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December 28, 2012
16:28 EDTHPQ, BKS, PSO, FB, CALL, AEZS, OMEROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower on the day after news out of Washington late in the session said that President Obama did not make a new offer in fiscal cliff talks. The averages opened the session lower, and briefly ticked higher following reports that Obama would offer a scaled-back budget package, but the markets then drifted lower through the session before a late session selloff that saw the averages close at their lows... ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the December Chicago PMI came in at 51.6 vs. expectations for a 51.0 reading. November Pending Home Sales were up 1.7% against the previous month, against expectations for a 1.8% rise. Crude Oil Inventories came in at a 586k draw vs. expectations for a 1.75M draw, and gasoline inventories increased 3.78M barrels vs. expectations for an 850k barrel increase. The weekly EIA natural gas report was in-line with expectations for a 72Bcf draw... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) disclosed in its 10k filing last night that the Department of Justice has begun an investgiation into the company's acquisition of Autonomy, and shares of HP lost 36c, or 2.56%, to $13.68... Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that Pearson (PSO) had signed an agreement with its NOOK unit to invest $89.5M in cash in the unit. Barnes & Noble also said that its holiday sales results would fall short of expectations, but shares of the bookseller opened higher and gained 62c, or 4.32%, to $14.97... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower after a report by data analytics firm AppData said that the company-owned app Instagram lost 25% of its users following a change in its terms of service. An Instagram spokesperson later said the report's data was inaccurate, and shares of Facebook pared most of their losses to close down 14c, or 0.54%, to $25.91... MOVERS: Among notable gainers was magicJack (CALL), up $1.67, or 10.26%, to $17.95 after naming a new CEO and saying that it expects its FY12 results to exceed expectations. Also higher were shares of Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS), up 30c, or 13.82%, to $2.47 after it announced an agreement with the FDA regarding a Special Protocol Assessment for an upcoming phase 3 trial. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Omeros Corporation (OMER), down 52c, or 8.9%, to $5.32 after the company reported last night that a phase 3 clinical trial did not meet all endpoints, though shares were defended at Wedbush... INDICES: The Dow was down 158.2, or 1.21%, to 12,938.11; the Nasdaq was down 25.60, or 0.86%, to 2,960.31; the S&P was down 15.67, or 1.1%, to 1,402.43.
News For HPQ;BKS;PSO;FB;CALL;AEZS;OMER From The Last 14 Days
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16:56 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:46 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:32 EDTBKSNOOK Media, OverDrive announce partnership
NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, and OverDrive, an eBook platform for libraries, announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months.
07:24 EDTFBFacebook feature allows advertisers to find clients via location
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06:13 EDTHPQNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
13:48 EDTFBFacebook to release anonymous chat application, NY Times reports
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13:33 EDTFBGoogle executive says Google+ here to stay, Re/code reports
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11:27 EDTHPQHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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10:43 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:09 EDTHPQHP undisclosed info seen pointing to life in EMC talks, Bloomberg reports
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07:33 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris appoints Philip Theodore as Chief Administrative Officer
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07:06 EDTOMEROmeros, Hospira enter into commercial suply agreement for Omidria
Omeros Corporation (OMER) said in a filing that on October 3, it, Hospira S.p.A. and Hospira Worldwide, Inc. (HSP) entered into a Commercial Supply Agreement, pursuant to which Hospira will act as a non-exclusive supplier of Omerosí product Omidria for commercial sale in the United States and the European Union. Pursuant to the Supply Agreement, Hospira has agreed to manufacture and supply, and Omeros has agreed to purchase, a minimum percentage of Omerosí requirements of Omidria for commercial sales and clinical supplies for the development of additional therapeutic indications in the United States. In addition, upon receipt of marketing approval in the EU, Hospira has agreed to manufacture and supply a portion of Omerosí requirements of Omidria in the EU in an amount to be mutually agreed by the parties within four months of marketing approval in Europe, with there being no minimum purchase and supply requirement in the EU if the parties do not reach agreement during such time period and the agreement is not amended thereafter. The Supply Agreement obligates Omeros to provide to Hospira a rolling, non-binding long-term forecast of Omerosí estimated required quantities of Omidria. The Supply Agreement has an initial term of five years from the date of first commercial sale of Omidria in any country in the Territory. Upon termination of the Supply Agreement, except in the case of termination for an uncured breach by Hospira, Omeros will be required to purchase all of Hospiraís inventory of Omidria and, if applicable, work in progress and reimburse Hospira for all supplies purchased or ordered based on firm purchase orders or Omerosí estimates of its requirements of Omidria.
06:43 EDTFBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
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