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February 4, 2014
09:12 EDTARMH, BSX, FURX, ACH, EMR, ZNGA, PSMI, TTWO, PSEC, NUS, ATMI, AEIS, JCP, ENTG, KORSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Michael Kors (KORS), up 21% after Q3 earnings beat expectations, company raises guidance... Furiex (FURX), up 124% after reporting top-line results for its Phase III trials evaluating its irritable bowel syndrome treatment... Zynga (ZNGA), up 7% following upgrade at UBS... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 3.5% after reporting positive Q4 comparable store sales... Nu Skin (NUS), up 2% after Q4 EPS and revenue view top expectations... ATMI (ATMI), up 25% after peer Entegris (ENTG) agrees to acquire company for $34.00 per share. Entegris shares also up 17% after deal announcement, while others in the sector, such as Advanced Energy Industries (AEIS) also rose... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: ARM Holdings (ARMH), down 6.8%... Arch Coal (ACI), down 1.8%. ALSO LOWER: Take-Two (TTWO), down 6% after earnings report, downgrades at Wedbush and Benchmark... Peregrine (PSMI), down 16% after earnings, downgrades at Needham and JPMorgan.
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April 16, 2014
15:39 EDTBSXBoston Scientific CRT-D approval neutral for St. Jude, says Wells Fargo
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April 15, 2014
16:47 EDTBSXBoston Scientific announces FDA approval for defibrillators
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12:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors announces eyewear license with Luxottica
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11:53 EDTBSXVascular Solutions: Injunction against Boston Scientific's Guidezilla vacated
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11:23 EDTENTG, ATMIATMI shareholders approve proposed merger with Entegris
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10:14 EDTARMHHigh option volume stocks: LPNT IWC MSI ARMH ARUN
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09:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors growth story may be showing signs of cracks, Herb Greenberg says
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09:23 EDTBSXBarclays medical supplies/devices analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
10:02 EDTBSXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:28 EDTAEISAdvanced Energy acquires HiTek Power Group
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06:44 EDTBSXBoston Scientific upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Boston Scientific to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares given increased confidence in the pipeline, opportunities to increase margin, valuation, and expectations the FDA will approve the LAA product this year. Price target raised to $16.
06:18 EDTBSXBoston Scientific upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Price target is $16.
April 11, 2014
15:54 EDTNUSNu Skin puts active after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:45 EDTNUSUsana, Nu Skin on lows after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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14:26 EDTJCPCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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13:01 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
12:42 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
06:25 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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