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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTM, RHHBY, GSK, SNY, ITMN, KING, SEAS, EBAY, AMZN, CSIQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in positive territory despite weaker than expected retail sales figures for July. Oil hit a new 13 month low during the session, suggesting to investors that concerns about the flow of oil from the Middle East are muted despite the turmoil in Iraq and Israel. The market found its level about an hour and a half into trading and the averages moved in a narrow range for the remainder of the session, but the Nasdaq's drift higher managed to add 1% to the index by the time trading closed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales were flat in July, versus an expected 0.2% increase. If auto and gasoline data is removed, the core reading showed an increase of 0.1%, versus the expected 0.4% rise. Business inventories grew 0.4% in June, which was in-line with expectations. In Asia, a measure of new credit in China came in at $44.3B in July, marking its lowest monthly total since October 2008. China's industrial production grew 9.0% year-over-year in the month, versus expectations for 9.2% growth. Japan's second quarter GDP fell an annualized 6.8%, which was slightly better than the expectation for a 7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Macy's (M) declined $3.29, or 5.51%, to $56.47 after the department store operator's second quarter sales and profits missed expectations. Macy's also lowered its fiscal year same-store sales growth forecast to 1.5%-2% from its previous 2.5%-3% view, but said it still expects FY14 earnings per share of $4.40-$4.50... Amazon.com (AMZN) advanced $6.96, or 2.18%, to $326.28 after the company launched "Amazon Local Register," a credit-card device and mobile app to help small business owners accept payments that will go head-to-head with competing systems from Square and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal unit. Additionally, research firm ChannelAdvisor reported that Amazon's July same-store-sales grew 40.4%, an increase compared to June's 34.4% growth rate. Meanwhile, the firm estimated eBay's July same-store-sales grew 9.7%, which was down from June’s 12.3% rate and below the e-commerce growth rate, and its shares slipped 49c, or 0.92%, to $52.94. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Canadian Solar (CSIQ), which rose $6.06, or 24.27%, to $30.13 after the company reported better than expected second quarter results. Also higher was InterMune (ITMN), which jumped $6.57, or 14.44%, to $52.06 after Bloomberg said the company is working with its financial advisers to evaluate takeover bids it has received from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF). Among the noteworthy losers was theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS), which dove $9.25, or 32.86%, to $18.90 after negative media attention contributed to lower than expected second quarter attendance and drove its earnings per share and revenue to miss expectations. Also lower were shares of social video game maker King Digital (KING), which was downgraded by at least five Street research firms and dropped $4.21, or 23.13%, to $13.99 after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and the company lowered its outlook for its fiscal 2014 growth rates. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.26, or 0.55%, to 16,651.80, the Nasdaq gained 44.88, or 1.02%, to 4,434.13, and the S&P 500 added 12.97, or 0.67%, to 1,946.72.
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October 8, 2014
07:19 EDTRHHBYCBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTSNYInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTAMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:11 EDTGSKNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
05:27 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar announces $46M construction, term financing from Manulife
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October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
09:39 EDTMMacy's Q3 revenues tracking to $6.25B vs. consensus $6.392B, says ITG Research
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:54 EDTSNYSanofi says alerted U.S. authorities about allegations of impropriety, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
11:53 EDTCSIQGT issues company specific, solar sell-off unwarranted, says Northland
Northland said it believes GT Advanced's (GTAT) bankruptcy filing is company specific and related to its non-solar opportunities and that the sell-off in other solar industry stocks after this news is unwarranted. Publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). The firm also confirmed that GT is a customer of Ultra Clean (UCTT) and that some of its growth potential with the GT may be muted near-term, but points out that the company required a full prepayment for its prior work with GT.
11:41 EDTCSIQSolar companies sink after GT Advanced declares bankruptcy
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09:25 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: HP (HPQ), up 5% after confirming plans to separate into two companies... CareFusion (CFN), up 24% after Becton Dickinson (BDX) agreed to acquire the company for $58 per share in $12.2B deal. Becton Dickinson shares are up 7% following the news... Chimerix (CMRX), up 7% after announcing announced that brincidofovir has been provided for potential use in patients with Ebola Virus Disease... Conn's (CONN), up 6.5% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... TASER (TASR), up 5% after announces multiple orders of TASER Smart Weapons... Tableau (DATA), up 3.5% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Splunk (SPLK), up 3.9% after upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Unilife (UNIS), up 52% after signing a 15-year commercial supply agreement with Sanofi (SNY). LOWER: RadioShack (RSH), down 5% after confirming definitive agreements to restructure debt... Alcobra (ADHD), down 43% after announcing results from Phase III study of MDX in adult ADHD... Sunesis (SNSS), down 71% after announcing Phase 3 VALOR trial did not meet primary endpoint... H&R Block Bank (HRB), down 5% after deal with BofI (BOFI) not expected to get regulatory approval this year. Tekmira (TKMR), down 8% after downgraded at Leerink.
08:02 EDTSNYUnilife signs 15-year commercial supply agreement with Sanofi
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07:19 EDTSNYLeerink healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Analysts discuss PCSK9 antibodies and evaluate the commercial potential and unmet need on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies Amgen, Sanofi and Regeneron may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call being held on October 6 at 11 am.
07:04 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar updates Japanese pipeline in light of recent suspension
Canadian Solar provided an update on the status of its Japanese pipeline to clarify its position in light of recent announcements by Kyushu Electric Power to temporarily suspend grid connection approval pending evaluation of their respective grid capacity availability. Canadian Solar's late stage utility-scale project pipeline in Japan stood at 405MW as of the end of the second quarter of 2014. During the third quarter of 2014 the company successfully added 85.5MW of new projects to its portfolio, and increased its total late stage project pipeline in Japan to 490.5MW. Approximately 150MW these projects already have full grid connection approval, and are in the construction permitting stage. The company is currently actively evaluating over 200MW of additional projects for acquisition, and maintains its goal to increase its late-stage pipeline in Japan to approximately 550-600MW by the end of 2014. Kyushu has temporarily suspended grid-connection approvals pending an evaluation of its available grid capacity, which it expects to complete by the second quarter of 2015. Projects that have full grid connection approval, are not suspended, and are moving ahead according to plan. Ten of the Company's projects within the Kyushu area representing a total of 95.6 MW have received full grid connection approval. The company expects these ten projects to move ahead according to plan. Only one of the company's projects in the Kyushu area, namely, "Shibushi-Uchinokura" totaling 2.3 MW has not received full grid connection approval, and as a result is affected by the temporary suspension. Canadian Solar has three projects in the Tohoku area totaling 135MW. The Company continues to work with Tohoku to develop these projects, and at this point it expects them to eventually reach approval. These three projects are originally targeted to reach commercial operation in late 2016 or 2017, and therefore allow sufficient time to accommodate the utility's grid capacity study.
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