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May 2, 2014
12:28 EDTOUTR, ECYT, AZN, SKX, MPEL, MRK, LNKD, WYNN, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed near noon, with Dow serving as the only major index in the red, after a better-than-expected jobs report was contrasted by headlines indicating rising tensions in Ukraine. The U.S. jobs reported showed the world's largest economy added 288,000 jobs in April, but amid unrest in Ukraine, U.S. Treasury bonds have continued their recent rally as investors trend towards risk-off positioning. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., April Nonfarm Payrolls grew by 288,000, topping economists' expectations for a gain of 215,000 jobs, taking the unemployment rate down to 6.3% from 6.7%, also beating expectations for a 6.6% reading. The U.S. jobs report showed that average hours worked and average hourly wages were flat when compared to the prior month. March factory orders grew up 1.1%, which was lower than the 1.5% reading expected by economists, and lower than the prior reading of 1.6%. In Europe, the manufacturing PMI in the Euro area increased to 53.4 in April from 53.0 in March, which was a slightly better than expected increase. COMPANY NEWS: AstraZeneca (AZN) rejected the latest buyout proposal from Pfizer (PFE), which increased its offer for the British drugmaker to $84.47 per share, or about $106B. In rejecting Pfizer's offer, AstraZeneca said the bid "substantially" undervalued the company, adding that the board had no hesitation in rejecting the proposal. This bid represents the second bid from Pfizer rejected by AstraZeneca within a week, and shares of Pfizer fell about 1.5% after the news. U.S.-listed shares of AstraZeneca were unchanged near noon... Also in the pharmaceutical space, Merck (MRK) and Endocyte (ECYT) announced that the safety board monitoring their Phase 3 PROCEED trial of their ovarian cancer drug candidate vintafolide recommended stopping the trial due to futility. Endocyte said that after completing the trial, Merck will be responsible for the development of vintafolide going forward, and shares of Endoctye were down about 60% near noon, while shares of Merck were down 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6% near noon after last night reporting earnings and revenue that topped expectations, with its revenue in Macau growing 14%. Shares of several casino peers, notably Melco Crown (MPEL), which operates casinos based in Macau, climbed following Wynn's report. Also higher was Redbox operator Outerwall (OUTR), up 6.5% after its fiscal 2014 outlook topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was professional networking site LinkedIn (LNKD), down about 5% after last night giving second quarter and fiscal 2014 revenue outlooks that disappointed. Also lower was Skechers (SKX), down 4% near noon after announcing plans to explore acquiring an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 14.32, or 0.09%, to 16,544.55, the S&P 500 was up 0.91, or 0.05%, to 1,884.59, and the Nasdaq was up 6.76, or 0.16%, to 4,134.21.
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March 18, 2015
17:09 EDTPFEPfizer CAPiTA published in New England Journal of Medicine
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16:24 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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16:23 EDTMPELMelco Crown initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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10:00 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTWYNN, WYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Wynn Resorts to Outperform and lowered its price target to $140 from $264 as part of Macau sector downgrade to reflect disappointing run rates year-to-date and expectations for more negative newsflow. See sector note for further information.
08:24 EDTWYNN, WYNNMacau sector downgraded at CLSA
CLSA downgraded the Macau sector given disappointing run rates year-to-date and expectations for more negative newsflow. The firm said the anti-corruption campaign continues to pressure VIP and premium mass customer visits. CLSA now expects 2015 EBITDA growth of -26%, lowered its view of VIP growth to -32% from -14%, reduced mass growth to -17% from -2%, and now expects new Cotai projects ROIC to average only +18, down from +35% previously. As part of the sector view change, the firm downgraded Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) to Outperform from Buy.
March 17, 2015
14:10 EDTAZNIGI Laboratories recent sell-off a buying opportunity, says Craig-Hallum
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10:00 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
March 16, 2015
16:18 EDTLNKDFollow-up: LinkedIn initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital
As previously reported, Brean Murray initiated Linkedin with a Sell and $208 price target. The firm believes expectations for Sales Navigator are too high and core site "browsability" is lacking.
16:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital
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15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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13:11 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts urges holders to vote the WHITE proxy card
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12:29 EDTWYNNElaine Wynn urges Wynn Resorts investors to take no action on proxy card
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11:01 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquires Careerify, terms not disclosed
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10:50 EDTLNKDKing Digital seen benefiting from user base larger than Twitter, LinkedIn
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10:02 EDTMPEL, WYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:04 EDTMPELMelco Crown downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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08:01 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:30 EDTAZNAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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