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February 26, 2014
11:28 EDTCLH, ITB, AVNR, LITB, CERSHigh option volume stocks: CERS AVNR CLH LITB ITB
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February 9, 2016
08:33 EDTCERSCerus enters agreement with American Red Cross for use of Intercept system
Cerus Corporation said that the American Red Cross has signed a multi-year purchase agreement for the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets and plasma, which inactivates a broad spectrum of viruses, gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, spirochetes, parasites and leukocytes and is intended to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infection in platelet and plasma components.
February 5, 2016
07:53 EDTCERSCerus has most reliable method to defend blood supply from Zika, says Stephens
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February 3, 2016
07:14 EDTCLHVertex Energy sells Nevada facility for $35M to Clean Harbors
Vertex Energy (VTNR) has sold its Nevada re-refinery facility, which is located in Churchill County, to Clean Harbors (CLH) for $35M, of which approximately $14M was immediately used at closing to purchase the facility and equipment previously leased by Vertex Energy in order to facilitate such sale. Benjamin P. Cowart, Chairman and CEO of Vertex Energy, said, "This transaction benefits Vertex Energy in a variety of ways, not the least of which is by strengthening our balance sheet. As we noted in our third quarter Form 10-Q filing and on the conference call that followed, the Churchill County facility had an average carrying cost of $1.5 million per quarter. We eliminate those costs with this transaction. At the end of the third quarter of 2015, our cash and cash equivalents were over $4 million. This sale and related transactions will bring that cash position to more than $10 million. We also used $16 million of sale proceeds to pay down our term debt."
February 2, 2016
14:52 EDTCERSZika virus acquired through sexual transmission reported in Dallas
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present, DCHHS reported. Publicly traded companies working on combating Zika include Inovio (INO), Cerus (CERS), NewLink (NLNK) and Intrexon (XON).
12:56 EDTCERSMizuho downplays near-term Zika revenue potential for NewLink, Intrexon
The Zika virus and its link to microcephaly and fetal brain damage have exploded into public view and lead to several drugmakers announcing plans to fight the disease, but Mizuho analyst Eric Criscuolo downplayed the potential for Zika to truly move the needle for companies in the space in the near-term. PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITIES: NewLink (NLNK) announced plans to develop treatment options for the Zika virus as the disease was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this week. While the company "could" secure funding and partnerships for the project, Criscuolo does not view NewLink's Zika plans as core to its investment story, encouraging investors to instead evaluate the company on the basis of its HyperAcute and IDO programs. Meanwhile, Intrexon's (XON) efforts in mosquito population control have also gained attention amid the rise of Zika, whose primary transmission vector is the mosquito. Though even a small slice of global mosquito spending would represent "significant" revenue for Intrexon, Criscuolo cautions that the company's program is still in early stages, with attempts at a wider rollout likely encountering political, biological, financial and public opinion hurdles. Separately, the analyst said he wouldn't be surprised to see OraSure (OSUR) also attempt to develop a Zika test given the company's response to Ebola last year, though as with NewLink, Criscuolo believes any such effort would be peripheral to OraSure's primary businesses. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies involved in combating Zika include Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS). PRICE ACTION: Shares of NewLink are up roughly 5% to $25.63. Meanwhile, Intrexon has slipped 5.5% on Tuesday afternoon but is still up 15% over the last five trading days. Among others with links to Zika, OraSure is up fractionally, Inovio has fallen 7% and Cerus has dipped 1.4% this afternoon.
February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTCERSWHO declares Zika virus to be global emergency, Reuters reports
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06:02 EDTCERSCerus volatility elevated; working on combating Zika
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January 29, 2016
10:16 EDTCERSOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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08:52 EDTCERSInovio rises as CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) shares are rising again this morning as the Zika virus continues to gain attention and its CEO says the company is "ahead of the pack" in developing a vaccine to combat the disease. YEAR END TESTING POSSIBLE: Joseph Kim, CEO of Inovio, said making a vaccine available by the end of this year is aggressive, but possible, according to Reuters, which quoted Kim as saying, "I believe this will be the first to go into human testing. We believe we're ahead of the pack in the race for a Zika vaccine." WHAT'S NOTABLE: The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, said the Zika virus, which has been linked to neurological ailments, especially in fetuses and newborns, is "now spreading explosively" in the Americas. WHO now predicts that Zika could infect as many as 4M people in the Americas. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Cerus (CERS) is also at work on combating Zika. A study, partially funded by Cerus, showed that amotosalen combined with UVA light inactivates Zika virus in fresh-frozen plasma, according to an earlier report. PRICE ACTION: Inovio shares, which gained over 7.5% yesterday, are up another 9% to $6.30 in pre-market trading.
January 28, 2016
16:40 EDTCERSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of America's bellwether corporations and oil prices, which approached $34 a barrel. The market was unable to hold its opening gains and eventually crossed into negative territory. Before the losses became too big the averages reversed and moved back across the flat line. With oil holding onto its gains and closing above $33 a barrel, the averages closed in positive territory ahead of the next barrage of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% to $109.11 after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. Facebook management made only one mention of macro concerns for the business in 2016, significantly different than Apple's (AAPL) earnings call on Tuesday night, Munster pointed out... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded 4.7% to $61.08 after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... Under Armour (UA), which had similarly been the focus of concern recently for some bearish analysts, posted better than expected results on the top and bottom line and backed its fiscal year revenue forecast, proving its doubters wrong and sending its share rocketing up 22.5% to $84.00. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Intrexon (XON), Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS), which gained a respective 10%, 7.6% and 1.4% as the ongoing Zika virus scare brought attention to the companies' efforts fighting the illness. Also higher were SolarCity (SCTY), Sunrun (RUN) and Vivint Solar (VSLR), with the solar stocks jumping 8.5%, 20.5% and 3.6%, respectively, after the California Public Utilities Commission approved new net-metering rules. Meanwhile, Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) rose 12.2% to $74.44 after announcing commercial availability of its Bendeka injection in partnership with Teva (TEVA). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which lost 3.2% to $28.75 despite a pre-market spike after SpringOwl Asset Management urged the company to seek an investment from a strategic partner. The news was also followed by reports that CEO Marissa Mayer has started restructuring efforts with an "invest/maintain/kill" list, as well as news that Verizon (VZ) denied a report that it had bid for the company's core Internet business. Also lower were OSI Systems (OSIS), Qualcomm (QCOM) and eBay (EBAY), which fell a respective 31.8%, 8.3% and 12.5% following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 125.18, or 0.79%, to 16,069.64, the Nasdaq gained 38.51, or 0.86%, to 4,506.68, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.41, or 0.55%, to 1,893.36.
12:49 EDTCERSCerus spikes as journal discusses treatment of Zika virus
Shares of Cerus (CERS) are rallying after a Transfusion journal article posted on Read Cube made its way through the investment community. The article describes a study, partially funded by Cerus, which showed that amotosalen combined with UVA light inactivates Zika virus in fresh-frozen plasma. Shares of Inovio (INO) are also higher today as news agencies report on more Zika virus cases. Cerus is up 36c to $5.55 in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:41 EDTCERSCerus spike attributed to article on Zika virus inactication
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January 26, 2016
10:00 EDTCLHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
06:34 EDTCLHClean Harbors downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Clean Harbors to Underperform given the weakening macro environment.

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