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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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April 10, 2014
09:03 EDTGEGE to provide grid modernization solutions to Furnas
GEís Digital Energy business is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro Transmissora/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control equipment to ensure performance and quality for each of the utilityís grid modernization projects. Furnas is one of the biggest utilities in Latin America and is responsible for power transmission in south, southeast and mid west Brazil. These projects, which support the modernization of Brazilís grid, mark GEís entry into Brazilís ANEEL transmission auctions. The auctions were won in December 2013 by TMT, a collaborative utility composed of Furnas and FIP Milao, with Furnas being the largest participant at 49%.
April 9, 2014
09:10 EDTGEWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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07:23 EDTJNJEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson outlook positive into Q1 results, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Johnson & Johnson's Q1 EPS to come in slightly above the consensus estimate, with strength in pharmaceuticals more than offsetting lackluster Medical Devices & Diagnostics growth, according to the firm. Bernstein keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
April 8, 2014
09:07 EDTGEGE Healthcare receives FDA clearance of its Q.Clear technology
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric, announced that it received U.S. FDA 510 clearance of its Q.Clear technology -- technology that can provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality in PET/CT imaging. This is an innovative new tool for clinicians across the entire care continuum including diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and treatment assessment.
08:03 EDTGEGE unit provides $50M loan for Illinois power plant
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07:26 EDTJNJElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTGEPR News to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTVRXDrug deals increase to new high, Bloomberg says
M&A activity in the specialty pharmaceuticals industry has reached a new high after Mallinckrodt (MNK) recently bought Questcor (QCOR) for $5.6B, reported Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis (ACT) to Valeant (VRX) are widening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately increased earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland. Reference Link
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14:09 EDTVRXSun Pharmaceutical agrees to acquire generic drugmaker Ranbaxy
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07:43 EDTFTKIndependent Petroleum Association of America to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTGEBloomberg to hold a summit
The Future of Energy Summit 2014 is being held in New York on April 7-9.
06:59 EDTFTKFlotek sees Q1 revenue to exceed $102M, consensus $106.71M
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06:57 EDTFTKFlotek acquires intellectual property for complex nano-fluid chemistry
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April 4, 2014
08:02 EDTGESam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
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09:30 EDTGEApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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April 2, 2014
08:40 EDTJNJPiper Jaffray to hold booth tours
Booth Tours at SAGES Annual Meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 2-3.
08:32 EDTGEGE gas engine technology to be used by integrated gasified biomass power plant
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07:45 EDTGEGE Healthcare to acquire CHCA Computer Systems, terms not disclosed
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