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June 9, 2014
16:33 EDTIDIX, ADI, HITT, DG, FDO, PPC, TSN, HSH, AAPL, GILD, ACHN, MRK, CNSIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher after a session that major averages spent mostly drifting just north of their starting points. The Dow and S&P 500 hit new highs once again despite the sluggish news flow, with the main news of the day being M&A stories that all hit either over the weekend or early this morning. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was reported. In China, data released over the weekend showed its trade surplus widened in May to $35.92B, as the nation's exports accelerated and its imports fell. COMPANY NEWS: Idenix Pharmaceuticals (IDIX) surged $16.56, or 229.05%, to $23.79 after pharmaceutical giant Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the smaller drugmaker, which has valuable assets in the hepatitis C virus space, for $24.50 per share in cash. The deal, which values Idenix at about $3.85B, prompted analyst commentary that Achillion (ACHN), which is also developing HCV treatments, is an acquisition candidate and Achillion's shares finished up $1.37, or 47.57%, to $4.25. Shares of Gilead (GILD), which sells the drug, Sovaldi, that is widely seen as the current leader in the HCV space, fell $3.39, or 4.11%, to $79.00 following the news... Shares of a number of dollar store operators climbed after after well-known activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he had obtained a significant stake in one of the company in the space, Family Dollar (FDO), and subsequently told Fox Business that he may push for a merger between the company and peer Dollar General (DG)... Apple (AAPL) shares were in focus as its 7-for-1 stock split took effect. The newly split shares finished the day up $1.48, or 1.6%, at $93.70. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hittite Microwave (HITT), which surged $17.34, or 28.63%, to $77.90 after Analog Devices (ADI) agreed to acquire the company for $78 per share in cash. Shares of Analog Devices also gained $2.62, or 4.97%, to $55.31 following the news. Also higher was Hillshire Brands (HSH), which rose $3.14, or 5.33%, to $62.06 after Tyson Foods (TSN) increased its offer to acquire the company to $63 per share. Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which was prompted to withdraw its own takeover proposal to Hillshire after Tyson raised its bid, fell $1.76, or 6.7%, to $24.51. Also lower were shares of Comverse (CNSI), which fell $2.13, or 8.53%, to $22.83 following the company's report of losses in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow was up 18.82, or 0.11%, to 16,943.10, the Nasdaq was up 12.31, or 0.28%, to 4,333.71, and the S&P 500 was up 1.83, or 0.09%, to 1,951.27.
News For IDIX;MRK;ACHN;GILD;AAPL;HSH;TSN;PPC;FDO;DG;HITT;ADI;CNSI From The Last 14 Days
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October 9, 2014
09:18 EDTAAPLApple says accounts for 'all input' in evaluating capital returns, CNBC reports
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09:10 EDTAAPLApple says will continue to evaluate capital return program, CNBC reports
After Carl Icahn urged Apple to make a tender offer that would meaningfully accelerate and increase the magnitude of its share repurchases, the company said in a statement to CNBC that is always appreciates the input of its shareholders and will continue to evaluate its capital return program.
08:53 EDTAAPLAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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08:45 EDTAAPLIcahn says Apple should trade at $203 per share today
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08:42 EDTAAPLIcahn sees Apple launching UltraHD TV set in FY16
Carl Icahn stated in an open letter posted to his "Shareholder's Square Table" addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook: "While Apple has not announced plans for a TV set and may never do so, we believe we have good enough reason to expect the introduction of an UltraHD TV set in FY 2016. We think television represents a large opportunity for Apple, one that reaches far beyond “the hobby” that Apple TV currently represents...As the home represents one compelling category for Apple, payments represents another...We estimate that, based upon Apple Pay’s rumored fee of 15 bps of all spend on credit and debit cards...and merchant deployment of NFC reaching 80%+ in 2017, Apple in the U.S. could generate revenues...of $2.5 billion in FY 2017 if it reaches 30% market share of all spend on U.S. credit and debit cards. The potential in the U.S. and internationally over a longer term is much larger."
08:41 EDTAAPLCooperman says Apple about 20% undervalued, still owns shares
Leon Cooperman of Omega Advisors is speaking on CNBC.
08:40 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:37 EDTAAPLIcahn calls Apple shares 'dramatically undervalued,' requests tender offer
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08:36 EDTAAPLIcahn requests Apple make tender offer for shares
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck HCV solutions becoming more credible, says Bernstein
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08:28 EDTGILDGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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06:52 EDTAAPLTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 60, Achillion (ACHN) 195 according to iVolatility.
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