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June 16, 2014
09:19 EDTACMP, LVLT, ISIS, ETRM, WMB, TWTC, DARA, AKS, BLUE, LAYN, WFT, FIO, MDT, SNDK, 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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December 10, 2014
07:09 EDTLAYNLayne Christensen sees Q4 EPS (60c)-(65c), consensus (39c)
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07:08 EDTLAYNLayne Christensen reports Q3 EPS (23c), consensus (50c)
Reports Q3 revenue $222.9M, consensus $211.81M. Total backlog rose 21.1% to $602M.
07:06 EDTLAYNLayne Christensen appoints Michael Caliel as CEO
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December 9, 2014
16:28 EDTBLUEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in the red on the heels of a sharp sell-off in China and amid continued concern over tumbling oil prices. The domestic economic calendar offered little in the way of a catalyst and the market moved in a narrow range throughout the morning. However, the averages began to pare their losses once the European markets closed. By mid-afternoon the averages had turned mixed with the Nasdaq higher, the S&P flat, and the Dow the laggard, which is the way the trading day closed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' optimism index rose to 98.1 from a prior reading of 96.1. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 149K to 4.83M in October, which was above the expectation for 4.795M openings. Wholesale sales increased 0.2% in October and inventories grew 0.4%, both of which were better than expected. In Asia, China's Shanghai composite index plunged 5.4%, making for the stock market's sharpest selloff in years, after the country’s securities clearing house raised the threshold for the type of collateral used for short-term loans and policymakers warned about potentially slower economic growth. In Europe, Greek stocks and bonds also tumbled after a move to bring forward presidential elections, which could potentially derail Greece’s bailout and austerity efforts. COMPANY NEWS: Verizon (VZ) was among the Dow's worst performers, sinking $1.98, or 4.05%, to $46.92 after the company warned that Q4 impacts of its promotional offers, together with the strong customer volumes this quarter, will put short-term pressure on its earnings per share. After last night's commentary from the company, Robert W. Baird downgraded Verizon shares to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target on the stock to $50 from $54... Merck (MRK) also weighed on the Dow, as the drugmaker fell $1.87, or 3.02%, to $60.01 after a Delaware court denied Cubist's (CBST) bid to stop Hospira (HSP) from selling a generic version of Cubicin in 2016. Merck announced just yesterday morning that it had agreed to buy Cubist in a transaction with a total value of approximately $9.5B. The news is a "tough start" to Merck's takeover and makes the $9.5B buyout price look $2B to $3B too high, according to analysts at Leerink. Shares of Cubist also fell $xxx, or xxx%, to $xxx following the court ruling. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was bluebird bio (BLUE), which surged $35.39, or 72.39%, to $84.28 after the company announced data from eight subjects treated with its LentiGlobin drug product and Piper Jaffray more than doubled its price target for the shares to $112 from $52. Among the noteworthy losers was Conn's (CONN), which plunged $14.26, or 40.64%, to $20.83 after unexpectedly reporting losses for its third fiscal quarter, withdrawing its FY15 guidance and announcing the departure of its CFO. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which slid $10.70, or 12.67%, to $73.77 after the company said last night that since late October there has been compression in the fare structure for close-in bookings, believed to be driven by the industry’s willingness to trade lower fuel prices for lower fares. Also, this morning, Raymond James downgraded Spirit Airlines to Market Perform from Outperform, citing valuation, European deflation headwinds, and earnings that are still being revised down. INDEXES: The Dow fell 51.28, or 0.29%, to 17,801.20, the Nasdaq rose 25.77, or 0.54%, to 4,766.46, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,059.82.
14:54 EDTBLUEbluebird bio management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 11 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
14:31 EDTBLUEbluebird bio volatility decreases as shares rally after announcing drug trial
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14:12 EDTBLUEbluebird bio soars after announcing drug trial results
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12:30 EDTACMPWells Fargo to hold a symposium
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12:25 EDTBLUEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:19 EDTBLUEHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTBLUEHigh option volume stocks
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09:27 EDTBLUEbluebird bio price target raised to $90 from $50 at Roth Capital
Roth Capital hiked its price target on bluebird after the company reported favorable data for its LentiGlobin drug product at ASH. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
09:21 EDTBLUEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
07:44 EDTDARAAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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07:35 EDTBLUEbluebird bio price target raised to $115 from $57 at SunTrust
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06:45 EDTBLUEbluebird bio price target raised to $112 from $52 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray more than doubled its price target for bluebird bio shares to $112 saying the company's LentiGlobin program is advancing in sickle cell anemia. Piper believes bluebird "remains positioned for extraordinary outperformance in 2015." The firm thinks the data presented at the American Society of Hematology are an "impressive accomplishment for the gene therapy field" as well as bluebird's lentivirus platform. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of the clinical-stage biotechnology company rallied yesterday $4.18 to $48.89 and are indicated up $21.11 in pre-market trading to $70.
December 8, 2014
17:48 EDTBLUEbluebird bio says first four patients treated with LentiGlobin transfusion-free
bluebird bio announced data from eight subjects treated with LentiGlobin BB305 drug product. In the first four subjects, each of whom had at least three months of follow up, treatment with LentiGlobin BB305 drug product resulted in sufficient hemoglobin production to reduce or eliminate the need for transfusion support among patients with beta-thalassemia major who would otherwise require chronic blood transfusions. These data include the first five subjects treated in bluebird bio’s ongoing Phase 1/2 Northstar Study and the first three subjects from its HGB-205 study. These studies include the first subjects with the beta-0/beta-0 genotype of beta-thalassemia major treated with LentiGlobin BB305 drug product and the first subject with sickle cell disease treated with gene therapy. These data are being presented today at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Francisco.
10:41 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $81 from $62 at Piper Jaffray
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08:00 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $66 from $55 at Stifel
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05:30 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals to host conference call
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