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April 19, 2012
12:33 EDTQCOM, NYT, EBAY, VZ, HUSA, MLNX, LTM, SWK, BSX, DD, BAC, GILD, GSK, YUM, MS, CY, TRV, ACHN, HGSIOn 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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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:24 EDTDDDuPont near session low, levels to watch
The shares were downgraded earlier at BofA/Merrill to Underperform, but the firm maintained its $76 price target. At the current price of $77.35 the stock is at the low of its price channel, but has not breached. Support below current price is at $75.52, the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $78.08.
13:16 EDTBSXAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:43 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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11:58 EDTDDDuPont retreats after Bank of America two notch downgrade to sell
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10:29 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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10:22 EDTBACBank of America February default rate 2.98% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.86% vs. 1.83% last month.
10:07 EDTLTMHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTDDPeltz says open to discussing 'realistic settlement' with DuPont
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09:22 EDTLTM, BSX, DDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness volatility flat into Leonard Green affiliates acquiring
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08:07 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness to be acquired by Leonard Green affiliates in $4B deal
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07:38 EDTDDDuPont downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:32 EDTGSKEmergent BioSolutions signs agreements with GSK, Oxford University, NIAID
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07:25 EDTBSXBoston Scientific Watchman indication 'very favorable,' says Bernstein
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06:44 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:09 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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