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August 4, 2014
09:14 EDTNE, ESV, DO, HK, INSM, AMGN, HIMX, ZGNX, DHI, TKMR, NNVC, PIKE, RIG, KORSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Pike (PIKE), up 48% after signing a definitive merger agreement under which Court Square Capital Partners and the company's chairman and CEO will acquire the company in a transaction in which each of the company's shareholders will receive $12.00 per share cash... Amgen (AMGN), up 3.5% after the company reported its Phase 3 clinical trial ASPIRE met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival... NanoViricides (NNVC), up 9% after starting anti-ebola virus drug development program. Tekmira (TKMR), which also has an anti-Ebola treatment under development, is up 8.8%... D.R. Horton (DHI), up 2% after Barron's says analyst see the stock reaching $31.00 per share in a year... Himax (HIMX), up 4% after upgraded at Lake Street. LOWER: Michael Kors (KORS), down 3.8% after Q2 guidance miss expectations, company says its sees FY15 gross margins to be down 50 bps... Zogenix (ZGNX), down 7% after resignation of Chief Commercial Officer Scott Shively... Transocean (RIG), down 2.3% after downgraded to Sell at Deutsche Bank. The firm also downgraded Diamond Offshore (DO) and Ensco (ESV) to Sell this morning and lowered its rating on Noble Corp. (NE) to Hold from Buy... Halcon Resources (HK), down 4.8% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Insmed (INSM), down 27% after announcing that, following discussions with European regulatory authorities, it intends to file by the end of 2014 a Marketing Authorization Application with the EMA for Arikayce.
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTINSMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
09:19 EDTKORSMichael Kors margin concerns still overblown, says Buckingham
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09:16 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:25 EDTKORSMichael Kors 11.63M share Spot Secondary priced at $76.75
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07:27 EDTKORSMichael Kors volatility expected to move on offering of 11.63M shares for holder
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06:30 EDTINSMInsmed initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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September 4, 2014
18:28 EDTKORSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:26 EDTKORSMichael Kors offers 11.63M shares for Sportswear Holdings
Michael Kors announced that it has launched a secondary public offering of ordinary shares pursuant to a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 filed with the SEC on behalf of Sportswear Holdings Limited, one of its principal founding shareholders, for the offering of 11.63M ordinary shares, representing all of the ordinary shares held by Sportswear Holdings. Effective as of the closing date of the offering, Lawrence Stroll and Silas Chou will resign from the company’s board. Following their resignation, the company’s board will be comprised of seven directors. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC will act as sole book-running manager for the offering.
16:24 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTNENoble Corp. sees stock currently trading at or below tangible book value
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12:50 EDTNENoble Corp. does not rule out possible MLP structure, will continue evaluation
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12:48 EDTNENoble Corp. considering increased buybacks and possible dividend raise
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12:35 EDTRIGTransocean issues statement on court ruling related to Macondo well incident
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12:34 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after the ECB lowered its benchmark interest rate and took additional measures in an attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. The averages had some early momentum, but found a level about an hour into trading around which they have since traded in a narrow range. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll provider ADP estimated private sector employment increased by 204K jobs in August, which was below the consensus forecast for 215K private sector jobs to have been added. Initial jobless claims rose 4K to 302K in the week ended August 30, which was close to the 300K estimate. The trade deficit narrowed slightly to $40.5B in July, beating expectations for a deficit of $42.5B. Second quarter nonfarm productivity growth was revised lower to 2.3% versus the 2.5% pace reported initially. Unit labor costs were revised down to a decrease of 0.1% from a rise of 0.6% estimated previously. Markit's services PMI for August came in at 59.5, versus a consensus forecast of 58.5. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI for August had a reading of 59.6, easily topping the 57.7 consensus estimate. In Europe, the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut the rate at which it issues short-term loans to banks to 0.05% from 0.15% and lowered its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The ECB also announced plans to buy asset-backed securities, which the central bank's president Mario Draghi said will have a “sizable” impact on its balance sheet without providing further details on the size of the planned purchases. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of oil major BP (BP) trading in New York fell about 6% after a federal judge ruled that the company acted with "gross negligence" in causing the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 that was the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who held a trial without a jury over who was at fault, also found Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) "negligent," but rested much more of the blame on BP, with 67% of the liability assigned to BP, 30% to Transocean and 3% to Halliburton. Afterward, BP said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will immediately appeal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Mattress Firm (MFRM), which rose 12%, and Methode Electronics (MEI), which gained 16%. Also higher was Bolt Technology (BOLT), which surged 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Teledyne Technologies (TDY) for $22.00 per share in cash. Shares of Teledyne advanced nearly 2% following last night's deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Matrix Service (MTRX), which dropped 21% after its earnings for the just completed quarter and its profit forecast for its new fiscal year fell short of analysts' expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ciena (CIEN), which fell over 7%, and Shoe Carnival (SCVL), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 43.83, or 0.26%, to 17,122.11, the Nasdaq was up 15.15, or 0.33%, to 4,587.71, and the S&P 500 was up 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,005.95.
12:20 EDTNENoble Corp. sees change in Brazil government to loosen up rig procurement
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11:09 EDTRIGBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' in spill ruling
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10:44 EDTRIGBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has found BP (BP) "grossly negligent" in its handling of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for nearly three months, Bloomberg reports. Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) were also involved in the case, but the federal judge did not find them as responsible as BP for the spill. BP could face fines of up to $18B for the spill. Reference Link
10:29 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AeroVironment (AVAV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... IAC (IACI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) upgraded at JMP Securities.
10:26 EDTRIGHalliburton, Transocean cleared of gross negligence in spill, Bloomberg reports
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06:25 EDTDHID.R. Horton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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