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January 23, 2013
16:30 EDTFSLR, AGN, CREE, STRI, MAPP, HLF, MCP, COH, GOOG, IBM On The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following better than expected earnings from tech giants IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG). Near midday, the House voted to extend the debt limit until May 19, as expected, and the markets did not react to the news. Eyes on the Street are focused on this evening's report from Nasdaq's largest component, Apple (AAPL)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the light economic calendar included the Home Price Index, which showed prices rose 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.7%. Also of note, the International Monetary Fund lowered its outlook for 2013 global output growth to 3.5% from 3.6%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM shares gained $8.64, or 4.41%, to $204.72 after its earnings report and guidance exceeded expectations. Google similarly reported earnings that beat consensus. A number of firms increased their price targets on shares, including Jefferies taking their target up to $875. Google advanced $38.63, or 5.5%, to $741.50 following its earnings report... Herbalife (HLF) was again in the news as Greenlight Capital's quarterly letter to investors made the rounds this afternoon. There was some speculation that the letter contained a veiled reference to a short position in Herbalife, however, The Wall Street Journal reported that Greenlight's David Einhorn told investors he does not currently have any bet on the stock. However, Einhorn admitted to profiting from a short position in Herbalife held in 2012 that has since been closed. Shares of Herbalife were down $1.13, or 2.56%, to $43.01 on the day... Among notable companies moving after reporting earnings were Cree (CREE), up $7.38, or 22.05%, to $40.85 after beating expectations, and Coach (COH), down $9.93, or 16.36%, to $50.75 after its earnings fell short of expectations and its Q4 SSS fell 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), which rose $9.13, or 58.6%, to $24.71 after it was announced last night that the company had agreed to be acquired by Allergan (AGN) for $25 per share. Allergan shares fell $1.10, or 1.04%, to $104.65 following the announcement. Among notable losers was Molycorp (MCP), which fell 95c, or 10.76%, to $7.88 after disclosing that the company sees Q4 and 1H13 production below expectations and shares were downgraded at Dahlman Rose. Also lower were shares of STR Holdings (STRI), down 79c, or 25.48%, to $2.31 after announcing last night that it expects to lose First Solar (FSLR) as a customer and shares were downgraded to Hold at Craig-Hallum... INDICES: The Dow was up 66.96, or 0.49%, to 13,779.17; the Nasdaq was up 10.49, or 0.33%, to 3,153.67; and the S&P 500 was up 2.22, or 0.15%, to 1,494.78.
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February 18, 2015
09:48 EDTAGNActavis Q4 'exceptional,' taking Allergan name 'wise,' says BMO Capital
BMO Capital says Actavis (ACT) is "firing on all cylinders" after reporting "exceptional" Q4 earnings on the strength of the company's North American Generics and International segment. BMO views the decision to adopt the Allergan (AGN) name as "wise" given the Botox maker's strong reputation. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Actavis.
07:50 EDTAGNActavis CEO says company gave appropriate guidance to analysts
Actavis (ACT) CEO Saunders said he believes that the company did provide appropriate guidance to analysts ahead of its earnings beat. Saunders sees the Allergan (AGN) deal closing by the end of this quarter or early next quarter. Saunders says tying R&D to a percentage of revenue "makes no sense to me," noting that Actavis will spend about $1.7B on R&D next year. Saunders says will do acquisition if opportunity arises, but not planning for M&A right now. Actavis CEO Brent Saunders is speaking on CNBC.
07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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07:01 EDTAGNActavis announces intention to adopt 'Allergan' corporate name
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06:34 EDTAGNActavis sees Allergan transaction completed in late Q1 or early Q2
06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTAGNPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:29 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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17:18 EDTAGNPershing Square gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Restaurant Brands International (QSR). INCREASED STAKES: Zoetis (ZTS), and Platform Specialty Products (PAH). DECREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
17:02 EDTHLF, AGNSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:52 EDTAGNEarnings Preview: Actavis near 52-week high ahead of Q4 earnings report
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12:26 EDTIBMIBM launches new storage software
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
11:49 EDTHLFSoros increased Herbalife stake last quarter amid slide, Bloomberg says
George Soros’ Soros Fund Management increased its stake in Herbalife during the fourth quarter as the stock declined, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter who noted that the firm will disclose details in a filing as early as today. The Fly notes that large investors are given until today by the SEC to disclose their 13F filings outlining their holdings as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. Reference Link
11:18 EDTHLFHong Kong women posed as Herbalife presidents, South China Morning Post says
Two women who claimed to be presidents of Herbalife took HK$50M in orders for the company's products from about 60 people before disappearing, according to The South China Morning Post. A number of the victims lost a significant amount of money on the scheme, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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09:22 EDTHLFFormer Herbalife distributors to reject $15M settlement, NY Post reports
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08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTIBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
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