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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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