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April 28, 2014
13:03 EDTETP, OGXI, SUSS, ATHX, FRX, FURX, TWC, BAC, AZN, SI, CMCSA, BMY, GE, CHTR, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday amid news of a number of completed, contemplated and rejected merger and acquisition deals, highlighted by a potential blockbuster in the pharmaceutical industry. The averages opened higher though have turned mixed by midday, with the Dow leading and the Nasdaq lagging. Shares of Bank of America (BAC) have weighed on the banking sector after the company suspended its capital plans in order to boost its regulatory capital amounts and ratios after finding errors in the data the bank had previously submitted to the Federal Reserve. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index rose 3.4% to 97.4 in March, topping expectations for a more modest 1.0% advance from the prior month. Also, the U.S. and Europe imposed more sanctions against Russia over its alleged intervention in Ukraine. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca (AZN) surged 13% after Pfizer (PFE) confirmed it proposed to buy its peer for nearly $100B in cash and stock. AstraZeneca revealed that its board concluded that the proposal "very significantly" undervalued the company and Pfizer said it is currently considering its next steps, but would still like to pursue some kind of mutually beneficial deal. Analysts at Jefferies said they expect Pfizer to up its bid for AstraZeneca and believe Astra will see "significant additional pressure" to engage in merger talks now that Pfizer has come public. The firm views Bristol-Myers (BMY) as another takeover option for Pfizer, but notes such a deal does not offer the tax incentives that AstraZeneca provides... Charter (CHTR) rose almost 6% after striking a deal to acquire approximately 1.4M existing Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers after that company completes its previously announced merger with Comcast (CMCSA). In addition, Charter will form a new holding company that will own 100% of Charter and acquire an approximate 33% stake in a new publicly-traded cable provider to be spun-off by Comcast serving approximately 2.5M customers... After General Electric (GE) made an offer to purchase the energy assets of France's Alstom (ALSMY), German industrial conglomerate Siemens (SI) confirmed it will convene "as soon as possible" after have the opportunity to meet with France's president and other high-ranking French political leaders to decide how to proceed with a competing offer... Shares of Bank of America fell more than 5% after the bank lowered its previously disclosed regulatory capital amounts and ratios due to a newly discovered accounting error, after which the Federal Reserve Board directed the company to resubmit its requested capital actions. At the Fedís request, the company has suspended its previously announced 2014 capital actions, including the $4.0B common stock repurchase authorization and the planned increase in the quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies that did agree to be acquired. Susser Holdings (SUSS) rose 36% after reaching a deal to be bought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total consideration of approximately $1.8B, while Furiex Pharmaceuticals (FURX) jumped 30% after agreeing to be purchased by Forest Laboratories (FRX) for $95 per share and up to $30 per share in a contingent value right based on the success of a particular drug candidate. Among the noteworthy losers was Athersys (ATHX), which plunged 56% after its MultiStem therapy failed to show meaningful benefit in a phase 2 clinical study. Also lower following its own disappointing news from a drug trial was OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals (OGXI), which fell 55% after top-line results indicated its therapy did not result in a statistically significant improvement in overall survival in men with a certain type of prostate cancer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 45.51, or 0.28%, to 16,406.97, the Nasdaq was down 32.15, or 0.79%, to 4,043.41, and the S&P 500 was down 0.96, or 0.05%, to 1,862.44.
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June 24, 2015
13:58 EDTCMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTAZN, PFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bathís School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesnít anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
08:25 EDTCMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:29 EDTBMYFDAnews to hold a summit
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06:50 EDTAZNAstraZeneca loses top executive Ward-Lilley to Vectura, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTBACDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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13:09 EDTCMCSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
13:02 EDTGESumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
10:00 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
09:36 EDTGE, BACActive equity options trading on open
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08:39 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank
07:31 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics announces FDA authorization of clinical trial with AZD2811
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07:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
06:25 EDTBACBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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