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June 16, 2014
12:19 EDTBLUE, YHOO, FIO, LVLT, SNDK, COV, DWA, TWTC, MDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street have traded on both sides of the ledger this morning, as investor concerns over the developing situation in Iraq are competing with another flurry of merger activity. There were a number of economic reports released during the morning, though the data had little effect on the market. Near noon the major averages were slightly lower, but once again moving in a narrow range, as headlines about the advance of insurgents in Iraq continue to dominate the news flow. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production increased 0.6% in May, versus an expected increase of 0.5%, while capacity utilization rose slightly to 79.1%. The NY Fed Empire state survey for June ticked up to a four-year high of 19.3, which was higher than expected. The NAHB homebuilder survey index climbed to 49 in June, beating expectations for it to rise from its previous reading of 45 to 47. COMPANY NEWS: A number of merger and acquisition deals were announced over the weekend and this morning, headlined by a another pharmaceutical industry mega-merger. Medtronic (MDT) agreed to acquire Ireland's Covidien (COV) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $93.22 per Covidien share, or a total of approximately $42.9B based on Medtronic's closing stock price on June 13. Following the deal announcement, Covidien shares trading in New York rose 19%. Medtronic, which also raised its dividend by 9% this morning, was upgraded at both William Blair and JPMorgan, though it declined about 2.5% near noon. Meanwhile, SanDisk (SNDK) agreed to acquire Fusion-io for $11.25 per share in cash, or $1.1B net of cash assumed. SanDisk rose 3% following the deal, which Piper Jaffray said expands the company's enterprise and hyper-scale product line-up. Research firm Craig-Hallum said in a note to investors that it believes another interested party could step-in and make a bid for Fusion-io, which was up about 23% to $11.39 in midday trading, or 14c above the price agreed to by SanDisk. Additionally, Level 3 (LVLT) agreed to acquire tw telecom (TWTC) for $10 cash and 0.7 shares of Level 3 common stock per share in a transaction valued at $40.86 per share based on market close as of June 13. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers outside of the M&A newsmakers was Bluebird bio (BLUE), which jumped 35% after reporting data over the weekend that Piper Jaffray believes solidifies LentiGlobin prospects in one indication and positions it attractively for another indication that is also being pursued for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers was family-film producer DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which dropped 11.5% after its latest film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," didn't do as well as analysts had expected in its box-office debut. Also lower were shares of Yahoo! (YHOO), which fell 5% after Alibaba disclosed additional information about its revenue, income and other financial data as its gets closer to its planned initial public offering. Yahoo continues to be a significant shareholder in the Chinese e-commerce company, whose coming stock offering could surpass Facebook’s (FB) record as the biggest tech IPO. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 23.37, or 0.14%, to 16,752.37, the S&P 500 was down 1.00, or 0.05%, to 1,935.16, and the Nasdaq was virtually flat at 4,310.44.
News For COV;FIO;MDT;SNDK;YHOO;TWTC;LVLT;BLUE;DWA From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
08:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk unveils data service for VMware vSphere with FlashSoft
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07:10 EDTMDTMedtronic study detects gene associated with sudden cardiac death
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August 27, 2015
06:33 EDTYHOOYahoo announces Tumblr sharing tools at Mobile Developer Conference
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August 26, 2015
16:33 EDTDWADreamWorks' Chief Global Brand Officer transitioning to consultant role
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07:52 EDTSNDKUBS to hold a tour
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August 25, 2015
09:59 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTMDTMedtronic to acquire Twelve for $458M
In support of the company's therapy innovation strategy, Medtronic announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Twelve, a medical device company focused on the development of a transcatheter mitral valve replacement, or TMVR device. Twelve is the twelfth company spun out from the premier medical device incubator The Foundry. Medtronic has agreed to pay up to $458M for Twelve including $408M at closing and $50M on achievement of CE Marking. The cash- and debt-free transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in October 2015.
07:11 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Hold from Sell at Topeka
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06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
06:14 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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August 20, 2015
14:39 EDTDWAEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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08:34 EDTBLUEJPMorgan views bluebird bio selloff as 'highly compelling opportunity'
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August 19, 2015
07:41 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $56 from $62 at Cantor
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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
August 17, 2015
19:29 EDTYHOOFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
13:34 EDTYHOOBuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan in JV, FT reports
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11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
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