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June 9, 2014
12:42 EDTERIC, NSR, DG, FDO, PF, PPC, TSN, HSH, GILD, ACHN, MRK, 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.
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October 9, 2014
16:19 EDTFDOFamily Dollar will not provide guidance for FY15
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16:17 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q4 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.58B. Reports Q4 SSS up 0.3%. Q4 adjusted results exclude the negative impact on diluted net income per common share of 43c per share related to the Company’s restructuring charges and fees related to its pending merger with Dollar Tree.
11:43 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD EWZ
Gilead (GILD) February 120 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38, MSCI Brazil Index (EWZ) February 58 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
09:41 EDTFDO, DGBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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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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07:13 EDTERICEricsson reinstated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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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.
October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTACHN, GILDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTACHN, GILDAchillion, Gilead rise after late breaking abstract for AASLD posted
Shares of Achillion (ACHN) are higher after the company announced this morning that four abstracts have been accepted for presentation at The Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. Among those four is a late breaker poster presentation providing updated results, including SVR12, from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-naïve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Sofosbuvir is sold under the brand name Sovaldi by Gilead Sciences (GILD). In a note to investors, FBR Capital noted that the "surprise" late-breaking poster for the meeting showed a 100% cure rate for the combination therapy. In late afternoon trading, Achillion shares are up 10% to $10.74 while Gilead is up 4.3% to $108.78.
15:25 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.
11:14 EDTMRKMerck presents new MK-5172/MK-8742 clinical study data
Merck announced that new data from clinical studies of the company’s investigational, oral, once-daily, fixed-dose combination chronic hepatitis C treatment grazoprevir/elbasvir, or MK-5172/MK-8742, are scheduled to be presented at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from November 7-11. New data will also be presented for MK-3682, formerly IDX21437, as part of its purchase of Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
11:08 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses IMPROVE-IT's regulatory and commercial implications for novel LDL-lowering therapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 2 pm.
10:55 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
08:32 EDTERICIDT Corp completes sale of Fabrix Systems to Ericsson
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07:18 EDTGILD, MRKInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
October 7, 2014
10:56 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTACHNActive equity options trading on open
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October 6, 2014
11:09 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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