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June 2, 2014
12:19 EDTBRCM, PBYI, SHPG, NPSP, MTZ, SWKS, CONN, QCOM, GSK, AVGO, PLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, as investors await bigger macroeconomic events that are scheduled for later in the week. Better than expected manufacturing data from China was followed by a pair of confusing and apparently conflicting manufacturing reports from the U.S., which came to be more aligned after one of the two data providers issued a correction. This morning's data, however, may be seen a precursor to the big economic events coming later in the week, which include a meeting of the European Central Bank and the U.S. payroll report for May. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index appeared to fall to 53.2 in May, missing expectations for a slight rise, but the group than corrected its index to 56, noting that wrong seasonal adjustments were used in the first, incorrect reading. Markit's manufacturing PMI rose to 56.4 for May, which is a little better than the 56.2 flash print and up from April's 55.4. Construction spending rose 0.2% in April, which was less than the 0.6% growth expected. In China, the government's official Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.8 in May from April's 50.4, beating market expectations and indicating that factory activity there expanded at its fastest pace in five months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Broadcom (BRCM) rose 10% after the company announced it is exploring strategic alternatives for its cellular baseband business, including a potential sale or wind-down, and has engaged JPMorgan (JPM) in connection with its efforts. After the announcement, analysts at Sterne Agee said they think the wind down of the unit improves Qualcomm's (QCOM) positioning and that the firm also expects Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS) to benefit from Broadcom's move. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which jumped 11% after The Times of London reported that Shire (SHPG) has secured a $5B credit facility for a takeover bid, and Protective Life (PL), which surged 10.5% after the Nikkei said that Japan's Dai-ichi Life Insurance is in late stage talks to acquire its U.S. life insurance peer. Also higher was Conn's (CONN), which rose over 5% after the company reported higher than expected first quarter earnings and said execution in its collections operation improved during the quarter and delinquency declined. In late April, noted hedge fund manager David Einhorn revealed that his Greenlight Capital initiated a new position in Conn's during the first three months of the year. Among the noteworthy losers was Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), which fell 20% after it announced the presentation of results from an ongoing Phase II clinical trial of its investigational drug, neratinib, for the treatment of HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer that has metastasized to the brain. Citigroup said it believes data presented over the weekend at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, including a failed trial announced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), showed "some challenges" being faced by Puma's neratinib. Also lower were shares of infrastructure construction company MasTec (MTZ), which tumbled 11% after the firm lowered its second quarter outlook, citing delays in wireless project spending and weaker than anticipated oil and gas segment results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.76, or 0.11%, to 16,735.93, the Nasdaq was down 6.98, or 0.16%, to 4,235.64, and the S&P 500 was up 0.69, or 0.04%, to 1,924.26.
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June 26, 2015
10:38 EDTGSKCourt revives lawsuit over GlaxoSmithKline Lamictal drug, Bloomberg reports
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTQCOMAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
14:01 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target GBP 17.
13:58 EDTSHPGShire initiated with a Reduce at HSBC
Price target GBP 47.34.
08:05 EDTBRCMBroadcom signs strategic collaborations in China
Broadcom announced a series of Memorandum of Understanding agreements with several Chinese companies, including H3C for collaboration on the integration of cloud and Internet services, Inspur for collaboration to drive continued innovation in Ultra HD set-top box offerings for China, and StarTimes for joint design and development of low cost set-top boxes and high end Ultra HD gateways.
June 24, 2015
17:57 EDTQCOMWall Street applauds Senate giving go-ahead for 'fast track' trade powers
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13:37 EDTGSKGSK says CDC committee votedfor meningococcal group B vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted for a Category B recommendation for meningococcal group B vaccination, including Bexsero, in individuals aged 16 to 23. Bexsero was approved by the FDA in January for use in individuals aged 10 through 25 years and acquired by GSK in March following the closure of the three-part transaction with Novartis (NVS).
10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:11 EDTQCOMApplied Micro an affordable target for Qualcomm, says Summit Research
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07:39 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with a Buy at Argus
Target $163.
June 23, 2015
17:21 EDTQCOMSemiconductor Manufacturing, Qualcomm form joint venture to focus on 14nm tech
Earlier on Tuesday, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm Global Trading -- an affiliate of Qualcomm (QCOM) -- announced the formation of SMIC Advanced Technology Research & Development, an equity joint venture company. The joint venture company will focus on R&D towards next generation CMOS logic technology and an advanced integrated circuit development R&D platform. SMIC Advanced Technology R&D will be majority owned by SMIC, while Huawei, imec, and Qualcomm will be minority shareholders. "By enabling fabless semiconductor companies to join the development process as shareholders, the product development cycle can be shortened and the advanced process node tape out time can be accelerated," said the statement. In the first phase, the joint venture will develop 14 nanometer CMOS technology for mass production, which will be based on imec's expertise. The project will be done at SMIC's production line. SMIC will have the rights to license the required intellectual property rights on the mass production technologies of advanced nodes developed by the joint venture company.
12:54 EDTAVGOPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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07:25 EDTGSKPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTQCOMITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
07:01 EDTGSKPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
June 19, 2015
08:12 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $125 from $115 at BofA/Merrill
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05:52 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
13:08 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Minneapolis on June 23 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active
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08:01 EDTSWKSSkyworks raises quarterly dividend 100% to 26c per share
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