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March 26, 2013
10:04 EDTSWN, MWV, ASH, TWO, KRA, GMAN, ZIOP, MGLN, COGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashland (ASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Gordmans Stores (GMAN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Kraton Performance (KRA) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Magellan Health (MGLN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... MeadWestvaco (MWV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Ziopharm (ZIOP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Two Harbors (TWO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded at Stifel.
News For ASH;COG;GMAN;MWV;MGLN;KRA;SWN;ZIOP;TWO From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
05:59 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco reports Q4 EBITDA up 18% to $246
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05:58 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco reports Q4 EPS excl items 46c, consensus 45c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.37B, consensus $1.35B
January 23, 2015
08:19 EDTMWVBofA/Merrill paper/forest products analyst hold analyst/industry conference call
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January 22, 2015
10:01 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco agrees to sell European tobacco folding carton business
MeadWestvaco announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden. The business has annual revenue of approximately $190M, which is included in MWVs Food & Beverage segment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next several months. Also included in the sale is the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MWVs plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The Svitavy plant will remain part of MWV beyond the transition period.
January 21, 2015
08:15 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy coverage resumed with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Price target lowered to $46 from $49.
January 20, 2015
13:21 EDTZIOPCAR T-Cell therapy drug stocks down sharply following NY Times story
Shares of biotechnology companies that are developing chimeric antigen receptor T cells or CAR T therapy drugs are falling sharply after a New York Times story titled "Riding High, Biotech Firms Remain Wary." WHAT'S NEW: Over the weekend, the New York Times published the story that struck a cautionary tone on the CAR-T therapy drugs. In this form of cancer treatment the patients own immune system cells are genetically manipulated to battle tumors. The New York Times story noted that there were some notable outcomes in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma with the CAR T treatments but highlighted that the "technique is still early in development and can cause severe side effects." WHAT'S NOTABLE. Early last week, Intrexon (XON) and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), announced an exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sub-licensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies. Both companies' shares were up sharply following the announcement ZIOPHARM was up around 55% and Intrexon up over 30% the day following the announcement. PRICE ACTION: Shares of drug companies in the space are sharply lower in midday trading, with ZIOPHARM Oncology and Kite Pharma (KITE) each down over 9%, Intrexon down almost 12%, and Bellicum Pharmaceutical (BLCM) and bluebird bio (BLUE) each down almost 5%. Reference Link
07:30 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group
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05:54 EDTZIOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ZIOP INVN
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January 19, 2015
11:21 EDTMGLNMagellan Health announces that NIA Magellan broadens capabilities
Magellan Health announced that NIA Magellan, which offers a suite of specialty solutions to address many complex areas of healthcare, plans to broaden its capabilities to include management of chiropractic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
January 16, 2015
10:14 EDTZIOPZiopharm mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper blog
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January 15, 2015
06:21 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy 26.087M share Secondary priced at $23.00
The deal size was increased to 26M shares from 20.3M shares. BofA/Merrill, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and BMO Capital acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:08 EDTASHAshland initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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14:48 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy comments on Administration's action to reduce methane
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12:49 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:10 EDTZIOPHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:43 EDTZIOPZiopharm upgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded Ziopharm (ZIOP) to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm believes that the company's licensing deal with MD Anderson for CAR-T cancer treatments , announced yesterday, will be "transformational" for Ziopharm. The firm is upbeat on the outlook for CAR-T technology. Target to $15 from $1.
08:23 EDTZIOPZiopharm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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