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April 8, 2013
12:19 EDTFTK, JNJ, BCRX, GE, VRX, WFT, LUFK, OMPIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as investors await the start of the latest earnings season, which kicks off unofficially after today's close with Alcoa's (AA) report. The averages all fell into negative ground soon after the open and found a level, from which they have been range-bound ever since. With a very quiet economic calendar today and generally depressed expectations for the earnings seasons, the lackluster trading may extend from here until the close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) agreed to acquire Lufkin (LUFK), which supplies products, technology and services to the oil and gas industry, for $3.3B, or $88.50 per share in cash. Lufkin soared over 37% to trade within 50c of the agreed upon per share price at midday, while some of its peers rose as well, including Flotek (FTK) and Weatherford (WFT), which both advanced over 3%. GE shares, meanwhile, slid 0.4%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BioCryst (BCRX), which rose 22% amid reports of new bird flu infections in China. BioCryst is developing peramivir, an investigational anti-viral agent to treat influenza. Among the noteworthy losers was Obagi Medical (OMPI), which fell 6% after Merz Pharma withdrew its offer to acquire Obagi in the face of a $24 per share competing offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX). Also lower were shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which slid nearly 2% after JPMorgan lowered it rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 51.84, or 0.36%, to 14,513.41; the Nasdaq was down 3.11, or 0.10%, to 3,200.75; and the S&P 500 was down 1.63, or 0.10%, to 1,551.65.
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March 25, 2015
12:58 EDTVRXPershing Square raises stake in Valeant, says will discuss acquisitions
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11:59 EDTVRXPershing Square reports 5.7% stake in Valeant, will continue talks
Pershing Square expects to conduct discussions with Valeant and other relevant parties regarding strategic acquisitions by or joint ventures with the company, or other similar arrangements. These discussions would be exploratory in nature and there is no assurance that they would lead to a definitive transaction.
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 EDTJNJ, VRXContact lens manufacturers accused of price-fixing, Bloomberg says
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11:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric's Intelligent Platforms business awarded contract by Air Force
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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
March 23, 2015
09:03 EDTJNJLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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07:51 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $240 from $185 at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its price target on Valeant to $240 from $185 to reflect the addition of durable assets and the improved growth trajectory its recent deals brings to its U.S. business. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating on Valeant shares.
07:17 EDTVRXAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:06 EDTGEAres Management, GE Capital invests in package supporting KKR acquisition
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06:03 EDTGEU.S. Multi-Industry sector downgraded to Neutral at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Multi-Industry space to Neutral from Overweight saying rising headwinds could limit share upside to mid-single-digit levels in 2015, with only slight improvement in 2016. The firm believes the credit cycle is peaking and views the U.S. Dollar strength along with lower oil prices as headwinds. Concurrent with sector rating change, Barclays downgraded Dover (DOV), Grainger (GWW), Xylem (XYL) and WESCO (WCC) to Equal Weight from Overweight. It also upgraded Tyco (TYC) to Overweight from Equal Weight and Lennox (LII) to Equal Weight from Underweight, calling both defensive names in the space. The firm is also "comfortable" owning General Electric (GE), Honeywell (HON), Sensata (ST) and HD Supply (HDS) at current levels. It prefers waiting for pullbacks to buy shares of 3M (MMM).
March 20, 2015
16:33 EDTVRXStocks end week higher after market reads Fed statement as dovish
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07:19 EDTWFTWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
11:38 EDTGEGE Marine announces Reinauer purchases two diesel engines, gearboxes
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06:10 EDTGEPhilips planning to spin off lighting business in IPO in 1H16, WSJ reports
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March 18, 2015
10:06 EDTGEGE to install water solution during planned outage at Alaska power plant
GE announced it will commission a reverse osmosis mobile water filtration system at the Golden Valley Electric Association coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. The GE system will provide the plant with clean water during a planned outage to upgrade the plant's water treatment system and environmental controls and facilitate the start up of Unit 2. The total power output of the facility once Unit 2 is online will be 80 megawatts. The two-unit station is located approximately 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The GVEA Healy plant will require GE's mobile water filtration system for approximately 90 days while work is being completed.
07:02 EDTGEExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
06:43 EDTGEMarket convinced GE is dead money, Reuters columnist says
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06:36 EDTGEBoeing turns to cargo jets to overcome West coast port disruptions, WSJ says
Boeing (GE) and its suppliers -- including General Electric (GE) -- have turned to using large Ukrainian "Antonov" cargo jets to overcome supply disruptions at U.S. West coast ports, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Boeing Commercial CEO Ray Conner, who said disruptions continued even after the ports reached a deal earlier in March. "We’re still dealing with the congestion of all the things that are stuck in those ports right now," added Conner. A Boeing spokesperson said there had been "no effect" on deliveries to airlines. Reference Link
05:45 EDTVRXSalix downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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