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July 30, 2013
12:45 EDTMOS, AGU, MRK, OSK, HMA, POT, HLF, PFE, WU, CYH, IPI, COH, AET, PBIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a report on rising home prices along with some better than expected earnings reports supported the market. The second quarter earnings season, which is reaching its peak this week, may not be turning out to be as bad as some had feared. However, the week's biggest events may still be yet to come, as investors brace for tomorrow's conclusion of the Fedís two day FOMC meeting, along with the latest monthly jobs report, due Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index was up 12.2% from the prior year and was up about 1.0% from the prior month in May, which was close to in line with forecasts. The consumer confidence index for July fell to 80.3, which was a bit worse than the expectation for it to slip just slightly from its prior reading of 81.4. COMPANY NEWS: Several of the day's worst performing stocks were fertilizer companies after Russian potash producer Uralkali ended its cooperation with Belarus' Belaruskali. Following the news, Potash (POT) tumbled 20%, Mosaic (MOS) plunged 19%, Intrepid Potash (IPI) plummeted 30%, and Agrium (AGU) dropped nearly 5%... Among several notable healthcare names to announce quarterly results this morning, Pfizer (PFE) performed the best, rising almost 1% following its report. Its peer, Merck (MRK), slid about 1% after its own report, while health insurer Aetna (AET) was little changed in midday trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Oshkosh (OSK), up 12%, Pitney Bowes (PBI), up 11%, and Western Union (WU), up 9%. Shares of multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF) also rose over 4% following its report in spite of new questions from Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, which has a very large and well documented short position in the stock. Among the noteworthy losers was upscale accessories maker Coach (COH), which fell more than 7% after the company reported mixed fourth quarter results, announced the departure of two senior executives, and agreed to sell its Reed Krakoff business. Also lower were shares of hospital chain Health Management Associates (HMA), which fell 11% after Community Health (CYH) agreed to buy the company for the equivalent of about $13.78 per share plus possible future considerations based on the outcome of certain legal matters. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 15,532.34; the Nasdaq was up 23.81, or 0.66%, to 3,622.95; and the S&P 500 was up 3.18, or 0.19%, to 1,688.51.
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November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTMRKOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:43 EDTPFE, MRKLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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12:55 EDTAETWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading
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08:15 EDTCYHUniversal Health recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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08:10 EDTMRKMerck reports results from Phase 2 study of Grazoprevir/Elbasvir
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08:01 EDTCOHMichael Kors promotions picked up in November, says Jefferies
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07:49 EDTCOHBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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05:51 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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November 10, 2014
15:53 EDTCYHCredit Suisse to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
15:51 EDTAGU, POT, IPI, MOSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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14:29 EDTPOTCapital World Investors reports 10.0% passive stake in Potash
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12:07 EDTMOS, AGU, IPI, POTUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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10:06 EDTAETAetna selected for new Louisiana Medicaid contract
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.
09:20 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTMRKGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $99 from $90 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Aetna shares to $99 after meeting with management and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The firm believes Aetna's 2015 earnings growth can top the consensus of 10%.
08:04 EDTWUWestern Union is poised to break out, says Macquarie
Macquarie's recent management meeting reinforced its view that Western Union is poised to break out as the company continues to benefit from lower than expected compliance costs, which should boost margins. The analyst expects Western Union's scale and lower run rate of compliance costs will generate a strong competitive advantage over smaller money transfer players and banks and for C2C transactions growth and innovative products to drive long-term outlook. Shares are Outperform rated with a $21 price target.
07:20 EDTMRKGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTCYHCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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