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July 14, 2014
20:25 EDTJNJ, JNJ, JPM, JPM, GS, GS, CMA, CMA, JBHT, JBHT, CBSH, CBSH, WWW, WWW, WAFD, WAFD, WABC, WABCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.55; JPMorgan (JPM), consensus $1.29; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.05; Comerica (CMA), consensus 76c; JB Hunt (JBHT), consensus 79c; Commerce Bancshares (CBSH), consensus 68c; Wolverine World Wide (WWW), consensus 27c; Washington Federal (WAFD), consensus 37c; Westamerica Bancorp. (WABC), consensus 58c.
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October 1, 2015
08:00 EDTJPM, GSSecurity Traders Association to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTGSGoldman's Cohn in spotlight with Blankfein fighting lymphoma, WSJ says
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September 30, 2015
12:32 EDTGSRepsol sells part of piped gas unit for $728M, Reuters reports
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08:34 EDTCMAStratus Properties completes purchase of Block 21 JV
Stratus Properties (STRS) announced that on September 28, 2015, Stratus completed its previously announced acquisition of Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II, L.P.'s approximate 58% joint venture interest in CJUF II Stratus Block 21 LLC, which owns a 36-story mixed-use development in downtown Austin, Texas, anchored by the W Austin Hotel & Residences (HOT), for approximately $62M. Stratus funded its acquisition of Canyon-Johnson's interest in Block 21 with approximately $32.3M of proceeds from its non-recourse term loan with Bank of America (BAC), a $20M term loan under Stratus' credit facility with Comerica Bank (CMA), and approximately $9.7M in cash. The Sale and Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, and the parties have agreed to indemnify each other in connection with the breach of such representations and warranties. Block 21 is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stratus. As of September 28, 2015, in addition to its real estate assets, Block 21 had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $22.8M.
07:46 EDTJPM, GSFed liftoff may be more turbulent for banks than expected, WSJ says
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07:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan must face 'London Whale' class action suit, Reuters reports
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07:18 EDTJPM, GSSecurities Industry and Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
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September 29, 2015
10:00 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:51 EDTJNJAnalysts turn to pharma safe havens following massive selloff
Pharmaceutical stocks have been in a steady descent over the last week since a privately-held drugmaker set off a firestorm of controversy with a dramatic price increase for a drug it bought for a relatively low cost. Against that backdrop, analysts are seeking safer names, as illustrated by two upgrades of big pharma companies this morning. BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical stocks, and particularly the shares of biotech companies, have declined significantly over the last week since privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill on its Daraprim drug for toxoplasmosis. Following Turing's Daraprim price hike, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laid out a plan to combat the problem. In the latest chapter of the reignited drug price debate, eighteen Democratic congressional representatives have requested that the House Oversight Committee subpoena Valeant (VRX) for information related to allegedly "massive" price increases for two cardiac drugs recently acquired by the company, claiming that Valeant is using "precisely the same business model" as Turing's Martin Shkreli. BRISTOL-MYERS: This morning, UBS analyst Marc Goodman upgraded Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) to Buy, saying Opdivo positions the company as a clear leader in the immuno-oncology space. Goodman raised his 2020 sales estimate for the drug to $10B from $8B citing the "very strong" renal cancer data, a larger lung market and additional smaller new indications. The recent pullback in the Pharma sector is overdone, Goodman tells investors in a research note on Bristol titled "We Like This Opportunity Right Here Right Now." He raised his price target for shares to $75 from $65. J&J: Deutsche Bank analyst Kristen Stewart upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Buy calling the company a "diversified safe haven" amid volatile times for the sector. Stewart left a recent meeting with management "feeling more confident" that the company will see growth across all divisions, including pharma, despite patent expirations. J&J is "flush with cash," giving management opportunities to enhance growth through deals, she tells investors in a research note. Stewart keeps a $110 price target for J&J shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Johnson & Johnson rose 0.5% to $91.88. Amid the sector selloff in the last week, the stock has held up relatively well, falling 2.5% since September 21. Meanwhile, Bristol shares slipped 0.1% to $57.44 in early trading and has declined nearly 11% since September 21.
09:31 EDTGSRe/code to hold a discussion
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09:27 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
09:22 EDTGS, JPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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06:31 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Kristen Stewart upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Buy calling the company a "diversified safe haven" amid volatile times for the sector. Stewart left a recent meeting with management "feeling more confident" that the company will see growth across all divisions, including pharma despite patent expirations. J&J is "flush with cash," giving management opportunities to enhance growth through deals, she tells investors in a research note. Stewart keeps a $110 price target for J&J shares. The stock closed yesterday up 28c to $91.28.
September 28, 2015
15:29 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson volatility at 52-week high
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07:27 EDTJNJFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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06:08 EDTGSComcast NBCUniversal to acquire 51% stake in Universal Studios Japan
Comcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) announced that it has agreed to purchase 51% ownership of Universal Studios Japan in a recapitalization transaction, partnering with the current owners including Goldman Sachs (GS), USJ's CEO Glenn Gumpel, Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners, and U.S. hedge fund Owl Creek Asset Management. Comcast NBCUniversal's purchase price for the majority ownership of the theme park destination is Y183B, or $1.5B. "We are excited to expand our global footprint with this wonderful theme park in Osaka and are excited by the opportunities that lie ahead in Japan and all of Asia," said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast. "This investment represents a huge opportunity and commitment to creating value for our shareholders and continuing to grow internationally." Acquiring majority ownership of Universal Studios Japan continues Comcast NBCUniversal's ongoing investment strategy for it's U.S. parks in Orlando and Hollywood.
September 25, 2015
16:35 EDTGSStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
16:20 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson completes divestiture of SPLENDA brand to Heartland
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13:20 EDTGSGoldman Sachs hires Morgan Stanley trader, Business Insider reports
Goldman Sachs (GS) has hired Adam Savarese, a former trader at Morgan Stanley (MS), as a partner at its debt trading desk, Business Insider reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Savarese will work with partner Tom Tormey, the report says. Reference Link
07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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