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July 13, 2011
12:36 EDTKCI, TSPT, CHK, NWSA, GLUU, TRH, SINA, CLNE, WAG, ERTS, VR, RENN, BSYBYOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, helped along by Fed Chairman Bernanke's comments that the central bank is ready to ease monetary policy if the economy weakens and inflation moves lower. Stock futures were higher throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market. The market has been strong all day, moving to session highs following Bernanke’s statements that the Fed was prepared to accommodate or tighten monetary policy depending on what the economy would need to stay on track. The Fed chairman is still in the Q&A phase of his testimony and has fielded questions on the debt ceiling, default, unemployment and oil prices... Mortgage applications showed a decrease of more than 5% for the second straight month... Crude oil inventories decreased by 3.12M barrels, which was more than the called for 1.50M draw down. Gasoline inventories also dropped more than expected, drawing down by 840,000 versus consensus expectations of 500,000. In contrast, distillate inventories grew by 2.97M, versus projections for a 500,000 build... Reports showed that China's economy grew at a 9.5% annual rate in Q2, down from 9.7% in Q1, but slightly stronger than expected... MARKET NEWS: After market close yesterday, Electronic Arts (ERTS) announced it will acquire PopCap Games for as much as $1.3B, placing the console game maker in better position to compete with the soon-to-IPO Zynga. The Fly notes that shares of Glu Mobile (GLUU) have moved higher on PopCap's acquisition news... Kinetic Concepts (KCI) will be acquired by a consortium of funds for $68.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $6.3B... Walgreen (WAG) authorized new $2B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend to 22.5c per share from 17.5c... News Corp. (NWSA) dropped its bid for British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY), commenting that, "it is too difficult to progress in this climate"... MAJOR MOVERS: Notable gainers included Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), continuing the strong move up that began yesterday, after the company entered at joint venture with Cheseapeake (CHK) that netted it a $150M investment, and Renren (RENN), possibly benefiting from news out of EA and SINA (SINA). Noteworthy losers included Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT), which fell after the company said it failed to win FDA clearance for its insomnia drug, and Validus Holdings (VR), following the announcement of the company's plans to merge with Transatlantic Holdings (TRH)... INDICES: Near 12:30 am EST, the Dow was up 150.95, or 1.21%, to 12,597.83; the Nasdaq was up 41.34, or 1.49%, to 2,823.25; and the S&P 500 was up 16.67, or 1.27% to 1,330.31.
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April 17, 2014
12:00 EDTSINAWeibo opens for trade at $16.27, IPO priced at $17.00
Weibo (WB), a social media platform in China, is a majority-owned subsidiary of SINA (SINA).
11:49 EDTSINAWeibo IPO indicated to open $16.50
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11:47 EDTSINAWeibo IPO indicated to open $16.80
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11:42 EDTSINAWeibo IPO indicated to open $17.00
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11:36 EDTSINAWeibo IPO indicated to open $17.20
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08:03 EDTSINASINA shares undervalued, says Stifel
After conducting a sum of the parts analysis of SINA following the IPO of Weibo, Stifel believes that, based on the company's current stock price, its core portal business and investments in Alibaba Group and 9158.com are being given a negative valuation. The firm notes that SINA's portal business generates estimated annual adjusted EBITDA of about $175M. Stifel lowered its price target on the stock to $80 from $100 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:20 EDTSINAWeibo grosses $285.6M in IPO with low-end pricing, Bloomberg says
Weibo, the Chinese microblogging service owned by Sina (SINA) and Yahoo's (YHOO) Alibaba, grossed $285.6M in its U.S. IPO after pricing the shares on the lower-side of a marketed range, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
April 16, 2014
07:12 EDTBSYBYBSkyB, Discovery make joint offer for Channel 5, Bloomberg says
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April 15, 2014
13:27 EDTSINASina's Weibo not likely to have same debut share increase as Twitter, FT says
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10:10 EDTBSYBYDiscovery, BSkyB near deal to buy Channel 5, Broadcast says
Discovery Communications (DISCA) and British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY) are near a GBP350M deal to buy Channel 5 from Northern & Shell, according to Broadcast. Reference Link
April 14, 2014
16:11 EDTVRBarclays upgrades Aspen Insurance, sees start of reinsurance consolidation cycle
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10:24 EDTVRAspen Insurance jumps after receiving buyout proposal
Shares of Aspen Insurance (AHL) are rising after a peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), offered to buy the company. WHAT'S NEW: Endurance Specialty announced that it had sent a takeover proposal to Aspen, offering to buy the company for $3.2B, or $47.50 per share. Endurance offered Aspen shareholders the right to receive, at their election, all cash, all Endurance common shares, or a combination of cash and Endurance common shares in exchange for their stake in Aspen. Endurance, which said the cash consideration to be offered will be funded from cash resources and $1.05B of newly issued common shares to investors, argues that the combined company would be a global leader in specialty insurance and reinsurance with increased scale, market presence, diversification and profit potential and over $5 billion of combined annual gross premiums written. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aspen climbed $6.01, or 15.27%, to $45.38 and Endurance Specialty fell 2.95% to $52.23 before shares of both companies were halted for trading around 10 am ET. Other reinsurers rose, with Montpelier Re (MRH) advancing 2.2% to $29.94, Platinum Underwriters (PTP) gaining 1% to $60, and Validus (VR) adding 0.8% to $37.59.
April 13, 2014
16:41 EDTWAGWalgreens investor group urges for re-domiciling tax base to Europe, FT says
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April 11, 2014
09:13 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
09:08 EDTWAGWalgreens has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO Greg Wasson on April 17 at 2 pm.
08:31 EDTSINASINA announces up to $500M share repurchase program
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April 10, 2014
11:28 EDTWAGWalgreens management to meet with BB&T
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11:23 EDTWAGRite Aid hits 52-week high after results, sales view top estimates
Shares of retail drugstore Rite Aid (RAD) are rallying after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 revenue outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Rite Aid reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 10c and revenue of $6.6B, compared to expectations of 4c and $6.54B, respectively. Q4 same store sales increased 2.1%. Rite Aid forecast FY15 EPS of 31c-42c, compared to the consensus of 35c. FY15 revenue was seen at $26B-$26.5B, ahead of the consensus $25.75B. FY15 same-store sales are expected by the company to be up 2.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Rite Aid also announced it has acquired RediClinic, which currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Rite Aid CEO John Standley said, “Our recent acquisitions of Health Dialog and RediClinic, our expanded partnership with McKesson and our continued commitment to investing in our store base have positioned us to transition our strategy from turnaround to growth as we more aggressively pursue opportunities to become a growing retail healthcare company.” PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rite Aid rose 71c, or about 11%, to $7.11 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $7.39. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 300% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retail drugstore operators include Walgreen Company (WAG) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
08:26 EDTSINASINA licensed to to sell investment products in China, Marbridge Daily says
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06:07 EDTCLNEClean Energy supplies Hawaii Gas with first LNG shipment
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