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December 13, 2012
16:25 EDTRIGL, BBY, SAM, S, AZN, ZAGG, CLWROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower but off their worst levels amid more political gamesmanship over the fiscal cliff. Both House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made comments regarding the increasing gridlock in negotiations, sending the averages lower just before midday. The averages touched their lows around 2:00 pm, but rallied in the last half hour of trading after reports that the President would meet with Speaker Boehner this evening for further cliff talks... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 29,000 to 343,000, versus expectations for a drop to 369,000. Producer prices in the month of November fell 0.8%, versus an expected decline of 0.5%. "Core" prices, excluding food and energy, rose 0.1%, which matched expectations. Retail sales rose 0.3% in November, which missed expectations for an increase of 0.5%. In Europe, the region's finance ministers approved the release of more financial aid to Greece and came to terms on a foundation for ECB oversight of a true banking union... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) rose 41c, or 14.91%, to $3.16 after Sprint (S) disclosed an offer to buy the remaining stake in the company it does not already own for $2.90 per share. Clearwire said that its talks with Sprint are ongoing. Meanwhile, Sprint shares slipped fractionally, down 2c, or 0.35%, to $5.64... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Best Buy (BBY), up $1.94, or 15.93%, to $14.12 after the Star Tribune said the company's founder Richard Schulz will soon make an offer for the company. Also higher were ZAGG (ZAGG), up 73c, or 10.27%, to $7.84 after the company announced a $10M share repurchase program, and Boston Beer (SAM), up $17.71, or 15.50%, to $131.94 after raising its FY12 EPS guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL), which fell $2.94, or 34.88%, to $5.49 after an RA drug it is developing in partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN) failed to meet one of its endpoints in a trial. Shares of AstraZeneca also traded down $1.44, or 2.94%, to $47.46... INDICES: The Dow was down 74.73, or 0.56%, to 13,170.72; the Nasdaq was down 21.65, or 0.72%, to 2,992.16; and the S&P 500 was 9.03, or 0.63%, to 1,419.45.
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April 21, 2014
16:40 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the fifth straight session. Volume remained light on this Monday following Easter, as a number of international markets remained closed. The averages spent time on both sides of the flat-line early in the trading day before settling into a narrow range in positive territory for most of the second half of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index fell to 0.20 in March, matching the consensus forecast. The Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.8% in March, beating the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) is preparing to announce that its Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fields, will take the CEO role at the company following the retirement of current CEO Alan Mulally later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shares of Ford were little changed for the session following the report, losing 2c, or 0.13%, to close at $15.98... U.S.-listed shares of British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca (AZN) gained $5.61, or 8.84%, to $69.10 after the U.K.'s Sunday Times said Pfizer (PFE) has takeover interest in the company. Analysts had mixed opinions on the report, with Citigroup saying a bid looks "highly probable," while analysts at Bernstein think such a deal would conflict with Pfizer's strategy of getting smaller. Shares of Pfizer rose 61c, or 2.02%, to $30.86 following the report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up $9.58, or 39.26%, to $33.98 after announcing plans to submit a New Drug Application to the FDA by the end of this year for the approval of eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose 43c, or 11.65%, to $4.12 after the semiconductor manufacturer reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations after the close on Thursday. Among the noteworthy losers was MoneyGram (MGI), down $2.01, or 13.57%, to $12.80 in its second straight losing session after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that it was launching its own money transfer service. MoneyGram's slide today comes after the stock dropped by more than 18% on Thursday following Wal-Mart's announcement. Also lower was lululemon (LULU), down $2.64, or 5.11%, to $49.07 after analysts at Sterne Agee said the company's investor day presentation, held on Thursday, did not include a substantive plan to grow same-store sales. INDEXES: The Dow was up 40.71, or 0.25%, to 16,449.25, the Nasdaq was up 26.03, or 0.64%, to 4,121.55, and the S&P 500 was up 7.04, or 0.38%, to 1,871.89.
12:47 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:18 EDTAZNAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
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09:21 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
09:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rises 7.1%
AstraZeneca is up 7.1%, or $4.49, to $67.98
07:47 EDTAZNPfizer unlikely to have been interested in AstraZeneca, says Bernstein
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07:22 EDTSPossible Sprint, T-Mobile merger could spark U.S. auction rethink, Reuters says
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07:06 EDTAZNPfizer bid for AstraZeneca 'looks highly probable,' says Citigroup
Citigroup believes Pfizer's (PFE) reported takeover interest in AstraZeneca (AZN) "looks highly probable." Citi thinks a deal would fit Pfizer's strategic goals for immunotherapy and autoimmune disease and would also be financially attractive. The firm expects Pfizer to "aggressively" approach AstraZeneca a second time.
06:47 EDTAZNAstraZeneca volatility elevated, said to have been approached by Pfizer – report
AstraZeneca (AZN) implied volatility is expected is to move on Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached to propose a $101B takeover, says the Sunday Times. Overall option implied volatility of 20 is above its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
06:40 EDTAZNPfizer volatility flat said to be considering bid for AstraZeneca – report
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April 20, 2014
20:37 EDTAZNPfizer said to be considering GBP60B bid for AstraZeneca, Sunday Times says
Drug giant Pfizer (PFE) is said to have approached AstraZeneca (AZN) to propose a GBP60B takeover of the U.K company, says the Sunday Times. Informal discussions have recently taken place, say sources, but AstraZeneca is believed to be resisting Pfizer’s approach, added the Sunday Times. Reference Link
April 19, 2014
11:12 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 15, 2014
11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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08:19 EDTAZNLeerink's pharma and biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:32 EDTAZNPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
09:10 EDTST-Mobile CEO starts petition for consumers to call on peers to end overages
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09:05 EDTST-Mobile abolishes consumer overages, challenges other providers to follow suit
T-Mobile (TMUS) announced a campaign to eliminate overage penalties, one of the most reviled wireless industry practices. While abolishing overages for all customers on T-Mobile consumer plans, its CEO has also laid down a challenge to the nation's largest carriers, AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S), to do the same.
06:40 EDTSNo lines for Samsung's Galaxy S5 but carriers say demand healthy, Re/code says
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April 13, 2014
16:57 EDTSSprint and Spotify plan to team up, Re/code says
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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