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June 16, 2014
12:19 EDTCOV, FIO, MDT, SNDK, YHOO, TWTC, LVLT, BLUE, DWAOn 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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July 15, 2014
06:41 EDTYHOOYahoo, Live Nation concert program to launch tonight, NY Times says
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July 14, 2014
18:49 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
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15:38 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
SanDisk July call option implied volatility is at 64, August is at 37, October is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo technical comments before earnings
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10:20 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases into Q2 and growth outlook
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10:00 EDTDWA, COVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:40 EDTYHOOYahoo, AOL unlikely to be plotting merger at Sun Valley conference, Re/code says
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07:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target raised to $114 from $95 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on SanDisk as the firm expects the company's June quarter results to beat consensus estimates. The firm predicts that SanDisk's guidance for its September quarter may also beat expectations. Stifel believes that demand is shifting towards SanDisk's high valued products, and it keeps a Buy rating.
07:12 EDTMDT, COVCovidien downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:54 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation downgraded at B. Riley
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06:31 EDTCOVCovidien downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
06:18 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley
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06:05 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israeli video startup RayV, terms not disclosed
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July 11, 2014
18:18 EDTYHOOAlibaba may expand board to 11 after IPO
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11:45 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO WFM
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11:16 EDTYHOOAOL, Yahoo CEOs have late-night talk, WSJ reports
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk mentioned cautiously at ITG Research
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09:25 EDTSNDKSanDisk remains a favorite idea at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research continues to see upside to consensus estimates for SanDisk through 2015. The firm said demand exceeds supply, allowing SanDisk to maximize balanced profitability. Shares are Buy rated.
09:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
07:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility elevated at 58 into Q2 and outlook
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