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July 30, 2013
12:45 EDTPOT, HLF, PFE, WU, CYH, IPI, COH, AET, PBI, MOS, AGU, MRK, OSK, HMAOn 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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April 8, 2014
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTAETCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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17:28 EDTPFEPfizer sell-off unwarranted, Barron's says
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16:28 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:15 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:40 EDTPFEPfizer trades near lows of the day, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTOSKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:10 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTPFEConfusion on Pfizer Palbo could create buying opportunity, says BMO Capital
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09:00 EDTPFEPfizer falls 2.8%
Pfizer is down 2.8%, or 90c, to $31.25
08:09 EDTMRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
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07:27 EDTPFE, MRKAmerican Association of Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:16 EDTOSKOshkosh initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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April 6, 2014
19:24 EDTPOTPotash appoints Jochen Tilk president and CEO, Bill Doyle to step down
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13:46 EDTPFEPfizer's palbociclib significantly prolonged PFS in metastatic breast cancer
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13:37 EDTMRKMerck presents findings on clinical outcomes following treatment with MK-3475
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April 4, 2014
13:12 EDTMOS, AGU, POTCanpotex announces agreement with Indian customers
Canpotex announced that it has agreed to an annual contract with its government and private sector partners in India to supply approximately 1 million tonnes of potash at a price of $322.00 per tonne on a CFR basis. Dechka also confirmed that Canpotex intends to expand its market development programs in India in future to help provide Indian farmers with the educational and other tools needed to improve yields through balanced fertilization and best management practices. Canpotex is the exclusive offshore marketing company owned by the three Saskatchewan potash producing companies: Agrium (AGU), Mosaic (MOS), and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (POT).
08:07 EDTMRKMerck, Ferring announce collaboration with WHO
Merck and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced their collaboration with the World Health Organization to advance a new, proprietary formulation of carbetocin, used to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth, that is designed to be stable at room temperature, even in hot and tropical climates. Currently, oxytocin, the standard medicine administered for the prevention of excessive bleeding, is temperature-sensitive and requires sustained cold distribution and storage in hot climates. The WHO will conduct a multi-country clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of room-temperature-stable carbetocin, as compared to oxytocin. The development of a medicine that can be stored at room temperature has the potential to significantly improve management of bleeding following childbirth in the many areas of the world where cold storage is difficult to achieve and maintain, and thereby help reduce maternal deaths in those areas. Starting this year, the study will take place in 12 countries around the world and enroll approximately 29,000 women. If the results of the study are positive, the organizations will work together with the aim of making the medicine available in developing countries that have a high burden of maternal mortality at an affordable and sustainable public-sector price.
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