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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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August 21, 2014
06:12 EDTSNDKDRAM prices making downward correction with oversupply concerns, DigiTimes says
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05:50 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM SNDK
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August 20, 2014
12:11 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; UAL YHOO
United Continental (UAL) December 55 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 42, Yahoo (YHOO) November 45 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42 according to IVolatility.
11:49 EDTYHOOBofA/Merrill telecom services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss the upcoming IPO of Alibaba, which is expected to launch early September 2014, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 21 at 8 am.
08:47 EDTMDTMedtronic valuation attractive, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Medtronic's (MDT) valuation is attractive given pipeline execution, margin growth and shareholder returns, and expectations for the Covidien (COV) deal to go through. Shares are Overweight rated
07:18 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
August 19, 2014
12:17 EDTTWTCtw telecom says 'applauds OMB approval of FCC's special access request'
tw telecom Senior Vice President of Public Policy Michael Rouleau issued the following statement following the Office of Management and Budget's approval of the Federal Communication Commission's special access data collection request. The request will help expedite the FCC's review of incumbent business broadband service providers' market power: "tw telecom applauds the OMB for its approval of the FCC's special access data collection request, helping pave the way for the Commission's review of business broadband service providers' market power, business practices, and pricing. The FCC's access to this pertinent market data will help open the window to increased competition in the industry. tw telecom thanks the OMB and the FCC for their continued efforts toward resolving this long-standing issue, and urges the Commission to issue the data request as soon as possible."
08:40 EDTMDTMedtronic sees FY15 gross margin of 74.5%-75%, with Q2 on lower end of range
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08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic: Negative factors in Spine segment in Q1 werre temporary
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08:22 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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07:19 EDTMDTMedtronic backs FY15 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.04
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07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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August 18, 2014
16:10 EDTCOVCovidien says study shows directional atherectomy safe, effective
Covidien announced that directional atherectomy is "safe and effective as a frontline therapy for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease," according to a Covidien study published online today in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Interventions. Results from the DEFINITIVE LE study using Covidien’s TurboHawk and/or SilverHawk directional atherectomy systems demonstrated 95% limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia and 78% overall patency in claudicant patients at 12 months.
15:26 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTMDTMedtronic technical comments before earnings
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13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly 63.5 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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09:16 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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06:24 EDTMDTOptions expected to be active
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06:23 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay, terms not disclosed
Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
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