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June 30, 2014
12:30 EDTMNKD, YHOO, MBI, FOLD, GM, TWGP, BABAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as they have been for most of the session. There were short stretches this morning when the averages were either all positive or all negative, but they all remained in a narrow trading range following the worse than expected Chicago-area manufacturing report and the better than expected pending home sales data. Investors are already on watch for the monthly jobs report, which is scheduled for release on Thursday due to the holiday-shortened calendar. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago ISM manufacturing index dipped more than expected to 62.6 in June from the seven-month high reading of 65.5 it hit last month. An index of pending home sales in May climbed 6.1%, soundly beating expectations and representing its biggest advance in more than four years. In Europe, the shared currency zone's annual rate of inflation was unchanged at 0.5% in June, while bank lending to the private sector, including both households and businesses, declined in May. COMPANY NEWS: Compensation expert Ken Feinberg unveiled the awaited settlement plan to compensate victims in accidents involving General Motors vehicles with defective ignition switches. Under the program, Feinberg will provide compensation ranging from $20,000 to several million dollars to anyone who can show they were hurt in a crash involving cars GM has recalled, with no limit, but a key condition is that the claimants show the vehicle's air bags didn't deploy in the crash... Yahoo (YHOO) rose 2% after Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Overweight from Neutral saying the company's stake in Alibaba (BABA) is undervalued at current levels. Munster expects shares to move higher as Alibaba's initial public offering nears and raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $43 from $37. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which jumped 25% after the company provided updates and detailed the statistical analysis plan for its second Phase 3 study of its potential monotherapy for Fabry patients and its stock was upgraded to Overweight at JPMorgan. Also higher was MannKind (MNKD), which rose 11% to regain all of the 5.5% that it had lost Friday after the FDA approved its Afrezza inhalation powder to treat diabetes but required the drug to have a Boxed Warning and required the company to conduct several post-marketing studies on the drug. RBC Capital thinks most of the label, including its warnings, are as expected, while Brinson Patrick raised its price target for MannKind shares to $15 and said the labeling, REMS program, and post-marketing requirements exceeded its expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Tower Group (TWGP), which dropped 11% after disclosing that representatives of ACP Re have suggested that an unwaived insolvency event has or may have occurred under the companies' merger agreement, though Tower said it does not believe that any such event has occurred. Also lower were shares of MBIA (MBI), which fell 4% after the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 10.23, or 0.06%, to 16,841.61, the Nasdaq was up 11.30, or 0.26%, to 4,409.23, and the S&P 500 was up 0.67, or 0.03%, to 1,961.63.
News For GM;YHOO;BABA;FOLD;MNKD;TWGP;MBI From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
06:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors to stop making cars in Indonesia, Reuters says
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06:22 EDTYHOOYahoo paying very high salaries, Business Insider says
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February 25, 2015
15:03 EDTYHOOYahoo paying very high salaries, Business Insider says
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10:29 EDTYHOO, BABAYahoo management 'seems open' to Yahoo Japan options, dealReporter says
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09:06 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility at low end of historic range as shares trend lower
Aibaba February weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, March is at 28, April is at 27, July is at 31; compared to its 25-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
05:52 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD NE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; MannKind (MNKD) 79, Noble Corp. (NE) 52 according to iVolatility.
February 24, 2015
16:48 EDTMNKDMannKind reports Q4 EPS (9c), consensus (9c)
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13:13 EDTGMTesla Model S named 'best overall' by Consumer Reports
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08:33 EDTFOLDArgos Therapeutics hires Joan Winterbottom as Chief Human Resources Officer
Argos Therapeutics (ARGS) announced that Joan Winterbottom will join the company as chief human resources officer. Winterbottom most recently served as senior vice president of human resources at Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD).
06:41 EDTYHOOYahoo executive questions NSA director over spying, WSJ says
Yahoo Chief Information-Security Officer Alex Stamos questioned NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers at a Washington summit about the extent of U.S. government spying, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing transcripts of the event. Stamos stated "It sounds like [the NSA and FBI want a backdoor into] our products," to which Admiral Rogers did not directly respond. Rogers stated he believes it is legally feasible to allow the NSA to access encrypted information from U.S. companies. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
15:06 EDTMNKDMannKind volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
MannKind February weekly call option implied volatility is at 103, March is at 63, April is at 60. May is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 70 according to Track Data, suggests large near term price movement into the expected release into the expected release of Q4 result on February 24.
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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07:22 EDTFOLDSunTrust to hold a conference
2015 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 1:1 Orphan Drug Day is being held in New York on February 23.
06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTYHOOFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor groupís proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the companyís long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GMís regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GMís general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
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