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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTAGN, EZPW, ITRI, VMW, EXTR, VRX, EMC, KNDIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The focus has been on the events in both Israel and Russia, which have pushed earnings into the background for now. The President spoke this morning and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for the Russian separatists to stop tampering with evidence. The losses remain moderate as investors remain concerned about the world stage but are bracing for a number of huge earnings reports this week, including the latest sales figures from Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Verizon (VZ). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. The index has been in positive territory, reflecting above trend growth, since February. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of EMC (EMC) advanced 4% after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), in which it owns an 80% stake. Shares of VMware were down a bit over 1% following the Journal's report... Allergan (AGN) rose about 2% after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 15% after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI), which gained 10% after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country, though domestically-made ones would. Among the noteworthy losers was EZCORP (EZPW), which dropped 12% after it appointed CFO Mark Kuchenrither as its interim CEO and President and its stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti. Also lower were shares of Itron (ITRI), which fell 8% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy, citing its view that meter deployments will not support the stock's current valuation given continued delays and lower than expected margins. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 72.05, or 0.42%, to 17,028.13, the Nasdaq was down 17.99, or 0.41%, to 4,414.15, and the S&P 500 was down 8.27, or 0.42%, to 1,969.95.
News For EMC;VMW;AGN;VRX;ITRI;KNDI;EXTR;EZPW From The Last 14 Days
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February 20, 2015
09:43 EDTVRXValeant nearing deal to acquire Salix, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:08 EDTAGNAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
08:48 EDTVMWVMware to hold a conference call with Jefferies
Jefferies Analyst John DiFucci co-hosts a conference call to discuss the VMware vSphere 6 and VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO) on February 19 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTAGNActavis price target raised to $352 from $300 at Canaccord
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February 18, 2015
16:46 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:31 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:48 EDTAGNActavis Q4 'exceptional,' taking Allergan name 'wise,' says BMO Capital
BMO Capital says Actavis (ACT) is "firing on all cylinders" after reporting "exceptional" Q4 earnings on the strength of the company's North American Generics and International segment. BMO views the decision to adopt the Allergan (AGN) name as "wise" given the Botox maker's strong reputation. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Actavis.
07:50 EDTAGNActavis CEO says company gave appropriate guidance to analysts
Actavis (ACT) CEO Saunders said he believes that the company did provide appropriate guidance to analysts ahead of its earnings beat. Saunders sees the Allergan (AGN) deal closing by the end of this quarter or early next quarter. Saunders says tying R&D to a percentage of revenue "makes no sense to me," noting that Actavis will spend about $1.7B on R&D next year. Saunders says will do acquisition if opportunity arises, but not planning for M&A right now. Actavis CEO Brent Saunders is speaking on CNBC.
07:38 EDTVMWVMware named a Franchise Pick at Jefferies
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07:01 EDTAGNActavis announces intention to adopt 'Allergan' corporate name
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06:34 EDTAGNActavis sees Allergan transaction completed in late Q1 or early Q2
February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTVRXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTAGNPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:18 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Restaurant Brands International (QSR). INCREASED STAKES: Zoetis (ZTS), and Platform Specialty Products (PAH). DECREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
17:13 EDTVMW, EMC, VRXPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTAGNSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:52 EDTAGNEarnings Preview: Actavis near 52-week high ahead of Q4 earnings report
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12:50 EDTKNDIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:43 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies gaps up, levels to watch
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09:08 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies announces conclusion of SEC investigation
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