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June 25, 2014
16:24 EDTVLO, PXD, MPC, GTN, ICPT, NXST, TSO, HFC, MEG, PVA, CBS, EPD, PSX, AERI, SBGIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite a disappointing downward revision to the government's estimate of economic growth, or rather the lack thereof, in the first three months of the year. Stocks began the session in negative territory following the GDP and durable goods reports, but the major averages soon turned mixed and had all moved back across the flat-line by mid-morning. The market then stalled and drifted for several hours, but moved to the high end of its trading range near the end of the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product for the first quarter. The government now estimates that output in the U.S. declined at an annual rate of 2.9%, which was worse than the prior estimate of 1% contraction and significantly down from the fourth quarter of 2013, when real GDP grew 2.6%. The estimate of Q1 personal spending growth was knocked down to a 1.0% clip from the prior 3.1% pace. Durable goods orders dropped 1.0% in May, versus expectations for them to have been unchanged. Markit's services PMI surged to a record 61.2 for the flash June reading from May's 58.1 figure. COMPANY NEWS: A number of television network owners, most notably CBS (CBS), as well as several tv station owners advanced after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a start-up service that streams tv shows over the Internet, had violated copyright laws. CBS rose $3.64, or 6.19%, to $62.48 following the ruling, while Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) surged $5.80, or 13.49%, to $48.81, Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) soared $4.56, or 15.6%, to $33.80, Media General (MEG) added $1.86, or 10.07%, to $20.33 and Gray Television (GTN) gained 94c, or 8.35%, to $12.20... Shares of a number of refiners, including Valero Energy (VLO), HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and Tesoro (TSO), were among the day's worst performers after the Commerce Department gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to export a light, processed form of oil called condensate. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there have been no changes to the U.S. oil export policies, according to Bloomberg, but the move was widely viewed as a shift and a possible precursor to bigger changes on the horizon amid the shale energy revolution in the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), which rose $5.95, or 28.29%, to $26.98 after a trial of its once-daily glaucoma eye drop, Roclatan, achieved its primary efficacy endpoint. Also higher was Penn Virginia (PVA), which jumped $1.83, or 12.39%, to $16.60 after a major shareholder, the Soros Fund, called on the company to sell itself. Among the noteworthy losers was Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which fell $19.96, or 7.3%, to $253.65 after the company said at a conference that data from the FLINT trial of the company's obeticholic acid for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis is "unlikely" to come in July. Also lower were shares of cereal maker General Mills (GIS), which fell $1.94, or 3.61%, to $51.76 after the company's fourth quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: The Dow was up 49.38, or 0.29%, to 16,867.51, the Nasdaq was up 29.40, or 0.68%, to 4,379.76, and the S&P 500 was up 9.55, or 0.49%, to 1,959.53.
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November 14, 2014
07:37 EDTNXST, GTNLocal media ad market looks positive, says Wells Fargo
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November 13, 2014
14:30 EDTNXSTRoystone Capital reports 6.03% passive stake in Nexstar
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13:12 EDTCBSGruss Capital reports 5.02% passive stake in CBS
10:47 EDTCBSLionsgate and CBS Films announce multi-year film distribution partnership
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06:17 EDTCBSSony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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November 12, 2014
17:09 EDTHFCHollyFrontier declares special cash dividend of 50c per share
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12:00 EDTICPTKOLs say 'remains to be seen' if OCA can get accelerated approval, says Leerink
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11:55 EDTICPTIntercept not part of talks with journals, says Deutsche Bank
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10:43 EDTCBSBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
08:35 EDTEPDEnterprise Products, Oiltanking Partners enter into merger agreement
Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) and Oiltanking Partners (OILT) announced that Enterprise and Oiltanking Partners have entered into a merger agreement. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Oiltanking Partners would merge with a subsidiary of Enterprise in a unit-for-unit exchange. Unitholders of Oiltanking Partners would receive 1.3 Enterprise common units for each Oiltanking Partners common unit. This exchange ratio represents a 5.6 percent premium to Oiltanking Partners unitholders based on the respective closing prices for Enterprise and Oiltanking Partners common units on September 30, 2014, the day before the merger was originally proposed. Relative to the respective closing prices for Enterprise and Oiltanking Partners common units on November 10, 2014, the day before the parties entered into the merger agreement, the 1.3 exchange ratio represents a 10.4 percent premium to Oiltanking Partners unitholders. Based on the latest cash distribution declared by Enterprise and Oiltanking Partners with respect to the third quarter of 2014, this exchange ratio would result in a 74 percent increase in cash distributions for Oiltanking Partners unitholders. The approval and adoption of the merger agreement require approval by holders of a majority of the outstanding Oiltanking Partners common units. A subsidiary of Enterprise, which will own a sufficient number of Oiltanking Partners common units to approve the merger on behalf of all Oiltanking Partners unitholders, has executed a support agreement with Oiltanking Partners in which it has irrevocably agreed to consent to the merger. This subsidiary will own approximately 54.8 million Oiltanking Partners common units, or approximately 66 percent of the total Oiltanking Partners common units then outstanding, following the conversion of approximately 38.9 million Oiltanking Partners subordinated units into common units. The one-for-one conversion of these subordinated units into common units will occur on November 17, 2014, the business day immediately following payment of the Oiltanking Partners cash distribution scheduled to be paid on November 14, 2014. Approval and adoption of the merger agreement will be submitted to a vote of the unitholders of Oiltanking Partners. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to occur in early 2015, the total consideration paid by Enterprise for the Oiltanking Partners general partner and related incentive distribution rights and the limited partner units would be approximately $6.0 billion. The merger terms were negotiated, reviewed and approved by the conflicts committee of the board of directors of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners and approved by the board of directors of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners.
08:34 EDTEPDEnterprise Products, Oiltanking Partners enter into merger agreement
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07:48 EDTCBSWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTCBSCBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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16:06 EDTAERIAerie Pharmaceuticals reports Q3 EPS (54c), consensus (41c)
As of September 30, the company had cash, cash equivalents and investments of $171.1M.
12:00 EDTICPTIntercept results said to be rejected by New England Journal, Bloomberg says
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11:01 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast promotes Delbert Parks to Chief Technology Officer
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November 10, 2014
15:43 EDTPSXAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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08:36 EDTICPTIntercept price target lowered to $125 from $172 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital lowered its price target for Intercept shares to $125 saying its talks with experts and cardiologists indicate the company's OCA drug is unlikely to be a "silver bullet" for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. FBR notes that while OCA appears to improve the liver, the drug worsens many of the other derangements like lipid and glucose homeostasis. FBR decreased the probability of success in NASH to 55% from 60%, and lowered its peak OCA sales estimate to $5.2B. It keeps an Underperform rating on Intercept shares.
07:11 EDTCBSOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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November 9, 2014
11:56 EDTICPTIntercept announces additional data for OCA in primary biliary cirrhosis
Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced new analyses of data from clinical trials on obeticholic acid, OCA, in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis, PBC. Six posters, including posters with new analyses of data from POISE the first Phase 3 trial in PBC in two decades are being presented at today's poster session at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, AASLD, Annual Meeting. OCA, Intercept's lead product candidate, is a bile acid analog and first-in-class agonist of the farnesoid X receptor, FXR, in development for PBC, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH, primary sclerosing cholangitis, PSC, and other chronic liver diseases.
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