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June 16, 2014
12:19 EDTYHOO, FIO, LVLT, SNDK, COV, DWA, TWTC, MDT, BLUEOn 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.
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May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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13:34 EDTMDTMedtronic: Micra transcatheter pacemaker meets initial safety measures in study
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13:31 EDTMDTMedtronic says Evera MRI ICD study meets safety, efficacy endpoints
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09:41 EDTMDTLeerink medical devices analyst holds a cardiology luncheon meeting
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's head of sales leaves after six months, Digiday reports
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May 13, 2015
13:40 EDTBLUEbluebird bio June volatility elevated on wide price movement
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10:08 EDTSNDKRumor: SanDisk strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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06:55 EDTYHOOInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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May 12, 2015
16:25 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
12:34 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:47 EDTYHOOYouTube's engineering head Panchapakesan dies, Re/code reports
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11:14 EDTYHOOAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTYHOOCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
10:02 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval and CE Mark for Advance ST cryoballoon
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09:38 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTLVLTJefferies to hold a conference
2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference is being held in Miami on May 12-14.
May 11, 2015
14:34 EDTBLUEbluebird bio June volatility elevated on sharp rally
bluebird bio May call option implied volatility is at 73, June is at 109, August is at 82; compared to its 90-day average of 86, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:51 EDTBLUEConference should be positive turning point for bluebird bio, says SunTrust
SunTrust expects data due to be released at the EHA conference to create a positive turning point for bluebird bio. The firm notes that the data will include information on a sickle cell patient treated with bluebird's LentiGlobin, and the firm thinks that LentiGlobin is an effective sickle cell treatment. The firm now includes sickle cell in its estimates for the company and raised its price target on the shares to $205 from $115. It keeps a Buy rating o nthe stock.
06:12 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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