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June 9, 2014
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.
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November 17, 2015
09:02 EDTAAPLAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:54 EDTADIMaxim could be bidder for Fairchild, says Citi
Citi analyst Atif Malik views Maxim Integrated (MXIM) as a potential acquirer Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS). Bloomberg on October 13 reported that Fairchild was seeking advice for a potential sale, and listed potential acquirers as STMicroelectronics (STM), Infineon (IFNNY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). Bids from STM and ON seem unlikely, but Infineon and Maxim could be potential acquirers of Fairchild, Malik tells investors in a research note. In a bull case scenario, Fairchild's buyout value could reach $25 per share, the analyst contends. Fairchild closed yesterday at $17.76. Malik's peer at Citi, analyst Christopher Danely, argued today in research note that Maxim Integrated (MXIM) is unlikely to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Danely views Xilinx (XLNX) as a potential takeout target, potentially for Qualcomm (QCOM).
08:37 EDTADICiti sees Xilinx, not Maxim, as potential takeout candidate
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he does not expect Maxim Integrated (MXIM) to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Xilinx (XLNX) is the only large-cap semiconductor company left with "all of the attributes of a good takeover target," Danely tells investors in a research note. He believes Xilinx management could be willing sellers at the right price, and points out Qualcomm (QCOM) has a history of doing deals. Xilinx could make a good candidate for Qualcomm, Danely contends.
08:04 EDTMRKMerck to present new KEYTRUDA findings at upcoming congresses
Merck announced that data investigating the use of KEYTRUDA, the company's anti-PD-1 therapy, in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, melanoma, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and ER-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer will be presented at four medical congresses through the end of this year. In total, data from more than 30 abstracts will be presented at the Society for Melanoma Research 2015 Congress in San Francisco, Nov. 18 - 21; the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, Dec. 5 - 8; the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dec. 8 - 12; and the European Society for Medical Oncology Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore, Dec. 18 - 21. By the end of 2015, data on the anti-tumor activity of KEYTRUDA will have been presented across more than 20 tumor types. "The field of immuno-oncology holds great potential across a broad spectrum of cancers," said Dr. Roy Baynes, senior vice president and head of global clinical development, Merck Research Laboratories. "Data for KEYTRUDA being presented at these scientific meetings include a first-time comparison to chemotherapy in advanced non-small cell lung cancer, novel combination data in advanced melanoma as well as first-time data in two additional tumor types, namely multiple myeloma and hormone receptor positive breast cancer, further demonstrating our deep commitment to advancing cancer treatment."
07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTDGPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:43 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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14:20 EDTDGDollar General begins construction on new distribution center in Wisconsin
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12:35 EDTAAPLApple reaps 94% of global smartphone profits, Business Insider says
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10:25 EDTAAPL, ADIUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
09:04 EDTGILDGilead says Phase 3 Zydelig study shows 'clinical benefit'
Gilead announced that its Phase 3 Study 115 evaluating Zydelig added to standard therapy in previously-treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients will be unblinded early. The DMC recommendation is based upon a predefined interim analysis indicating a statistically significant benefit in efficacy for progression-free survival and overall survival in patients receiving Zydelig plus bendamustine and rituximab, compared to those receiving only bendamustine and rituximab. The safety profile of Zydelig was consistent with prior studies. Detailed results from this study will be presented during a late-breaking abstracts session at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida taking place December 5-8. "The clinical benefit observed in this Phase 3 study adds to the body of evidence demonstrating the potential of Zydelig-containing treatment regimens for patients with previously treated CLL," said Norbert W. Bischofberger, PhD, Gilead's Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer. "We look forward to sharing the detailed scientific data with the hematology community at the upcoming ASH meeting."
08:46 EDTAAPL4-inch iPhone 6c may be available in middle of 2016, Cult of Mac reports
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08:44 EDTAAPLGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
08:35 EDTMRKMerck to present Phase 2 hep C therapy data at The Liver Meeting
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07:24 EDTMRKSalomon to hold a conference
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple's Cook: No plans to make 'converged' MacBook and iPad, Independent reports
Apple has no plans to build a "converged" MacBook and iPad, the Independent reports, citing CEO Tim Cook. "We feel strongly that customers are not really looking for a converged Mac and iPad," Cook said. "Because what that would wind up doing, or what we're worried would happen, is that neither experience would be as good as the customer wants. So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You'd begin to compromise in different ways." Reference Link
06:19 EDTAAPLApple News fails to impress publishers, Digiday reports
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple price target lowered to $140 from $150 at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich lowered his price target for Apple to $140 from $150 saying the stock's multiple is likely to be pressured until supply chain concerns are resolved. UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh indicates Hon Hai's Q4 iPhone assembly order forecast has been cut and should be down 10% year-over-year, Milunovich tells investors in a research note. The analyst is unclear what the order pullback means for iPhone shipments, but notes "it is not encouraging." Milunovich maintains his above-consensus December estimates for Apple, but trimmed his estimates for the March quarter. He keeps a Buy rating on Apple.
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