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April 30, 2012
09:00 EDTARII, KALU, CERN, EME, DG, PPG, BSYBY, KFT, IDIX, HMSY, CHK, CMP, CPN, AZN, MDTOn The Fly: Analysts Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Railcar (ARII) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS...AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies and to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan...Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies...Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital...Compass Minerals (CMP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc...HMS Holdings (HMSY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies...Idenix (IDIX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities...Kraft Foods (KFT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan...British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup...PPG Industries (PPG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse...Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James...EMCOR Group (EME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus...Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James...Kaiser Aluminum (KALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose...Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital.
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October 21, 2014
09:43 EDTMDTAmended filing increases confidence in Covidien deal at BTIG
BTIG says Medtronic's (MDT) amended regulatory filing on the Covidien (COV) transaction increases its confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. Shares of Covidien are up 3% to $88.11 in early trading.
09:11 EDTMDTMedtronic keeps language unchanged on merger closing date
Medtronic in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of Covidien (COV) left the language unchanged around the expected closing date. The company again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived."
09:03 EDTHMSYMagellan Health selects HMS unit for cost containment solutions
HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS Holdings (HMSY), announced that Magellan Health (MGLN) has selected HMS for cost containment solutions, including fraud, waste, and abuse detection and prevention across the company, as well as for insurance verification and subrogation services for Magellan Complete Care of Florida.
07:45 EDTPPGPPG Industries management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on October 21 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:15 EDTAZNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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06:10 EDTAZNInovio, MedImmune, UPENN awarded $12.2M collaborative study by DARPA
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) announced the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded $12.2M for a collaborative study that will be conducted by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Inovio Pharmaceuticals; and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The group will develop DNA-based monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, for infectious disease treatment. DARPA is an agency of the US Department of Defense that creates and supports novel technologies important for national security. Together, the three organizations will develop and assess the DNA mAbs in preclinical studies using technology developed by Penn and licensed by Inovio. The collaboration will focus on three disease areas – influenza virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
October 20, 2014
16:56 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum to resume trading at 5:00 pm ET
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16:33 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum reports Q3 adjusted EPS 79c, consensus $1.02
Reports Q3 revenue $339M, consensus $341.34M. Jack A. Hockema, president, CEO and chairman said, "Q3 reflected two unanticipated challenges at our Spokane, Washington facility that caused our results to fall short of our expectation for shipments and adjusted EBITDA. In an effort to further enhance quality attributes and customer performance of our KaiserSelect plate products, we made process refinements that temporarily resulted in higher internal scrap, remakes, and lost opportunity for additional spot business during the quarter. In addition, we experienced unplanned downtime in our aerospace sheet processing operations that, although not as significant, further impacted shipments during the quarter. These two issues had a direct impact on adjusted EBITDA of approximately $5M in Q3."
11:24 EDTPPGPPG acquires Westmoreland Supply, terms not disclosed
PPG Industries announced that its North American architectural coatings business has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Westmoreland Supply. The transaction is expected to close in Q4, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed. The acquisition of Westmoreland Supply will expand PPG’s North American company-owned stores footprint. Following completion of the acquisition, the locations will operate as part of PPG’s network of more than 900 company-owned stores in North America, and will be rebranded under the company’s new PPG Paints store brand.
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:20 EDTMDTInternational Continence Society to hold annual meeting
ICS Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 20-24.
07:19 EDTAZNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTAZNEuropean College of Neuropsychopharmacology to hold a conference
27th ECNP Congress is being held in Berlin, Germany on October 18-21.
07:12 EDTMDTCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTPPGPPG Industries upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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05:41 EDTPPGPPG Industries expands sealants capabilities at ASC in Germany
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October 17, 2014
16:09 EDTDGElliott Advisors expresses concerns over Family Dollar merger, nominates slate
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10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTKALUKaiser Aluminum management to meet with Sterne Agee
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08:11 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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