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April 8, 2013
12:19 EDTOMPI, FTK, JNJ, BCRX, GE, VRX, WFT, LUFKOn 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.
News For LUFK;GE;FTK;WFT;BCRX;OMPI;VRX;JNJ From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
19:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric to eliminate Lufkin oil 262 jobs in TX, Reuters says
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August 21, 2015
17:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. Sponsor Finance Business to CPPIB
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16:34 EDTVRXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
09:01 EDTJNJLeerink medical devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Medical Device Analyst Newitter, along with MEDACorp Specialists Dorance Dillon and Terence Farrell, discuss the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently proposed "Comprehensive Care For Joint Replacement Payment Model" and how this model might influence ortho pricing and hospital-vendor relationships on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 24 at 1 pm.
August 20, 2015
18:09 EDTVRXValeant a bargain, poised for growth, Barron's says
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16:48 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:26 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:33 EDTJNJLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTVRXPalatin up 15.18% after Valeant announces plans to buy Sprout for $1B
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08:01 EDTGEGE to provide CESP with 30MW battery energy storage system
GE announced it will provide Coachella Energy Storage Partners with a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of CESP's supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District. Representing GE's largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California's Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the IID network by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black start capability for an adjacent gas turbine. GE will provide CESP with an integrated energy storage solution, configured using GE's Mark* VI plant controls, GE Brilliance MW inverters, GE Prolec transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and advanced lithium ion batteries housed in a GE purpose-built enclosure. The plant will be operated by ZGlobal, an engineering collaborator with CESP, for the first 18 months, after which control will transfer to the IID. The deal marks GE's third project using lithium ion battery technology since expanding its portfolio in recent months. GE anticipates project construction will begin early next year, with commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
07:31 EDTVRXValeant to acquire Sprout Pharma for $1B, plus a share of future profits
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05:50 EDTVRXValeant nears deal to buy Sprout Pharma for $1B, WSJ reports
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August 19, 2015
13:30 EDTWFTOptions with increasing put volume;
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08:05 EDTGEGE Capital unit selected by Bush Hog for financing solutions
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07:38 EDTFTKEnerCom to hold a conference
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August 18, 2015
09:32 EDTGEGE unveils $100M-plus washer investment in Louisville plant
GE announced an investment of $100M-plus in a new top load washer design and expanded manufacturing capability at its laundry plant in Louisville. This marks the largest laundry launch for GE in 20 years and is another example of the company's continued commitment to U.S. manufacturing.
August 17, 2015
08:02 EDTGEGE Healthcare wins FDA approval for low dose CT lung cancer screening
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05:52 EDTWFTStocks with implied volatility movement; XLU WFT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Utilities SPDR (XLU) 16, Weatherford (WFT) 61 according to iVolatility.
August 16, 2015
18:01 EDTVRXSenators question Valeant, Hospira on 'artifically inflated' drug prices
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