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May 7, 2012
16:38 EDTCECO, DIS, TPX, VRTX, CTSH, ABTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as investors had a muted reaction to the anti-austerity backlash evidenced in two elections in Europe. Stock futures pointed to a lower open throughout the pre-market trading session but moved off their low prior to the opening bell. The futures action led to a lower but stable open with the market essentially hitting its lows soon after the open. The market began to drift off its lows after the first hour of trading and by midday made it back to positive ground. The market continued to drift for most the remainder of the session until a downturn into the close pushed the S&P and Nasdaq back down to finish the day near the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer credit increased by $21.36B in March, versus expectations of an increase of $9.8B. In Europe, Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential election and voting in Greece’s general election showed a dramatic swing toward anti-austerity groups and away from the pro-Europe parties... COMPANY NEWS: Disney's (DIS) "The Avengers" set U.S. records with its $200M opening weekend, powering the company's shares 2% higher... Abbott Labs (ABT) announced it reached a settlement and will pay $1.6B in connection with its marketing of Depakote... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Vertex Pharma (VRTX), up $20.71, or 55.36%, to $58.12, amid at least three upgrades and a number of price target increases after the company reported interim data from a Phase 2 study of a combination therapy for certain cystic fibrosis patients, and Career Education (CECO), up 56c, or 8.70%, to $7.00, after the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools removed its show-cause directive on all 71 Career Education campuses accredited by the body and the company said four of its campuses were placed on probation. Noteworthy losers included Cognizant (CTSH), down $13.35, or 19.16%, to $56.31, after the company's earnings beat consensus but it said its revising its guidance to be more conservative after seeing slower-than-expected acceleration in demand, and Tempur-Pedic (TPX), down $8.42, or 14.85%, to $48.29, as Raymond James said in a note to investors that the company will offer a discount on one of its most profitable mattresses, the Cloud Supreme, which the firm said was unusual for the company... INDICES: The Dow lost 29.74, or 0.23%, to 13,008.53; the Nasdaq rose 1.42, or 0.05%, to 2,957.76; and the S&P 500 added 0.48, or 0.04%, to 1,369.58.
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January 29, 2015
09:07 EDTVRTXHead researchers of Vertex, Regeneron, Merck invited to White House, CNBC says
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08:08 EDTVRTXVertex downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees Q1 EPS excl items 41c-43c, consensus 41c
07:50 EDTABTAbbott sees FY15 EPS excl items $2.10-$2.20, consensus $2.14
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07:50 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 Nutrition sales up 8.9% to $1.8B
Reports Q4 Diagnostics sales up 8.6% to $1.23B; Reports Q4 Established Pharmaceuticals sales up 35.4% to 922M; Reports Q4 Medical Devices sales up 0.4% to $1.38B.
07:48 EDTABTAbbott expects top tier earnings growth in 2015 despite currency headwinds
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07:47 EDTABTAbbott reports Q4 EPS excl items 71c, consensus 67c
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06:58 EDTVRTXVertex downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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January 28, 2015
18:21 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:07 EDTVRTXVertex sees FY15 KALYDECO net revenues $560M-$580M
FY15 revenue consensus $1.19B. KALYDECO net revenues reflect use of KALYDECO by eligible patients in Australia following the completion of reimbursement discussions in late 2014; use of KALYDECO in some people in the United States with the R117H mutation following FDA approval in late 2014; the completion of reimbursement discussions for gating mutations in certain European countries; and use of KALYDECO in children with CF ages 2 to 5 with the G551D or other gating mutations in the United States, based on potential approval in March 2015. Vertex expects that its combined non-GAAP R&D and SG&A expenses in 2015 will be in the range of $1.05B-$1.1B. The increase as compared to 2014 is primarily a result of launch preparation activities for lumacaftor in combination with ivacaftor and the planned pivotal Phase 3 development program for VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor.
16:05 EDTVRTXVertex reports Q4 adjusted EPS (55c), consensus (65c)
Reports Q4 revenue $145M, consensus $137.49M. Reports Q4 revenues of $124M from KALYDECO in CF.
15:38 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
15:37 EDTVRTXNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:34 EDTABTEC clears Abbott sale of non-U.S. EPD-DM business to Mylan, with conditions
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business, or EPD-DM, by Mylan (MYL). The decision is conditional upon the divestment of a number of Mylan's businesses in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Italy. The Commission had concerns that the transaction, as initially notified, would have reduced competition on the market for several medicines. The commitments offered by Mylan address these concerns, the EC said.
10:13 EDTTPXHigh option volume stocks
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January 23, 2015
07:39 EDTCTSHCognizant reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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January 21, 2015
08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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06:17 EDTDISOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTDISNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTDISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
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