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March 26, 2013
12:31 EDTRFMD, GS, CLMT, SONC, ZIOP, BRK.AOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher right out of the gate and have not moved far from their opening levels near midday. Investors received a fair amount of domestic economic data, including better than expected reports on home prices and durable goods orders. The flip side, however, was some worse than expected consumer confidence and new home sales data. Despite the mixed data, the market seems intent on closing the quarter with its gains intact as the end of the month approaches... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., overall orders for durable goods rose 5.7% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 3.9%. However, excluding transportation, orders slipped 0.5%, versus expectations for a 0.6% rise. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 8.1% in the 12 months ending in January, after rising 6.8% a month earlier. New home sales dropped 4.6% to 411K in February, versus expectations for a decline to 414K. Consumer confidence fell 8.3 points to 59.7 in March, which was worse than the expected pull back to 69.0. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey reading of 3 for March missed expectations for it to hold at 6... COMPANY NEWS: Goldman Sachs (GS) announced that it amended its warrant agreement with Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) to settle in terms of net shares in place of a cash settlement, quoting Berkshire's Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett as having said, "We intend to hold a significant investment in Goldman Sachs." Shares of Goldman, which rose early in the session, were down fractionally near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sonic (SONC), which rose 8% following its earnings report, and RF Micro Devices (RFMD), which rallied nearly 6% after Oppenheimer upgraded the stock to an Outperform rating. Among the noteworthy losers was Ziopharm (ZIOP), which was downgraded by at least four analyst firms and plunged over 61% after terminating development of a cancer drug after a clinical study missed its goal. Also lower were shares of Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT), down 4% after an offering of 5.25M of its shares priced at $37.50... INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was up 74.84, or 0.52%, to 14,522.59; the Nasdaq was up 5.90, or 0.18%, to 3,241.20; and the S&P 500 was up 6.36, or 0.41%, to 1,558.05.
News For A;SONC;RFMD;ZIOP;CLMT From The Last 14 Days
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11:02 EDTAAgilent announces strategic collaboration with National University of Singapore
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16:15 EDTAAgilent announces resolution to FDA warning letter for Dako Denmark
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08:51 EDTAJPMorgan life sciences analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. China’s central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
12:31 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:57 EDTZIOPMizuho reiterates Buy on Kite Pharma amid selloff
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11:44 EDTZIOPCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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14:47 EDTAMerck submits supplemental biologics license for Keytruda in lung cancer
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April 16, 2015
10:00 EDTSONCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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April 15, 2015
17:26 EDTSONCSonic initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $37.
12:33 EDTZIOPStocks with call strike movement; ZIOP AVP
Ziopharm (ZIOP) October 14 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 97, Avon Products (AVP) July 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 57 according to IVolatility.
11:30 EDTSONCSonic management to meet with William Blair
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05:51 EDTZIOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ZIOP MNKD
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April 14, 2015
11:36 EDTZIOPZiopharm cancels out of two meetings, Bloomberg reports
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16:18 EDTAeBay announces executive appointments ahead of PayPal separation
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