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April 8, 2013
12:19 EDTVRX, WFT, LUFK, OMPI, FTK, JNJ, BCRX, GEOn 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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June 26, 2015
06:12 EDTGEGeneral Electric to invest in Austrailan windfarm
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06:06 EDTVRXZoetis downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:02 EDTVRXJPMorgan assumes Valeant pays $60/share for Zoetis
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott believes Zoetis (ZTS) would bring "an attractive, durable, cash-pay business" to Valeant's portfolio should a merger occur. The Wall Street Journal last night reported that Valeant has approached Zoetis regarding a potential takeover. Schott sees the deal being minimally accretive to near-term earnings, and assumes Valeant pays $60 per share for Zoetis, or a 20% premium to Wednesday's closing price. The analyst thinks any offer would include a substantial equity component given Valeant's levered balance sheet following the Salix acquisition. Schott keeps an Overweight rating on Valeant and a Neutral rating on Zoetis.
June 25, 2015
16:13 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, WSJ reports
Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis (ZTS), said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The report said it was not clear if Zoetis is open to a sale or what was the company’s reaction to the approach. Zoetis share spiked more than 11% into the close following the report and are up another 1% to $55.95 in after hours trading. Reference Link
15:58 EDTVRXZoetis jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of Valeant approach
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15:57 EDTVRXValeant made preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, DJ reports
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14:27 EDTGECapital One, Apollo, Ares, Ventas bid for GE healthcare lender, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTGECA Technologies appoints Jeff DeMarrais as Chief Communications Officer
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06:15 EDTGEElectrolux CEO to step down 'on his own initiative,' Reuters reports
Electrolux (ELUXY) CEO Keith McLoughlin will step down from the company "on his own initiative," Reuters reports, citing comments from business daily Dagens Industri. Elextrolux says McLoughlin, who moved to the U.S. from Sweden a few years ago, has not yet resigned, but also noted that "all well-run public companies conduct succession planning." According to Dagens Industri, GE Appliances (GE) head Charles Blankenship would be the "top candidate" to succeed McLoughlin. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTGEGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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16:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric reaches preliminary labor agreements with union delegates
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07:19 EDTWFTU.K. panel to decide on first fracking in area since 2011, WSJ reports
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June 23, 2015
13:02 EDTGESumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTVRXValeant and Progenics announces submission of NDA to FDA for RELISTOR
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) and Progenics Pharmaceuticals (PGNX) announced that Valeant submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to the FDA for RELISTOR, or methylnaltrexone bromide, Tablets for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain.
07:25 EDTVRXPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
09:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric and Cascade announce multi-year joint development agreement
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08:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric 2018 EPS should surpass $2, says Bernstein
After meeting with GE's CFO, Bernstein predicts that the company's 2018 EPS will surpass the $2 it says is often cited as a target for the company. The firm says that synergies with Alstom appear to be progressing well, while its gross margin initiatives are also progressing. Bernstein says that GE is making progress on many fronts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:18 EDTGESuppliers worried about Airbus, Boeing production rate hike, Reuters reports
Major engine suppliers, including General Electric (GE) and Safran, are becoming worried that they may lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets from Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) that may prove unsustainable, Reuters reports. Airbus and Boeing have plans to raise production rates of their best selling single aisle planes by 25% to 50-52 a month in 2017-2018, the report says. Suppliers have said that they need to secure the start of a steep rise in output before making a commitment to even loftier targets, the report says. Reference Link
05:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric, unions reach tentative agreement on new contracts
General Electric reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts with national leaders of its two largest unions, the IUE-CWA and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, or UE, after three weeks of negotiations. The agreements are now subject to review by union negotiating committees and ratification by union members. GE’s existing four-year national contracts with the IUE-CWA and the UE expire at midnight. The four-year job packages provide improvements in healthcare, wages, pension and job and income security. The contract provisions will also be extended to additional unions that have local contracts with GE.
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