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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.
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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTBACOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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12:22 EDTBACBrazil investigates banks for exchange rate manipulation
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05:32 EDTFROFrontline and Frontline 2012 agree to merger
Frontline and Frontline 2012 entered into an agreement and plan of merger, pursuant to which the two companies have agreed to enter into a merger transaction, with Frontline as the surviving legal entity and Frontline 2012 as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Subsequent to the merger, this subsidiary is expected to merge into the Surviving Company which will retain the Frontline Ltd. name. After the merger is completed the combined company expects to become one of the world's leading tanker companies with a total fleet of approximately 90 vessels, consisting of approximately 25 VLCCs, 17 Suezmax tankers, 16 MR product tankers and 10 LR2 Aframax tankers. This includes approximately 20 vessels on time charter in or under commercial management. The combined company will also have a newbuilding program of approximately 22 vessels, which are scheduled to be delivered in the period 2015 - 2017. Shareholders in Frontline 2012 as of the time the merger is completed will receive shares in Frontline as merger consideration. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, one share in Frontline 2012 will give the holder the right to receive 2.55 shares in Frontline. The exchange ratio is based on June 30, 2015 NAV broker estimates for Frontline and Frontline 2012. Frontline is expected to issue a total of approximately 584 million shares to shareholders in Frontline 2012 following cancellation of treasury shares held by Frontline 2012 and Frontline 2012 shares held by Frontline. Completion of the merger is subject to the execution of certain definitive documents, customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The merger is also subject to approval by the shareholders of Frontline and Frontline 2012 in special general meetings expected to be held in the fourth quarter of 2015 and the merger is expected to close as soon as possible thereafter.
July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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09:33 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTBACU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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June 30, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GILD BABA BAC MU WYNN MSFT NFLX
June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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June 25, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:04 EDTBACNeuberger Berman buys management of PE fund of funds from BofA
Neuberger Berman announced that it has entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, the alternative investment business of Bank of America whereby Neuberger Berman will acquire the management rights to certain Merrill Lynch traditional non-registered and 40-Act-registered private equity fund of funds. Merrill Lynch selected Neuberger Berman following an extensive due diligence process focused on private equity investment expertise, 40-Act capabilities and dedication to client service. Key private equity professionals from Merrill Lynch will be joining Neuberger Berman concurrent with the transaction. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. The transaction is expected to close in August.
09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTBACFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTBACActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
06:37 EDTBACDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:25 EDTBACBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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