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July 2, 2015
18:37 EDTGSKViiV, Desano enter strategic manufacturing agreement for Tivicay
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09:14 EDTGOOGYahoo begins testing search partnership with Google, New York Times reports
Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG) are exploring a new relationship in which Yahoo would use Google for some regular search results and search ads, reports the New York Times. Yahoo and Google confirmed that Yahoo has begun testing the use of Googl search ads for a small portion of its desktop and mobile web search results. Reference Link
06:05 EDTGOOGBarclays extends cheque imaging to Android users
Barclays announced the extension of its pioneering mobile cheque imaging service to nearly a million more customers, including 500,000 customers with android phones. In another UK first, the service is also now being made available to iPad users. Since the launch of cheque imaging a year ago, nearly three quarters of a million pounds have been deposited by the 30,000 Barclays customers signed up to the mobile cheque imaging tool on their iPhones. The latest roll-out will see this number rise yet higher as more customers are able to benefit from the speed and ease of this time-saving technology. Mobile cheque imaging is available through the Barclays Mobile Banking app and allows customers to pay in a Barclays cheque of up to £500 within minutes of receiving it. Customers simply need to take a photo of the cheque then complete a few quick steps before the funds are immediately available in their current account. Reference Link
05:30 EDTACNAccenture awarded five-year contract from Department of Health in England
Accenture and Avanade, a global business technology solutions, cloud and managed services provider, have won a five-year contract from the Department of Health in England and NHS National Services Scotland to implement the new and improved secure cloud-based NHSmail service in England and Scotland. Almost 700,000 health and care workers across the National Health Service, or NHS, in England and Scotland will benefit from a unique set of services. This will enable secure communication to users of less secure systems such as non-NHS partners and patients. Accenture and Avanade will also deploy innovative services as add-ons to the core service including an enterprise-wide directory and Lync collaboration technology for enabling instant messaging, VOIP, audio and video communication and enhanced collaboration among NHS healthcare workers. Supported by Avanade’s market-leading Unified Communications and Collaboration Managed Service, these tools have the power to truly transform the way in which UK healthcare organisations work and share information for the benefit of patients and staff alike. Under the agreement, signed in June, Accenture and Avanade will build new functionalities and maintain secure email and collaboration services that will be available to all NHS and social care organizations in England. The two companies will also deploy a secure, multi-tenanted email service, based on Microsoft Exchange 2013, to replace the NHS’s existing platform, implemented in 2007.
05:27 EDTACNAccenture announces five-year contract extension with Deutsche Bank
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05:10 EDTACNAccenture to sell Navitaire subsidiary to Amadeus for $830M
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July 1, 2015
13:23 EDTGOOGFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
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10:07 EDTGOOGGoogle, Apple seen benefiting from Internet of Things emergence
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09:46 EDTGOOGCriteo rises after said to add Alibaba, Target as customers
Shares of digital marketing solutions provider Criteo (CRTO) are rising in early trading after research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on the stock. The firm also notes that it appears Criteo has recently added Alibaba (BABA) and Target (TGT) as customers. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors this morning, Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson said that the firm's checks indicate that Criteo now has cookies on 49% of the top 100 retail and travel websites in the U.S. Wilson noted that Google (GOOG) has 76% of the top 100, but suggested also that its heavy overlap with Criteo reinforces the view that the two companies' cookies serve different purposes. Wilson said Target was a notable Criteo win in the U.S. during Q2, while also saying the firm discovered that some Alibaba sites outside of China now have a Criteo cookie for the first time. Wilson raised his 2016 estimates for Criteo citing the continued strong checks and increased the firm's price target on the stock to $65 from $55. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Criteo grained $2.30, or 4.8%, to $49.97.
08:30 EDTGOOGGoogle outlook improved due to Internet of Things forecast, says JMP Securities
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June 30, 2015
13:37 EDTGOOGYouTube prevails in German court case regarding artists' fees, Reuters says
Google notched a legal victory over German performing rights organization Gema, which had tried to make YouTube pay each time users watched music videos by artists it represents, Reuters reports. Reference Link
13:04 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on July 1 hosted by UBS.
