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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTEXTR, VRX, EMC, KNDI, AGN, EZPW, ITRI, VMWOn 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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January 21, 2015
09:02 EDTEMCSciQuest names Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer
SciQuest (SQI) announced that EMC (EMC) executive Beth Hendriks will be joining the company as its new chief technology officer. In this role, she will be responsible for enhancing the breadth and depth of the SciQuest Spend Management Suite while accelerating technology and user experience innovation. Hendriks joins SciQuest from EMC, where she served as senior director of engineering.
07:22 EDTAGNActavis price target raised to $330 from $280 at Deutsche Bank
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January 15, 2015
13:07 EDTVMWNetworking trends seen as boon for Cisco, others
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January 14, 2015
13:14 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies volatility at low end of historic range
Kandy Technologies overall option implied volatility of 56 compares to its 26-week average of 71 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
January 13, 2015
14:00 EDTAGNActavis says Allergan deal could close as early as Q1, as late as Q2
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12:49 EDTVRXValeant CEO says 'unlikely' to work with Bill Ackman again
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12:48 EDTVRXValeant CEO says will have a 'number of clean quarters in a row'
Valeant CEO Michael Pearson said on CNBC that his company will have a "number of clean quarters in a row" in an effort to dispute attacks on its business model.
10:56 EDTVRXValeant sees continuation of Q3 trends in Q4
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10:46 EDTVRXValeant doesn't see need to 'push a large deal for sake of doing large deal'
Sees double digit organic growth in 2014, 2015 and beyond. Says business development a priority for cash flow. Sees pursuing small and medium sized deals. Says doesn't see a need to "push a large deal for the sake of doing a large deal." Comments made at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. Valeant shares are up 2.1% to $158.76 in morning trading.
10:39 EDTVRXValeant repeats FY15 EPS view $10.10-$10.40, revenue $9.2B-$9.3B
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10:38 EDTVRXValeant repeats Q4 cash EPS view $2.55+ vs. previous view $2.45-$2.55
Repeats Q4 revenue view $2.1B-$2.3B. Sees Q4 adjusted cash flow from operations about $600M. Says absorbed additional negative Fx impact of ~$40M to revenue, ~10c to cash EPS. Says FDA submission for Vesneo on track for Q2. Sees submission for sub-micron loteprednol gel 0.38% in late Q3, early Q4, and expects to launch product in 3Q16. Sees filing NDA for Arestin LCM in 2H15. Sees >12% same store organic growth for total company in Q4, >10% for FY. Sees Bausch + Lomb organic growth >10% for FY. Sees continued strong performance from Jublia, other recent product launches. Strategic initiates for 2015 include 10%-12% organic growth, cash conversion rate of >90%, achieve $500M+ revenues for key launch programs, including Jublia, Ultra, Luzu, Retin-A Micro 0.08%, Onexton. Comments from slides being presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
07:42 EDTVRXJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:39 EDTAGN, VRXAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Surgery to hold a meeting
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January 12, 2015
11:08 EDTEMCEMC says Elliott agrees to certain limited standstill provisions through Sept.
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTAGNSupreme Court rejects Allergan appeal on generic Latisse, Bloomberg reports
09:28 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global
OTR Global raised its view on VMware to Positive following checks that indicate increased ELA activity in Q4.
08:09 EDTAGNActavis and Allergan announce early termination of HSR waiting period
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08:07 EDTAGNActavis, Allergan announce early termination of Hart Scott Rodino waiting period
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07:03 EDTVMWCiti recommends long VMware, short Citrix pair trade
Citigroup closes out its Software pair trade of long Intuit (INTU), short Autodesk (ADSK) and recommends a new trade of long VMware (VMW), short Citrix (CTXS). Citi expects VMware to report strong Q4 results relative to "modest" expectations and sees potential risk to Citrix's sales outlook.
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