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November 12, 2012
12:08 EDTJEF, ACHN, CLVS, GSK, SRPT, SHW, BZH, DHI, PCP, TIE, NLY, CXS, LUK, GILDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The averages were lower but not far from their starting point at midday amid light holiday trading volume. The market began the session slightly higher but was unable to gain upside momentum. The averages ultimately crossed into negative territory but have managed to stay in a narrow trading range and remain within striking distance of the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., bond markets and banks are closed in observance of Veterans Day and no economic data was released. Over the weekend in Europe, Greece’s 2013 budget was approved but euro area finance ministers are unlikely to approve the next batch of loans to Greece at their meeting today, according to media reports. In Asia, China’s exports rose 11.6% in October, which was their fastest growth rate since May and exceeded forecasts. Elsewhere in the region, Japan's gross domestic product fell an annualized 3.5% in the three months through September and economists predict the nation’s economy will shrink again in the next quarter, leading to its third technical recession since 2008... COMPANY NEWS: Mergers dominated the domestic headlines, as Leucadia National (LUK) agreed to acquire the remaining 71.4% of Jefferies (JEF) it doesn’t own for about $3.7B, or $17.66 per share, in an all stock transaction. Annaly Capital Management (NLY) struck a deal to pay $12.50 per share for the remaining shares of CreXus (CXS). Also, after Friday's closing bell, Precision Castparts (PCP) announced a deal to buy Titanium Metals (TIE) for $16.50 per share, or $2.9B, a 43% premium to its closing price that day... Two homebuilders, D.R. Horton (DHI) and Beazer Homes (BZH), both declined following their quarterly reports. D.R. Horton's earnings beat consensus and its net sales orders climbed 24% but shares slid 3%. Beazer reported stronger than expected revenue but a wider than expected loss and its shares plunged 15%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sherwin-Williams (SHW), which rose 6% following its agreement to buy privately held Comex for $2.34B to gain a bigger presence in Mexico. Also higher were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which climbed over 13% after a JMP Securities analyst said a Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) that will compete with Sarepta's eteplirsen is unlikely be approved until 2014 or 2015. Among the noteworthy losers were Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down more than 35% after a trial of one of its drugs failed to meet its primary or secondary endpoints, and Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down almost 12% after its competitor Gilead (GILD) reported positive hepatitis C virus data... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 22.64, or 0.18%, to 12,792.75; the Nasdaq was down 5.78, or 0.20%, to 2,899.09; and the S&P 500 was down 1.97, or 0.14%, to 1,377.88.
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July 23, 2014
07:09 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline reports Q2 core EPS down 12% to 19.1p
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07:09 EDTGSKMylan wins restraining order against Apotex for generic version of GSK's Paxil
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July 22, 2014
10:00 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Axys Technologies (AXYS) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Chambers Street Properties (CSG) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Enphase Energy (ENPH) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Minerals Technologies (MTX) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... QIWI (QIWI) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Quality Systems (QSII) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Trinseo S.A. (TSE) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Washington Prime Group (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Buy at UBS.
09:55 EDTGSKLupin, private equity funds weigh bids for GSK's older drugs, Reuters reports
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07:11 EDTSRPTSarepta initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:14 EDTGILDGilead July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:21 EDTGILDGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
07:11 EDTGSKInternational Society of DNA Vaccines to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTGILDGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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July 20, 2014
12:46 EDTGILDGilead drug cocktail helps treat HIV/HCV-coinfected patients, JAMA says
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July 18, 2014
10:54 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
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10:48 EDTBZHHigh option volume stocks
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July 17, 2014
07:18 EDTGSKMylan wins motion to enjoin GlaxoSmithKline from production of generic product
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07:05 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams reports Q2 Paint Stores Group sales up 17.2% to $1.88B
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07:04 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams raises FY14 EPS to $8.50-$8.70, consensus $8.49
Sees FY14 net sales growth 8%-13%, consensus $11.13B; This annual guidance includes our expectation that the Comex acquisition will increase net sales by a low single digit percentage in the year and negatively impact diluted net income per common share $.35 per share in 2014.
07:03 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams sees Q3 EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.06
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07:03 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams reports Q2 EPS $2.94, consensus $2.93
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06:23 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline admits to bribing Chinese officials in 2001, FT reports
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