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December 12, 2012
12:25 EDTCSIQ, YGE, CRL, YMI, FSLR, JASO, LDK, PC, DD, SPWR, TSL, ESLR, TEVA, GILD, STPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as investors wait on the Fed and other Washington powers to set the direction. The averages began the session slightly higher and have remained in a narrow range all morning. However, the day's real action may be yet to come, as investors await the conclusion of the two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting. The rate decision is due out at 12:30 pm ET. And, as always, headlines from Washington regarding the fiscal cliff negotiations are always a threat to swing the market quickly in either direction... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., import prices fell more than expected and recorded their biggest drop in five months in November, dropping 0.9%. In Europe, the pace of contraction of industrial production in the 17 countries that use the euro accelerated in October, as activity fell 3.6% from a year ago compared to a contraction of 2.8% in September... COMPANY NEWS: DuPont (DD) shares rose 2% after the company said it expects its adjusted EPS to come in at the high end of its previous forecast and also authorized a repurchase program of $1B... A number of solar stocks moved up sharply amid numerous headlines from Chinese and Taiwanese media sources. Reports said China plans additional subsidies for solar companies there and also some China-based makers may sell solar cell equipment to Taiwan. A number of solar names moved higher, including Yingli Green Energy (YGE), up 20%, Trina Solar (TSL), also up 20%, and JA Solar (JASO), up 22%. Additionally, LDK Solar (LDK), which rose 27%, announced it has entered into discussions with certain creditors to obtain additional flexibility as it continues to work to address its previously disclosed liquidity and working capital concerns... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Panasonic (PC), up almost 8% following an upgrade to Overweight at Barclays. Also higher were shares of YM BioSciences (YMI), up 77% after agreeing to be acquired by Gilead Sciences (GILD) for $2.95 per share in cash. Gilead shares, meanwhile, moved up 10c, or 0.13%. Among the noteworthy losers was Charles River Labs (CRL) down 8% after reaffirming its 2012 guidance and giving guidance for 2013 below Street expectations. Also lower were shares of Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), down 4.7% after Leerink downgraded the stock to Market Perform and Wells Fargo removed it from the firm's Priority Stock List... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.06%, to 13,256.69; the Nasdaq was down 2.71, or 0.09%, to 3,019.59; and the S&P 500 was up 2.37, or 0.17%, to 1,430.21.
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January 14, 2015
07:08 EDTGILDGilead still poised to beat 2015 estimates, says RBC Capital
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07:02 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy completes 10 MW solar power plant in China's Hebei Province
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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
12:15 EDTGILDExpress Scripts CEO says Gilead relationship 'important' going forward
Express Scripts (ESRX) CEO George Paz at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference said his company's relationship with Gilead (GILD) is "important" going forward. Paz said his company's goal is not to exclude drugs. He continues to discuss Express Scripts's deal with AbbVie (ABBV) and the company's goal of saving clients money with regards to healthcare costs.
12:10 EDTGILDExpress Scripts CEO says 'never stopped talking to Gilead'
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11:43 EDTGILDGilead says negotiations ongoing with major U.S. payors for Harvoni
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11:10 EDTGILDGilead drops, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTSPWROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTDDDuPont workers exposed to lethal chemicals for years, Houston Chronicle reports
DuPont workers may have been exposed to potentially lethal chemical for years due to malfunctions with a exhaust and ventilation system inside its La Porte pesticide plant, reports the Houston Chronicle. The company had a catastrophic release that killed four people on November 15. But according to reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, it appears no one ever alerted officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration smaller, but still significant levels of toxic gas released during troubleshooting activities. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
09:07 EDTSPWROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:42 EDTGILDJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTSPWRSunPower upgraded to Outperform following sell-off at Credit Suisse
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06:39 EDTSPWRSunPower upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
18:29 EDTDDDuPont to sell Theater business after proxy fight with Trian, WSJ says
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12:02 EDTDDUSDA cuts 2014 corn output estmate on lower yields
In its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said its U.S. feed grain supplies for 2014/15 are now projected lower, with a reduction in corn production more than offsetting an increase in sorghum. Corn production is estimated 191M bushels lower, though yield and production both remain records, USDA noted. Publicly traded companies in the space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT). Reference Link
09:35 EDTTEVATeva may need to jump back into M&A after quiet 2014, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA), one of few leading pharmaceutical makers that did not make a sizable acquisition in 2014, may need to catch up with peers in that regard, with Perrigo (PRGO) and Sweden’s Meda AB mentioned by analysts as potentially suitable targets, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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08:31 EDTTEVAAMRI announces the departure of CFO Michael Nolan
AMRI announced that Michael Nolan, senior vice president and CFO, will be departing AMRI. Nolan will remain with AMRI through February 2015 to support an orderly transition. The company also announced that Felicia Ladin will join the company in the same role, effective February 4, 2015. Ladin most recently served as Senior Vice President, CFO, Global Specialty Medicines at Teva (TEVA).
06:10 EDTTSLTrina Solar reports successful grid connection of 90 MW of solar plants in China
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