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April 1, 2014
12:29 EDTGM, ISRG, RBCN, MDCO, HSP, ARWR, MDROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the second quarter began with the S&P 500 index hitting a record high. The Nasdaq, however, was the early leader and remains the session's best performer with an advance of about 1%. Manufacturing data from around the globe pointed to expansion in the U.S. and Europe last month, though the picture in China was clouded by conflicting surveys. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final print for the March manufacturing PMI held steady at 55.5, which was down from February's 57.1 reading and below expectations for it to have been bumped up to 56.0. ISM's manufacturing PMI for March inched up to 53.7 from February's 53.2 reading, though that was a hair below the consensus 53.9 forecast. Construction spending rose 0.1% in February, as expected. In Asia, China's official manufacturing PMI climbed to 50.3 in March, beating expectations for a modest decline to 50.1. Markit and HSBC's PMI reading, however, fell to an eight-month low of 48.0. In Europe, the final euro zone manufacturing PMI for the month was unchanged from a flash estimate of 53.0, extending the recovery in the regionís manufacturing sector to a ninth straight month. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM), which has been a constant source of headlines of late due to its ongoing recall problems, reported that its March U.S. sales report has been delayed due to a computer systems issue that impacted dealer reporting. The company, whose CEO Mary Barra is on Capitol Hill today to give testimony about the automaker's handling of ignition switch issues linked to 13 deaths, said it expects to report its sales this afternoon before the close of business... Shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) advanced 9% near noon after the company announced the FDA cleared the U.S introduction of its new da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Analysts at JPMorgan responded to the news by raising Intuitive Surgical's price target to $500 from $475, saying the new system is a significant positive with the potential to both drive a replacement cycle and further increase penetration and utilization of the company's products within hospitals. Leerink also sees today's news as a positive, but said it is uncertain exactly how many incremental system sales the da Vinci XI Surgical system will fuel and whether the features of Intuitive's new robot will lead to increased utilization into new surgery areas. The firm kept its Market Perform rating on Intuitive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rubicon (RBCN), which rose 13% after the stock was upgraded to Overweight at JPMorgan citing a pick-up in demand for LEDs and sapphire covers. Also higher was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which rose 12% after the company announced that the first cohort of 8 patients has been fully enrolled and dosed in a Phase 2a clinical trial of its RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Among the noteworthy losers was The Medicines Co. (MDCO), which slid 15% after a court ruled that the company failed to prove that Hospira's (HSP) generic Angiomax product infringed its patents. Also lower was McDermott (MDR), which slid 7% after warning that its first quarter results may differ "substantially" from the company's current expectation and filing to sell 10M tangible equity units. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.69, or 0.37%, to 16,518.35, the Nasdaq was up 45.98, or 1.1%, to 4,244.98, and the S&P 500 was up 7.07, or 0.38%, to 1,879.41.
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September 24, 2014
06:14 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. to host investor and analyst meeting
Infectious Disease Care Investor and Analyst Meeting will be held on September 24 at 8:30 am. There will be a conference call hookup and webcast available. Webcast Link
September 23, 2014
11:42 EDTGM 3D Systems rises after analyst reports 'unexpected' GM deal
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11:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors says Cadillac expands to become separate business unit
As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015. The realignment affirms Cadillacís importance to GMís strategy. Creating a new Cadillac business unit enables it to pursue growing opportunities in the luxury automotive market with more focus and clarity. Johan de Nysschen, who joined Cadillac as its new president in August, will be responsible for the brandís overall operational performance. The plan includes expansion to New York City in the form of a multipurpose brand and event space. Reference Link
11:03 EDTGM3D Systems landed $6M-$8M deal with GM, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that based on conversations with industry contacts, it believes 3D Systems (DDD) landed an unexpected deal with General Motors (GM) in Q3. Piper thinks the Bluebird deal could be in the range of $6M-$8M. The firm believes the deal was not in 3D's pipeline. It has a Neutral rating on the stock.
10:02 EDTISRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTGMGM aiming for New York Cadillac headquarters by 2Q15, Reuters says
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07:54 EDTHSPLeerink to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Target $523.
September 22, 2014
11:24 EDTHSPHospira, Orion amend settlement agreement over Precedex
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11:15 EDTGMGM compensation fund approved two more fatalities, CNBC reports
General Motors' victim compensation fund has now approved 37 claims, including 21 fatalities, up from 31 claims and 19 fatalities last week, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
07:50 EDTISRGDoctors continue to use morcellators despite FDA warning, J&J halt, WSJ says
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07:47 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical shipment halt unlikely to have major impact, says Wedbush
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07:45 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical stapler halt may stop momentum, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Intuitive Surgical's "stop use" notice sent to hospitals regarding its EndoWrist Stapler 45 is a negative and could halt momentum in shares. The firm remains cautious and maintains its Hold rating on Intuitive Surgical given slowing GYN growth, constrained hospital budgets, and the recent change in financial reporting.
07:02 EDTGMJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTGMCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
September 20, 2014
21:44 EDTGMGM recalls 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans, WSJ says
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September 19, 2014
14:50 EDTGMJudge orders General Motors must hand over defect files, WSJ reports
A U.S. Judge has ordered General Motors to turn over internal files and documents regarding its ignition-switch flaw and how it handled the defect to plaintiff attorneys, The Wall Street Journal says. The attorneys are representing plaintiffs who have sued the auto manufacturer alleging economic loss, personal injury, and deaths related to the company's recall of older cars with the ignition-switch defect. While General Motors is protected from liabilities that occurred before its bankruptcy in 2009, the recent ruling paves the way for plaintiff attorneys to obtain records they could use in cases before and after General Motor's bankruptcy petition, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
07:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to launch new Cadillac sedan next year, AP reports
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September 18, 2014
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall 3,200 natural gas-fueled vans, WSJ reports
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08:37 EDTISRGIntuitive reports FDA clearance of da Vinci in benign, base of tongue procedures
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