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May 27, 2014
09:28 EDTSPLS, ARO, PFE, PPC, JKS, SDRL, AZN, HSH, FRO, BCRX, PFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), up 5% after proposing to acquire Hillshire Brands (HSH) for $45.00 per share cash. Hillshire up 21% following the news, while Pinnacle Foods (PF), which has agreed to be acquired by Hillshire, is down 6.4%... BioCryst (BCRX), up 19% after announcing "positive" results from OPuS-1, a trial of BCX4161... Seadrill (SDRL), up 2.6% after signing investment and cooperation pact with Rosneft and North Atlantic... Aeropostale (ARO), up 11% after $150M financing transaction with Sycamore. LOWER: AstraZeneca (AZN), down 1.7% after downgraded at Societe Generale following Pfizer (PFE) confirming it won't bid for AstraZeneca after rejection of proposal. Pfizer shares are up 1% after the news... Staples (SPLS), down 1% after downgraded at Goldman... Frontline (FRO), down 7.4% after saying it sees weaker Q2 operational results... JinkoSolar (JKS), down 7.8% after reporting lower than expected Q1 earnings results.
News For HSH;PPC;PF;AZN;PFE;BCRX;SDRL;ARO;FRO;JKS;SPLS From The Last 14 Days
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March 20, 2015
06:33 EDTJKSJinkoSolar to supply 75 MWdc of PV solar panels to Red Horse 2 project
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March 19, 2015
11:00 EDTPFEPfizer participates in a conference call with Bernstein
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08:37 EDTAZNNektar and Daiichi Sankyo to commercialize Movantik in the U.S.
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06:37 EDTJKSJinkoSolar plans to build cell & module manufacturing facility in Malaysia
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March 18, 2015
17:09 EDTPFEPfizer CAPiTA published in New England Journal of Medicine
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11:29 EDTJKSSolar sector could get new boost from China raising solar energy targets
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09:08 EDTJKSSentiment towards China solar names improving, says Roth Capital
After China raised its 2015 solar installation target, Roth Capital says that the country could significantly increase its 2020 solar target, boosting China solar stocks further. Roth identifies .Daqo New Energy (DQ), JA Solar (JASO), JinkoSolar (JKS), and Trina Solar (TSL) as the names in its coverage most likely to benefit directly from such a revision. It keeps Buy ratings on all the stocks named.
07:05 EDTJKSJinko Power signs strategic project development agreement with CDBL
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06:30 EDTJKSChina raises 2015 solar energy target, Barron's says
China increased its 2015 solar energy installation target to 17.8 gigawatts from 15 gigawatts previously, according to Barron's.Additionally, Beijing abandoned its previous practice of setting targets for both large scale utility solar facilities and rooftop projects, which should help Chinese solar companies, Barron's quoted Deutsche Bank as saying. Chinese solar stocks rallied in New York yesterday. Companies in the sector include JinkoSolar (JKS) Trina Solar (TSL) Canadian Solar (CSIQ),, Yingli Green Energy (YGE), and JA Solar (JASO). Reference Link
March 17, 2015
14:10 EDTAZNIGI Laboratories recent sell-off a buying opportunity, says Craig-Hallum
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08:10 EDTJKSJinkoSolar estimates Shangrao city workshop fire damages RMB500.000-RMB1M
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March 16, 2015
07:30 EDTAZNAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTPPCStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:24 EDTAROOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:33 EDTAROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operatorís quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
11:19 EDTAZNBioMarin rallies amid positive call on DMD drug timeline, takeover rumor
The shares of drug maker BioMarin (BMRN) are climbing after research firm Jefferies quoted a regulatory expert as saying that the company's drisapersen drug has a good chance of being approved on an accelerated basis by the FDA. Drisapersen is a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD. WHAT'S NEW: "There is a strong possibility" that the FDA will grant accelerated approval to drisapersen because there is currently no approved drug for the treatment of DMD, Jefferies analyst Eun Yang quoted the expert as saying. The expert is also optimistic about the outlook for accelerated approval because she had a good experience working with BioMarin while she was with the FDA and because BioMarin has a favorable track record with the FDA, according to Yang. There is a 60% chance that drisapersen will be approved by the end of this year and the stock can rise to $155, versus its current level of about $121.50, if that does occur, the analyst stated. Yang's price target on the stock increased to $135 from $125 and the analyst kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (AZN) has been rumored to be interested in buying BioMarin for $175 per share in cash, British newspaper Daily Mail reported. , Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote in a note to investors this morning that BioMarin, along with Vertex (VRTX) and Incyte (INCY), have a "clear path" to joining the group of companies with market caps of over $10B projected to deliver greater than 20% EPS CAGR, which the analyst identified as a set of criteria that has previously pointed to companies that make good potential takeover targets. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BioMarin climbed nearly 4% to $120.
09:25 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
08:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rumored to have BioMarin 'on shopping list,' Daily Mail says
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08:06 EDTAROAeropostale still lacks a path to profitability, says Goldman
Following the Q1 report, Goldman said Aeropostale's fundamentals remain weak and still has no clear path to profitability. The firm said the markdown rate is improving, but is not enough, and negative free cash flow will make renegotiation of its revolver, expiration September 2016, more difficult. Shares are Neutral rated with a $3 price target.
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