unsuccessful takeover talks, gained 5.56%.
08:23 EDTAPDSeaport Global to hold a conference
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08:22 EDTAGNAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO 2015 is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13-17 with webcasted presentations to begin on November 13 at 11:50 am. Webcast Link
06:54 EDTAGNPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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06:07 EDTDEOHSBC names AXA CEO, former Diageo CEO to board
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November 12, 2015
18:48 EDTPNRAMcDonald's CEO: Pace of change had slowed within company, NYT reports
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13:45 EDTAGNPfizer, Allergan talks could set off further Treasury action, dealReporter says
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