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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.
News For BRCM;QCOM;NPSP;PL;CONN;SHPG;AVGO;SWKS;PBYI;GSK;MTZ From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
07:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and report of possible breakup
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 27, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 22 and WSJ report of possible breakup.
July 20, 2015
19:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm plans strategic review including possibility of breakup, WSJ says
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19:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm may consider breakup, WSJ says
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16:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cut 'several thousand' jobs, The Information says
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16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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July 17, 2015
14:29 EDTAVGOAvago eyeing acquisition of Marvell, Light Reading says
Avago (AVGO) is looking at acquiring semiconductor vendor Marvell (MRVL), according to Light Reading, citing a reputable source. Reference Link
July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:08 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTQCOMSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
08:03 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline expects to ship 32M-38M flu vaccines over 2015-16 season
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07:07 EDTAVGOAvago initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $185.
05:51 EDTQCOMEuropean Commission confirms two investigations against Qualcomm
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05:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm issues statement on European Commission announcement
Qualcomm provided the following statement: "We were informed that the European Commission has taken the procedural step of 'initiating proceedings' against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing investigations into Qualcomm's sale of chipsets for mobile devices. This step allows investigators to gather additional facts, but it represents neither an expression by the Commission on the merits of the case nor an accusation against the company. While we were disappointed to hear this, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the Commission, and we continue to believe that any concerns are without merit."
July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:57 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline, Francis Crick Institute to collaborate on range of new drugs
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to push inexpensive mobile device market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTQCOMTSMC cuts 28nm and 20nm prices by 5%-10%, DigiTimes reports
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July 14, 2015
06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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