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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTBKW, GILD, QIHU, ANN, LTM, GSK, SNY, RGDO, RHHBY, ITMN, THI, CELGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street continued their recent run higher, pushing the S&P 500 above 2,000 for the first time ever. The benchmark index hit the record level despite a report that showed new home sales unexpectedly declined in July. At the lunch hour, the averages were just off their best levels and the S&P had dipped back just below the 2K milestone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged 35.5% to trade just below $73 per share near noon after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharmaceutical peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including Gilead (GILD), which rose about 3%, and Celgene (CELG), which advanced 2%... Burger King (BKW) shares rose 19% after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). The new publicly-listed company, which would be headquartered in Canada, would be the world's third-largest quick service restaurant company with about $22B in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants. Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained 20% following the confirmation of news reported by The Wall Street Journal over the weekend. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 10% after confirming the company has initiated a process to explore a potential conversion of its real estate assets into a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT. Also higher was Ann Inc. (ANN), which gained 4.5% after Engine Capital and Red Alder, who collectively own over 1% of the company's outstanding shares, urged the company to explore value creating opportunities, including a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Regado Biosciences (RGDO), which plunged 60% and was downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Jefferies after the company announced the permanent termination of enrollment in its REGULATE-PCI phase 3 trial for its lead program. Also lower after its earnings report was Chinese Internet services provider Qihoo 360 (QIHU), which dropped 8%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 96.27, or 0.57%, to 17,097.49, the Nasdaq was up 21.29, or 0.47%, to 4,559.85, and the S&P 500 was up 11.14, or 0.56%, to 1,999.54.
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September 12, 2014
09:21 EDTBKWBlackstone to sell 260 Burger King locations, Bloomberg says
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September 11, 2014
11:58 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; DDD GILD
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08:09 EDTBKW, THIBerkshire's Munger defends Burger King deal, WSJ reports
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08:03 EDTBKW, THISenators urge Burger King to stay domiciled in U.S., Reuters reports
The number 2 ranking Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, and four fellow senators have urged Burger King (BKW) to keep its domicile in the U.S. and give up plans for a "tax inversion" as part of its purchase of Canada's Tim Hortons (THI), reported Reuters. Reference Link
05:27 EDTSNYGenzyme announces positive interim results from Lemtrada extension study
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September 10, 2014
13:04 EDTRHHBYRoche unit receives orphan status for lung cancer mutation drug
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09:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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07:09 EDTSNYAmericas Committee for Treatment & Research in MS to hold a meeting
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September 9, 2014
09:34 EDTGILDGilead recently started cutting Sovaldi pricing by 8%, says Cleveland Research
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09:04 EDTANNMorgan Stanley views a potential IPO of Ann Inc. as unattractive
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07:51 EDTCELGNICE says Abraxane price not justified by limited benefit in pancreatic cancer
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06:25 EDTGSKDocuments show DOJ probed GSK China unit in 2012, Reuters says
Internal documents revealed that a U.S. anti-bribery investigation into GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) touched on the firm's Chinese consumer healthcare division two years ago, which infers that the company's compliance issues in the country could be broader than initially discovered, according to Reuters, citing the documents. Reference Link
September 8, 2014
14:16 EDTSNYSanofi announces FDA approval of Menactra vaccine
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11:05 EDTGILDOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:40 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTLTMHG Vora reports 5.1% passive stake in Life Time Fitness
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08:48 EDTGSK, GILDGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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07:26 EDTCELGMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTRHHBYIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
September 7, 2014
13:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline Ebola vaccine works in tests on monkeys, Bloomberg says
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