10:38 EDTGOOGWells Fargo upbeat on core eBay, Bernstein bullish on PayPal
Wells Fargo issued an upbeat note on the outlook for eBay's (EBAY) core business, while another research firm, Bernstein, was bullish on the company's soon to be spun off PayPal (PYPL) unit. eBay has said that it will spin off its PayPal online payments unit through a distribution to eBay shareholders on July 17. CORE EBAY: The shares of core eBay are likely to offer a "unique value opportunity" following the spin-off, as many growth investors will probably sell their shares in eBay creating "an interesting entry point." Wells Fargo stated. eBay's business model is "arguably better" than that of most retailers, as it has no inventory risk, better margins, and more efficient capital deployments than most other companies in the sector, Wells believes. Numerous initiatives that the company is undertaking, including structured data and a simplified listing process, could enable eBay to beat expectations going forward, Wells contended. Additionally, there is little risk to fiscal 2016 estimates for eBay, since its guidance does not factor in any improvement in its business, the firm believes. Noting that "when issued" shares of eBay and PayPal are slated to start trading on July 9, Wells says that eBay's shares would provide "exceptional value" if they trade anywhere near the current $20 per share implied value of core eBay. At $25, the shares would still provide "excellent value," the firm added. PAYPAL: The growth of Internet payments is in its infancy and has "vast untapped potential," according to Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner. PayPal's total payments volume should have a compound annual growth rate of over 20% in the next three years, helping its revenue to jump by a CAGR of at least 17% over the period, the analyst stated. Since PayPal's position in mobile is strong, competing services from Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) will, at most, create a small headwind to PayPal's growth over the next three years, Kirjner contended. Moreover, PayPal has room to cut its costs, enabling its margins to expand and its earnings to grow faster than its revenue over the longer term, the analyst stated. He values PayPal at $43 per eBay share. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, eBay added 0.7% to $59.77.
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08:37 EDTGOOGTwitter integration with Google could accelerate user growth, says Canaccord
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08:22 EDTGOOGMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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08:20 EDTMDRXAllscripts takes $200M equity position in NantHealth
Allscripts announced they have taken a significant step forward in their strategic partnership through two cross-investments and a strengthening of their commercial agreement. The investments include Allscripts' purchase of a 10% equity stake in NantHealth for $200M in cash. In addition, NantCapital, LLC, the personal investment vehicle of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of NantHealth, has made a $100M investment into Allscripts.
07:08 EDTGOOGGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
05:32 EDTGOOGNovartis launches first Apple Watch app for visually impaired people
Novartis Pharmaceuticals (NVS) announced the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches. The discreet, hands-free nature of using ViaOpta app with wearable devices, such as Apple Watch (AAPL) and Android Wear (GOOG), provides users with an experience that seamlessly fits into their existing routines allowing those with visual impairments to navigate daily life with even greater ease.
June 29, 2015
17:30 EDTARRSARRIS receives second request for information in connection with Pace
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11:59 EDTGOOGGoogle deadline to answer EU antitrust claim extended, WSJ says
U.S. search giant Google was granted more time to respond to European Union regulators' claims that the company skews search results in favor of its own comparison-shopping service, says the Wall Street Journal. The new deadline is August 17, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
10:54 EDTGOOGGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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07:13 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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06:24 EDTGOOGResearch shows Google hurts users by skewing search results, WSJ reports
New research by two U.S. academics shows that Google is harming internet users and violating competition laws by skewing search results to favor its own products and services, the Wall Street Journal reports. The study may present a “significant twist” in the European Union’s antitrust investigation into Google’s supposed anticompetitive practices, the report says. The research shows that users were 45% more likely to click on results that were ranked purely by relevance as opposed to the way Google ranks them currently, the Wall Street Journal says.Reference Link
June 28, 2015
12:47 EDTGOOGTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
10:38 EDTGSKCourt revives lawsuit over GlaxoSmithKline Lamictal drug, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTBBBYActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTGOOGLost My Name raises $9M in funding round led by Google Ventures, TechCrunch says
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06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures, Softbank invest in Yieldify, Business Insider reports
Google Ventures Europe (GOOG) and Softbank (SFTBF) have invested $11.5M into Yieldify, an e-commerce startup that "helps online retailers convince people to buy products online," Business Insider reports. Google Ventures partner Avid Larizadeh Duggan will join Yieldify's board as part of the fundraising. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGOOGGoogle, Delphi self driving cars have near collision in Palo Alto, Reuters says
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTGOOGAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:55 EDTGOOGGoogle-built self-driving cars hit the road
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16:52 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Target $595.
16:04 EDTFOLDAmicus says EMA validates Galafold marketing authorization application
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14:01 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline initiated with a Buy at HSBC
Price target GBP 17.
