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May 2, 2014
09:20 EDTNTRI, SQI, INVN, AVNR, MRK, CVX, BCOR, BIRT, IMMU, ISRG, ECYT, AXL, SREV, RXII, OPEN, SQNM, RBSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), up 9%... Sequenom (SQNM), up 8.2%... Nutrisystem (NTRI), up 11.5%... American Axle (AXL), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 4% after earnings, shares upgraded at Sterne Agee... Avanir (AVNR), up 3.7% after upgraded at Mizuho... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), up 27.4% after announcing results from study of RXI-109... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 4% after announcing accelerated share repurchase. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Chevron (CVX), down 1%... OpenTable (OPEN), down 3.4%... Actuate (BIRT), down 18.2%... SciQuest (SQI), down 20%... ServiceSource (SREV), down 15.2%. ALSO LOWER: Endocyte (ECYT), down 60% after announcing DSMB recommends vintafolide PROCEED trial be stopped. The drug is being developed in partnership with Merck (MRK)... Immunomedics (IMMU), down 16% after filing to sell $30M worth of common stock in a spot secondary offering... InvenSense (INVN), down 9.3% after downgraded at Needham following the company's Q4 earnings report... Blucora (BCOR), down 10% after earnings, downgrade at Craig-Hallum.
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February 3, 2016
08:54 EDTMRKMerck Chairman says industry must price products consistent with value provided
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08:43 EDTMRKMerck says main focus of deals to be augmenting pipeline
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08:36 EDTMRKMerck says looking for M&A, partnership opportunities in oncology, other areas
Merck executives said on the company's Q4 earnings call that they "have paid attention to what's happened in the marketplace" and are working "very actively" to reach the right kind of deals, whether they are M&A or partnerships. The executives said they are "very focused" on value creating opportunities and active in looking for opportunities in oncology and other therapeutic areas where they can build the company's pipeline.
08:17 EDTMRKMerck sees growing Januvia franchise in 2016 ex-exchange
Merck said it expects to grow the Januvia franchise in 2016 ex-exchange despite increased pricing pressure. The company said it has maintained a high market share of about 75% in the U.S. and 65% globally. Merck said that, while still early, customer feedback is very positive on Bridion. Merck said it believes its pricing strategy for hepatitis C treatment Zapatier will "maximize revenue and market share" as well as broaden and accelerate patient access. Comments from Merck's Q4 earnings conference call.
06:48 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP marketing and administrative expenses below 2015 levels
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06:48 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Animal Health sales $830M
06:47 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Januvia/Janumet sales $1.45B
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS $3.60-$3.75, consensus $3.72
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 93c, consensus 91c
Reports Q4 revenue $10.22B, consensus $10.35B.
February 2, 2016
15:16 EDTCVXS&P takes rating actions on U.S. investment-grade E&P companies
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14:32 EDTMRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:54 EDTMRKMerck technical comments ahead of earnings news
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13:35 EDTMRKEarnings Watch: Merck down over 5% since last earnings report
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11:01 EDTSREVServiceSource to open service delivery center in Bulgaria
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10:12 EDTINVNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:24 EDTMRKSanofi, Merck mulling exiting vaccine JV, Bloomberg reports
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07:17 EDTCVXIran still struggling to finalize oil drilling contract terms, WSJ says
Iran is still having difficulty finalizing terms under which foreign energy companies can drill for oil there, the Wall Street Journal reports. Iranian oil officials canceled a conference scheduled for this month in London where new contracts for Western companies were supposed to be presented, with official blaming the cancellations on the inability to secure enough U.K. visas for the event, the report says. Another reason for the cancellation are conservative factions thinking that the contracts drawn up by president Hassan Rouhani's oil ministry are too generous to foreign entities, the report says, citing people familiar with the matter. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
06:44 EDTMRKMerck volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 1, 2016
10:15 EDTINVNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTCVXS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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