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April 3, 2014
09:14 EDTORCL, VVUS, LMCA, CACI, FIO, LQDT, BKS, CYTR, MON, PLUGOn 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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March 3, 2015
11:25 EDTVVUSOrexigen surges after disclosing weight loss drug data, patent news
Shares of Orexigen (OREX) are surging in morning trading after the company disclosed the data from the 25% interim analysis of the LIGHT cardiovascular study when announcing a method of treatment patent was issued for its weight loss drug, Contrave. In the filing, the company disclosed that Contrave demonstrated a statistically significant benefit over placebo for cardiovascular events, including CV death. ANALYST OPINION: The new patent announced today extends protection for Contrave to 2034, analysts at Piper Jaffray stated. The firm thinks the new data could possibly drive a competitive advantage in the U.S. market for Contrave, and enhance probability of approvals outside the U.S. It kept an Overweight rating on Orexigen and raised its price target on the stock to $26 from $16. Meanwhile, Leerink noted the data show a statistically significant Contrave benefit in the intent-to-treat population on MACE, myocardial infarction, stroke, and cardiovascular death. The firm believes the results "present meaningful upside to expectations" and could have a positive impact on the Contrave launch if they are included on the drug's labels. Leerink reiterates an Outperform rating on Orexigen. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that offer weight loss drugs that compete with Contrave include VIVUS (VVUS) and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Orexigen shares surged 44.5% to $8.37, VIVUS shares rose 8% to $2.99 and Arena slid 3.5% to $4.13.
09:26 EDTPLUGPlug Power delays 10-K filing
Plug Power disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company is delaying its filing of its annual report with the SEC. Plug Power states in the filing: "As a first-time large accelerated filer, Plug Power was unable to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 within the prescribed time period without unreasonable effort or expense. The Company has experienced unforeseen delays in collecting, compiling and finalizing certain financial and other related data necessary to complete the Report, particularly data relating to a substantially higher level of complex customer transactions. The Report will be filed on or before the 15th calendar day following the prescribed due date." Plug Power shares are down 6% in pre-market trading to $2.93.
February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTBKSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
09:02 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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09:01 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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February 25, 2015
16:26 EDTLMCALiberty Media reiterates 2015 guidance
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16:25 EDTLMCALiberty Media reports Q4 revenue $1.09B, consensus $1.09B
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February 24, 2015
16:01 EDTVVUSVIVUS reports Q4 EPS (25c), consensus (25c)
Reports Q4 revenue $21.7M, consensus $20.01M.
08:01 EDTCACICACI says awarded $38M Navy contract
CACI International announced today it was awarded a $38M contract to provide test, evaluation, and information assurance services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Dahlgren, Virginia. This five-year -- one base year plus two option years and two award term years -- contract represents new business for CACI, growing the company’s presence in its C4ISR market area. Under this contract, CACI will perform test, evaluation, and information assurance services to support the Strategic and Weapon Control Systems Department in ensuring that strategic and tactical weapon and fire control missile systems are fully operational and certified to Navy-required standards before they are deployed.
February 23, 2015
08:05 EDTCACICACI awarded prime position valued at $23M on DCNO, MPTE contract
CACI International was awarded a prime position with a total potential value of $23M on a contract to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education. This four-year multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract represents new work for CACI, growing the company’s presence in its Business Systems market area. The DCNO MPTE N1 provides all planning, programming, policy, and execution of manpower, personnel, training, and education activities in order to provide the Navy operating forces with trained personnel to support the missions assigned by the National Command Authority. CACI will compete for task orders within nine different functional areas to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting services to support MPTE program/policy development, execution, analysis, and justification.
February 20, 2015
10:01 EDTLMCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
09:20 EDTLMCALiberty Media initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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February 19, 2015
11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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February 18, 2015
04:55 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; MO ORCL
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