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April 3, 2014
09:14 EDTCYTR, MON, PLUG, ORCL, VVUS, LMCA, CACI, FIO, LQDT, BKSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Plug Power (PLUG), up 3% after agreeing to acquire hydrogen fuel cell stack technology developer ReliOn... Fusion-io (FIO), up 2% after announcing a collaboration with Oracle (ORCL) on the development of flash-aware interfaces for MySQL... Monsanto (MON), up 1.5% following upgrades to Overweight at JPMorgan... CytRx (CYTR), up 9.7% after announcing data from a trial that it said supports the current evaluation of aldoxorubicin as a treatment for patients with GBM tumors. LOWER: Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 13% after confirming it withdrew from live auction bidding for the DoD rolling stock contract, shares downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 9% after Liberty Media (LMCA) agreed to reduce its stake in B&N... VIVUS (VVUS), down 5% following downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray... CACI International (CACI), down 8.7% after cutting its fiscal 2014 earnings and sales outlook, citing reduced government spending and delays in award activity.
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November 18, 2015
09:54 EDTMONMonsanto expects core pipeline to deliver up to $25B of peak net sales
The company said innovation is expected to underpin 80% of the gross profit growth to 2019. It expects the company is tracking toward the 3rd straight year of greater than 20 pipeline advancements. Comments taken from slides for Monsanto Biennial Investor Event.
06:03 EDTMONBayer says not looking to sell crop chemicals business, Reuters reports
Bayer (BAYRY) says its Bayer CropScience unit is an "integral part" of the company and that the division is not for sale, Reuters reports. Bayer's comments come after Monsanto (MON) executives said that it is in internal discussions about tie-ups in the industry. Reference Link
06:01 EDTMONMonsanto studying possibility for consolidation in agrochem sector, Reuters says
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November 17, 2015
16:26 EDTMONOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street see-sawed throughout the day and eventually finished the day mixed, with solid earnings reports from both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helping the Dow notch a small gain while the S&P recorded a small loss. The averages looked to be set to extend yesterday's advance, but weakened during the afternoon following news of a stadium evacuation in Europe that unsettled investors and put a halt to the rally. The market struggled into the close but avoided a big selloff as headlines crossed that police in Germany found no explosives at the site of the game cancellation in Hanover. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% to $59.92 after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained 4.4% to $126.18 while TJX (TJX), owner of the TJ Maxx and HomeGoods brands, rose nearly 4% to $68.18 after their own better than expected quarterly reports. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled 9.4% to $36.96 after giving guidance for the holiday quarter and fiscal 2015 that missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Airgas (ARG), which jumped $31.17, or 29.39%, to $137.35 after agreeing to be acquired by Air Liquide for $143 per share. Also higher was Syngenta (SYT), which advanced $6.69, or 9.24%, to $79.06 after Monsanto (MON) Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann told reporters the company is weighing another attempt at acquiring the Swiss firm. Among the noteworthy losers were GNC (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC), which dropped a respective 6.4%, 5%, and 15.4% after the Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it would announce actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Shares in the publicly traded companies came off their lows, but did not fully recover heading into the close, after the agency announced that its criminal case was charging USPlabs and that its five civil cases were against a number of smaller businesses. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell $1.54, or 33.74%, to $3.02, with Oppenheimer attributing the selloff to "unsubstantiated rumors" regarding its liquidity and Deutsche Bank saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors who are focused on the balance sheet. Additionally, Adeptus (ADPT) declined 22.3% to $46.50 after an NBC affiliate published an investigative report scrutinizing billing practices at freestanding emergency rooms in Colorado. INDEXES: The Dow rose 6.49, or 0.04%, to 17,489.50, the Nasdaq gained 1.40, or 0.03%, to 4,986.02, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.75, or 0.13%, to 2,050.44.
