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June 9, 2014
12:42 EDTACHN, NSR, PF, HSH, MRK, DG, PPC, GILD, ERIC, FDO, TSN, IDIXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, pushing the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average toward new milestone levels. The market began the session just slightly below the flat-line, but within minutes had moved into positive territory where it has remained all morning. The averages have moved in a very narrow range, but the slow drift higher has the Dow within striking distance of 17,000 and the S&P edging closer to 2,000. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was reported. In Asia, data released over the weekend showed that China's trade surplus widened in May to $35.92B, as the nation's exports accelerated more than forecast and imports fell more than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies that have developed hepatitis C, or HCV, treatments were active after one such company, Idenix (IDIX), agreed to be acquired by pharmaceutical giant Merck (MRK) for $24.50 per share in cash. The purchase price is more than triple the company's closing price on Friday and Idenix shares rose more than 230% to trade near $24.09 after the announcement. Shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which has developed its own HCV drugs, were up 40% as investors speculate it could be the next takeover target in the space, while shares of Gilead (GILD) fell about 4% after an analyst wrote that Merck bought Idenix partly to strengthen its hand in patent litigation against Gilead... Food processor and distributor Hillshire Brands (HSH) advanced another 5% after Tyson Foods (TSN) increased its offer to acquire the company to $63 per share, prompting rival Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) to withdraw its own takeover proposal. However, Tyson's new offer is still subject to Hillshire being released from its existing agreement to acquire Pinnacle Foods (PF) and Hillshire said it does not have the right to break its merger pact with Pinnacle on the basis of the Tyson offer or enter into an agreement with Tyson prior to the termination. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Family Dollar (FDO), which climbed 14% after well-known activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he had obtained a significant stake in the company. Also higher were shares of peer Dollar General (DG), which gained nearly 10% after Icahn reportedly told Fox Business that he may push for a merger between the two dollar store operators. Among the noteworthy losers was Neustar (NSR), which dropped 7.5% after acknowledging a copy of a confidential email was posted in the FCC docket and made available to the public. Deutsche Bank noted that shares of NeuStar traded down just before the close on Friday after the posting, which suggested the North American Numbering Council has recommended selecting iConectiv, the Telcordia unit of Ericsson (ERIC), as the vendor for the Number Portability Administration Center in place of incumbent Neustar. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.57, or 0.19%, to 16,955.85, the Nasdaq was up 22.30, or 0.52%, to 4,343.70, and the S&P 500 was up 3.92, or 0.2%, to 1,953.36.
News For IDIX;MRK;ACHN;GILD;HSH;TSN;PPC;PF;FDO;DG;NSR;ERIC From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
15:29 EDTACHNOptions with increasing volume
Options with increasing volume: ACHN PAGP CBG NI NGLS LEA OKS GTI WETF URBN
14:42 EDTACHN, GILDAchillion rises as conference cancellation adds fuel to M&A speculation
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12:51 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:40 EDTACHNAchillion jumps after conference presentation cancelled
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09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTDGPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
11:08 EDTGILDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
09:31 EDTGILDAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
May 14, 2015
09:22 EDTMRKLeerink pharma/biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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May 13, 2015
18:33 EDTMRKMerck to present new Keytruda data on 10 types of cancer at 2015 ASCO meeting
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13:12 EDTMRK, GILDSen. Sanders urges VA to break patents on Gilead hepatitis C drugs
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10:07 EDTPFHigh option volume stocks
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07:31 EDTGILDHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
May 12, 2015
16:04 EDTTSNTyson Foods says transforming to protein-centric consumer packaged goods company
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13:13 EDTMRKExpert says Norway biosimilar case an 'outlier,' CT Financial News reports
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06:09 EDTMRKThreshold announces Merck receives FDA Fast Track designation for evofosfamide
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May 11, 2015
07:26 EDTERICQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
05:21 EDTERICEricsson announces multi-year agreement with Safaricom
Ericsson announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile operator, to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure. Under the terms of this agreement, Ericsson will deploy Wi-Fi technology for the first time on the Safaricom network as well as expand and enhance the MINI-LINK microwave transmission network; enabling subscribers enjoy a richer quality of mobile broadband in Kenya.
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