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July 28, 2014
09:17 EDTTRLA, DLTR, SOHU, TSN, CVS, CACI, Z, FDO, FSLR, ACW, HZNP, XGTI, DG, WCG, CRNT, ACRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Family Dollar (FDO), up 23% after Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced plans to acquire the company for $74.50 per share in cash and stock. Dollar Tree up 10% after the news, while competitor Dollar General (DG) is down 3.8% in pre-market trading after the deal... Trulia (TRLA), up 11.8% after Zillow (Z) announced plans to acquire the company for $3.5B in a stock-for-stock deal. Zillow is down 5% after confirming the deal that was first reported to be in the works late last week... xG Technology (XGTI), up 16.6% after awarded U.S. Army subcontract by CACI (CACI)... WellCare (WCG), up 2.6% after upgraded at Goldman and Sterne Agee... First Solar (FSLR), up 2.7% after establishing a supply agreement in Japan with XSOL. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Accuride (ACW), up 12.7%... Tyson Foods (TSN), up 4.4%. LOWER: AcelRx (ACRX), down 35% after downgraded at Canaccord following the FDA's request for additional data on the Zalviso system... Horizon Pharma (HZNP), down 26% after said it has been notified that Duexis, Vimovo to be placed on CVS (CVS) and Express Scripts' (ESRX) exclusion lists... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sohu.com (SOHU), down 4.2%... Ceragon Networks (CRNT), down 8%.
News For FDO;DLTR;DG;Z;TRLA;XGTI;CACI;ACRX;HZNP;CVS;CRNT;ACW;TSN;WCG;FSLR;SOHU From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
07:28 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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07:11 EDTFSLRFirst Solar upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTFSLRJPMorgan positive on First Solar, SunPower joint venture talks
JPMorgan says its initial view is positive of the First Solar (FSLR), SunPower (SPWR) advanced talks to form a joint venture. The firm believes the initial portfolio of the combined YieldCo should be 1.2GW or more, which it thinks would support "strong" dividend growth. It has an Overweight rating on both names.
February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTWCGLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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18:02 EDTFSLROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:39 EDTFSLRFirst Solar gaps up after hours, levels to watch
Shares were last up over 11% to $55.27 following news that the company was in discussion with SunPower (SPWR) to create a joint venture YieldCo vehicle. SunPower shares were also rallying. At current price next resistance is at $56.99. Support is at $54.29.
17:25 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower rally after saying they are in talks to form YieldCo
Solar stocks are moving up in extended trading this afternoon after First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle. WHAT'S NEW: First Solar and SunPower announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. PRICE ACTION: First Solar is up over 10% to $54.90 in the after hours while SunPower is higher by over 12% to $31.27. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other solar stocks gaining in after-hours trading include SolarCity Corporation (SCTY), Trina Solar (TSL), JA Solar Holdings (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), and Canadian Solar (CSIQ).
16:41 EDTFSLRFirst Solar up about 10% following announcement of joint YieldCo with SunPower
SunPower is up about 12% on the news.
16:33 EDTFSLRFirst Solar, SunPower plan to partner to form joint YieldCo vehicle
First Solar (FSLR) and SunPower (SPWR) announced that they are in advanced negotiations to form a joint YieldCo vehicle to which they each expect to contribute a portfolio of selected solar generation assets from their existing portfolio of assets. Upon the execution of a master formation agreement, the parties intend to file a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the YieldCo. Formation of the YieldCo and completion of the IPO are subject to, among other things, the execution of definitive documentation, each party’s board approval and regulatory approval. There is no assurance that the YieldCo will be formed or that the IPO will be consummated or that any other transaction will occur.
16:27 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
13:23 EDTFSLRFirst Solar February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:21 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTWCGHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:52 EDTZTrulia could lose 40% of listings if lawsuit fails, says Deutsche Bank
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08:05 EDTWCGCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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08:05 EDTCACICACI awarded prime position valued at $23M on DCNO, MPTE contract
CACI International was awarded a prime position with a total potential value of $23M on a contract to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education. This four-year multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract represents new work for CACI, growing the company’s presence in its Business Systems market area. The DCNO MPTE N1 provides all planning, programming, policy, and execution of manpower, personnel, training, and education activities in order to provide the Navy operating forces with trained personnel to support the missions assigned by the National Command Authority. CACI will compete for task orders within nine different functional areas to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting services to support MPTE program/policy development, execution, analysis, and justification.
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 20, 2015
14:36 EDTZZillow sues to maintain ListHub listings on Trulia, GeekWire reports
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10:20 EDTHZNPHigh option volume stocks
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07:08 EDTHZNPAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
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