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January 31, 2013
08:48 EDTVNDA, SHFL, RIMM, CLSN, LVS, WMS, JDSU, LQDT, AET, FB, IGT, CTXS, FTNT, FIO, UPS, SGMS, SWKS, UA, AZN, QCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Qualcomm (QCOM), up 6.4%... Under Armour (UA), up 3.8%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 17.3%... JDSU (JDSU), up 12.9%... Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), up 11.6%... Citrix Systems (CTXS), up 12%... ALSO HIGHER: WMS (WMS), up 55.5% after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash... International Game (IGT), up 5.3%, SHFL entertainment (SHFL), up 1.8%, after Scientific Games-WMS deal... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), up 6.2% after earnings, increasing dividend 40%... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Facebook (FB), down 6.5%... UPS (UPS), down 1.5%... AstraZeneca (AZN), down 4.4%... Fusion-io (FIO), down 14.1%... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 12.3%... ALSO LOWER: Celsion (CLSN), down 78.6% after ThermoDox study misses goal... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), down 7.8% after clinical study in Major Depressive Disorder did not meet primary endpoint... Research in Motion (RIMM), down 6.1% a day after BB10 launch event, downgraded this morning at Credit Suisse and Evercore.
News For FB;QCOM;UPS;AET;AZN;FIO;LQDT;UA;FTNT;JDSU;SWKS;CTXS;WMS;SGMS;IGT;SHFL;LVS;RIMM;VNDA;CLSN From The Last 14 Days
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April 13, 2015
12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
10:58 EDTAETCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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08:58 EDTAZNMerck may have positive read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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08:54 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has negative read through from briefing docs, says SunTrust
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08:32 EDTUAUnder Armour rises after Spieth brings attention to golf gear
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07:33 EDTAETJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAwareŽ device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
18:11 EDTFTNTEx-hacker says many capable of launching Sony-style cyber attack, CNET says
Ninety percent of companies are vulnerable to a Sony (SNE)-like cyber attack security experts tell "60 Minutes," CNET says. Companies in the cyber security space include Barracuda (CUDA), FireEye (FEYE), Check Point (CHKP), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Qualys (QLYS), Symantec (SYMC) and Proofpoint (PFPT). Reference Link
13:45 EDTUPSUPS to invest $1.06B in Europe expansion, Reuters says
According to a report in German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, UPS (UPS) plans to invest over $1B in Europe to expand its package delivery network, says Reuters. Last week UPS rival FedEx (FDX) announced its intention to acquire TNT Express (TNTEY) for EUR 8.00 per share. Reference Link
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