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June 2, 2014
12:19 EDTGSK, AVGO, PL, BRCM, PBYI, SHPG, NPSP, MTZ, SWKS, CONN, QCOMOn 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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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTGSK, SHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:19 EDTCONNHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTCONNHigh option volume stocks
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09:21 EDTCONNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
09:10 EDTGSKARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:06 EDTAVGOAvago announces 35c per share interim dividend
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07:44 EDTGSKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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07:09 EDTCONNConn's announces departure of CFO Brian Taylor
Connís announced the departure of Brian Taylor, the companyís CFO. Effective immediately, the company has appointed Mark Haley as Interim CFO. Prior to joining Connís as VP and Chief Accounting Officer in October 2014, Haley was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Coldwater Creek, Inc. for four years. The company has engaged an executive search firm to identify qualified candidates for the permanent CFO position. The search process will include both internal and external candidates.
07:05 EDTCONNConn's sees Q4 SSS flat to up 3%
The following are the companyís expectations for its business for the fourth quarter: Same stores sales flat to up 3%; Retail gross margin between 39.0% and 40.0%; Opening of 2 new stores during the quarter; and Closure of 1 store during the quarter. Beginning with December results, the company will release, shortly after the end of the month, same store sales and greater than 60 days delinquency performance. The company believes this will provide investors with timely, relevant information about business trends and expects to continue this practice until the company experiences more stability in its results.
07:04 EDTCONNConn's withdraws FY15 guidance
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07:04 EDTCONNConn's says no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives process
In October, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized management to explore a full range of strategic alternatives for the Company to potentially enhance value for stockholders. The Company has engaged an independent financial advisor to assist in this process and is actively engaged in preliminary discussions with multiple parties about a range of potential strategic alternatives. No timetable has been set for the completion of the process. Conn's does not expect to comment further or update the market with any further information on the process unless and until its Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise deems disclosure appropriate or necessary. There can be no assurance that this strategic alternatives review will result in the Company changing its current business plan, pursuing a particular transaction or completing any such transaction.
07:03 EDTCONNConn's says initiating search for president
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07:03 EDTCONNConn's reports Q3 EPS (8c), may not compare to consensus 68c
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05:38 EDTSHPGShire downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:37 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded GlaxoSmithKline to Underperform citing a lack of pipeline catalysts and its belief the European pharma sector is close to fair value.
December 8, 2014
15:18 EDTBRCMBroadcom December volatility elevated into analyst day
Broadcom December weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, December is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into a company sponsored analyst day on December 10.
13:32 EDTGSKEpizyme announces results for PRMT5 inhibitor
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09:09 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $82 from $72 at Sterne Agee
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07:32 EDTSWKSRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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