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January 2, 2013
16:24 EDTX, JNJ, HPQ, SKUL, CAR, MRK, DOLE, ZIP, UNHOn 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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April 15, 2014
06:32 EDTMRK, JNJ, UNHPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 14, 2014
18:00 EDTMRKU.S. FDA approves Merck's GRASTEK
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15:17 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
13:25 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J looking for another strong performance in pharmaceuticals
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10:02 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:08 EDTMRKMerck volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Hold citing the recent outperformance of shares. The firm keeps a $105 price target for the stock.
April 11, 2014
18:44 EDTJNJJ&J halting development of Botox competitor, WSJ says
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05:22 EDTMRKMerck says Hepatitis C combination therapy shows antiviral activity
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April 10, 2014
17:44 EDTMRKMerck stock could return 20%, Barron's says
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
09:21 EDTMRK, HPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTMRKXencor Merck receives milestone payment from Merck for using XmAb antibody
Xencor (XNCR) announced that the company has received a milestone payment from Merck (MRK), through a subsidiary, triggered by the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for an undisclosed biologic drug candidate that uses Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering intellectual property. Under the terms of the agreement signed in June 2013, Xencor granted Merck a non-exclusive license to certain Xencor patents for use in an undisclosed product, as well as an option to license the same intellectual property for future products. Xencor received an upfront payment and continues to receive annual maintenance fees. Xencor is also eligible to receive milestone payments associated with the successful development of Merck product candidates, as well as royalties on sales of any potential products that may result from this agreement.
08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTHPQIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
05:27 EDTMRKMerck announces data from C-WORTHy study
Merck announced additional data from the ongoing C-WORTHy study, a multi-arm Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a once-daily, all-oral regimen combining MK-5172, an investigational hepatitis C virus, or HCV, NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and MK-8742, an investigational HCV NS5A replication complex inhibitor, among patients with chronic HCV Genotype 1 infection, or GT1. In an interim analysis of treatment-nave, non-cirrhotic patients administered a 12-week regimen of MK-5172/MK-8742, with and without ribavirin, or RBV, a sustained viral response, or SVR, was observed in 98% of patients administered MK-5172/MK-8742 alone and 94% in those administered MK-5172/MK-8742 plus RBV.
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