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April 17, 2012
16:18 EDTAMTG, SRSL, KO, FSLR, JNJ, WHR, DTSI, GSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher, as a trio of earnings reports and a boost in the IMF's view of global growth prospects powered the market's rise. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading on the strength of positive earnings reports from Coca-Cola (KO), Goldman Sachs (GS), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The domestic economic data, which included fewer than expected housing starts and no increase in industrial production, was overshadowed by increased global and U.S. growth forecasts by the International Monetary Fund. With the earnings season beginning in earnest this week, investors appeared bullish about the prospects for solid numbers this quarter, if today's trading is taken as an indication... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1%, but the number of building permits issued rose 4.5%, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7%. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at 78.6%. In Europe, a German investor confidence survey was better than expected and Spanish benchmark yields eased back below 6%. Also, the International Monetary Fund said it sees world output growing 3.5% in 2012, raising its projection for United States growth to 2.1%. The IMF also said it sees growth in China slowing to 8.2% and real GDP in the euro area contracting in the first half of 2012 but then recovering... COMPANY NEWS: Coca Cola and Goldman Sachs both reported earnings and revenue that beat the Street's expectations, though Coke saw more of a favorable reaction from investors. Coca Cola shares rose 2.08% to $73.95 after its report, while Goldman fell 0.74% to $116.86. Johnson and Johnson also beat consensus for adjusted earnings, but its revenue came in below forecasts. Shares rose 0.38% to $64.22, making it one of the Dow's laggards during a session that saw all 30 stocks in the index post gains... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SRS Labs (SRSL), up $2.53, or 36.88%, to $9.39, after agreeing to be acquired by DTS, Inc. (DTSI) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $9.50 per share, and First Solar (FSLR), up $2.14, or 10.28%, to $22.96, following its announcement of plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down $1.37, or 7.16%, to $17.76, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Whirlpool (WHR), down $3.03, or 4.27%, to $68.00, after the International Trade Commission voted against imposing duties on refrigerators produced in South Korea and Mexico... INDICES: The Dow gained 194.13, or 1.50%, to 13,115.54; the Nasdaq rose 54.42, or 1.82%, to 3,042.82; and the S&P 500 added 21.21, or 1.55%, to 1,390.78.
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March 26, 2015
14:08 EDTKOPepsi regains number two spot from Diet Coke in cola wars, AP says
Pepsi (PEP) regained the number two spot from Diet Coke (KO) in the cola wars. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the number two spot back in 2010, AP reports. Reference Link
08:17 EDTGSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:02 EDTWHRWhirlpool signs three-year agreement with Dan Ryan Builders
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March 25, 2015
07:29 EDTJNJLeerink to hold booth tours
Leerink Booth Tours at AAOS 2015 will be held in Las Vegas on March 25-26.
March 24, 2015
13:24 EDTJNJContact lens manufacturers accused of price-fixing, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTJNJFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee holds a meeting
The Committee discusses pediatric-focused safety reviews, as mandated by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) for Eli Lilly's Cymbalta, Pfizer's Quillivant XR and Revatio, Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal, GlaxoSmithKline's Advair, HFA Altabax Ointment and Fluarix Quadrivalent, Supernus Pharmaceuticals' Oxtellar XR, Teva Pharmaceutical's Qnasl and Roche's Invirase. The Committee will also discuss the safety ongoing propriety of the humanitarian device exemption for the Medtronic Activa Dystonia Therapy and for the Liposorber LA-15 System in a meeting being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on March 24 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:45 EDTGSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTJNJLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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March 20, 2015
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
06:55 EDTFSLRU.S. delegates to work with China on environmental issues, China Daily says
The U.S. government is sending several high-level representatives to China in an effort to advance cooperation on energy, the environment and climate change, China Daily reported yesterday. The two countries signed a major climate change deal in November, the newspaper noted. Publicly traded companies in the solar energy space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO to raise marketing budget, revamp distribution network, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
10:31 EDTKOPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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09:36 EDTKOActive equity options trading on open
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
05:35 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to invest $10M in UK government fund to fight dementia
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