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April 2, 2013
11:47 EDTBGCP, EXEL, FNP, IRM, THCHigh option volume stocks: BGCP EXEL FNP IRM THC
News For BGCP;EXEL;FNP;IRM;THC From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2014
07:22 EDTBGCPThomson Reuters partners with BGC Partners for OTC data coverage
Thomson Reuters (TRI) and BGC Partners (BGCP) announced a strategic agreement to expand customer access to over-the-counter pricing data. BGC's OTC pricing data is now available to customers of Thomson Reuters Eikon, its flagship financial markets desktop, Thomson Reuters Elektron Real Time, Tick History and DataScope Select, as well as BGC's trading system.
07:15 EDTBGCPThomson Reuters announces expanded partnership with BGC Partners
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTTHCCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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12:16 EDTTHCU.S. to appeal ruling on health care insurance subsidies, Politico says
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July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTIRMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTIRMIron Mountain downgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird downgraded Iron Mountain to Neutral from Outperform. The firm expects the REIT conversion will require significant capital commitments due to the high dividend, which will leave little capital for larger growth investments. Additionally, the analyst believe equity dilution risk is not fully appreciated. Price target lowered to $39 from $40.
06:11 EDTIRMIron Mountain downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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July 16, 2014
16:24 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nationís largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
12:26 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:51 EDTTHCHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
09:59 EDTTHCHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:48 EDTTHCTenet trades higher after peer HCA raises FY14 outlook, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTTHCHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
July 14, 2014
16:15 EDTTHCHumana, Tenet sign new multi-year national agreement
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11:20 EDTEXELExelixis seen as potential target for Roche, TheStreet says
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09:16 EDTEXELOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:07 EDTIRMIron Mountain management to meet with JPMorgan
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05:19 EDTEXELExelixis announces coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint
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July 10, 2014
05:30 EDTBGCPBGC Partners issues statement regarding FINRA Arbitration Panel
BGC Partners released the following statement. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, Arbitration Panel in the matter involving Tullett Prebon, BGC and certain others has issued its award. Tullett was found to have breached its contract with the people who sold it Chapdelaine Corporate Securities & Co, many of whom now work for BGC, and is ordered to pay them over $6M in damages. Tullett has also been found to have wrongly refused to pay expenses to one of its employees, who was awarded over $222,000. BGC was found solely liable for approximately $13M. Certain desk heads that moved to BGC have been found liable for a total of approximately $20M. BGC expects the awards against these desk heads will be paid for by BGC. Tullett's Management Reports show it has paid over $40M in attorneys' fees in this matter and a related New Jersey matter over the last two years. Sean Windeatt, COO of BGC Partners said, "Tullett has spent more than it recovered, which was a waste of resources." Tullett's final position claimed over $214M in damages, and in earlier positions Tullett had claimed over a billion dollars. It also sought punitive damages and findings against BGC executives, all of which were denied. In a separate FINRA judgment last year, Tullett's claim of $16M in damages against BGC was denied and Tullett was ordered to pay $380,000 to a group of brokers in that matter. The FINRA award will not have a material financial effect on BGC, which had appropriately reserved for it. BGC is pleased to put this arbitration behind it and remains focused on delivering outstanding services to its valued customers.

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