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November 12, 2012
12:08 EDTCLVS, SHW, PCP, CXS, GILD, GSK, BZH, TIE, LUK, ACHN, SRPT, DHI, NLY, JEFOn 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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January 13, 2015
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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07:42 EDTGILDJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:10 EDTACHNAchillion implied volatility of 98 at lower end of index mean range
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January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
12:04 EDTGSKNovartis sees closing GSK transactions in 1H15
Novartis (NVS) says portfolio transformation is progressing "on track." Sees closing GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) transactions in 1H. In 2015, plans to execute integration of GSK oncology business, execute separation of Vaccines, ensure successful start-up of Consumer Health JV with GSK. Sees NBS to continue to deliver synergies. Comments from slides that are being presented at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference.
11:14 EDTSRPTDenver patient being tested for Ebola, KUSA-TV reports
A patient recently returned from Ebola affected areas in Africa is being tested in Denver for the disease, reported local NBC affiliate 9New KUSA-TV. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines or treatments include Peregrine (PPHM), Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX) and NewLink Genetics (NLNK). Some companies that offer protective clothing and waste disposal include Lakeland Industries (LAKE) and Alpha Pro Tech (APT). Reference Link
10:00 EDTDHI, SHWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:42 EDTNLYWells cuts Mortgage REIT space to Market Weight from Overweight
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09:34 EDTNLYAnnaly Capital downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:30 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Foundation Medicine (FMI) up 138.9% following transaction with Roche (RHHBY)... Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX), up 19.1% after announcing promising Phase 2 data for CPX-351... Second Sight (EYES), up 16.7% after Health Canada approves Argus II retinal prosthesis system... Aegerion (AEGR), up 7.8% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results and guidance... Express (EXPR), up 4.5% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results. NOTABLE: NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), up 8.5% following acquisition by Shire (SHPG)... Shire is down 1.1% in pre-market trading. LOWER: Arrowhead (ARWR), down 20.9% after FDA clears company to begin modified study of ARC-520 in a preliminary call of a partial clinical hold... Tiffany (TIF), down 10.4% after lowering fiscal 2014 net EPS guidance... SanDisk (SNDK), down 10.1% after lowering fourth quarter outlook... Ascena Retail (ASNA), down 5.8% after lowering fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS view... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 5.9% after reporting long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study... Loral Space & Communications (LORL), down 3.6% following a NY Post article that reported that talks to sell itself to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have ended... Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 4.2% after filing to sell 20.3M shares of stock and 26M depository shares.
08:48 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded at KeyBanc
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08:37 EDTGSKShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
07:49 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James believes President Obama's announcement last week to materially lower FHA mortgage insurance premiums along with other comments indicate a shift in the mortgage financing environment and a turning point in the housing recovery. As a result, Raymond James upgraded D.R. Horton (DHI), KB Home (KBH), MDC Holdings (MDC), Ryland (RYL), and Standard Pacific (SPF) to Outperform from Neutral. D.R. Horton Price target is $30.
07:10 EDTSRPTSarepta reports long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study
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07:06 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:52 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
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06:22 EDTGSKWHO approves 2 ebola vaccines to enter West Africa trials, Financial Times says
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06:22 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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