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February 5, 2014
08:58 EDTDDD, CTSH, OMER, DATA, VJET, MRK, XONE, SSYS, RL, COCOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Merck (MRK), up 1.6%... Ralph Lauren (RL), up 7%... Tableau Software (DATA), up 12%... Corinthian Colleges (COCO), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Omeros (OMER), up 11% after granted fast track designation to OMS824 by FDA. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Allergan (AGN), down xx%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 5%. ALSO LOWER: 3D Systems (DDD), down 15% after lowering FY13 EPS view, guiding FY14 below estimates. Peers Stratasys (SSYS), down 7.5%, ExOne (XONE), down 8%, and Voxeljet (VJET), down 7%, lower as well.
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August 27, 2014
06:42 EDTMRKMerck initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTMRKPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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07:25 EDTCOCOITT Educational has negative read through from Corinthian, says Wells Fargo
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August 25, 2014
17:55 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges says need to obtain additional sources of liquidity
In a regulatory filing, Corinthian Colleges disclosed that the company has entered into a Consent and Amendment No. 4 to Credit Agreement, dated as of August 19, by and among the company, Everest Colleges Canada, the Guarantors party thereto, the Lenders party thereto and Bank of America, as Domestic Administrative Agent and Canadian Agent...As previously reported by the company, the company has been, and is, seeking additional sources of liquidity through, among other things, asset sales. On August 20, the company sold to an unrelated third party, on a non-recourse basis, after conducting a bid process, a portfolio of student loans for approximately $19M. The company’s decision to sell certain of its student loans which it had previously intended to hold for investment resulted in a change in the accounting treatment for such loans from “held for investment” to “held for sale.” the company concluded on August 19 that an impairment charge is required of approximately $55M to $59M. The company expects to include the impairment charge in its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30...Additionally, the CFPB requested certain documents relating to a recently-completed sale of student notes and certain information relating to the student loans that the company continues to hold and any private lending arrangements to which the company is currently a party...The company added that Corinthian Colleges continues to need to obtain additional sources of liquidity to fund its operations and to implement the agreements contemplated by the Operating Agreement. To do so, the company will continue to seek additional sources of liquidity through new financings, additional cost reductions, accelerated asset sales or some combination thereof. There can be no assurance that the company will be able to obtain any such additional needed liquidity on a timely basis, on terms acceptable to it, or at all. Any withholding of Title IV funds by ED, or further restrictions on funding or operations by accrediting agencies, state agencies, or other funding sources would exacerbate the company’s existing liquidity constraints.
16:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:23 EDTCOCOGovernment not looking to push other colleges out of business, says Wells Fargo
In the wake of Corinthian Colleges' (COCO) dissolution due to actions taken by the Department of Education, Wells Fargo thinks the government did not intend for this scenario to unfold. After speaking with unnamed "knowledgeable sources" about the issue, the firm does not expect the department to take similar actions in the future because doing so would create too much of a workload for the department, Wells believes. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 24, 2014
21:59 EDTCTSHVMware to hold a conference
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August 21, 2014
06:23 EDTDATASplunk price target lowered to $55 from $65 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Splunk (SPLK) shares to $55 from $65 ahead of the company's Q2 results on August 28 and says it prefers Tableau (DATA) on a relative basis. Deutsche, however, keeps a Buy rating on Splunk, noting that its recent user checks didn't pick up anything incrementally negative. The firm believes the Street is cautious on the stock into the results.
August 20, 2014
08:31 EDTCTSHCognizant deal with Health Net has encouraging read through, says Cowen
Cowen noted Cognizant (CTSH) shareholders were concerned over its deal with Health Net (HNT) but noted management feels the deal is a true partnership. The firm feels management's positive comments are encouraging and address the execution and profitability concerns of shareholders. Shares of Cognizant are Outperform rated with a $50 price target.
07:23 EDTSSYSBrean Capital remains a buyer of Stratasys following management meetings
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August 18, 2014
17:03 EDTCTSHLone Pine Capital reports 5.3% passive stake in Cognizant
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09:00 EDTCTSHHealth Net fundamentals remain favorable, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said Health Net (HNT) fundamentals remain favorable following meetings with management. The firm cited the company's conservative outlook and the benefit of its back office contract with Cognizant (CTSH) which positions the company well for sustainable earnings growth through 2016. Shares of Health Net remain Positive rated with a $55 price target on the shares.
07:57 EDTMRKCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
August 15, 2014
14:36 EDTDATAMatrix Capital reports 5.76% passive stake in Tableau
08:25 EDTXONEExOne Q2 hurt by one-time costs, says FBR Capital
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07:43 EDTXONEExOne price target lowered to $21 from $25 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse lowered ExOne's price target to $21 and reiterated its Underperform rating following the Q2 miss. The firm is troubled by gross margin guidance, deteriorating cash position, difficult ales guidance, and competitive metal 3D printing technologies.
August 14, 2014
09:11 EDTDDD, SSYS, VJET, XONEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 2.5%... Plug Power (PLUG), up 10%... Perrigo (PRGO), up 4.5%. HIGHER: Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 3% after shares upgraded at Stifel... KaloBios (KBIO), up 7.9% after publication shows EphA3 as target for anticancer therapy... Supernus (SUPN), up 4.4% after receiving FDA fast track designation for SPN-810. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Noodles & Company (NDLS), down 22%... Vipshop (VIPS), down 5.8%. LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 10.7%, Voxeljet (VJET), down 6.6%, after earnings reports. Peers in the 3D space are lower as well, with Stratasys (SSYS) down 1% and 3D Systems (DDD) down 0.2%... Enphase Energy (ENPH), down 2.6% after filing to sell common stock for holders... InterMune (ITMN), down 3% after downgraded at Goldman following yesterday's advance on Bloomberg report that the company received takeover bids from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY).
08:43 EDTDDD3D Systems announces new Ohio facility
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