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June 10, 2014
16:28 EDTEBAY, FB, AGN, VRX, COUP, EHTH, INO, RCPTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day slightly below the flat line and remained there for most of the session, before a late move higher allowed the Dow to run its recent winning streak to another day, though just barely. Economic reports from at home and abroad, which included wholesale trade data in the U.S. and inflation data from China, had little effect on the market, which seemed content to spend the session drifting. The Dow and S&P 500 stand just short of major round-number milestones, but both will have to wait at least another day to see if they can be reached. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 1.1% in April, with sales up 1.3%, which were both better than forecast. The JOLTS report showed job openings climbed 289K to 4.46M in April. In China, official data showed an index of consumer prices rose 2.5% year-on-year in May, while China's producer price index contracted 1.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) closed down $1.33, or 2.68%, to $48.25 after the company announced last night that PayPal President David Marcus is leaving the company to lead Facebook’s (FB) messaging products. Facebook shares reacted positively to the executive hiring, rising $2.89, or 4.6%, to $65.77... Allergan (AGN) once again rejected Valeant (VRX), saying that the higher takeover bid it made in concert with Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square still "substantially undervalues the company [and] creates significant risks and uncertainties for the stockholders of Allergan." Further, Allergan said its board has "serious concerns" about the large stock component of the proposal and that the latest Valeant offer does not warrant talks between the companies. Following the latest reproach, BMO Capital said it believes the fight between the two is still in the "early innings" and could last well into 2015. Shares of Allergan slipped $1.06, or 0.65%, to $163.09, while Valeant fell $1.08, or 0.85%, to $125.55. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was hepatitis C treatment maker Achillion (ACHN), which surged $3.54, or 83.29%, to $7.79 after the company announced today that it had received favorable news from the FDA about resuming certain clinical trials. Achillion's advance comes on top of its 47% move higher yesterday after Merck (MRK) announced that it would acquire another company in the HCV drug space at a significant premium. Also higher was Receptos (RCPT), which jumped $10.74, or 36.78%, to $39.94 after the company reported phase 2 data for its SIPI modulator that firms Leerink and BMO Capital both viewed positively. Among the noteworthy losers was Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), which fell $1.44, or 13.36%, to $9.34 after TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein speculated that the company already has data in hand for its phase II study of its vaccine for cervical pre-cancerous lesions and warned of "red flags" related to the company's CEO "walking back expectations" ahead of a potential disclosure that the trial was not a success. Also lower were shares of eHealth (EHTH), which fell $5.09, or 13.05%, to $33.91 after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target for shares to $40 from $62, citing less confidence in the company's Exchange opportunity following management comments at the firm's conference. Another stock moving lower following a downgrade was Coupons.com (COUP), which dropped $2.95, or 10.6%, to $24.88 after Goldman downgraded the shares to Sell from Neutral. INDEXES: The Dow was up 2.82, or 0.02%, to 16,945.92, the Nasdaq was up 1.75, or 0.04%, to 4,338.00, and the S&P 500 was down 0.48, or 0.02%, to 1,950.79.
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August 21, 2014
10:14 EDTEBAYeBay saying PayPal spin-off may come next year, The Information reports
eBay has been telling PayPal CEO candidates that it is considering spinning off the payments business as soon as next year, The Information reports, citing two people briefed on the conversations. Reference Link
09:42 EDTVRXValeant to sell Precision's assets related to two acne treatments
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August 20, 2014
17:59 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan talks with Salix in defense tactic said to be dormant, Bloomberg says
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17:35 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan said to explore options outside of Salix acquisition, Bloomberg says
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10:53 EDTAGN, VRXAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
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09:46 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan merger deal not imminent, CNBC's Faber reports
An acquisition by Allergan (AGN) is not imminent, CNBC's David Faber reports. Salix (SLXP) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) are said to be potential targets of the company, Faber adds. Valeant (VRX) could announce over the next few days that it has enough votes to call for a special meeting, the reported said.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
07:19 EDTAGNPossible Allergan Salix deal could be 8% accretive in '15-'16, says Wells Fargo
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) had approached Salix (SLXP) and other companies about a potential acquisition, Wells Fargo thinks that a largely debt financed purchase of Salix could be 8% accretive for Allergan in 2015-2016, reaching 12% accretion in 2018.
07:07 EDTVRX, AGNSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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07:04 EDTAGNSalix buyout price could be near $192 per share, says William Blair
William Blair believes a combined Allergan (AGN) and Salix (SLXP) would be very attractive. The firm estimates a potential takeover price for Salix towards the high end of its $176-$192 per share range. Salix rose 16% yesterday to $160.80 after Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan approached the company and at least one other about a takeover.
06:11 EDTEBAYeBay volatility at record low
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTVRX, AGNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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16:00 EDTEBAYOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
14:40 EDTAGNSterne Agee says Allergan could pay up to $190 for Salix and still be accretive
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13:13 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTAGNSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
13:04 EDTEBAYPayPal taking up Braintree’s Venmo Touch technology, GigaOM says
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
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