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January 27, 2014
12:35 EDTCAT, MRK, GAME, RHI, XRX, GERN, DB, CRZBY, CRARYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as a decline in new home sales last month more than offset any positive momentum built in the early hours by Caterpillar's (CAT) better than expected earning report. Stocks began the week in positive territory, briefly bouncing back from last week’s sell-off, but the market resumed its downward trend by the time the larger than expected drop in new home sales was reported near 10 am ET. As the lunch hour approached, the averages were all in the red and stood near session lows. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales dropped 7% to a 414K rate in December from a downwardly revised 445K rate in November, missing expectations. However, the report may have been somewhat discounted as largely due to the extreme weather seen in many markets during the month. In Europe, the Ifo institute’s German business confidence measure beat economists’ forecasts and rose to its highest level in more than two years with a 110.6 reading in January. Also, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reportedly estimated that European banks have a combined capital shortfall of about 84 billion euros, with Credit Agricole (CRARY), Deutsche Bank (DB) and Commerzbank (CRZBY) listed among the banks having significant gaps. COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Caterpillar advanced about 4% after its quarterly earnings easily beat the consensus expectation of analysts. The company also gave a forecast for revenue in the new fiscal year that surpassed expectations and approved a program to repurchase up to $10B of its shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online game maker Shanda Games (GAME), which gained 13% after its controlling shareholder proposed to acquire the company in a "going private" transaction for $6.90 per American depositary share. Also higher was Robert Half (RHI), which rose 3% following an upgrade to Buy from Neutral at research firm Northcoast, which cited the valuation of its shares and expectations for top-line trends to accelerate due to easier comparisons and improving end markets. Also higher following an upgrade were shares of Merck (MRK), which gained nearly 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight. Among the noteworthy losers was Geron (GERN), which fell 19% after disclosing that an investigator-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate imetelstat in patients with myelofibrosis and other myeloid malignancies has been closed to new patient enrollment and that the company believes approximately 20 patients have discontinued from the study since its inception. Also lower were shares of Xerox (XRX), which were downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital and slid almost 5% near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 76.11, or 0.48%, to 15,803.00, the Nasdaq was down 69.13, or 1.67%, to 4,059.04, and the S&P 500 was down 15.10, or 0.84%, to 1,775.19.
News For CAT;MRK;GAME;RHI;XRX;GERN;DB;CRZBY;CRARY From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
07:19 EDTMRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
October 17, 2014
07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
October 16, 2014
15:22 EDTGERNGeron volatility increases to 134
Geron overall option implied volatility of 134 is above its 26-week average of 106 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
14:58 EDTCATArmy poised to order more Stryker vehicles, Defense News says
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11:17 EDTCATTitan downturn warning seen as negative for Deere, AGCO
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10:01 EDTXRXAllegion selects Xerox in five-year agreement
Allegion (ALLE) selected Xerox (XRX) to support the company’s IT infrastructure as part of a five-year agreement. Xerox will support Allegion’s infrastructure by managing IT services.
09:41 EDTCATTitan outlook negative for AGCO, Deere, says Wells Fargo
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06:50 EDTDBEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTCRZBYCommerzbank, U.S. deal delayed in middle of investigation, Reuters says
As prosecutors aim to figure out how to settle an investigation regarding Commerzbank (CRZBY) transactions linked to the Olympus Corp (OCPNY) accounting fraud, a settlement agreement between the German bank and U.S. authorities over supposed sanction violations has been delayed until potentially the end of FY14 , according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
October 15, 2014
12:42 EDTMRKNY AG announces $31M Medicaid settlement with Organon
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09:57 EDTMRKLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:14 EDTDBDeutsche Asset & Wealth Management hires Dessy Arteaga from JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTDBCapital Link to hold a webinar
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTMRKBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:20 EDTXRXXerox upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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06:50 EDTCRZBYCommerzbank poised to sail-through ECB test obstacle, Reuters says
After Commerzbank participated in preliminary talks with the European Central Bank, the company was given no reason to feel that its capital would decrease below stress test terms, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the discussions. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
07:37 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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October 12, 2014
19:36 EDTDBDeutsche Bank loses traders as it enforces behavior policy, FT says
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14:42 EDTDBDeutsche Bank's provisions for legal costs may rise to $8.8B, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank's allocation for potential legal costs may rise to as much as $8.8B, says Bloomberg, citing a report from Spiegel. The banks legal costs which were 3B euros last year are impeding its efforts to build capital and increase returns for investors, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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