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June 16, 2014
16:27 EDTCOV, MDT, FIO, SNDK, DWA, KPTI, BLUEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher as M&A news competed with Iraq for headlines. There was little reaction to the day’s economic data, including industrial production in May and the Empire State manufacturing report for June. The averages moved in a narrow range near the flat-line throughout the session, with each of the major averages managing to notch small gains. 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, 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 $14.73, or 20.45%, to $86.75. Medtronic, which also raised its dividend by 9% this morning, was upgraded at both William Blair and JPMorgan, though its shares declined 67c, or 1.1%, to $60.03. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bluebird bio (BLUE), which surged $8.37, or 32.08%, to $34.46 after reporting data 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. Also higher was Fusion-io (FIO), which jumped $2.08, or 22.41%, to $11.36, which was above the $11.25 per share in cash that SanDisk (SNDK) agreed to pay to acquire the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Karyopharm Therapeutics (KPTI), which fell $5.90, or 12.52%, to $41.22 after announcing that the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine has found the effectiveness and safety technical sections complete to support conditional approval under a New Animal Drug Application for Karyopharm's compound Verdinexor for the treatment of canine lymphoma. As part of conditional marketing approval, the sponsor is required to conduct a full, often randomized, study, to confirm the activity of the conditionally approved agent within five years, Karyopharm noted. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which dropped $3.00, or 10.97%, to $24.35 after its latest film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," didn't do as well as analysts had expected in its box-office debut. INDEXES: The Dow was up 5.27, or 0.03%, to 16,781.01, the Nasdaq was up 10.45, or 0.24%, to 4,321.11, and the S&P 500 was up 1.62, or 0.08%, to 1,937.78.
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July 21, 2014
10:42 EDTSNDKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:33 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant
08:16 EDTMDT, COVDeutsche Bank analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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July 18, 2014
12:51 EDTCOV, MDTKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:15 EDTSNDK, FIOSanDisk plummets after Q3 revenue outlook disappoints
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11:56 EDTBLUEbluebird bio mentioned positively by The Street's Dan Rosenblum
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11:54 EDTSNDKStocks with call strike movement; SNDK STX
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11:23 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk valuation priced to perfection, says Summit Research
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09:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk weakness an overreaction, says BofA/Merrill
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09:15 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
07:37 EDTSNDKSanDisk revenue guidance may impact short term sentiment, says UBS
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06:41 EDTCOVCovidien downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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05:44 EDTSNDKSanDisk post-earnings pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray recommends using the post-Q2 earnings pullback in shares of SanDisk as a buying opportunity. The firm believes favorable trends for 2015 remain intact and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $110 price target.
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