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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTNOK, RIMM, RATE, ASNA, CHRS, MCHP, SMSC, CHK, OPEN, RRD, AGN, AGP, TRIP, CVS, CBS, TWX, CMCSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, following disappointing jobs data at home and abroad. The market began the session in the red following worse than expected data from the ADP employment change report. The market hit its lows shortly after the open and has moved in narrow range since, but has trended higher in the last hour. The move higher came after a slightly better than expected factory orders report and an energy inventories report that showed a larger draw down of gas and distillate supplies than were forecast... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, its highest level since the euro's launch in 1999, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted at the sharpest pace in almost three years, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March. In China, HSBC's "flash" PMI manufacturing survey improved to 49.3 from 48.3 in the prior reading... COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained more than 3%, while Comcast fell 1.5% and Time Warned moved almost 2% lower... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included CVS Caremark (CVS), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Amerigroup (AGP); decliners included Allergan (AGN), R.R. Donnelley (RRD) and OpenTable (OPEN)... Chesapeake (CHK) gave up all of the 8% in gains it realized yesterday and then some, falling about 13% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up 38%, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and both Charming Shoppes (CHRS), up over 23%, and Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), up almost 11%, after the companies announced plans for Ascena to acquire Charming. Noteworthy losers included Bankrate (RATE), down 12%, following its earnings report, and Research in Motion (RIMM), down almost 5%, as investors continue to react negatively to the company's new product announcements and Nokia (NOK) sued RIM and others in the U.S. and Germany on accusations of patent infringement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.38, or 0.36%, to 13,231.94; the Nasdaq was down 1.63, or 0.05%, to 3,048.81; and the S&P 500 was down 6.69, or 0.48%, to 1,399.13.
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August 15, 2014
17:03 EDTAGNValeant extends offer to acquire Allergan
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) announced that it has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Allergan (AGN) to December 31. The exchange offer was previously scheduled to expire August 15. All other terms and conditions of the exchange offer remain unchanged.
14:14 EDTAGNValeant being probed by IRS after Biovail deal, FT says
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09:45 EDTAGNEvent-driven funds, Pershing own over 20% of Allergan, CNBC reports
Event-driven hedge funds and Pershing Square owned over 20% of Allergan as of June 30, CNBC's David Faber reports. Valeant (VRX) and Pershing are seen as getting the over 30% to call a special meeting, Faber adds.
07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast met with FCC this week to argue for deal, NY Post says
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06:03 EDTCBSCBS, Cumulus, MDC oversold after Q2 results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says ad-related stocks CBS (CBS), Cumulus Media (CMLS) and MDC Partners (MDCA) are oversold following the Q2 reporting season. Piper expects the ad market to turn around in Q3 and accelerate in Q4.
August 14, 2014
18:04 EDTNOKInterDigital loses patent case against Nokia, ZTE, Bloomberg reports
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17:16 EDTCBS, AGNPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTCMCSASoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:02 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:00 EDTNOKGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:28 EDTAGNAckman says Pershing, Valeant took no tender steps before buying Allergan shares
Bill Ackman made the statement to CNBC's Scott Wapner regarding his fund and Valeant's (VRX) pursuit of Allergan (AGN). Note that the Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the SEC is investigating Valeant and Pershing's pursuit of Allergan.
13:56 EDTNOKVodafone selects Nokia Networks to launch LTE network in New Zealand
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13:48 EDTAGNValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, WSJ says
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13:22 EDTAGNValeant, Pershing joint bid for Allergan being probed by SEC, DJ says
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09:07 EDTTWX, CMCSA, CBSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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06:34 EDTRRDR.R. Donnelley awarded five year contract by Allianz Insurance
R. R. Donnelley have been awarded a five year, multi-service contract by Allianz Insurance to provide onsite creative design services along with print management and transactional print services.
06:05 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 25, Walgreen (WAG) 23 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2014
16:32 EDTAGNAllergan acquires LiRIS program from TARIS Biomedical
Allergan and TARIS Holdings announced that Allergan has closed a transaction to acquire worldwide rights to TARIS Biomedicalís lead program, LiRIS, which is currently in Phase 2 trials for the treatment of interstitial cystitis / bladder pain syndrome. Allergan paid $67.5M in cash upfront, subject to certain adjustments and holdbacks. Allergan has also agreed to pay up to an aggregate of $295M in development milestone payments and up to an aggregate of $225M in commercial milestone payments. Prior to the closing of this transaction, TARIS spun out certain assets, including pipeline programs and intellectual property related to TARISí platform technology, to a new company funded by TARIS shareholders.
06:35 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $120.
06:04 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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