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January 2, 2013
16:24 EDTHPQ, UNH, MRK, JNJ, ZIP, CAR, X, DOLE, SKULOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a deal to prevent falling off the fiscal cliff late last night. Several issues, including the debt ceiling, were pushed off by the agreement, but the stop-gap measure provided investors with enough temporary stability to send the market sharply higher at the open. The averages did not move far from their early levels and closed at the highs of the session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final reading for December's purchasing managers' index came in at 54.0, which was up from 52.8 a month ago and beat expectations for a downward revision to 53.6. The ISM's December manufacturing PMI had a reading of 50.7, versus the expected 50.5, while the prices paid index came in at 55.5, versus the expected 50.8. A separate report showed construction spending fell 0.3% in November, versus an expected increase of 0.6%... COMPANY NEWS: Every member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained on the session, though UnitedHealth (UNH) rose only 30c, or 0.55%, to $54.54 and fellow healthcare companies Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were the average's other laggards. Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) lead the index, gaining 77c, or 5.4%, to $15.02... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zipcar (ZIP), which rose $3.94, or 47.82%, to $12.18 following its agreement to be acquired for $12.25 per share in cash by Avis Budget (CAR). Avis shares also gained 95c, or 4.79%, to $20.77. Also higher were shares of U.S. Steel (X), up $2.04, or 8.55%, to $25.89 after an upgrade to Outperform and a price target raise to $30 from $20 per share at Credit Suisse. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Dole Food (DOLE), which fell $1.54, or 13.43%, to $9.93 after the company said its fresh fruit business continues to experience declining earnings. Also lower was Skullcandy (SKUL), down 99c, or 12.71%, to $6.80 after Jefferies downgraded the stock two notches, to Underperform from Buy... INDICES: The Dow was up 308.41, or 2.35%, to 13,412.55; the Nasdaq was up 92.75, or 3.07%, to 3,112.26; and the S&P 500 was up 36.23, or 2.54%, to 1,462.42.
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July 15, 2014
08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
July 14, 2014
15:24 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
11:16 EDTXWTO finds U.S. violates trade rules with tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels
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08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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