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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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September 17, 2014
10:12 EDTXU.S. Steel rallies sharply following Q3 update, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTSKULOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:36 EDTXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFM X YHOO TSLA TWTR RAX SHLD SPLS
09:33 EDTMRKMerck announced positive results from Phase 3 data for omarigliptin
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09:10 EDTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTJNJJanssen-Cilag announces results from post-hoc canagliflozin analysis
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08:33 EDTXU.S. Steel price target raised to $58 from $47 at Goldman
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08:31 EDTMRKMerck, Sun Pharma enter into licensing agreement for Tildrakizumab
Merck and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, through their respective subsidiaries,announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement for Merck’s investigational therapeutic antibody candidate, tildrakizumab, which is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 registration trials for the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis, a skin ailment. Under terms of the agreement, Sun Pharma will acquire worldwide rights to tildrakizumab for use in all human indications from Merck in exchange for an upfront payment of $80M. Merck will continue all clinical development and regulatory activities, which will be funded by Sun Pharma. Upon product approval, Sun Pharma will be responsible for regulatory activities, including subsequent submissions, pharmacovigilance, post approval studies, manufacturing and commercialization of the approved product. Merck is eligible to receive undisclosed payments associated with regulatory and sales milestones, as well as tiered royalties ranging from mid-single digit through teen percentage rates on sales. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the requirements under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
08:19 EDTXU.S. Steel remains top pick in steel space, says Cowen
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08:12 EDTJNJJanssen-Cilag announces results from Phase 3 Invokana trial
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06:52 EDTSKULSkullcandy assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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06:18 EDTXU.S. Steel volatility expected to move after updating Q3 outlook
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September 16, 2014
18:30 EDTXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apogee Enterprises (APOG), up 5.6% after reporting second quarter results and raising fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: InspireMD (NSPR), up 18.5% after reporting positive trial results for CGuard... Boeing (BA), up marginally after NASA awarded the company with a $4.2B contract for commercial spaceflight to the International Space Station... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.9%% after updating third quarter outlook. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Adobe (ADBE), down 4.5% following third quarter results. ALSO LOWER: Rackspace Hosting (RAX), down 16.7% after ending strategic review and deciding to stay independent... Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), down 3.9% after filing to sell 7.7M shares of common stock... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), down 7.8% after filing to sell common stock.
18:30 EDTSKULSkullcandy assumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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18:20 EDTXU.S. Steel up nearly 8% in after hours following Q3 update, strategic actions
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18:17 EDTXU.S. Steel sees Q3 ex-items EPS 'significantly higher' than current consensus
Consensus for Q3 EPS is 89c.
18:14 EDTXU.S. Steel updates Q3 outlook, sees significant improvement in operating income
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18:09 EDTXU.S. Steel announces decision to not proceed with Keewatin, Gary Works expansion
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07:31 EDTMRK, JNJEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:25 EDTMRKMerck price target raised to $72 from $62 at SunTrust
After meeting with Merck's CEO and head of clinical development, SunTrust increased its price target on the company as the firm thinks that it is ideally positioned across five of the fastest growing therapeutic classes. The firm believes that the company's EPS growth rates from 2015-2020 will be three percentage points above Street estimates, while it has a first-mover advantage in oncology. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
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