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July 16, 2014
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September 24, 2014
15:04 EDTSHPGShire to pay $56.5M to resolve False Claims Act allegations
Pharmaceutical company Shire Pharmaceuticals will pay $56.5M to resolve civil allegations that it violated the False Claims Act as a result of its marketing and promotion of several drugs, the Justice Department announced. Shire, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania, manufactures and sells pharmaceuticals, including Adderall XR, Vyvanse and Daytrana, which are approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Pentasa and Lialda, which are approved for the treatment of mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis. Reference Link
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09:38 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Infosys to Neutral due to valuation.
07:13 EDTSHPGTreasury rules put downside risk on AbbVie, Shire deal, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes Treasury's new inversion rules create downside risk to AbbVie's (ABBV) acquisition of Shire (SHPG) from a value perspective. The firm thinks "many reasons" still exist to acquire Shire, but not necessarily at the currently agreed price. Jefferies says investors should not forget that AbbVie is attractive as a standalone business. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
September 23, 2014
16:20 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the U.S. took new action to clamp down on tax inversion deals and led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, while Europe reported weaker than expected manufacturing data. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing PMI rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady with its 52.5 reading for August. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of companies that have announced or been speculated as targets in tax inversion deals fell after the U.S. Treasury last night issued new regulations that will make such deals less attractive. AstraZeneca (AZN), which has previously turned down an offer to be acquired by the U.S.'s Pfizer (PFE), sank $3.54, or 4.74%, to $71.13 despite a Bloomberg report that said Pfizer is still considering pursuing a deal with the U.K. drugmaker. AbbVie (ABBV), which has a deal in progress to acquire Shire (SHPG) and thus move its tax domicile to Ireland, fell $1.15, or 1.96%, to $57.56, while Shire shares slid $5.56, or 2.17%, to $250.74. Medtronic (MDT), which is pursuing its own inversion deal with Covidien (COV), dropped $1.90, or 2.88%, to $64.08. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Herbalife (HLF), which rose $3.88, or 9.65%, to $44.09, bouncing back from a pullback yesterday that had been attributed to rumors of Carl Icahn selling out of his stake in the company. Also higher was Plug Power (PLUG), which rose 40c, or 9.57%, to $4.58 after the company's CEO gave FY15 revenue guidance that was above the consensus Street view in an interview with the Albany Business Review. Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped $2.78, or 16.82%, to $13.75 after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of used car retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell $5.01, or 9.49%, to $47.80 after the company reported sluggish comparable used car sales in its second quarter. INDEXES: The Dow declined 116.81, or 0.68%, to 17,055.87, the Nasdaq dropped 19.00, or 0.42%, to 4,508.69, and the S&P 500 fell 11.52, or 0.58%, to 1,982.77.
16:11 EDTIGTInternational Game and GTECH amend merger agreement
International Game Technology and GTECH S.p.A. announced that they have amended their previously announced merger agreement dated July 15. IGT and GTECH entered into the amendment with the overall intent of improving the timing and certainty of completion of the transaction in the interests of both companies and their shareholders. The amendment relieves IGT of additional regulatory and disclosure requirements, which were expected to delay the completion of the transaction. The amendment also reflects a reduced number of required approvals from gaming regulators as a condition precedent to closing. While the aggregate amount of stock and cash to be paid to IGT shareholders has remained unchanged, the amendment eliminates the mechanism for IGT shareholders to elect all-stock, all-cash consideration, or a mixed election, subject to proration. Upon completion of the merger, all IGT shareholders will receive the mixed consideration described in the merger agreement. As previously disclosed, this consists of a combination of $13.69 in cash plus a number of ordinary shares of a newly formed U.K. holding company equal to $4.56 divided by a calculation of the dollar value of GTECH shares prior to the transaction closing, subject to adjustments and limitations set forth in the merger agreement.
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12:11 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
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10:54 EDTSHPGStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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09:20 EDTSHPGShire shares defended at CRT Capital
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06:02 EDTIGTInternational Game partners with Ellen DeGeneres Show for new video slot machine
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September 22, 2014
08:34 EDTETPEnergy Transfer commences binding open season for Bakken pipeline transport
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September 18, 2014
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05:34 EDTINFYInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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September 17, 2014
17:32 EDTFDODollar General remains committed to acquisition of Family Dollar
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08:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) and not tender their shares. In conjunction with its rejection of Dollar General’s offer, Family Dollar’s Board unanimously reaffirms its recommendation in support of the transaction with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The terms of the tender offer are the same as those in the proposal made by Dollar General on September 2, 2014, which the Board of Directors of Family Dollar unanimously rejected on September 5, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s tender offer and concluded unanimously that this highly conditional Offer is illusory because, as Dollar General is well aware, the Offer cannot close on the terms proposed. Tenders into the Dollar General Offer will be meaningless since there is no way that Dollar General can purchase shares that are tendered.” Levine added, “The terms of the Dollar General Offer are no different from those in its most recent unsolicited proposal, which was previously and unanimously rejected by our Board of Directors based on antitrust regulatory considerations. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s tender offer and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
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07:43 EDTSHPGBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Equity, Energy Transfer Partners to see growth, says UBS
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