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March 20, 2012
16:16 EDTNSRGY, MYGN, AZN, TRGT, TSL, STP, 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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August 21, 2014
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer looking at new targets, including Actavis, Bloomberg reports
While it weighs another attempt to acquire AstraZeneca (AZN), Pfizer is considering other overseas alternatives, including Actavis (ACT), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Pfizer prefers to reach a deal with AstraZeneca, and a move on another company is unlikely "anytime soon," Bloomberg adds, citing its sources. Shares of Actavis are rising 3%, or $6.65, to $230.01 in pre-market trading, while AstraZeneca is up 2% to $72.59. Reference Link
07:45 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy to supply 2 MW rooftop solar project in Japan
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07:14 EDTTSLTrina Solar's Duo-Max module receives certifications from UL and TUV Rheinland
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05:42 EDTAZNIllumina announces strategic partnership with AstraZeneca, Sanofi, Janssen
Illumina (ILMN) announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies to develop a universal next-generation sequencing, or NGS,-based oncology test system. The system will be used for clinical trials of targeted cancer therapies with a goal of developing and commercializing a multi-gene panel for therapeutic selection, resulting in a more comprehensive tool for precision medicine. Initial strategic partners include AstraZeneca (AZN), Janssen Biotech, a Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) company, and Sanofi (SNY). Illumina is working with the strategic partners to develop assays that detect and measure multiple variants simultaneously to support partners’ clinical trials, with the objectives of securing regulatory agency approvals and test commercialization. In parallel, Illumina is working with key thought leaders to set standards for NGS-based assays in routine clinical oncology practice, as well as to define regulatory frameworks to enable this new testing paradigm. Together, Illumina and its strategic partners aim to transition from single-analyte companion diagnostics to panel-based assays that select for “companion therapeutics.”
August 20, 2014
10:04 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:17 EDTRIOCloud Peak announces termination of TRA with Rio Tinto
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05:20 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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August 19, 2014
15:22 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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09:20 EDTTSL, YGEReported settlement offer positive for Chinese solar stocks, says Roth Capital
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09:07 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:01 EDTAZNDOJ closes investigation into PLATO Brilinta clinical trial, plans no action
AstraZeneca today announced that it has received confirmation from the United States Department of Justice that it is closing its investigation into PLATO, a clinical trial with BRILINTA tablets. The government is not planning any further action. Pascal Soriot, CEO, said: “We welcome the Department of Justice’s decision not to pursue further action. We have always had absolute confidence in the integrity of the PLATO trial and we are proud of the important benefit BRILINTA offers to patients around the world suffering from acute coronary syndrome. As one of AstraZeneca’s growth platforms, we remain committed to delivering the full potential of this important medicine.” As part of our continued commitment to advancing the science behind cardiovascular medicine, AstraZeneca has initiated a clinical trial program for BRILINTA, its largest program involving more than 80,000 patients worldwide.
06:16 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says continues to review Nickel West, smaller assets
BHP Billiton said continues to review Nickel West, New Mexico Coal and its smaller petroleum assets. "Each of these assets is subject to its own study and the Group will only pursue options that maximise value for its shareholders," BHP stated.
06:04 EDTBHPBHP says CFO Graham Kerr to be CEO of new company
BHP Billiton announced a series of changes to the senior management of the company. Graham Kerr, currently CFO is appointed CEO designate of the new company that BHP Billiton plans to form in a demerger. Graham will retire from the Group Management Committee on October 1 and will be replaced as CFO by Peter Beaven, currently President, Copper. Brendan Harris, currently Head of Group Investor Relations, has been appointed CFO designate of the new company. BHP said an announcement relating to Beaven's replacement as President Copper will be made in due course. In the interim Edgar Basto, currently Asset President Escondida, will act in the capacity of President, Copper and, following the appointment of a permanent replacement, will take up a new role within BHP Billiton.
06:02 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy installs solar power system in Munich
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05:59 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to create independent metals and mining company
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05:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY14 underlying profit $13.45B vs. $12.21B last year
BHP said capital and exploration expenditure is expected to decline to $14.5Bin the 2015 financial year and be no more than $14B should the proposed demerger be implemented. "By maintaining an internal focus and concentrating investment in our major basins we believe an average rate of return of greater than 20% is achievable for our favoured development options," the company said. It added, "With robust volume growth and further productivity gains expected, we remain confident in the outlook for the Group. On this basis, we increased our full-year progressive base dividend by 4% to 121 US cents per share for an Underlying payout ratio of 48%. We will seek to steadily increase or at least maintain the dividend per share in US dollar terms at each half-yearly payment following the demerger, implying a higher payout ratio."
August 18, 2014
07:57 EDTAZNCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
07:05 EDTTSLTrina Solar announces supply of 82MW of anti-PID modules to Sihong
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07:01 EDTBHPBHP Billiton spin off announcement doesn't create value, says Bernstein
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06:18 EDTRIORio Tinto to review options in Bougainville Copper Limited
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