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March 20, 2012
16:16 EDTMYGN, TSL, AZN, STP, NSRGY, TRGT, YGE, TIF, RIO, BHPOn 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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06:55 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces four research collaborations for CRISPR
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10:13 EDTBHPHigh option volume stocks
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07:39 EDTAZNPfizer CEO says company not in need of big M&A deal, FT reports
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15:24 EDTAZNTeva confirms U.S. approval of AstraZeneca's Nexium generic
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07:17 EDTMYGNSociety of Thoracic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
51st Annual Meeting of STS is being held in San Diego, California on January 24-28.
06:48 EDTYGE, TSLTax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 23, 2015
15:46 EDTMYGNPiper Jaffray's medtech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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January 22, 2015
06:14 EDTTSLTrina Solar comments on ITC determination in antidumping duty investigation
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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTAZNGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTAZNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
06:06 EDTRIORio Tinto reports FY14 global iron ore shipments up 17% from FY13
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January 20, 2015
18:21 EDTBHPBHP Billiton provides operational update
Group production increased by 9% during the December 2014 half year with records achieved for eight operations and five commodities. Production guidance remains unchanged and we are on track to deliver Group production growth of 16% over the two years to the end of the 2015 financial year. Metallurgical coal production increased by 21% to 26 Mt in the December 2014 half year as Queensland Coal and Illawarra Coal both achieved record half year volumes. Western Australia Iron Ore production increased by 15% to a record of 124 Mt (100% basis) in the December 2014 half year as the ramp-up of Jimblebar continued and we improved the availability, utilisation and rate of our integrated supply chain. Petroleum production increased by 9% to a record 131 MMboe in the December 2014 half year supported by a 71% increase in Onshore US liquids volumes to 24.4 MMboe. Copper production decreased by 2% to 813 kt as strong underlying operating performance across the business was offset by lower grades at Antamina. Record manganese ore and alumina production was underpinned by strong performances at both Hotazel and the Alumar refinery.
18:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to reduce U.S. rigs by about 40% by end of current fiscal year
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10:13 EDTTIFTiffany management to meet with Oppenheimer
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07:24 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to after recent pullback at Wells Fargo
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07:07 EDTMYGNMyriad RBM joins Institut Pasteur in TB collaboration
Myriad RBM, a wholly owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, announced that it will assist the Institut Pasteur in a public-private research collaboration to fight the global tuberculosis, or TB, epidemic. This research project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through a grant to the Institut Pasteur. The proof-of-concept study will evaluate patients with latent and active TB infections who are affiliated with the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative clinical study sites. The goals of this study are to field-test Myriad RBM's TruCulture system as a point-of-care blood collection and immune response monitoring method and to stratify patients with active and latent tuberculosis.
06:51 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
06:51 EDTNSRGYNestle to invest about $140M in Egypt over next few years, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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