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April 28, 2014
13:03 EDTOGXI, SUSS, ATHX, FRX, ETP, SI, CMCSA, BMY, GE, CHTR, PFE, FURX, TWC, BAC, AZNOn 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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February 19, 2015
14:49 EDTPFEWalgreens selected by Pfizer as one of pharmacies to dispense Ibrance
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07:30 EDTCMCSANBC 'Nightly News' sees drop in ratings post-Brian Williams, WSJ says
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07:12 EDTPFEWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:47 EDTBACReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:07 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Partners reports Q4 continuing operations EPS (27c)
May not compare to consensus 64c. Reports Q4 revenue $12.28B, may not compare to consensus $14.56B.
February 18, 2015
11:14 EDTGEGE, Alstom deal likely to face intense EU scrutiny, Reuters says
General Electric's (GE) deal for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business is likely to face an intense EU antitrust investigation, says Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:21 EDTBACJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTCMCSANational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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07:07 EDTGEBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:33 EDTCMCSAJAKKS Pacific signs licensing agreement for Universal Pictures franchise
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTCHTRJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTTWCPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:29 EDTCHTRBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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17:16 EDTAZNActavis confirms temporary injunction related to generic Pulmicort RESPULES
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15:36 EDTPFETianyin JCM plans for FDA certification process
Tianyin Pharmaceutical (TPI) updated on the business and development at its Jiangchuan Macrolide Facility, or JCM, active pharmaceutical ingredients operation. In addition to JCM's certification at India, along with other international clients located at Bangladesh, Philippines and Iran on import status, TPI plans for FDA certification process at its JCM facility in order to service international clients such as Pfizer's (PFE) and their subsidiaries in China, the company said. "This is expected to translate to further demand for JCM's macrolide API business in both the domestic and international markets," Tianyin stated.
12:56 EDTTWC, CMCSADecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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10:01 EDTPFECVS says PCSK9 inhibitors could cost system $150B annually
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07:15 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
February 16, 2015
19:13 EDTCMCSALiberty Global may become takeover target, NY Times says
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