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April 19, 2012
12:33 EDTMS, CY, TRV, ACHN, HGSI, QCOM, NYT, EBAY, VZ, HUSA, MLNX, LTM, SWK, BSX, DD, BAC, GILD, GSK, YUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as disappointing economic data overshadowed the fact a number of prominent companies beat earnings expectations. Each of the indices has moved in a fairly wide range throughout the morning. The market opened flat after trading higher during the pre-market session. Futures weakened following disappointing jobless claims data and rumors of a downgrade of French sovereign debt. When the rumors proved to be false the averages moved back into positive territory. The poor manufacturing data from the Philadelphia Fed and the disappointing existing home sales data pushed the market to its lows of the session. The averages see-sawed near the flat line but went back into negative territory a bit after noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, more jobless claims applications were filed than forecast last week, as claims fell by 2,000 to 386,000 but that was above economists' calls for a drop to 370,000. Sales of previously owned homes in March unexpectedly fell 2.6% to a 4.48M annual rate from 4.6M in February. Forecasts called for an increase to 4.61M. The leading economic indicators for March showed an increase of 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing report had a reading of 8.5, versus the expected reading of 12.0. In Europe, Spain was able to sell more bonds than expected but at higher yields. Also, rumors circulated in the morning hours of an upcoming downgrade of French sovereign debt but a French senior official called the rumors unfounded and Fitch reiterated its AAA ratings and outlook on French debt... COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) posted Q1 adjusted results that beat consensus, but shares declined 5c, or 0.56%, to $8.87. The bank said sales and trading revenue excluding accounting adjustments more than doubled from last quarter and its provision for credit losses was the smallest since the third quarter of 2007. Among other Dow components, Verizon (VZ) and Travelers (TRV) also reported earnings that exceeded expectations and both saw their shares rise following the reports, with Verizon gaining over 2% and Travellers advancing more than 4%. Du Pont (DD) was the fourth Dow name to beat on earnings, but shares fell 1.5% in midday trading... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included eBay (EBAY), Cypress Semi (CY), Boston Scientific (BSX), New York Times (NYT) and Morgan Stanley (MS); decliners included Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), Qualcomm (QCOM), Yum! Brands (YUM) and Life Time Fitness (LTM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Human Genome Sciences (HGSI), up 97%, after saying it had turned down an unsolicited $13 per share buyout proposal from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and Mellanox (MLNX), up 43%, following upgrades from at least three firms after its Q1 earnings report and guidance. Noteworthy losers included Achillion's (ACHN), down nearly 16%, with the decline attributed by Wells Fargo to positive data for Gilead's (GILD) oral hepatitis C combination treatment, and Houston American Energy (HUSA), down 40%, after the company announced it is terminating testing on its Tamandua #1 well and confirmed and SEC investigation and three subpoenas... INDICES: Near 12:30 am ET, the Dow was down 30.32, or 0.23%, to 13,002.43; the Nasdaq was down 2.45, or 0.08%, to 3,029.00; and the S&P 500 was down 3.68, or 0.27%, to 1,381.46.
News For BAC;VZ;TRV;DD;EBAY;CY;BSX;NYT;MS;SWK;QCOM;YUM;LTM;HGSI;GSK;MLNX;ACHN;GILD;HUSA From The Last 14 Days
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January 13, 2015
07:44 EDTBACNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:42 EDTGILDJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:18 EDTEBAYSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:10 EDTACHNAchillion implied volatility of 98 at lower end of index mean range
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January 12, 2015
18:29 EDTDDDuPont to sell Theater business after proxy fight with Trian, WSJ says
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13:31 EDTEBAYPayPal providing new credit options
eBay's PayPal earlier today announced that, for the first time, by leveraging new credit models retailers can customize PayPal Credit will offer a monthly payment option and decide on the number of months and interest rate that works best for their customers. They can also offer interest free options to customers shopping online who are approved in minutes, the payment service said. The new PayPal Credit feature works within the open-ended construct of the PayPal Credit product, allowing customers to divide their larger purchases into substantially equal monthly payments, PayPal stated. This gives consumers more control and helps them to better manage their budget, it added.
12:04 EDTGSKNovartis sees closing GSK transactions in 1H15
Novartis (NVS) says portfolio transformation is progressing "on track." Sees closing GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) transactions in 1H. In 2015, plans to execute integration of GSK oncology business, execute separation of Vaccines, ensure successful start-up of Consumer Health JV with GSK. Sees NBS to continue to deliver synergies. Comments from slides that are being presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
12:02 EDTDDUSDA cuts 2014 corn output estmate on lower yields
In its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said its U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are now projected lower, with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Corn production is estimated 191M bushels lower, though yield and production both remain records, USDA noted. Publicly traded companies in the space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT). Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley hires UBS U.K. investment banker Bishop, FT reports
Nick Bishop, a senior investment banker at UBS (UBS), will leave the company to join Morgan Stanley (MS), where he will become a managing director, sources tell The Financial Times. Reference Link
09:13 EDTYUMRBC Capital events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
08:55 EDTYUMBofA/Merrill events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
08:37 EDTGSKShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
08:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded at JMP Securities
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07:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
07:35 EDTEBAY, VZNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:22 EDTGSKWHO approves 2 ebola vaccines to enter West Africa trials, Financial Times says
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06:16 EDTVZSpherix announces trial date for case against Verizon set for May 18
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06:06 EDTVZSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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