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June 16, 2014
09:19 EDTLAYN, ISIS, DARA, WFT, ETRM, AKS, ACMP, WMB, BLUE, LVLT, TWTC, SNDK, FIO, MDT, COVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Covidien (COV), up 30% after Medtronic (MDT) agreed to acquire the company for $42.9B in cash and stock. Medtronic shares are also up 6% following the news... Fusio-io (FIO), up 24% after SanDisk (SNDK) to acquire the company in all-cash deal valued at approximately $1.1B... tw telecom (TWTC), up 11% after agreeing to be acquired by Level 3 (LVLT) for $40.86 per share. Level 3 shares are up 1% following the announcement... Bluebird bio (BLUE), up 63% after announcing data from a clinical study... Williams Companies (WMB), up 12.3% after Access Midstream (ACMP) confirms Williams' planned acquisition... AK Steel (AKS), up 5% after upgraded at BofA Merrill Lynch... Dara BioSciences (DARA), up 21% after KRN5500 granted orphan drug designation by FDA. LOWER: Weatherford (WFT), down 3% after holders approve change of jurisdiction from Switzerland to Ireland... Layne Christensen (LAYN), down 12% after reporting a greater than expected Q1 loss per share and lower than expected revenues.
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September 8, 2014
11:05 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:06 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
Target $120.
06:51 EDTAKSAK Steel files to sell 35M shares of common stock
The joint book-running managers for the common stock offering are BofA Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan. The joint book-running managers for the notes offering are Credit Suisse, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan.
September 5, 2014
11:47 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:39 EDTLVLTAkamai seen as 'Google of Internet infrastructure' by UBS
Shares of Akamai (AKAM) are advancing after UBS began coverage of the stock with a positive view, calling the company "the Google of Internet Infrastructure." Akamai provides infrastructure for delivering content over the Internet. WHAT'S NEW: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich initiated coverage of Akamai with a Buy rating in a note to investors today. Like Google (GOOG), Akamai relies on sophisticated algorithms, the analyst stated. Increased demand for Internet media delivery could cause the Internet content delivery sector to perform better than expected, Milunovich believes. Akamai's strong reliability is difficult to match, which should enable it to fend off competition in the space, according to the analyst. Moreover, Milunovich is upbeat on the company's new security and cloud initiatives. He set a $70 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the Internet content delivery space include Limelight Networks (LLNW) and Level 3 (LVLT). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Akamai rose nearly 1% to $60.91.
10:05 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk acquisition positive, says Bernstein
After SanDisk bought Fusion-io, Bernstein thinks the deal plugs the gap in the company's Enterprise SSD market and will accelerate its growth in this new market. The firm expects the deal to be dilutive to SanDisk until 3Q15. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded SanDisk to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and a solid NAND supply/demand balance for 2015-2016.
06:11 EDTMDTMedtronic Linq device being underappreciated, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the Street is underestimating the near-term potential of Medtronic's recently released Reveal Linq insertable cardiac monitor. Citi thinks the combination of the U.S. Corevalve rollout and Linq contribution will drive sales to the high end of the company's 3%-5% guidance. The firm raised its price target for shares to $74 from $73 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
05:57 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
September 4, 2014
17:57 EDTBLUEbluebird bio initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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16:02 EDTWMBWilliams announces open season for Transco Western Marcellus Pipeline Project
Williams (WMB) has announced that it is initiating an open season from September 3 to September 29 for the Western Marcellus Pipeline Project, an expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline to provide incremental firm natural gas transportation capacity to growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States by late 2018. Transco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Williams Partners (WPZ), of which Williams owns controlling interests and is the general partner. The Western Marcellus Pipeline Project is being designed to provide from one billion to in excess of two billion cubic feet per day of new natural gas transportation capacity from receipt points in the Western Marcellus and Utica supply areas to points as far south as Transco’s Zone 3 compressor station 65 in Mississippi and as far north as the proposed Zone 6 River Road point in Pennsylvania. The project would connect Williams’ Ohio Valley Midstream processing and gathering system in northern West Virginia with the Transco pipeline, the largest volume pipeline system in the United States. The final capacity, scope and cost of the project will be determined by the results of the open season.
08:09 EDTLVLTLevel 3 expands network in Apharetta, Georgia
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06:55 EDTSNDKSanDisk reinstated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank reinstated shares of SanDisk with a Buy rating citing limited NAND supply risk in the next 12 months and the demand pickup from SSDs and smartphones. The firm has a $110 price target for shares.
September 3, 2014
09:29 EDTSNDKMicron, SanDisk have positive read though from Samsung proxy, says Sterne Agee
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08:51 EDTAKSU.S. Steel Steel Dynamics at Morgan Stanley
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08:40 EDTAKSAK Steel sees Q3 5c-10c, may not compare to consensus of 26c
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07:10 EDTMDTMedtronic announces CE Mark for CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced CE Mark for the 23 mm CoreValve Evolut R System for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, or TAVI. The novel, self-expanding valve and 14FR equivalent delivery system offers new capabilities that advance valve performance and deliverability during the procedure, while providing the option to recapture and reposition the valve during deployment phase, if needed.The novel system consisting of the CoreValve Evolut R transcatheter aortic valve and the EnVeo(TM) R Delivery Catheter System is designed for first-time positioning accuracy and also offers a new InLine Sheath that significantly reduces the profile to the lowest on the market; a smaller profile size is believed to minimize the risk of major vascular complications. The new valve is anatomically designed to increase conformability at the annulus for optimal annular fit and sealing, while maintaining supra-annular valve position for improved hemodynamic performance.
07:05 EDTETRMEnteroMedics' ReCharge pivotal trial obesity results published by AMA Journal
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