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April 9, 2010
07:07 EDTBAC, JNJ, BSX, ABTBoston Scientific hires Bank of America to sell two units, Bloomberg reports
Boston Scientific (BSX) has reportedly hired Bank of America (BAC) to advise it on the sale of its Target Therapeutics and neuromodulation units, Bloomberg reports, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. Potential buyers have been approached in recent weeks, the source says. Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen says the two units could bring in about $2B in a sale. Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung says Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) could buy the neuromodulation unit and Abbott (ABT) may have interest in the Target unit. Reference Link
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April 14, 2015
15:34 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:34 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.4% movement into Q1
14:48 EDTJNJZimmer, Stryker have mixed read through from J&J results, says Wells Fargo
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14:42 EDTJNJSmall spine names have positive read through from J&J results, says Wells Fargo
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14:38 EDTBACEarnings Watch: Bank of America to report after mixed reviews from Fed
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14:36 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The stock is trading up to resistance at the 50-day moving average, last at $15.95. Since November 2013, the stock has been trading in a range bound largely by $15 at the low and $18 at the high. A break of either end of the range would help guide where shares might trade thereafter. Failing news that is sufficiently bullish or bearish, we could expect the stock to trade in the same range until another catalyst emerges. On better news, resistance above current levels would be at $16.62, $17.22, and then at $18. If the news is more bearish than expected, a breakdown below $15 might be probable. In that event next support levels below $15 as downside objectives would be at $14.37 which is the 52-week low and then at $13.49 and $12.80.
12:24 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
09:35 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:17 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says capital allocation strategy remains the same
The company says it continues to view dividends as its first priority in returning capital to shareholders. The company said it is still looking at portfolio for potential exits.
09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says FY15 guidance doesn't include biosimilar compeition
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09:16 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 EPS constant currency $6.64-46.79
Sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.04-6.19. The company had previously announced FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27. FY15 EPS consensus $6.16
09:13 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 1%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up marginally... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), up 4.2%... Fastenal (FAST), up 5%. ALSO HIGHER: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI), up 13.5% after announcing that it will present NurOwn Phase 2a clinical data at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting... Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 7.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Solazyme (SZYM), up 7.5% after announcing a strategic agreement with Flotek (FTK)... Cleveland BioLabs (CBLI), up 6.8% after receiving funding recommendation from the Department of Defense... Nordic American Tanker (NAT), up 3.2% after raising quarterly dividend to 38c from 22c... Ocwen (OCN), up 3.8% after reporting preliminary fiscal 2014 results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down just under 1%. ALSO LOWER: Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 5.8% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), down 14.3% after filing to sell $20M of common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
09:09 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces strategic alliance with Frankenman
Boston Scientific announced the signing of a strategic alliance with Frankenman Medical Equipment Company, a recognized leader with deep local market expertise in the China surgical devices market. This alliance is expected to enable Boston Scientific and Frankenman to reach more clinicians and treat more patients by providing access to training on less invasive endoscopic technologies and the clinical and economic benefits these therapies can provide. CPEChina Fund, an entity of CITIC PE, is a current shareholder of Frankenman and will continue to support the company's growth in alignment with this strategic partnership.Under the terms of the agreement, Boston Scientific will become a shareholder of Frankenman, and provide services and expertise to Frankenman to support its continued growth, development pipeline and manufacturing capabilities. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
09:06 EDTABTAbbott and Sekisui announce collaboration for coagulation testing
Abbott and Sekisui announce an agreement to offer coagulation testing solutions for laboratories worldwide. Coagulation tests measure a person's blood clotting ability, which can help doctors assess risks of excessive bleeding or developing clots. Under the agreement, Abbott will be the exclusive distributor of Sekisui's new CP3000 coagulation instrument in the United States, Europe and other regions that recognize CE Mark.
08:57 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson backs FY15 sales $75B-$76B
Including foreign exchange, sees reported sales $70B-$71B. Consensus is $71.16B. Backs FY15 net interest expense $450M-$550M. Raises FY15 net other income expense to $2B-$2.1B from $1.5B-$1.6B. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed by Congress. Raises FY15 effective tax rate to 21%-22% from 20%-21%. If the tax credit is not approved, it will negatively impact the tax rate by 0.5%. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
07:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 Worldwide Consumer sales $3.4B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson cuts FY15 adjusted EPS to $6.04-$6.19 from $6.12-$6.27
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 domestic sales up 5.9% to $8.69B
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07:45 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.56, consensus $1.54
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07:35 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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