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December 18, 2012
12:28 EDTRGR, ARB, GTAT, SWHC, GALE, NLSNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were markedly higher at midday as optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations continues to spur buying. Investors have been paying less attention to recent economic reports to focus instead on the fiscal cliff, as demonstrated by the NAHB Housing Market index prompting little reaction, despite its highest reading since April 2006. The averages moved to session highs following comments from both sides of Washington's negotiating table that they hope a deal can still be reached... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders index of builder confidence increased to 47, as was forecast. Also, the current-account deficit in the U.S. narrowed in the third quarter to $107.5B from a $118.1B shortfall in the prior quarter. Economists expected the deficit would narrow to about $103B... COMPANY NEWS: Gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR) continued their recent weakness as a Wall Street Journal cover story highlighted some of the ways American companies are distancing themselves from guns and their makers amid a public outcry in the aftermath of last week's tragedy in Connecticut. Among the recent developments underscored was the decision from private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management to put gunmaker Freedom Group up for sale... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arbitron (ARB), up over 23% after agreeing to be bought by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Shares of acquirer Nielsen also rose about 3%. Among the noteworthy losers was Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 17% after it sold common stock and warrants to purchase additional shares in a public offering. Also lower was GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which was downgraded at Raymond James and Stifel Nicolaus and saw its shares slide more than 12% after issuing guidance well below Street expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 83.20, or 0.63%, to 13,318.59; the Nasdaq was up 33.89, or 1.13%, to 3,044.49; and the S&P 500 was up 11.60, or 0.81%, to 1,441.96.
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17:26 EDTGALEGalena files to sell 6M shares of common stock for holders
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April 7, 2014
08:16 EDTGTATGT Advanced announces $58.6M specialty furnace orders
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06:43 EDTNLSNNielsen software passes test, Re/code says
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April 2, 2014
12:48 EDTGTATGT Advanced rallies after Goldman raises price target
Shares of GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) - which makes sapphire products and solar energy equipment - are climbing after Goldman Sachs raised its price target on the stock in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee raised his 2015 and 2016 earnings per share estimates for GT Advanced, as he is more upbeat about the outlook for the company's equipment business. GT Advanced's deal to supply sapphire for upcoming Apple (AAPL) devices is worth $15 per share for GT if the deal goes as expected, and up to $25 if the deal exceeds expectations, contended Lee. The analyst raised his price target on the stock to $24 from $20 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Rubicon Technology (RBCN) also makes sapphire. That stock was upgraded to Overweight from Neutral in a note to investors from JPMorgan yesterday. JPMorgan expected Rubicon to benefit from a pick-up in demand for LEDs and sapphire covers. The stock surged yesterday in the wake of the upgrade. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GT Advanced climbed $1.13, or 6.5%, to $18.51, while Rubicon fell 2.8% to $12.62.
08:57 EDTGTATGT Advanced price target raised to $24 from $20 at Goldman
Goldman believes GT Advanced's Apple opportunity continues to build momentum but believes core equipment is underappreciated and is incrementally more positive on its ability to monetize new equipment technology. Shares are Buy rated with a $24 price target raised from $20.

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