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January 14, 2014
10:25 EDTCVD, CVD, EBS, EBS, CI, CI, BSX, BSX, BMY, BMY, AMGN, AMGN, ABT, ABT, HNT, HNT, SHPG, SHPG, REGN, REGN, PDCO, PDCO, VRTX, VRTXJPMorgan to host a conference
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February 2, 2016
07:22 EDTABTAlere downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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06:05 EDTABTAlere downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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February 1, 2016
17:02 EDTPDCOPatterson Companies appoints Kelly Baker as Chief Human Resource Officer
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16:21 EDTABTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, beginning February the way they spent most of January, weighed down by the price of oil, which fell about 6% for the session. Also hitting the market early were weak economic reports, both in China and the U.S. The averages moved higher late in the day as investors awaited the next barrage of earnings reports, which will include results from Google parent Alphabet (GOOG). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. Separately, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer spoke about recent monetary policy decisions undertaken by the Fed, reiterating expectations that "economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate," while also revealing that four rate hikes is among the numbers being discussed by the Federal Reserve for this year. In China, the government's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: After swinging as high as $18.77, shares of Twitter (TWTR) ended the day up 6.55% at $17.90 after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator, though Lessin noted she didn't know if deal talks are currently active. Later in the day, a source familiar with the matter told Fortune that Silver Lake has no interest in acquiring "even a slice" of Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45.5% to $54.11 after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other M&A news, Questar (STR) jumped 22.5% to $24.99 after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B. Dominion slipped 2.76% after announcing the deal and reporting its latest quarterly results... Chipotle (CMG) rose 4.3% to $472.64 after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its final update on the company's E. coli scare, saying the two outbreaks "appear to be over." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET), which advanced 8.4% and 1.4%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Also higher was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which jumped about 11% to $11.75 after Bloomberg reported the company is exploring a sale. In addition, Time Warner (TWX) gained 2.7% after the New York Post reported over the weekend that billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in the company. Among the noteworthy losers was GoPro (GPRO), which declined 3.4% to $11.06 after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance this week will disappoint investors. Also lower was DreamWorks (DWA), which fell 6.8% to $23.90 after the studio's new film "Kung Fu Panda 3" missed expectations for its domestic box office opening. Meanwhile, Roper Technologies (ROP) and Cardinal Health (CAH) lost a respective 6.8% and 1.9% after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 17.12, or 0.1%, to 16,449.18, the Nasdaq gained 6.41, or 0.14%, to 4,620.37, and the S&P 500 fell 0.86, or 0.04%, to 1,939.38.
12:13 EDTABTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
10:00 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:27 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Alere (ALR), up 45.4% after announcing that Abbott (ABT) will acquire the company for $56 per share... Questar (STR), up 20.2% after announcing that Dominion (D) will acquire the company for $25 per share and assumed debt... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 12.2% after the Phase 2a study of AIR001 met its primary endpoint... Twitter (TWTR), up 5.7% after The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter... Herbalife (HLF), up 2.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that probes into Bill Ackman's "pyramid scheme" accusations against Herbalife, as well as Herbalife's own accusations that Ackman sought to manipulate the company's stock, have both failed to uncover enough evidence to support criminal charges. LOWER: Dominion Resources, down 1.7% after reporting quarterly results and that it will acquire Questar... Abbott, down 4.1% after announcing that it will acquire Alere... GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after Piper Jaffray cut its price target to $7.50.
08:25 EDTAMGNAlder pullback Friday a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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08:09 EDTABTOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
08:05 EDTABTAbbott to acquire Alere for $56 per share
Abbott (ABT) and Alere (ALR) announced a definitive agreement for Abbott to acquire Alere. Under the terms of the agreement, Abbott will pay $56 per common share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. Once the transaction is completed, Abbott will become the leading diagnostics provider of point of care testing, the company said. Abbott's total diagnostics sales will exceed $7B after the close. The transaction will be immediately accretive to Abbott's ongoing earnings per share upon close and significantly accretive thereafter, with approximately 12c-13c of accretion in 2017 and more than 20c in 2018. The combination is anticipated to result in annual pre-tax synergies approaching $500M by 2019 and increasing thereafter, including both sales and operational benefits. Under the terms of the agreement, Alere shareholders will receive $56 per common share in cash at the completion of the transaction, and Alere will become a subsidiary of Abbott. Alere's net debt, currently $2.6B, will be assumed or refinanced by Abbott. The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of Alere and Abbott, is subject to the approval of Alere shareholders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals.
08:02 EDTABTAbbott to acquire Alere for $56 per share
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06:58 EDTBMYPortola Pharma licensed right to andexanet alfa to Bristol-Myers and Pfizer
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06:57 EDTBMYBristol-Myers and Pfizer sign collaboration with Portola Pharmaceuticals
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06:09 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Brian Abrahams upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Buy saying current share levels provide a good long-term entry point. In the low $90s, the stock reflects an "excessively cautious" case on future label expansions for Orkambi, Abrahams tells investors in a research note. He continues to believe in Vertex's long-term cystic fibrosis sales opportunity. The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $120 from $142. The biotechnology company closed Friday down $2.01 to $90.75.
January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTCIEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
13:38 EDTREGN, AMGNAmgen wins right to allege willful infringement in Praluent suit, Markman says
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10:27 EDTABTActive calls: IWM F DXJ ABT FXI AAPL EEM COP
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10:05 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
07:49 EDTBMYBristol-Myers, AbbVie receive 'positive' CHMP opinion for Empliciti
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06:37 EDTABTAbbott downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
William Blair analyst Margaret Kaczor downgraded Abbott Laboratories to Market Perform citing a more bearish outlook on the potential for near-term transformative or accretive transactions due to management's comments on the earnings call. The analyst also sees risk of further downside to the company's emerging market businesses.
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