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April 17, 2012
12:16 EDTDNN, JNJ, ZNGA, FSLR, KO, AMTG, GSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the International Monetary Fund raised its view on U.S. and global growth prospects. Stock futures spurted higher during the pre-market trading session following the IMFís increase in its growth projections. Also helping push the futures upward were positive earnings reports from some of the countryís largest corporations. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The market pared its opening gains during the first 30 minutes of trading but then resumed it march higher and sat near its daily highs near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1.0%. The annual run rate came in at 654,000 units, versus the consensus estimate of 750,000. The number of building permits issued, however, rose 4.5% to 747,000, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7% to 710,000. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at at 78.6%. 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 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: All but one Dow component was higher near noon, led by shares of Coca Cola (KO), which rose 2.7% following its better than expected earnings report. The only Dow decliner was Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations but revenues below the Street's forecast... Goldman Sachs's (GS) stock was nearly flat in spite of earnings and revenue that beat expectations and an increase in its quarterly dividend to 46c from 35c... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were First Solar (FSLR), up nearly 13%, after it announced plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe, and Denison Mines (DNN), up almost 15%, after agreeing to sell its mining assets and operations located in the United States to Energy Fuels. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down 6%, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Zynga (ZNGA), down over 3%, amid reports that its newly acquired Draw Something game has seen its daily active use fall off... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 181.57, or 1.41%, to 13,102.98; the Nasdaq was up 50.58, or 1.69%, to 3,038.98; and the S&P 500 was up 19.24, or 1.40%, to 1,388.81.
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March 24, 2015
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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08:38 EDTDNNDenison Mines announces changes to executive management structure
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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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March 16, 2015
15:04 EDTJNJPharmacyclics says committee recommends unblinding after primary endpoint met
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March 15, 2015
18:04 EDTKODavid Winters says Coca-Cola CEO declined bonus not enough, Reuters says
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March 13, 2015
14:34 EDTJNJU.S. appeals court revives lawsuit over J&J's Benecol assertions
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07:23 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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