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July 14, 2014
12:21 EDTACM, RVBD, C, ABT, URS, HLIT, MYL, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday to start the week after Citigroup's (C) better than expected headline results appeared to renew investor optimism over the earnings season. Also, a number of additional M&A deals were reported over the weekend and this morning. Since its initial move higher the market has moved in a very narrow range, but the early gains are still enough to put the major averages on track for their best daily performance since late May. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released this morning. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup (C), the second major U.S. bank to report on its second quarter results, advanced 3% after its headline earnings and revenue beat expectations. Also, the bank announced that it has reached a $7B settlement that resolves actual and potential civil claims by the Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008... Mylan (MYL) struck a deal to buy Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in an all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Under the terms of the deal, Abbott will carve out the assets and transfer them to a new public company organized in the Netherlands. Mylan will then merge with that company to become a new public company, called Mylan N.V., allowing it certain tax advantages. Abbott will receive 105M shares of the combined company, meaning it will hold an approximate 21% stake in Mylan following the deal. Shares of both companies advanced after the deal announcement, with Abbott gaining 1% and Mylan rising nearly 3%. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose 1.5% after Barclays upgraded its stock to Overweight and raised its price target for the shares to $110 from $95, citing channel checks that indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. The firm also said it believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley reported that its survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside and the firm raised its iPhone unit estimate and its EPS estimate for the coming quarter above the consensus forecasts. Among the notable gainers with merger news was URS (URS), which rose about 11% after it announced this weekend that it agreed to be acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B, or $56.31 per URS share. Shares of the buyer also rose 7.5% after the announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Harmonic (HLIT), which plunged 10.5% after the company's second and third quarter outlooks fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own profit warning was Riverbed (RVBD), which fell 5.5% after the company cut its second quarter adjusted EPS and revenue outlook. Afterward, activist investor Elliot Management reaffirmed its prior $21 per share bid for the company and urged the company's board to "immediately" retain an advisor and announce a review of strategic alternatives, including a sale. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 129.89, or 0.77%, to 17,073.70, the Nasdaq was up 31.62, or 0.72%, to 4,447.11, and the S&P 500 was up 11.13, or 0.57%, to 1,978.70.
News For C;AAPL;URS;RVBD;MYL;ABT;ACM;HLIT From The Last 14 Days
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August 17, 2015
06:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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August 16, 2015
19:34 EDTAAPLApple inquires about automotive testing facility, AP says
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August 14, 2015
17:08 EDTMYLPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:37 EDTAAPL, MYLAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
14:57 EDTAAPLApple self-driving car project may be ahead of schedule, Guardian reports
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13:54 EDTAAPLAkamai guidance reflects Apple TV delay, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty believes Apple's (AAPL) delay of its live TV service until 2016 is consistent with Akamai's (AKAM) 2015 guidance and management's commentary during the most recent earnings call. Akamai's investments to support a large-scale over-the-top build-out are likely related to Apple's live TV offering, Auty tells investors. He keeps an Overweight rating on Akamai.
13:33 EDTMYLPaulson & Co. votes in support of Mylan's proposed merger with Perrigo
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12:12 EDTMYLPaulson recently took position in Perrigo, WSJ reports
John Paulson's hedge fund, which owns a 4.6% stake in Mylan (MYL), recently built a position in Perrigo (PRGO), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Mylan has made an unsolicited bid to acquire Perrigo. Shares of Perrigo moved up following the report, and sit up 85c to $193.35 in midday trading.
11:10 EDTMYLPerrigo says ISS affirms position that Mylan deal would be 'value destructive'
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn cut costs due to slowing Chinese economy, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR FB NFLX TSLA QIHU JCP BABA BP
09:20 EDTMYLMylan responds to ISS recommendation regarding Perrigo transaction
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08:59 EDTMYLMylan tells holders board unanimously recommends Perrigo deal
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08:35 EDTMYLHayman takes Mylan, Perrigo stakes, boasts exposure to energy
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08:23 EDTMYLMylan still in 'decent' position to win Perrigo vote, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:22 EDTMYLISS tells Mylan investors to vote against Perrigo takeover, WSJ reports
Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, recommended that Mylan (MYL) investors vote against approving the company's $36B takeover of Perrigo (PRGO), the Wall Street Journal reports. ISS said that the deal faces too many hurdles and has "unreasonable uncertainties" associated with it, the report says. Reference Link
08:15 EDTAAPLApple user base growth will drive sales and cash flow, says Canaccord
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06:28 EDTAAPLSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple looks to patent facial recognition features for iOS devices
Apple has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to grant it the rights to produce facial recognition features for iOS devices. Apple's patent application describes a system for selecting contacts via facial recognition and then tagging their faces in photos, which will allow iPhones to automatically find a person's contacts in an image and share the photos with those contacts. Reference Link
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