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April 19, 2012
12:33 EDTBAC, GILD, ACHN, MLNX, GSK, HGSI, LTM, YUM, QCOM, SWK, MS, NYT, BSX, CY, EBAY, DD, TRV, VZ, HUSAOn 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.
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August 11, 2014
12:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline facing new bribery allegations in Syria, Reuters reports
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11:04 EDTBSXActive equity options trading on open
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10:19 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
08:47 EDTGSKGlaxo to conduct Ebola vaccine trials later this year, Guardian says
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07:29 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $110 from $90 at Argus
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06:46 EDTYUM Yum! Brands shares remain attractive, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Yum! Brands' China comp estimates to recover and does not view the brand as permanently impaired. The believes shares are attractive and sees potential upside from re-franchising or a breakup. The firm rates Yum! an Outperform with an $87 price target.
05:48 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Achillion to Outperform citing the potential for multiple near-term catalysts around the company's hepatitis C portfolio. Wells raised its price target range for shares to $11-$13 from $7-$8. Achillion was also upgraded this morning at Piper Jaffray.
05:29 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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August 8, 2014
11:51 EDTQCOMNVIDIA rallies after Q2 quarter profit, Q3 revenue outlook top estimates
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11:32 EDTVZSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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07:18 EDTMS, BACRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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06:18 EDTGSKRoyal Bank of Scotland's Hampton leads race to become new GSK chair, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Chairman Philip Hampton is the frontrunner to succeed Christopher Gent as chairman of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the Financial Times reports, citing sources. Gent will step down from his role at GSK next year. Hampton is not expected to step down from RBS until after May's general election, the sources say. Reference Link
06:11 EDTYUMOSI withdraws products made in Shanghai in response to food scandal
After dealing with a food scandal, OSI China, parent company of Shanghai Husi Food, announced the withdrawal of products produced in Shanghai. The company said, "Husi is the subject of company and government investigations and it is proceeding smoothly. While there have been no reported illnesses linked to any Shanghai Husi products, recovering this production is an important step in facilitating the investigations and rebuilding the respect and trust of our customers, the government and the people of China. With assistances and guidance provided by Shanghai FDA, we have started the recovery process of products in question in a comprehensive and orderly." Worldwide brands such Yum! Brands (YUM) McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the scandal in China. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
16:53 EDTACHNAchillion reports Q2 EPS (16c), consensus (18c)
President and CEO Milind Deshpande said, "We remain committed to our goal of initiating a Phase 2 trial by the end of 2014, pending regulatory approval, which will evaluate ACH-3422 in combination with ACH-3102 for patients with chronic HCV for treatment durations of eight weeks or less. We also remain confident that our strong balance sheet will fund our operations into 2016." Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities, and interest receivable as of June 30 were $132.2M.
09:36 EDTVZ, GILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTBACL.A. suit against JPMorgan over mortgage lending dismissed, Reuters reports
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