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December 18, 2012
10:00 EDTCNC, CPWR, HPQ, TRMB, WWD, OMI, RUSHA, LPL, FE, CVTI, AUQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Centene (CNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covenant Transportation (CVTI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... FirstEnergy (FE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Owens & Minor (OMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Trimble Navigation (TRMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... Compuware (CPWR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
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September 24, 2014
06:45 EDTCNCGovernment says more health insurers to enter exchanges in 2015, NY Times says
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September 23, 2014
09:03 EDTHPQ, HPQEMC would be a good fit for Hewlett-Packard , says CLSA
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08:16 EDTHPQBloomberg Government to hold a briefing
Briefing provides an update on the United Nationís Millennium Development Goals within their corporate strategies. Participants include Vice President Glazer of Hewlett-Packard and Vice President Veiga-Pestana of Unilever in the briefing being held in New York on September 23 at 5 pm.
08:02 EDTHPQHP announces new emission reduction goal of 40% by 2020
HP announced a goal to reduce the emissions intensity of its product portfolio by 40% percent by 2020 compared to 2010 levels. With this announcement, HP becomes the only global IT company to have set carbon reduction goals for all three parts of its value chain .
07:19 EDTHPQEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
06:33 EDTHPQHP was primarily interested in EMC's VMware stake, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) was interested in merging with EMC (EMC) primarily due to the latter company's 80% stake in VMware (VMW), according to Re/code, which cited unnamed sources. The deal discussed between HP and EMC was an all-stock transaction that would have created a combined company worth about $130B, Re/code stated. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
17:41 EDTOMIOwens & Minor to acquire ArcRoyal, terms not disclosed
Owens & Minor (OMI) announced that it signed a definitive agreement on September 19 to acquire ArcRoyal, a privately-held surgical kitting company based in Ireland. This transaction will expand Owens & Minorís capabilities in the assembly of kits, packs and trays in the European healthcare market and is highly complementary to the previously announced agreement to acquire Medical Action Industries (MDCI), a U.S.-based kitting company. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
12:50 EDTHPQEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBCís David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTHPQEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
09:38 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP in takeover, CNBC reports
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09:17 EDTHPQHP considered spinning off Printing, PC units, CNBC reports
09:16 EDTHPQEMC wanted large premium from HP, talks have ended, CNBC reports
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09:15 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), up 34% after Merck KGaA (MKGAY) to acquire the company for $17B... Viasystems (VIAS), up 44% after TTM Technologies (TTMI) acquires the company for $16.46 per share in cash and stock. TTM is up 15.5% after the deal... Clorox (CLX), up 5.4% after the New York Post said the company turned down offer to sell or merge with rival... EMC (EMC), up 2.5% after The Wall Street Journal said the company is considering options that could include merging with a rival and held on-and-off merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) for almost a year, though the Journal added that those talks recently ended... Epiq Systems (EPIQ), up 9.9% after P2 Capital confirms 16.9% stake in Epiq and that the company turned down the shareholders' $20 per share takeover offer... Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 2.7% after the company sells to Siemens (SIEGY) for $83 per share or $7.6B... TAT Technologies (TATT), up 6.6% after a division of the company signed a maintenance agreement with Republic Airways (RJET). LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 2.1% after stock was downgraded at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Bernstein... InvenSense (INVN), down 2.9% after downgraded at RW Baird... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), down 5.6% after TH-302 Phase 3 trial events to occur later than expected.
06:11 EDTHPQEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
07:19 EDTHPQNew America Foundation to hold a discussion
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06:49 EDTCNCGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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September 18, 2014
07:52 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary Sunshine Health awarded Commendable Accreditation from NCQA
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06:40 EDTLPLApple wants to sell 50M Apple Watches in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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September 17, 2014
06:31 EDTLPLLG Display to supply AMOLED panels for Apple Watch, DigiTimes reports
LG Display (LPL) are expected to supply Apple (AAPL) 5M AMOLED panels a month in 2015 for the Apple Watch, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from LG Display, Apple aims to sell upwards of 50M Apple Watches in 2015. Apple will reportedly not purchase AMOLED panels from Samsung (SSNLF) Display and instead will have LG as the sole panel provider for the Apple Watch. Reference Link
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