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News For CAT;IQNT;GRMN;JCP;JNJ;KRC;NKTR;STRA;VRTX;VNO;BMY;PBR;HES From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
19:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to open shared services headquarters in Florida
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14:42 EDTGRMNFitbit shares approach historical lows as Apple Watch gains traction
Fitbit (FIT) shares are eyeing their lowest levels since their IPO in June after the IDC reported that Apple (AAPL) Watch shipments are nipping on the heels of Fitbit's market dominance in wearables. WHAT'S NEW: The International Data Corporation, or IDC, released its quarterly wearables device report on Thursday, showing that Apple reached the number two spot in the global wearables market with 3.6M shipments of the Apple Watch during Q2. Notably, Apple Watch shipments lagged just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's 4.4M units for the quarter. Total shipment volume for the space was up 223.2% year-over-year to 18.1M. Commenting on the metrics, IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said Apple's "participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem," though he also cautioned that the tech giant "forces other vendors -- especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters -- to re-evaluate their products and experiences." Rounding out the numbers, Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000, and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000. HARDWARE CHALLENGES: Aside from concerns of user churn, an oft-noted potential risk for Fitbit investors is the potential that limited-use fitness wearables will be absorbed into grander, multi-function devices. On June 21, Barron's opined that specialized devices "often get subsumed," and provided the example of iPod's music functions being largely replaced by similar features in the iPhone. Various research firms have downplayed the "absorption" issue, however. On June 25, Leerink remarked that fitness trackers "occupy a different piece" of the market, and on June 30, RBC said its studies at the time showed divergence between fitness wearables and smart watches. Leerink reiterated its bullish view of the sector as recently as August 24, commenting that "interest in the category remains deep." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Fitbit have plunged roughly 9% in intraday trading, while Apple is up about 2% amid broader market gains.
13:46 EDTCATCaterpillar planst to lay off 475 more employees, Reuters reports
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12:38 EDTPBRPetrobras management tells board to postpone unit IPO, Reuters says
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10:35 EDTBMYBristol-Myers calls active
Bristol-Myers August weekly 61 and 61.5 calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (4K puts). August weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, September is at 34, October is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
08:38 EDTGRMNApple Watch shipments total 3.6M in Q2, IDC says
Apple (AAPL) reached the number two spot in the global wearables market, having shipped a total of 3.6M units of its Apple Watch in Q2, just 800,000 units behind Fitbit's (FIT) 4.4M units, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1M units, up 223.2% from the 5.6M units shipped in 2Q14. "Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," noted Ramon Llamas, Research Manager for IDC's Wearables team. "Its participation benefits multiple players and platforms within the wearables ecosystem, and ultimately drives total volumes higher. Apple also forces other vendors - especially those that have been part of this market for multiple quarters - to re-evaluate their products and experiences. Fairly or not, Apple will become the stick against which other wearables are measured, and competing vendors need to stay current or ahead of Apple. Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables." Xiaomi shipped 3.1M wearable units in Q2, while Garmin (GRMN) shipped 700,000 units and Samsung (SSNLF) shipped 600,000.
07:51 EDTBMYRoche catching up fast to Bristol-Myers in immuno-oncology, says Jefferies
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05:28 EDTBMYAllied-Bristol Life Sciences announces licensing agreement with Yale University
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August 26, 2015
07:09 EDTVRTXVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 25, 2015
13:01 EDTJNJJ&J unit to sell Splenda brand to Heartland Food, terms not disclosed
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09:59 EDTGRMNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTKRCKilroy Realty announces resignation of Chief Investment Officer Eli Khouri
Kilroy Realty Corporation announced the resignation of Eli Khouri as KRC's EVP and Chief Investment Officer, effective September 30. Khouri has served in this position since January 2011 and is leaving KRC to pursue other opportunities.
09:03 EDTJNJAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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07:38 EDTBMYBristol-Myers management to meet with Leerink
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07:14 EDTGRMNGarmin introduces Edge Explore 1000 GPS bike computer
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06:36 EDTGRMNGarmin upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Garmin to Outperform from Market Perform with a $43 price target. The firm upgraded shares following the sharp market selloff and said the stock is as inexpensive as it has been on an absolute or relative basis since 2010. Raymond James said Garmin remains growth challenged near-term but recent currency moves should help in coming quarters and provide a tailwind.
06:18 EDTJNJSears names Lynn Pendergrass as Hardlines president
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August 24, 2015
13:36 EDTVRTXBiotech correction presents some opportunities, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee said he won't try to pick the short-term bottom in biotech, but contends that any macro weakness in China shouldn't have any major impact to financials or fundamentals for the sector given their minimal exposure there. If the market continues to be volatile, Yee recommends a focus on names with defensive characteristics, such as higher margins and free cash flow yield, naming Amgen (AMGN), Celgene (CELG) and Gilead (GILD) as some examples. The analyst adds that he likes Vertex (VRTX) on the pullback for "more aggressive" growth investors. Yee has Outperform ratings on all of the stocks mentioned above.
09:45 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
09:26 EDTCATCaterpillar set to open near 4-year lows
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