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May 27, 2014
16:27 EDTHSH, DRTX, PPC, BAC, PF, FRO, DYAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as investors returned from their holiday weekend. The major averages were higher from the outset of the trading day and most of the market action happened shortly after the opening bell. By mid-morning the averages found a level and settled into a narrow trading range for the remainder of the session. The Nasdaq was the clear leader as it tacked on gains of more than 1%. Though the Dow and S&P 500 rose more modestly, both closed at new record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable orders rose 0.8% in April, beating expectations for them to have fallen 0.7% in the month. The Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.2% in March, which was more than expected. Markit's flash services PMI climbed to 58.4 in May from 55.0 in April. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for May held at 7 for a second straight month. A reading of consumer confidence improved to 83.0 in May, as expected, after slipping to 81.7 last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH) surged $8.17, or 22.07%, to $45.19 after receiving an unsolicited $45 per share takeover proposal from chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Pilgrim's Pride shares rose 42c, or 1.67%, to $25.52 after it made its offer public. However, Pinnacle Foods (PF) sank $1.79, or 5.38%, to $31.48, as it had previously agreed to be acquired by Hillshire and the new bid from Pilgrim's Pride potentially puts that deal in doubt... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) gained 50c, or 3.4%, to $15.22 after it disclosed that it has resubmitted its requested capital actions to the Federal Reserve. As previously announced, the requested capital actions contained in the resubmission are less than the 2014 capital actions to which the Fed previously did not object. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which rose 51c, or 14.96%, to $3.92 and was upgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after entering into definitive agreements with respect to its previously announced strategic partnership and $150M credit facilities with Sycamore Partners. Also higher was Dyax (DYAX), which jumped $1.81, or 27.42%, to $8.41 after another drug company, BioCryst (BCRX), reported positive data on its inherited angioedema treatment. In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Jefferies wrote that BioCryst's data bodes well for Dyax's own hereditary angioedema treatment. BioCryst shares also gained 98c, or 10.94%, to close at $9.99, but the stock was off about 1% in after-hours trading after the company filed to sell $100M in common stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), which fell $1.84, or 10.89%, to $15.05, giving back all of the 5.5% increase the stock saw last Friday after the FDA announced late in the day that it approved the company's Dalvance drug for the treatment of certain acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections. Also lower were shares of shipping company Frontline (FRO), which fell 47c, or 16.43%, to $2.39 after reporting on its first quarter results and warning that it sees weaker operational result to come in the current quarter. INDEXES: The Dow was up 69.23, or 0.42%, to 16,675.50, the Nasdaq was up 51.26, or 1.22%, to 4,237.07, and the S&P 500 was up 11.38, or 0.6%, to 1,911.91.
News For HSH;PF;PPC;DYAX;BAC;DRTX;FRO From The Last 14 Days
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November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:02 EDTDRTXActavis completes Durata Therapeutics tender offer
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06:38 EDTPFPinnacle Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Pinnacle Foods to Buy citing market share gains and an improved balance sheet . The firm raised its price target for shares to $37 from $34.
November 14, 2014
16:23 EDTDYAXDyax files automatic mixed securities shelf
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08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Garden Proten International for C$175M
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November 13, 2014
10:42 EDTDYAXSummer Street chief scientific officer holds an analyst/industry conference call
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November 12, 2014
16:23 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:38 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:14 EDTBACOCC fines Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan $950M over FX trading
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10:00 EDTPFPinnacle Foods sees double digit adjusted EPS growth for the year
Sees FY interest expense at slightly about $96M. Sees FY CapEx $120M-$130M. Says "feels good" about productivity. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods narrows FY14 adjusted EPS to $1.71-$1.74 from $1.70-$1.75
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08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 Birds Eye Frozen net sales $257.4M
Reports Q3 Duncan Hines Grocery sales $271.2M; Reports Q3 Specialty Foods sales $95.4M.
08:17 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 EPS excl items 41c, consensus 41c
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTPFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:56 EDTBACAmerican Commercial weighs sale with value of over $1B, Financial Times says
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06:59 EDTBACBank of America's head of FICC trading to retire by year-end, WSJ reports
Bank of America's head of global fixed income, currencies and commodities trading trading, David Sobotka, will retire by year-end, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Sobotka is planning to take some time off before deciding on his next steps. Sources say BofA will name Sobotka's replacement by the end of the year. Reference Link
November 10, 2014
12:09 EDTPPCUSDA raises 2014 meat production forecast, lowers 2015
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06:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTBACRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
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