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June 2, 2014
12:19 EDTPBYI, SHPG, NPSP, MTZ, SWKS, CONN, QCOM, GSK, AVGO, PL, BRCMOn 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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April 13, 2015
16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:26 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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10:04 EDTBRCMBroadcom calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:52 EDTBRCMRumor: Broadcom strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAwareŽ device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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07:20 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $288 from $267 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Shire to $288 after lifting its estimates for Lifitegrast in dry eye following the FDA's Priority Review designation. The firm believes the FDA is very likely to approve the application in October of this year, without waiting for the third Phase III study late 2015. It upped its 2020 Lifitegrast forecasts by $600M to $900M and reiterates an Overweight rating on Shire.
06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
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