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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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October 17, 2014
18:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin to retire in early 2015
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16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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13:55 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:41 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink upgraded Intuitive Surgical to Outperform saying it has greater confidence in the company's ability to accelerate procedure growth after surveying surgeons. The firm raised its price target for shares to $560 from $450.
October 16, 2014
12:04 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
06:34 EDTGMChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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October 15, 2014
13:27 EDTGMGM faces $10B suit due to recalls, Bloomberg says
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10:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q3 worldwide sales up 2% to 2.45M units
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09:57 EDTARWRLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:06 EDTARWRArrowhead pullback since ARC-520 data an overreaction, says Piper Jaffray
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October 14, 2014
14:54 EDTARWRQVT Financial raises passive stake in Arrowhead to 7.62% from 5.29%
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11:23 EDTHSPBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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10:01 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed General Motors from the Conviction Buy List and lowered estimates to to cuts in North American and European production and a difficult pricing environment. The firm maintains its Buy rating and views risk/reward as favorable and expects reasonably strong comps over then next two quarters. Price target lowered to $47 from $48.
October 13, 2014
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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09:53 EDTRBCNRubicon shares undervalued, says Dougherty
Dougherty said Rubicon continues to sampling its rectangular shaped sapphire blocks with several smartphone OEM manufacturers and is well positioned if this market segment takes off. The firm views shares as undervalued and reiterates its Buy rating and $11 price target.
07:25 EDTMDCOEuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
07:12 EDTARWROligonucleotide Therapeutics Society to hold annual meeting
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06:44 EDTGMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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