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November 21, 2012
16:39 EDTSTJ, SQNM, CRM, TLYS, AET, ZLC, VVUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on the day, the last full trading session of the week ahead of Thursday's holiday and Friday's half day. Jobless data that was in-line with expectations did little to move the markets before the open, but the markets slowly moved higher through the session, although volume remained light. Just after midday, news crossed that a cease fire between Israel and Hamas had been reached, tempering fears that the conflict could escalate to involve other players in the region and have broader economic impacts... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 410,000, which was in-line with forecasts. Markit's "flash" November flash PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.0 in October. The final November reading of the University of Michigan Sentiment index slipped to 82.7 from its 84.9 preliminary reading. The leading indicators edged up 0.2% in October to 96.0 from 95.8 in September. In Europe, the region's finance ministers and the IMF were unable to reach a bailout agreement for Greece and will meet again on Monday with an eye on resolving the remaining disagreements. In Asia, Japanese exports fell 6.5% in October, lower than expectations for a 4.9% decline... COMPANY NEWS: Salesforce.com's (CRM) Q3 results beat on the top and bottom lines and RW Baird and Wells Fargo reiterated their Outperform ratings on the stock following the report, and shares of Salesforce.com traded higher on the session, settling up $12.88, or 8.83%, to $158.78... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up $1.38, or 13.33%, to $11.73 after Aetna (AET) posted a policy revision that expands coverage of the company's weight-loss drug Qsymia. Also higher were shares of Sequenom (SQNM), up 56c, or 15.18%, to $4.25 after a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that cell-free fetal DNA testing be offered to certain at-risk patients. Among the noteworthy were shares of Zale (ZLC), down over $2.23, or 29.97%, to $5.21, and Tilly's (TLYS), down $2.69, or 17.18%, to $12.97 after reporting earnings. Also lower were shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ), which fell $4.34, or 12.15%,to $31.37 after an FDA inspection report cited serious flaws in its oversight of design changes in its Durata line of defibrillator leads... INDICES The Dow was up 48.38, or 0.38%, to 12,836.89; the S&P 500 was up 3.22, or 0.23%, to 1,391.03;the Nasdaq was up 9.87, or 0.34%, to 2,926.55.
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April 11, 2014
07:06 EDTVVUSVIVUS announces avanafil clinical data presentation
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April 10, 2014
09:01 EDTCRMSalesforce.com should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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April 8, 2014
11:12 EDTCRMFirm recommends buying tech stocks after declines
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11:03 EDTVVUSPiper Jaffray's biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses PCSK9 Inhibitors and other atherosclerosis approaches on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AEGR, ALNY, AMGN, ARNA, AZN, BMY, CBST, LLY, ESPR, GSK, ICPT, ISIS, MNKD, MRK, OREX, PFE, REGN, RHHBY, SNY and VVUS may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 10 at 3 pm.
10:18 EDTAETCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTAETLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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08:18 EDTCRMDeclines in high growth IT stocks create opportunities, says Pacific Crest
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07:22 EDTSQNMCaSA-ISPE to hold a conference
21st Annual Lilfe Sciences Technology Conference is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 8.
April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAETCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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10:10 EDTCRMAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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08:49 EDTCRMFBR sees 'golden buying opportunity' in enterprise software
FBR Capital says a "'golden buying opportunity" exists in the enterprise software space following the recent sell-off of high-growth names. The firm believes overall software results in Q1 tracked in line to slightly ahead of expectations. It recommends buying Splunk (SPLK), Salesforce.com (CRM), Workday (WDAY), FireEye (FEYE), NetSuite (N) and Palo Alto (PANW) on the recent pullbacks.
07:31 EDTZLCZale, Signet Jewelers announce expiration of HSR Act waiting period
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April 4, 2014
08:08 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical announces FDA approval of Protege IPG
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April 3, 2014
12:40 EDTVVUSVIVUS retreats after analyst cuts rating to sell equivalent
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12:10 EDTVVUSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
10:00 EDTVVUSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:14 EDTVVUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:23 EDTCRMWells Fargo to hold a summit
4th Annual Tech Transformation Summit is being held in San Francisco on April 2-3 with webcasted company presentations to begin on April 3 at 11 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
07:09 EDTVVUSVIVUS downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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06:38 EDTVVUSVIVUS downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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