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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTEMC, KNDI, AGN, EZPW, ITRI, VMW, EXTR, VRXOn 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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June 26, 2015
09:37 EDTVRXValeant unlikely to pursue Zoetis acquisition, CNBC's Faber says
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09:33 EDTVRXValeant made Zoetis approach as courtesy to Ackman, CNBC reports
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09:33 EDTVRXValeant not going to pursue Zoetis acquisition, CNBC's Faber reports
06:06 EDTVRXZoetis downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:02 EDTVRXJPMorgan assumes Valeant pays $60/share for Zoetis
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott believes Zoetis (ZTS) would bring "an attractive, durable, cash-pay business" to Valeant's portfolio should a merger occur. The Wall Street Journal last night reported that Valeant has approached Zoetis regarding a potential takeover. Schott sees the deal being minimally accretive to near-term earnings, and assumes Valeant pays $60 per share for Zoetis, or a 20% premium to Wednesday's closing price. The analyst thinks any offer would include a substantial equity component given Valeant's levered balance sheet following the Salix acquisition. Schott keeps an Overweight rating on Valeant and a Neutral rating on Zoetis.
June 25, 2015
16:13 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, WSJ reports
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis (ZTS), said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The report said it was not clear if Zoetis is open to a sale or what was the company’s reaction to the approach. Zoetis share spiked more than 11% into the close following the report and are up another 1% to $55.95 in after hours trading. Reference Link
15:58 EDTVRXZoetis jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of Valeant approach
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15:57 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, DJ reports
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12:59 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:13 EDTAGNAllergan CEO: Irvine campus ‘crucial’ to company, L.A. Times reports
New Allergan CEO Brent Saunders said that the company’s Irvine, California campus is “crucial” to the recently purchased organization, the L.A. Times reports, citing comments from Saunders in an interview. Allergan was purchased in March by Actavis, a move which led to the layoff of roughly 600 employees from the Irvine offices, the report says. Saunders said that the “bleeding has stopped” after a round of layoffs, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
11:16 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WMB AMZN CMG BIIB VMW QLIK ISRG FB UA FFIV
10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added VMware to the Conviction Buy List and maintained its $102 price target. The firm believes VMware will benefit from improving execution, accelerating cash flow, ELA renewals, and growth from expanded product adoption and gains in emerging areas.
June 23, 2015
11:00 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility:TRIP WPZ CMG BIIB WMB AMZN ISRG VMW
09:20 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics announces submission of NDA to FDA for RELISTOR
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) announced that Valeant submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for RELISTOR, or methylnaltrexone bromide, Tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
07:25 EDTVRXPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 19, 2015
18:12 EDTITRIS&P announces changes to S&P 100, 400, 500, and 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: S&P 500 constituent The Priceline Group (PCLN) will replace Baxter International (BAX) in the S&P 100, Baxalta (BXLT) will replace QEP Resources (QEP) in the S&P 500, QEP Resources will replace Itron (ITRI) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Itron will replace Arch Coal (ACI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. Baxter International is spinning off Baxalta in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Baxter International will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution, but its post spin market capitalization will no longer make it appropriate for the S&P 100. QEP Resources, Itron and Arch Coal are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. Skechers USA (SKX) will replace Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and MiMedx Group (MDXG) will replace Skechers USA in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) is combining with Rock-Tenn in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date. The combined company will remain in the S&P 500 and will change its name to WestRock Co. HealthEquity (HQY) will replace Zep Inc. (ZEP) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. Private equity firm New Mountain Capital is acquiring Zep in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:21 EDTITRIItron to replace Arch Coal in S&P 600 as of 6/30 close
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17:20 EDTITRIQEP Resources to replace Itron in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
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16:24 EDTAGNStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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