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January 29, 2013
12:11 EDTHES, BMC, LLY, BTU, EMC, YHOO, STX, PFE, VLO, VMW, KERX, SANM, LXK, BSX, DHI, FOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday in spite of a consumer confidence reading that plunged to its lowest level in more than a year after workers assessed the impact of increased payroll taxes. Though the Nasdaq was marginally lower near noon, the Dow's move higher pushed it back near its 14,164.53 all time high... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the November S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city Home-Prices Index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% from the prior month, versus expectations for a 0.7% increase. On a year-over-year basis, the 20-city index rose 5.5%, which was nearly in-line with consensus. The Consumer Confidence reading for January fell to 58.6, versus expectations for a smaller decline to 64.0... COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) reported quarterly results that widely beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines, but shares fell nearly 6% after the company also said it now expects to lose about $2B in Europe this year... Among others reporting earnings last night and this morning, advancers included DR Horton (DHI), Valero (VLO), Peabody Energy (BTU), Boston Scientific (BSX), Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly (LLY); decliners included Lexmark (LXK), Seagate (STX), BMC Software (BMC), Yahoo! (YHOO) and Sanmina (SANM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hess (HES), which added almost another 10% after being up more than 6% yesterday. Shareholder Elliott Management, which is seeking to elect five directors to Hess' board, said that if managed appropriately, the equity value of Hess could be up to $126 per share. Also higher for a second straight session were shares of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX), up over 33% today after the price target on its shares was raised by at least three more firms. Among the noteworthy losers was VMware (VMW), which fell 20% and was downgraded by at least six firms following its Q4 results and FY13 guidance. Also lower by more than 4% were shares of EMC (EMC), which holds a majority ownership stake in VMware. Like VMware, EMC reported stronger than expected quarterly results but issued a cautious outlook for the year ahead... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 55.11, or 0.40%, to 13,937.04; the Nasdaq was down 2.75, or 0.09%, to 3,151.55; and the S&P 500 was up 4.50, or 0.30%, to 1,504.68.
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August 20, 2015
11:24 EDTPFEPfizer says Ibrance application validated by EMA
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10:14 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 5.3% in July
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09:36 EDTBTUActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTLLYEli Lilly's Jardiance for diabetes meets primary endpoint in clinical trial
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August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:48 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces FDA approval of Innova Self-Expanding Stent System
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13:30 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:41 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $56 from $62 at Cantor
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05:32 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 18, 2015
18:31 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems up 82% to $9.45 after agreeing to be acquired by Seagate
18:04 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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18:01 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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10:01 EDTLLYEli Lilly says Humalog 200 units/mL KwikPen available in U.S. pharmacies
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10:00 EDTHESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:39 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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August 17, 2015
19:29 EDTYHOOFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
13:34 EDTYHOOBuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan in JV, FT reports
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07:42 EDTFNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
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