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January 27, 2014
12:35 EDTCRARY, GERN, GAME, CRZBY, XRX, MRK, DB, RHI, CATOn 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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December 8, 2014
12:25 EDTMRKAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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10:17 EDTGAMEShanda Games informed of new consortium to acquire company
Shanda Games has been informed that Yili Shengda Investment and certain of Yili's affiliates filed a statement on Schedule 13D with respect to Shanda Games on December 5, 2014. According to the 13D Statement, Ningxia Yilida Capital Investment and Ningxia Zhongyincashmere International Group entered into a consortium agreement on December 5, 2014 pursuant to which they have agreed to form a consortium to acquire the company in a "going private" transaction. As previously announced, the board of the company received a preliminary non-binding proposal letter dated January 27, 2014 from a consortium then consisting of Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited and certain other parties. According to the SNDA Proposal, the SNDA Consortium proposed to acquire the company in a "going private" transaction for $3.45 per Class A Share or Class B Share, or $6.90 per ADS. The Special Committee has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of the Proposed Transaction or any other alternative transaction and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and until an agreement has been reached. The company cautions its shareholders and others considering trading its securities that there can be no assurance that any definitive agreement will be executed relating to the Proposed Transaction, or that the Proposed Transaction or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.
10:00 EDTDBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCRZBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
08:40 EDTDBDeutsche Bank and Cisco to host a conference call
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08:30 EDTMRKMerck says deals with Cubist includes $250M break-up fee clause
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08:21 EDTMRKMerck says looked at all risks, including patent litgation, before Cubist deal
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08:11 EDTGERNGeron to host analyst and investor meeting
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08:11 EDTMRKCubist volatility elevated into Merck acquiring for $8.4B in cash
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08:08 EDTMRKMerck says about $9.5B of debt to be issued related to Cubist deal
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07:35 EDTMRKAdvaxis reports FDA acceptance of IND application for ADXS-PSA combination trial
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07:13 EDTMRKMerck to host conference call
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07:01 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash, or $9.5B
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07:00 EDTMRKMerck to acquire Cubist for $102 per share in cash
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06:01 EDTCRZBYCommerzbank upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette
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06:00 EDTDBDeutsche Bank downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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December 7, 2014
16:29 EDTMRKMerck in discussions to buy Cubist for $7B, Bloomberg reports
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12:58 EDTMRKMerck presents KEYTRUDA data at ASH
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December 5, 2014
06:23 EDTGERNGeron volatility flat into American Society Hematology Annual Meeting
Geron December call option implied volatility is at 106, January is at 115, March is at 104; compared to its 26-week average of 106 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into 56th American Society Hematology Annual Meeting abstract presentations.
December 4, 2014
16:24 EDTGERNGeron announces publication of preclinical data on imetelstat
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