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April 14, 2014
11:09 EDTYOKU, CBS, VJET, CTRX, HZNPOptions with increasing implied volatility: HZNP VJET YOKU CTRX CBS
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August 4, 2015
07:35 EDTCBSCBS August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
CBS August weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, August is at 29, September is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 32, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 5.
August 3, 2015
10:12 EDTHZNPDepomed to file complaint against Horizon seeking injunction
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07:24 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma asks Depomed holders to consider bylaw amendments
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July 31, 2015
11:10 EDTVJETBattleground: Analysts disagree on outlook for Stratasys
Two research firms issued ratings changes on 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS) this morning, with UBS downgrading the stock to Sell and Piper Jaffray upgrading the stock to Buy. The firms' notes come the day after the company reported much weaker than expected third quarter results and withdrew its full-year guidance, citing uncertainty regarding the timing of a rebound in its growth. BEARISH TAKE: The "rapid deceleration" in the growth of the 3D printing market appears to be "more than temporary," UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote in a note to investors today. More specifically, he believes the growth of revenue that the companies can easily obtain, mostly in prototyping, is declining. It may take more time and money than investors anticipate for 3D printing companies to benefit from the next wave of growth, i.e. advanced end-use parts, the analyst warned. Milunovich, who is skeptical about whether Stratasys will be able to meet its revenue growth target over the next 12-18 months, slashed his price target on the stock to $22 from $39. BULLISH TAKE: The longer term outlook for the 3D printing market remains strong, Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen wrote in a note to investors today. Although media hype about 3D printing has been overdone and the industry increased its capacity too quickly, the sector will "return to normalized growth rates" next year, predicted Jensen. Moreover, Stratasys will grow faster than the market in 2016, given its strong upcoming products, Jensen believes. However, he trimmed his price target on the stock to $39 from $42. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Stratasys fell 4% to $31.38. Other stocks in the sector also dropped, with 3D Systems (DDD) declining 2.7% to $13.47 and Materialise (MTLS) losing 1.5% to $8.85. However, 3D printer maker ExOne (XONE) rose 0.8% to $9.73. Voxeljet (VJET) shares were little changed.
05:35 EDTVJETStratasys upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen upgraded Stratasys (DDD) to Overweight following yesterday's post-earnings pullback in shares. The 3D printing industry will return to more normalized grow rates in 2016 and Stratasys will grow faster than the market, Jensen tells investors in a research note. Despite lowering his near-term earnings and revenue assumptions, the analyst remains upbeat regarding the longer-term outlook for both the industry and the company. He lowered his price target for shares to $39 from $42. Stratasys closed yesterday down $3.82 to $32.67. Other names in the 3D printing space also dropped yesterday after Stratasys reported Q2 results and withdrew its 2015 outlook. The company's peers include 3D Systems (DDD) and voxeljet (VJET).
July 30, 2015
13:03 EDTVJETStratasys pulls 3D printing sector lower after retracting guidance
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July 29, 2015
16:07 EDTHZNPDepomed board rejects acquisition proposal from Horizon Pharma
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16:05 EDTHZNPDepomed board rejects takeover proposal from Horizon Pharma
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July 27, 2015
16:45 EDTHZNPLone Pine Capital reports 5.4% passive stake in Horizon Pharma
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11:22 EDTYOKUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
08:43 EDTYOKUChina Internet consumer demand stable, healthy, says Pacific Crest
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07:09 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma announces collaboration with Fox Chase Cancer Center
Horizon Pharma announced a collaboration with Fox Chase Cancer Center to study ACTIMMUNE in combination with PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in various forms of cancer including advanced urothelial carcinoma and renal cell carcinoma. Preclinical cell line research has indicated that interferon gamma enhances cellular PD-L1 expression on endothelial cells and on some tumor cells. By enhancing cellular PD-L1 expression on tumor cells, interferon gamma may promote or enhance the effect of the PD-1 or PD-L1 inhibitors.
July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTCBSEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
11:09 EDTHZNPWallachBeth does not see Horizon facing competing suitor for Depomed
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