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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTEMC, VMW, AGN, VRX, ITRI, KNDI, EXTR, EZPWOn 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.
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October 20, 2014
12:24 EDTEZPWEZCORP recommended as long idea by Nikolayevsky, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites comments made by Anna Nikolayevsky of Axel Capital Management at the Robin Hood Conference.
12:23 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan holder Paulson encourages deal with Shire, Reuters says
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09:59 EDTEMCEMC weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 29, December is at 26, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
09:25 EDTVRX, AGNValeant says talks to Ackman 'frequently'
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09:08 EDTVRX, AGNValeant says not planning to walk away from Allergan deal before Dec. 18
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08:58 EDTVRX, AGNValeant says still willing to improve bid for Allergan
Valeant (VRX) said would raise Allergan (AGN) bid "when time is right." Says hopes Allergan shareholders see that Valeant's operating model does work and will continue to work. Says Valeant (VRX), Allergan have "unique" business overlap. Says company "should" own Allergan. Says interests with Pershing, Ackman "aligned" on Allergan.
08:37 EDTVRX, AGNValeant says 'completely focused' on Allergan acquisition
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07:34 EDTVRX, AGNValeant says remains focused on completing Allergan transaction
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07:32 EDTVRXValeant narrows FY14 revenue view to $8.1B-$8.3B from $8B-$8.3B
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07:30 EDTVRX, AGNValeant CEO says 'can bid more than anyone' in financially sound Allergan deal
Pearson says "we cannot stop" another company from making a bid that does not make economic sense, but he believes Valeant (VRX) can "bid more than anyone" for Allergan (AGN) in a deal that makes financial sense. Pearson says he has met with doctor groups and that 95% of those he's spoken with support Valeant's bid for Allergan. Valeant CEO J. Michael Pearson spoke on CNBC.
07:28 EDTVRXValeant raises FY14 cash EPS to $8.22-8.32 from $7.90-$8.10
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07:16 EDTAGNAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Chicago on October 18-21.
07:06 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 outlook cash EPS $10.00 from $9.90
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07:05 EDTVRXValeant raises Q4 cash EPS $2.45-$2.55 from $2.35-$2.45
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07:03 EDTVRXValeant reports Q3 cash EPS $2.11, Q3 GAAP EPS 81c
Reports Q3 revenue revenue $2.1B; Reports Q3 total same store sales organic growth 19%. Bausch + Lomb organic growth was 12%. Q3 GAAP Operating Cash Flow $619 million, an increase of 207%; Adjusted Operating Cash Flow $771 million, an increase of 89%
06:28 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $210 from $190 at Citigroup
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October 17, 2014
14:24 EDTVMWVMware October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:47 EDTVRX, AGNValeant will not raise Allergan bid ahead of record date, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will not raise its hostile takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) ahead of the record date for the vote, CNBC's David Faber reports. Allergan (AGN) is not currently in takeover talks with Actavis (ACT), Faber added.
09:45 EDTAGNAllergan not in deal talks with Actavis, CNBC reports
09:43 EDTAGN, VRXValeant not going to raise Allergan bid ahead of meeting, CNBC reports
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