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March 5, 2014
10:08 EDTDECK, JCP, XOMA, SHLD, OLEDOptions with decreasing implied volatility: JCP OLED XOMA DECK SHLD
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July 22, 2015
13:36 EDTXOMAXOMA downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded XOMA to Sector Perform from Outperform and lowered its price target on the stock to $2 from $8 after a trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint.
12:57 EDTXOMAXOMA downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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12:32 EDTXOMAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
11:03 EDTXOMAXOMA downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
09:07 EDTXOMAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTSHLD, JCPNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:31 EDTXOMAXOMA resumes, drops 63% after gevokizumab study misses primary endpoint
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08:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and increased its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes 2H comps could accelerate as initiatives take hold and has increased confidence it the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Buckingham believes FY15 sales comp guidance of 4%-5% is achievable and sees continued gross margin improvement and reduced SG&A levels.
08:08 EDTXOMAXOMA to resume trading at 8:30 am EDT after trial misses endpoint
Shares of antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA were halted for trading before the company announced that a Phase 3 study of gevokizumab in patients with Behçet's disease uveitis did not meet the primary endpoint of time to first acute ocular exacerbation. The stock is scheduled to resume quotation at 8:25 am EDT and resume trading at 8:30 am EDT, according to Nasdaq.
08:02 EDTXOMAXOMA Phase 3 EYEGUARD-B study of gevokizumab did not meet primary endpoint
XOMA announced the Phase 3 EYEGUARD-B study of gevokizumab in patients with Behçet's disease uveitis, run by its partner Servier, an independent French pharmaceutical research company driven by the pursuit of innovative drugs, did not meet the primary endpoint of time to first acute ocular exacerbation. "Although the study did not achieve its main objective, we did see signals of drug activity such as preserved visual acuity, less severe ocular exacerbations and a reduced incidence of reported macular edema in patients treated with gevokizumab," said Paul Rubin MD, Senior Vice President Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer. "We will continue to work closely with our partner, Servier, and uveitis experts to conduct a thorough analysis of the data to fully understand gevokizumab's impact on several clinically relevant endpoints." Gevokizumab appeared to be well tolerated in the trial. Adverse events were comparable between gevokizumab and placebo treated groups.
08:02 EDTXOMAXOMA Phase 3 EYEGUARD-B study of gevokizumab did not meet primary endpoint
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07:59 EDTXOMAXOMA trading halted, pending news
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06:36 EDTXOMAXOMA volatility elevated into expected release of Phase III data
XOMA August call option implied volatility is at 287, September is at 228, December is at 167; compared to its 52-week range of 71 to 299, suggesting large price movement into expected release Phase III data for gevokizumab in Behçet’s disease uveitis.
05:27 EDTXOMAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA AMZN
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July 20, 2015
08:12 EDTXOMAXOMA volatility elevated into expected release of Phase III data
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06:06 EDTXOMAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA TWTR
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July 17, 2015
05:55 EDTXOMAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; XOMA (XOMA) 295, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 50 according to iVolatility.
July 16, 2015
05:51 EDTXOMAStocks with implied volatility movement; IDTI XOMA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Integrated Device (IDTI) 64, XOMA (XOMA) 294 according to iVolatility.
July 15, 2015
11:37 EDTSHLD, JCPJ.C. Penney rises after Starboard CEO names Macy's 'best idea'
Shares of department store operator Macy's (M) are sharply higher in morning trading after Starboard Value CEO and CIO Jeff Smith revealed his firm has taken a stake in the company and believes its stock could be worth $125 per share. Smith, while speaking at the Delivering Alpha conference, contended that Macy's real estate assets are worth $21B and that it could separate its real estate from its retail business. Shares of Macy's, which Smith called his "best idea" for 2015, is up about 45 to $69.24 after the comments, while J.C. Penney (JCP), which is also a department store operator with real estate assets, is up 1.7% at $9.16. Another peer, Sears (SHLD), is down 2.8% at $23.17, but that is well off its session low of $22.66.
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