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August 13, 2013
08:46 EDTOWW, DGIT, APP, MRK, AVNR, NQ, SINA, LLY, YUM, XRX, JCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: NQ Mobile (NQ), up 10%... Sina (SINA), up 6.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Digital Generation (DGIT), up 38% after selling television ad delivery business for $485M, announcing plan to form new company that will hold DG's online business... Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), up 9% after announcing an agreement to co-promote Merck (MRK) therapies in U.S. long-term care institutions... Eli Lilly (LLY), up 4.3% after lung cancer drug met endpoint in trial... Xerox (XRX), up 3% following upgrade to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.4% after Bill Ackman resigns from board. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Apparel (APP), down 4.5%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 3.2% after announcing July same-store sales in its China division fell 13%, including a 16% drop at KFC stores... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 12% after announcing PAR Capital Management has sold 8.1M of its 24.6M shares of Orbitz Worldwide stock.
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August 26, 2014
08:01 EDTMRKPfizer, Merck to collaborate on study evaluating anti-cancer combination regimen
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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
12:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises, levels to watch
The stock is holding above what was strong resistance at the $10 area. JPMorgan earlier recommended the shares as a long idea, and the stock is up over 4.6% on greater than average daily volume to $10.65. At that price, next resistance is at $11.22. Support is at $10.42.
10:16 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst predicts more store closures coming
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09:11 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney recommneded as a Long Trade Idea at JPMorgan
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05:17 EDTMRKAdvaxis, Merck enter clinical trial collaboration agreement
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August 22, 2014
12:39 EDTAVNRThese five companies will benefit from increased ALS awareness, MarketWatch says
A recent surge in funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, caused by the Ice Bucket challenge that is widespread on social media outlets, will benefit five pharmaceutical companies that are involved in the development of a cure for ALS, according to MarketWatch. The companies that are or have been involved in developing a treatment for ALS include Biogen Idec (BIIB), Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS), Sanofi (SNY), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), MarketWatch added. Reference Link
08:38 EDTOWWTripAdvisor cut metasearch inventory in half, says FBR Capital
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August 21, 2014
14:56 EDTNQNQ Mobile down 3% after report of undisclosed SEC investigation
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10:35 EDTJCPSears falls after reporting Q2 loss that more than doubled analyst projections
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10:22 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTLLYEli Lilly announces results from pivotal UNCOVER studies for ixekizumab
Eli Lilly announces that its investigational medicine ixekizumab was statistically superior to etanercept and placebo on all skin clearance measures in Phase 3 studies. Patients treated with both dosing regimens of ixekizumab had significantly greater levels of skin clearance compared to placebo and to etanercept at the 12-week endpoint. Skin clearance was measured by standard primary endpoints for psoriasis studies: the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index and the Static Physician Global Assessment. For patients treated with ixekizumab either every four weeks or every two weeks, between 78 to 90 percent of patients achieved at least a 75 percent reduction in PASI score at 12 weeks. Additionally, 31 to 41 percent of these patients achieved PASI 100, or clear skin, at week 12. For comparison, between 5 to 7 percent of patients treated with etanercept in the UNCOVER-2 and 3 studies achieved PASI 100. Adverse events were comparable for patients receiving ixekizumab in the 12-week, randomized control portion across all three studies.
August 20, 2014
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08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile's vLife Technnology adopted by China Telecom
NQ Mobile (NQ) announced a partnership with China Telecom (CHA) that will bring NQ Mobile's vLife technology to China Telecom's "E Surfing" product. Under terms of the agreement, vLife will power the user interface for the mobile cloud platform.
07:10 EDTXRXXerox seeing positive momentum in services, says Piper Jaffray
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05:51 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP VHC
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August 19, 2014
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09:15 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel price target raised to $1.25 from $1 at Roth Capital
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06:02 EDTYUMTaco Bell introducing dollar menu, LA Times reports
Taco Bell (YUM) is introducing its new Dollar Cravings menu, which features 11 items, the LA Times reports. McDonald's (MCD) and Wendy's (WEN) both offer dollar menus. Reference Link
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