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April 1, 2014
12:29 EDTMDR, MDCO, GM, ARWR, RBCN, HSP, ISRGOn 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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May 14, 2015
12:29 EDTHSPPfizer receives 'second request' from FTC regarding potential Hospira merger
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11:43 EDTGMU.S. appeals court dismisses UAW retiree benefit suit, Reuters reports
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09:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $1B in Warren Technical Center campus
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May 13, 2015
19:17 EDTHSPHospira and FDA detect security vulnerabilities in infusion pumps
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13:43 EDTHSPHospira shareholders approve merger with Pfizer
Hospira (HSP) announced that Hospira shareholders voted in favor of the proposal to adopt the merger agreement with Pfizer (PFE) at a special meeting of stockholders held May 13 in Denver, Colorado. On February 5, Hospira and Pfizer announced they had entered into a merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira for $90 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately $17B. The merger is subject to customary closing conditions, one of which was approval of the merger by Hospira's shareholders. Additional closing conditions to be met include obtaining regulatory approvals in several jurisdictions. Hospira and Pfizer continue to expect the merger to close in the second half of 2015.
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08:11 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Toyota implement Microchip's infotainment networking devices
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07:25 EDTMDRUBS to hold a tour
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May 12, 2015
19:31 EDTGMGM recalls 522,000 Malibu, Colorado, Canyon models, Auto News says
General Motors is recalling roughly 53,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks due to faulty seat frame hooks, as well as 469,000 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibus with weak seat belt cables, reports Automotive News, citing an emailed statement from the company. GM said it is aware of 36 claims and one minor injury related to the Malibu seat belt defect, though no accidents or fatalities have been reported. Reference Link
17:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors halts Brazilian factory over shipping troubles, Reuters says
GM has halted production at a factory in southern Brazil after transportation firms Tegma and Transzero stopped shipping cars from the plant, reports Reuters, citing company statements. Reference Link
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10:01 EDTISRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:34 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien started shares of Intuitive Surgical with a Neutral rating and $505 price target. O'Brien calls the stock "simply too expensive" relative to expected sales and earnings, but admits Intuitive's robotic surgical technology will likely dominate the market in the coming years. Further, the analyst thinks the company's da Vinci Prostatectomy and da Vinci Hysterectomy procedures could contract amid new diagnostic tests and insurance pushback. The stock closed yesterday up $2.05 to $496.37.
May 11, 2015
16:27 EDTMDRMcDermott reports Q1 EPS (6c), consensus (8c)
Reports Q1 revenue $550.5M, consensus $759.1M. It stated, "Revenues for the first quarter 2015 were affected by weather and third-party performance delays on the Companyís INPEX project, as well as customer initiated changes on Middle East brownfield projects that impacted the timing of vessel mobilization."
16:09 EDTARWRArrowhead reports Q2 EPS (51c), consensus (34c)
Reports Q2 revenue $43,750, consensus $110,000.
15:00 EDTMDRNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:44 EDTGMGM ignition fund approves claims for 100 deaths, Detroit News says
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07:20 EDTRBCNDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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May 8, 2015
09:03 EDTGMBofA/Merrill auto analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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