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March 20, 2012
16:16 EDTNSRGY, TRGT, YGE, MYGN, TSL, AZN, STP, BHP, TIF, RIOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on concerns of slowing growth in China. The futures barely reacted to February U.S. housing data, which showed starts were lower than expected but building permits were higher. The futures action led to a lower open for the broader market. The averages found a level in the first 30 minutes of trading where they sat and eventually began to drift higher. The market moved generally higher until the last hour of the session but the averages were never able to retake the baseline to continue their six day winning streak... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., homebuilders began construction on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 698,000 homes in February, down 1.1% from a month ago. Building permits jumped 5.1%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. In China, a report said that home prices dropped in 45 Chinese cities last month and the country increased its gas and diesel prices for the second time in less than six weeks... MARKET NEWS: BHP Billiton (BHP) was widely quoted as stating that Chinese iron ore demand growth was "flattening," but the company came out and said that the slowdown had been discussed before and was not new information. Also, both BHP and rival Rio Tinto (RIO) confirmed plans to expand production in China even further. Still, BHP's confirmation along with other signals of a slowdown in China was attributed as a significant catalyst for today's market pull-back... Saudi Arabia said it is ready to meet any shortfalls in global oil supplies which, along with China's news, caused oil prices to fall 2%, weighing on the Energy sector of the S&P... Amazon.com (AMZN) moved up 3.67% following its $775M purchase of Kiva Systems, a maker of robots and other material handling technology... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tiffany (TIF), up $4.59, or 6.68%, to $73.27, after its earnings missed expectations but its FY12 guidance beat the Street's view. Also higher were a number of Chinese solar companies, including Yingli Green Energy (YGE), up 46c, or 12.07%, to $4.27, Suntech (STP), up 44c, or 14.06%, to $3.57, and Trina Solar (TSL), up 61c, or 7.85%, to $8.38, following the U.S. Commerce Department's decision to impose tariffs of less than 5% on the companies, which was well below the 20% to 30% that was forecast by some analysts. Noteworthy losers included Targacept (TRGT), down $2.22, or 29.96%, to $5.19, after it abandoned plans to seek approval for a depression drug it was developing in partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN), and Myriad Genetics (MYGN), down $1.33, or 5.19%, to $24.31, after the Supreme Court ruled that two patents held by Nestle (NSRGY) for certain personalized medicine products are invalid because the patents utilize "laws of nature" without adding significant additional features to those laws... INDICES: The Dow fell 68.94, or 0.52%, to 13,170.19; the Nasdaq lost 4.17, or 0.14%, to 3,074.15; and the S&P 500 dropped 4.23, or 0.30%, to 1,405.52.
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December 17, 2014
05:29 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy comments on U.S. Department of Commerce decision on tariffs
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December 16, 2014
16:22 EDTTRGTTargacept appoints Mauri Hodges as interim CFO
On December 11 the Board of Directors of Targacept appointed Mauri K. Hodges to serve on an interim basis as the Company’s Vice President, Finance and Administration, CFO and Treasurer, effective immediately. In this role, Hodges will also serve as Targacept’s principal accounting officer. Hodges joined the Company in 2000 and has served in several management roles, including as Vice President, Finance and Controller from 2007 to 2014 and, most recently, as Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Systems.
10:06 EDTTIFTiffany initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $123.
December 15, 2014
09:31 EDTRIO, BHPRio, BHP looking to raise copper output, Reuters says
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08:34 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded BHP Billiton as the firm believes that the outlook for the company's cash flow metrics is weaker than its peers. The firm questions the timing of the company's South32 spin off and Four Pillars initiative, given potential structural issues affecting iron ore and oil.
07:36 EDTRIORio Tinto shares look undervalued, says Bernstein
After iron ore prices sank 48% this year, Bernstein thinks that Rio Tinto would be resilient even if iron ore prices dropped much further. The firm believes that the market is applying a significant discount to the stock, making the shares undervalued. It has a $63.20 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTAZNAdvaxis announces FDA acceptance of INDA to commence clinical trials of ADXS-HPV
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December 11, 2014
16:03 EDTAZNAmgen, AstraZeneca to present results from Phase 3 plaque psoriasis study
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12:54 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics management to meet with William Blair
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08:16 EDTBHPBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar,” adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
07:28 EDTAZNCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 10, 2014
15:08 EDTBHPFollow-up: BHP Billiton upgraded at CLSA
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15:05 EDTBHP, BHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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December 9, 2014
09:10 EDTAZNARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:02 EDTAZNMoventig approved in EU for opioid-induced constipation
Nektar (NKTR) reported partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that MOVENTIG has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to laxative. MOVENTIG is the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist to be approved in the European Union.
07:44 EDTAZNAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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December 8, 2014
07:05 EDTAZNInnocoll appoints Tony Zook as CEO
Innocoll AG (INNL) announced that Tony Zook, formerly executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, at AstraZeneca (AZN), has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Michael Myers, will continue with the company as head of Portfolio Operations.
06:11 EDTTSLTrina Solar acquires 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing
Trina Solar announced it has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire a 28% stake in Shuntai Leasing Company Limited. Total registered capital of Shuntai is approximately $50M. Changzhou Hi-tech Jinlong Holdings, a subsidiary of Changzhou Hi-tech Group Co., is the major shareholder of Shuntai. Changzhou Hi-tech Group is one of the largest state-owned companies in Changzhou covering a wide range of businesses including government financing, city development and operation of business enterprises. The group also owns several financing institutions and has raised approximately $5.5B in the past years. Trina Solar has also signed a cooperation agreement with Shuntai to finance the company's downstream projects and solar manufacturing business by leveraging Shuntai's leasing platform.
06:11 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says new company to be called South32
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05:57 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy collaborates to deploy solar power in Thailand
Yingli Green Energy announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Singapore, intends to collaborate with Kasikornbank Public, Huawei Technologies and Solventia Solar Energy, to deploy solar power in Thailand, a promising renewable energy market. According to their recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, the companies plan to jointly provide turnkey solar power solutions for both power plants and distributed generation projects throughout the country. Due to Thailand's strong year-round solar irradiation and rising demand for electricity, the Thai government has established a 3 GW target for total solar power capacity by 2021. The country plans to meet at least 20% of its energy demand with renewable resources by 2022.
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