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09:34 EDTBBBYActive equity options trading on open
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07:07 EDTACNAccenture raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.73-$4.78 from $4.66-$4.76
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07:06 EDTACNAccenture sees Q4 net revenue $7.45B-$7.7B, consensus $7.58B
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07:05 EDTACNAccenture reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.30, consensus $1.23
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06:31 EDTGOOGMicrosoft focusing on increasing smartphone sales in India, WSJ reports
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June 24, 2015
20:00 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond shares down following Q1 earnings miss
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19:31 EDTGOOGGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
19:01 EDTBBBYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Herman Miller (MLHR), up 5.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Turtle Beach (HEAR), up 3.6% after partnering with AuDConnex for direct audio hearing solution. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Cree (CREE), down 5.1% after lowering fourth quarter revenue outlook... Sabra Health Care (SBRA), down 2.7% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock at a price range of $25.25-$25.65.
18:28 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond attractive despite Q1 miss, says Cantor
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18:16 EDTGOOGGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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17:33 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond says Q1 performance 'on track'
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16:20 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees FY15 EPS flat to up mid-single digits, consensus $5.25
16:19 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond repurchased approximately $385M common stock in Q1
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16:18 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond says Q1 SSS include approximate 0.3% unfavorable FX impact
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16:17 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond sees Q2 EPS $1.18-$1.23, consensus $1.23
Sees Q2 SSS up 2%-3%. Continues to model a 2.0% to 3.0% increase for the remainder of the year.
16:15 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 94c
Reports Q1 revenue approximately $2.738B, consensus $2.74B. Reports Q1 SSS up approximately 2.2%.
15:53 EDTBBBYSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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15:24 EDTACNAccenture June weekly 98.5 straddle priced for 3.8% movement into Q3
15:12 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond June weekly June 71 straddle priced for 6.3% move into Q1
15:01 EDTACNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTBBBYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), consensus 94c.
13:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:37 EDTGSKGSK says CDC committee votedfor meningococcal group B vaccines
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted for a Category B recommendation for meningococcal group B vaccination, including Bexsero, in individuals aged 16 to 23. Bexsero was approved by the FDA in January for use in individuals aged 10 through 25 years and acquired by GSK in March following the closure of the three-part transaction with Novartis (NVS).
12:27 EDTGOOGHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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09:30 EDTGOOGGoogle competing with itself after unveiling free music service, Bloomberg says
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08:27 EDTMDRXAllscripts management to meet with Evercore ISI
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07:03 EDTACNStarwood, Accenture extent IT outsourcing contract
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06:09 EDTBBBYOptions expected to be active
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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05:26 EDTACNAccenture signs global IT outsourcing contract with Eisai
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June 23, 2015
17:50 EDTGOOGGoogle to remove Confederate flag from shopping service and ads, Reuters says
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14:04 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond could be attractive buyout target, WSJ says
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13:08 EDTACNAccenture June weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:08 EDTGOOGPandora down 1% after Google launches free music service
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12:05 EDTGOOGGoogle launches free, ad-supported music service in U.S.
Google (GOOG) announced via a blob post that Google Play Music now has a "free, ad-supported version" in the U.S. It stated, "Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music." Shares of Pandora (P) ticked lower following Google's announcement.
07:25 EDTGSKPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
06:57 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces the News Lab on blog
Google said on its blog that it is launching the News Lab, "a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world -- and that newsrooms know how to use them; by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today. The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start -- and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe. Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together -- and we’re excited to be part of the effort." Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGetty filed a complaint against Google to EU earlier this year, WSJ reports
Getty Images complained earlier this year to European antitrust authorities that Google unfairly favors its image search service over rivals, the Wall Street Journal reports. The European Commission told Getty in early June that its concerns were valid and added Getty as an “interested third person” in its search manipulation case against the search giant, according to a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle offers sign-ups to test GoPro virtual reality prototype
Google (GOOG) has created a sign-up page to allow "creators" -- taken to mean video content creators -- to test its "Jump" virtual reality platform. Jump uses 16 GoPro (GPRO) cameras to create virtual reality video "that you can step inside of." Content creators selected by Google will get access to the platform beginning this summer. Reference Link
14:42 EDTGOOGOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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12:12 EDTGOOGUS Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View, Reuters says
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08:02 EDTGOOGTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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07:31 EDTGOOGFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
07:01 EDTGSKPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
June 21, 2015
14:49 EDTGOOGRaven shares may rally in next couple years, Barron's says
The recent selloff in Raven (RAVN) shares "looks like an opportunity," and the company's stock could rally over the next couple years, Barron's contends in its 'Sizing Up Small Caps' column. Barron's notes that the company has partnered with Google (GOOG) to develop high-altitude balloons for the experimental Project Loon, which, if expanded into a full project, could signal a boost for Raven. Reference Link
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