13:19 EDTMONMonsanto weighs another takeover offer for Syngenta, Bloomberg reports
Monsanto (MON) is weighing another takeover attempt for Syngenta (SYT) after China National Chemical Corporation made an offer for Syngenta, Bloomberg reports. Monsanto is having internal discussions over the benefits of a new offer, the report says, citing comments from COO Brett Begemann in front of reporters in St. Louis. Reference Link
12:54 EDTMONMonsanto targets over 1.3B acres of technology upgrades from platforms by 2025
During Monsanto company's Biennial Investor Event, the company will note that it operates from a global footprint of more than 400M acres currently using its technologies, with the company anticipating more than 1.3B acres of next-generation technology upgrades by 2025. Approximately 800M acres of upgrades are expected to come from its core growth drivers like Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and from its global corn portfolio. The company anticipates another 550M-900M acres of technology upgrades from its new growth platforms, including 300M-400M acres from the Climate FieldView digital agronomic platform and 250M-500M acres from the BioAg Alliance with Novozymes.
12:51 EDTMONMonsanto sees more than 20% CAGR in ongoing EPS from end of FY16 to FY19
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12:48 EDTMONMonsanto confirms FY16 EPS view of $5.10-$5.60, consensus $5.33
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11:34 EDTMONMonsanto to host two day biennial investor event
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11:27 EDTMONMonsanto still sees earnings doubling by 2019, Bloomberg reports
Monsanto (MON) COO Brett Begemann told reporters ahead of the company's biennial investor event tomorrow that his company still expects its earnings to double between 2014 and 2019, according to Bloomberg. Begemann added that Monsanto management is internally discussing making another takeover approach to Syngenta (SYT), the news agency added. Begemann noted that acquisitions are not needed for Monsanto to double earnings by 2019. He expects 20% earnings growth in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Bloomberg reports.
11:24 EDTMONSyngenta jumps 3% after Monsanto says discussing another approach
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11:23 EDTMONMonsanto COO says internally discussing another Syngenta approach
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November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTMONSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Cempra (CEMP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded on improved growth outlook at BMO Capital... MiMedx (MDXG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... New York REIT (NYRT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Semtech (SMTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Tullow Oil (TUWOY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Wabtec (WAB) upgraded to Outperform on valuatoin at Raymond James.
09:53 EDTORCLOracle rallies, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
07:23 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Oracle to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $47 from $45 on shares following checks that indicate cloud revenue growth will accelerate in second half 2016. Analyst Heather Bellini said investors continue to have concerns about management's cloud guidance but field work provides increasing confidence Oracle will be successful in achieving 2016 bookings targets and expects management to guide towards accelerating revenue growth and gross margin expansion in 2017. Bellini sees 2016 as a bottom in non-GAAP operating margins and expects the Street's focus to shift towards cloud execution, leading to multiple expansion.
November 13, 2015
09:27 EDTPLUGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Blue Buffalo (BUFF), up 8.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.8%... Planet Fitness (PLNT), up 9.8%... Lipocine (LPCN), up 16.2% after reporting quarterly results and that the FDA has assigned a Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date of June 28, 2016. ALSO HIGHER: Mylan (MYL), up 10.9% after Perrgo (PRGO) shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed... Plug Power (PLUG), up 7.3% after entering into a strategic supply agreement with 3M (MMM)... Yum! Brands (YUM), up after reporting that October China Same-Store Sales are up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Fossil (FOSL), down 24.5%... Fossil (JWN), down 20.6%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 15.1%... Cisco (CSCO), down 4.1%.... Tyco (TYC), down 4.1%... J.C. Penney (JCP), down 6.8%. ALSO LOWER: Fitbit (FIT), down 8.4% after 17M share Secondary priced at $29.00... GameStop (GME), down 8% after being downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest... Lions Gate (LGF), down 2.6% after 3.4M share Spot Secondary priced at $39.43... Perrigo is down 10.5% after shareholders did not tender enough shares for the hostile takeover bid to succeed.
07:05 EDTPLUG3M, Plug Power announce strategic supply agreement
Plug Power (PLUG) and 3M (MMM) announce a supply agreement for membrane electrode assemblies, or MEAs, to be used in Plug Power designed proton exchange membrane, or PEM, fuel cell stacks. Through this strategic supply agreement, robust fuel cell stacks will be manufactured in Plug Power's Latham, NY and Spokane, WA facilities to support the $20B material handling market. Additionally, this new fuel cell stack technology will be utilized to expand Plug Power's presence into hydrogen enabled electric vehicle applications outside of the material handling market. Fuel cell systems using the 3M MEA's and Plug Power stack design will begin shipments in Q4.
06:41 EDTLMCAJohn Malone wishes he had made hostile bid for Netflix in 2012, NY Post reports
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