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December 18, 2012
12:28 EDTARB, NLSN, SWHC, RGR, GALE, GTATOn 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.
News For ARB;NLSN;SWHC;RGR;GALE;GTAT From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
06:07 EDTGTATApple responds to GT Advanced's sapphire business exit, Re/code reports
Following GT Advanced's (GTAT) announcement to shut down factories in Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts, an Apple (AAPL) spokeswoman said the company will continue evaluating GTAT's progress on larger sapphire boule development, reports Re/code. She said, "Apple put a lot of effort into an ambitious new sapphire manufacturing process with GTAT which is not ready for production. We’re going to continue evaluating GTAT’s progress on larger sapphire boule development, as well as consider other options for the facility. We remain committed to the city and we’re going to work with Mesa and Maricopa County to help the GT Advanced employees who will be impacted by this find new jobs.” Reference Link
October 23, 2014
09:19 EDTGTATGT Advanced to wind down operations at Mesa facility
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07:01 EDTNLSNNielsen reports Q3 EPS adjusted 66c, consensus 65c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.57B, consensus $1.59B.
October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTNLSNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
14:08 EDTGALEGalena files to sell 2M shares of common stock for holders
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October 21, 2014
19:34 EDTGTATGT Advanced, Apple reach deal to 'wind down' sapphire plant, Philip DeWitt says
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10:29 EDTGTATGT Advanced expects settlement with Apple 'within hour,' Bloomberg reports
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06:08 EDTNLSNAdobe and Nielsen announce strategic alliance
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:37 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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October 15, 2014
07:58 EDTNLSNRentrak deal with Fox affirms strategy, says Brean Capital
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06:37 EDTGTATGT Advanced executive sold shares before bankruptcy, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTGTATApple asks permission to lodge objections to GT bankrupcy in secret, Re/code says
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October 14, 2014
07:41 EDTNLSNNielsen upgraded at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein upgraded Nielsen to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm thinks the stock's decline on worries about the TV ad market and a belief that Nielsen's status as the dominant provider of TV rating sis in jeopardy is overdone. The firm believes that the company's position in TV ratings is safe because its product is superior to the main competitor and switching costs for customers would be high.
07:17 EDTGALEGalena receives notice of allowance of improvement patent for NeuVax in Japan
Galena Biopharma announced the notice of allowance from the Japanese Patent Office for NeuVax covering the use of NeuVax alone or in combination with other agents to prevent recurrence of any HER2/neu expressing breast cancer tumor having an immunohistochemistry level of 1+ or 2+, or a fluorescence in situ hybridization rating of less than about 2.0. NeuVax is a peptide immunotherapy for the prevention of cancer recurrence and is Galena's lead development agent in multiple ongoing and planned clinical trials. Once issued, the patent will expire in 2027, not including any patent term extensions.
07:03 EDTNLSNNielsen shares defended at Macquarie
Macquarie reiterated its Outperform rating on Nielsen and said its core business remains unaffected and Rentrak is not a direct threat. The firm sees upside from OCR and other new products and views valuation as attractive.
06:00 EDTNLSNNielsen upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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October 13, 2014
09:39 EDTGTATActive equity options trading on open
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