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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.
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April 15, 2015
16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk says 'taking aggressive measures' to regain excellence
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16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q1 adjusted gross margin 43%
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16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q1 EPS 62c, consensus 66c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.33B, consensus $1.31B.
15:05 EDTSNDKEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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14:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical notes before earnings
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11:25 EDTYHOOYahoo not in talks to buy Foursquare, Re/code reports
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10:54 EDTYHOORumor of Yahoo talks to buy FourSquare have 'no truth,' CNBC's Faber says
David Faber of CNBC said his contacts tell him that the rumor of Yahoo working on a deal to buy Foursquare has "no truth" to it. Faber noted an earlier report from TechCrunch that said Yahoo was said to be in talks to acquire Foursquare.
09:34 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to buy local search app maker Foursquare, TechCrunch says
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09:29 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to acquire Foursquare, TechCrunch reports
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08:11 EDTLVLTLevel 3 provides game-hosting provider i3D.net with connectivity in Brazil
Level 3 is providing hosting provider, Netherlands-based i3D.net, to expand its business into Latin America by connecting to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company's expansion drive into Latin America is supported by the addition of Level 3 datacenter point-of-presence connectivity in Sao Paulo, enabling i3D.net's customers in the region to access locally-delivered content.
April 14, 2015
11:04 EDTMDTMedtronic to develop stent graft system under patent agreement with Sanford
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09:16 EDTMDTMedtronic announces CE Mark for Micra TPS
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08:39 EDTSNDKSanDisk volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 13, 2015
17:13 EDTMDTIBM Medtronic to partner to improve diabetes care
IBM (IBM) and Medtronic (MDT) announced that they will work together to combine powerful analytics and cognitive computing with diabetes medical devices and health data to develop a new generation of personalized diabetes management solutions. People using Medtronic diabetes solutions could benefit from new solutions developed in collaboration with IBM's newly-formed Watson Health unit.
17:10 EDTMDTIBM establishes a Watson Health Cloud
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11:25 EDTYHOOStarboard CEO says Yahoo parts worth more than whole
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09:13 EDTBLUEbluebird bio has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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06:01 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LL SNDK
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April 12, 2015
19:01 EDTYHOONokia maps unit HERE may be of interest to several tech firms, Re/code says
If Nokia is putting its mapping unit HERE up for sale it may draw interest from firms like Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), says Re/code. Reference Link
17:01 EDTYHOOYahoo demotes head of Tumblr, WSJ says
David Karp has been demoted as head of Yahoo's Tumblr division while Adam Cahan, the company's SVP of Mobile, will lead a new group concentrating on video, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing a company-wide memo sent by CEO Marissa Mayer. Simon Khalaf has been promoted to SVP overseeing the Yahoo homepage and Tumblr, and will work on making Tumblr "work more closely together" with other Yahoo properties, said a person briefed on the reshuffling plans. Reference Link
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