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May 1, 2012
16:58 EDTIDTI, PFE, HLF, PLXT, CHK, PFCB, SHLD, PBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following an encouraging report on U.S. manufacturing. Stock futures were quiet during the pre-market trading session as investors digested the latest round of corporate earnings without having to deal with any new economic reports. The futures action led to a relatively quiet open for the broader market. The market received a lift following the ISM manufacturing report, which was better than expected. The data lifted to the market to fresh recovery highs on the Dow while recent highs were also within striking distance for the Nasdaq and S&P. The market met resistance at the new levels and pared its gains in the afternoon hours... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the ISM manufacturing index rose to 54.8 in April, beating forecasts for a reading of 53.0. Construction spending for March increased by 0.1%, versus expectations of an increase of 0.5%. In China, the official purchasing managersí index for manufacturing rose to 53.3 in April... COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake (CHK) said it would appoint a new non-executive chairman in the near future to replace CEO Aubrey McClendon in that role. McClendon, who will remain on as CEO, also agreed to an early termination of the well participation program that has drawn a firestorm of recent backlash from media, investors and regulators. Shares gained $1.16, or 6.29%, to close at $19.60 ahead of the company's earnings report, due out after the bell... Dow component Pfizer (PFE) reported earnings that beat consensus but lowered its full year forecast to account for the divestiture of its Nutrition business... Sears Holdings (SHLD) gained $8.27, or 15.38%, to $62.05 after saying its Q1 domestic same store sales fell 1.3%, which was a significant improvement from the declines seen in the same period last year, and forecasting a return to earnings from continuing operations in the quarter... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were PLX Technology (PLXT), up $2.68, or 67.34%, to $6.66, after saying it will be acquired by Integrated Device Technology (IDTI) for $7 per share in cash and stock, and P.F. Chang's (PFCB), up $11.79, or 29.71%, to $51.48, on news it will be acquired and taken private by Centerbridge Partners for $51.50 per share in cash. Noteworthy losers included Herbalife (HLF), down $14.02, or 19.94%, to $56.30, after hedge fund manager and noted short-seller David Einhorn asked some critical questions during the company's earnings conference call, and Pep Boys (PBY), down $3.31, or 22.17%, to $11.62, after the Gores Group hinted it may attempt to walk away from its proposed $1B takeover of the company following Pep Boys' warning on its Q1 results... INDICES: The Dow gained 65.69, or 0.50%, to 13,279.32; the Nasdaq rose 4.08, or 0.13%, to 3,050.44; and the S&P 500 added 7.91, or 0.57%, to 1,405.82.
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November 18, 2015
07:02 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer win FDA breakthrough therapy designation for Avelumab
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06:09 EDTPFEValeant's Addyi sees hardly any sales, Bloomberg says
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05:11 EDTCHKStocks with implied volatility movement; GMCR CHK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 94, Chesapeake (CHK) 99 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2015
16:42 EDTHLFJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
15:10 EDTHLFDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHLFHerbalife says not aware of being named in DOJ supplement action, Bloomberg says
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12:35 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Herbalife November 47 and 50 puts are active on total put volume of 9,800 contracts (2,400 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 113, December is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 126. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:28 EDTHLFGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded on valuation at KeyBanc... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... ChipMOS (IMOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Clovis (CLVS) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Cooper Companies (COO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Five Below (FIVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Lombard Medical (EVAR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Osiris (OSIR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Polaris Industries (PII) downgraded on anemic ORV growth at Wedbush... SQM (SQM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... WM Morrison (MRWSY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... adidas (ADDDY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:15 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.1%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 7.7%... Eros International (EROS), up 12.8%... Home Depot (HD), up 3.1%...Wal-Mart (WMT), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 14.8% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002... Fitbit (FIT), up 2.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), down 15.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 12.8%. ALSO LOWER: Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), up 25.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.7% after board unanimously determines not to pursue IAC (IACI) proposal... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 4.1% after receiving downgrades from Goldman and WallachBeth... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 2.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Cooper Companies (COO), down 2% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
06:16 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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06:11 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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05:22 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; P PFE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Pandora (P) 104, Pfizer (PFE) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTHLFSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
13:32 EDTPFECantor helps Moelis clinches advisory role for Pfizer, Reuters reports
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11:35 EDTSHLDDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
10:43 EDTCHKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTPFEOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
08:32 EDTPBYBridgestone commences previously announced tender offer to acquire Pep Boys
Bridgestone PRDCY) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary TAJ Acquisition, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, is commencing a cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of The Pep Boys (PBY). Bridgestone and Pep Boys previously announced on Monday, October 26, 2015, that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement under which BSRO will acquire Pep Boys. The tender offer is being made pursuant to an Offer to Purchase, dated November 16, 2015. Upon successful closing of the tender offer, shareholders of Pep Boys will receive $15.00 in cash for each share of Pep Boys common stock validly tendered and not validly withdrawn in the offer, without interest and less any applicable withholding tax. BSRO and Purchaser will file today with the SEC a tender offer statement on Schedule TO that includes the Offer to Purchase and related Letter of Transmittal that set forth the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Additionally, Pep Boys will file with the SEC a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 that includes the recommendation of the Pep Boys board of directors that Pep Boys shareholders tender their shares in the tender offer. The tender offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016, unless the offer period is extended in accordance with the definitive merger agreement and the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC. The completion of the tender offer will be conditioned on Pep Boys' shareholders tendering at least a majority of Pep Boys' outstanding shares, determined on a fully diluted basis, and other customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
06:33 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
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