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March 12, 2012
12:08 EDTXOM, PCBC, KUTV, TZYM, ZOLL, RENN, MTU, DANG, TUDO, DIS, YOKUOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at mid-day, with the Dow higher and the Nasdaq lower, but neither by a wide margin. The Dow is being led by the shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM), which are up more than 1.3% despite oil being down more than $1.00 a barrel. The averages have moved in a narrow range in a low-volatility, low-volume session. Investors are looking to tomorrow's FOMC meeting for clues as to any change in the Fed's strategy... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light today, but will be heavier the rest of the week, with reports due on retail sales, consumer sentiment and small business optimism along with a rate meeting for the FOMC. With little domestic data, investors focused on international news, most notably China's February trade deficit of $31.5B, which was its largest in over 20 years... MARKET NEWS: Disney's (DIS) expensive sci-fi film "John Carter" opened to disappointing domestic grosses, as widely expected... Tudou Holdings (TUDO) jumped almost 150% following its acquisition by Youku.com (YOKU), which also saw its shares rise about 18%. Other Chinese media and tech names also traded higher following the news, with Renren (RENN), Ku6 Media (KUTV), and Dangdang (DANG) among those advancing... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ZOLL Medical (ZOLL), after agreeing to a $93 per share buyout offer from Asahi Kasei, and Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC), which agreed to be acquired for $46 per share by UnionBanCal, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU). Noteworthy losers included Tranzyme (TZYM), after saying a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs failed to meet its endpoints, and Anthera Pharmaceuticals (ANTH), following downgrades at Citigroup and Cowen after one of its trials was halted due to the lack of the drug's efficacy... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 14.15, or 0.11%, to 12,936.17; the Nasdaq was down 11.15, or 0.37%, to 2,977.19; and the S&P 500 was down 3.34, or 0.24%, to 1,367.53.
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June 25, 2015
13:08 EDTXOMPenn Virginia higher after blog speculates on another deal
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12:07 EDTXOMBP said to make $8/share bid for Penn Virginia, Proactive Investors blog says
BP (BP) has made a $8 per share takeover bid for Penn Virginia (PVA), but the latter rejected the bid and is "holding out" for at least $10 per share, UK investor blog Proactive Investors claimed, citing people familiar with the matter. ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) may also be interested in buying Penn Virginia, according to Proactive, which identifies itself as a "leading multi-media news organisation, investor portal and events management business." Penn Virginia shares are up 7% in midday trading following the report from the blog, which was previously credited for a report on alleged takeover advances made toward drugmaker Receptos (RCPT). Reference Link
09:08 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTXOMGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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16:20 EDTDISDisney plans semi-annual dividend, says raising dividend 15% annually
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08:40 EDTXOMExxon closes oil production off Santa Barbara after pipe burst, L.A. Times says
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08:25 EDTDISNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:43 EDTDISDisney not investing $250M to DraftKings, Re/code reports
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07:19 EDTXOMU.K. panel to decide on first fracking in area since 2011, WSJ reports
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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTDISHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
06:11 EDTYOKUGreenwoods reports 5.3% passive stake in Youku Tudou
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June 22, 2015
13:19 EDTDISMarvel Entertainment wins patent dispute over Spider-Man toy, Variety says
The Supreme Court sided with Disney 's Marvel Entertainment in a case involving a patent on a toy owned by Stephen Kimble that shoots web from pressurized foam string, says Variety. The Court would not overrule precedent and ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment that a patentee cannot continue to receive royalties for a patent after it expires, added Variety. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTDISRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTDISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 18, 2015
14:37 EDTXOMExxonMobil signs MOU to collaborate on R&D with Korea Institute of Technology
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12:34 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
11:47 EDTXOMExxon Mobil to sell 50% interest in Chalmette Refining to PBF Energy
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11:36 EDTXOMPBF Energy to acquire Chamlette refinery, related logistics assets for $322M
PBF Energy (PBF) announced that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, LLC, consisting of the 189,000 barrel per day Chalmette Refinery and related logistics assets, from ExxonMobil (XOM) and PDV Chalmette, LLC. With the acquisition PBF will increase its total throughput capacity to over 725,000 barrels per day. The purchase price for the assets is $322M, plus working capital including inventory to be valued at closing. PBF Energy does not expect to issue equity to finance any portion of this transaction. The transaction is expected to be approximately 20% accretive to 2016 consensus earnings in the first year of operation and is expected to close prior to year-end 2015, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The Chalmette Refinery, located outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 189,000 barrel per day, dual-train coking refinery with a Nelson Complexity of 12.7 and is capable of processing both light and heavy crude oil. The facility is strategically positioned on the Gulf Coast with strong logistics connectivity that offers flexible raw material sourcing and product distribution opportunities, including the potential to export products. In addition to refining assets, the transaction includes 100% ownership of the MOEM Pipeline, providing access to the Empire Terminal, as well as the CAM Connection Pipeline, providing access to the LOOP facility through a third party pipeline. The transaction also includes 80% ownership in each of the Collins Pipeline Company and T&M Terminal Company, both located in Collins, Mississippi, which provide a significant clean products outlet for the refinery via the Plantation and Colonial Pipelines. Also included in the transaction are a marine terminal capable of importing waterborne feedstocks and loading or exporting finished products; a clean products truck rack which provides access to local markets; and a crude and product storage facility with approximately 7.5 million barrels of shell capacity. PBF estimates the acquired MLP-qualifying pre-tax earnings from the logistics assets of Chalmette Refining, LLC, to be at least $30M.
11:35 EDTXOMPBF Energy to acquire Chamlette refinery, related logistics assets
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08:23 EDTDISDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
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