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June 2, 2014
12:19 EDTMTZ, SWKS, CONN, QCOM, GSK, AVGO, PL, BRCM, PBYI, SHPG, NPSPOn 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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November 17, 2014
13:57 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility flat into analyst meeting
Qualcomm November call option implied volatility is at 22, December and January is at 20, February is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into a company sponsored analyst meeting on November 19
08:48 EDTSWKS, AVGOSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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08:32 EDTMTZMasTec upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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05:32 EDTGSKMedidata announces collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline
Medidata (MDSO) announced the completion of a method development project conducted in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to evaluate the impact of unifying mobile health, or mHealth, devices with cloud-based technologies in a clinical trial setting. The joint initiative assessed the capabilities of mHealth tools and evaluated how they could be used to enable a new model for clinical trial conduct that aligns site and patient needs with faster study execution and reduced costs. The collaborative project, which took place at GSK’s Human Performance Lab, demonstrated that mHealth technologies have the power to comprehensively collect large volumes of objective data that is reliable, secure and analysis-ready, and provides real-time, continuous insight into the well being of patients. All of the data collected was audited and is compliant with FDA regulations. Additionally, the effort indicated that mobile devices can support the long-term goal of lessening the burden on patients participating in studies by streamlining routine procedures, eliminating unnecessary ones and reducing visits to clinical trial sites.
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTSHPGPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:13 EDTSHPGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:58 EDTSHPGThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
14:53 EDTGSKCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
12:53 EDTQCOMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
07:14 EDTGSKAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
November 13, 2014
18:40 EDTPBYIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: TubeMogul (TUBE), up 12.4%... Weibo (WB), up 3.2%... Nordstrom (JWN), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Geron (GERN), up 30.7% after announcing a global strategic collaboration with Janssen Biotech... Baker Hughes (BHI), up 16.2% following reports that the company is in talks to be acquired by Halliburton (HAL)... Halliburton is up 1.4%... Pandora (P), up 4% after announcing a conference call to discuss Web IV proceeding... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), up 1.1% after being awarded a $4.06B government contract. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Retrophin (RTRX), down 6.6%... Phoenix New Media (FENG), down 8.4%... Voxeljet AG (VJET), down 8.6%... Intrexon (XON), down 1.1%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 5.7%... Applied Materials (AMAT), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), down 6.9% following PB272 Phase II Trial results... EnLink Midstream (ENLK), down 4.8% after filing to sell 10.5M common units representing limited partners.
16:22 EDTPBYIPuma Biotechnology announces positive top line results from PB272 Phase II Trial
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12:59 EDTGSKApollo plans bid for GSK mature drugs business, Reuters reports
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12:37 EDTBRCMBroadcom hits 52-week high after Goldman ups to Buy
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10:01 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:34 EDTBRCMBroadcom upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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November 12, 2014
12:55 EDTQCOMNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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09:16 EDTGSKLigand reports GlaxoSmithKline EU regulatory submission for Revolade
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08:53 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
After GlaxoSmithKline cut its near-term EPS guidance, Argus still believes that the company's deals with Novartis (NVS) should boost its EPS growth in the years ahead, likely as soon as 2015. The firm thinks the stock is a good value for long-term investors, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:18 EDTGSKUBS to hold a conference
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