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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTVRTX, DELL, MCD, AIRM, HPQ, IBM, CMG, BX, GEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow, which had lagged behind the other equity indices for much of the session, crossed into positive territory during the final hour of trading. Earnings from McDonald's (MCD), General Electric (GE), and IBM (IBM) weighed on the index, while the Nasdaq and S&P advanced through the session as much of the nation's attention focused on the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., earnings were in focus as little impactful economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: IBM missed expectations on the top and bottom line and the most-heavily weighted stock in the Dow lost $17.15, or 8.28%, to $190.00. However, Citigroup attributed the Q1 miss to deal slippage and said the pullback was a buying opportunity, maintaining its $250 price target on IBM shares... Shares of Dell (DELL) fell 55c, or 3.94%, to $13.40 after private equity firm Blackstone (BX) withdrew its takeover bid for Dell citing concerns over declining PC sales. Dell peer Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) also lost 65c, or 3.22%, to $19.56 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which added $32.49, or 61.45%, to $85.36 after new data from a trial of a cystic fibrosis drug candidate prompted at least two analyst upgrades and a number of increased price targets on the stock. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), up $37.89, or 11.54%, to $366.25 after its first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among noteworthy losers were Dow members General Electric, down 92c, or 4.06%, to $21.75, and McDonald's, down $1.99, or 1.95%, to $99.92, which both slipped after their earnings reports. Also lower was Air Methods (AIRM), down $6.14, or 13.38%, to $39.76 after warning it expects to report losses for its first quarter. INDICES: The Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 14,547.51; the Nasdaq was up 39.70, or 1.25%, to 3,206.06; the S&P 500 was up 13.64, or 0.88%, to 1,555.25.
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May 11, 2015
12:35 EDTGEGE not likely to gain unconditional approval for Alstom deal, Reuters reports
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12:28 EDTGEGE launches cloud foundry ‘Industrial Dojo’
GE Software announced its ‘Industrial Dojo,’ in collaboration with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, to strengthen its efforts to solve the world’s biggest industrial challenges. The Cloud Foundry Dojo program allows software developers to immerse themselves in open source projects to quickly learn the inner workings of the core technology and the unique agile development environment, as well as recommended methodologies for contributing code. GE also announced it will work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop and contribute open source code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation that will route all industrial messaging protocols. By opening this Industrial Dojo, GE Software is enabling developers to better learn industrial intricacies by pairing with experienced developers, thereby greatly reducing the time-to-productivity for those new to a project. Through this program, GE is bolstering its commitment to open source development and Cloud Foundry, and ultimately promoting the next wave of industrial innovation. Also announced, GE will drive, in collaboration with Pivotal, creation of a “TCP Router” to direct non-HTTP protocols and better equip Cloud Foundry to connect industrial machines with IT networks. By donating this innovation to the open source community, GE will enable Cloud Foundry to be used in a variety of industrial applications and use cases.
10:21 EDTGEGE says EU suspends review on Alstom deal, sees probe resuming, Reuters reports
General Electric (GE) said the investigation of its takeover bid for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business was suspended last month by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports. GE says the probe was halted on April 24 to give the regulators time to review additional information, and believes the review will restart this week. Reference Link
08:48 EDTMCDPanera Bread appoints Drew Madsen President effective May 11
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07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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07:40 EDTVRTXFocus on Vertex will shift to pricing after Orkambi FDA meeting, WSJ says
An FDA advisory committee that meets Tuesday to decide whether to recommend approval of Vertex’s Orkambi will be closely watched by health insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers concerned that the experimental cystic-fibrosis drug will be high-priced, said The Wall Street Journal. Vertex hasn’t announced a price, but analyst at JPMorgan predict the drug will have a wholesale price of about $287,000 annually per patient. Publicly traded PBM owners include Catamaran (CTRX), which is being acquired by UnitedHealth (UNH), CVS Health (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX). Reference Link
May 10, 2015
16:46 EDTBXBlackstone says SEC requests information on fee practices, vendor discounts
In a regulatory filing Friday, Blackstone stated, "The SEC has publicly indicated that it is focused on private equity practices regarding fees and other conflicts of interest including the... practice of receiving fees from portfolio companies in connection with termination of monitoring agreements upon the initial public offering or disposition of such companies. The SEC reviewed our monitoring fee practices in 2011-2012 in their regular exam process... In June 2014, we voluntarily modified our monitoring fee practices... including eliminating any such payments beyond the year of sale for full dispositions and limiting payments following IPOs. Recently, the SEC has informally requested additional information about our historical monitoring fee termination practices. The SEC also has asked for additional information about certain pre-2011 practices relating to the application of disparate vendor discounts to Blackstone and to our funds that were changed in 2011 and had also been previously reviewed by the SEC in 2012. We are in discussions with the SEC regarding a potential resolution of these matters."
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
13:29 EDTMCDMcDonald's shares could stall near $97, Barron's says
Despite the company's recent turnaround plan, shares of McDonald's look "ambitiously" priced, Barron's contends in a feature article. Barron's argues that the turnaround plan focuses on bookkeeping details rather than improving the fundamentals of its food business. Reference Link
12:33 EDTGEHoneywell stock could rise 20% in 12 months, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
17:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $2B government contract
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16:36 EDTMCDStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
16:05 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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14:13 EDTVRTXOrkambi questions may make reimbursement talks harder, says Evercore ISI
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10:10 EDTVRTXPiper confident in Vertex getting positive panel vote for Orkambi
Piper Jaffray said the briefing documents posted for next Tuesday's advisory committee meeting on Vertex's Orkambi combo drug did not raise any new or surprise safety concerns and that the efficacy concerns raised do not "hold much water" when compared to the unmet clinic benefit of the drug. The firm said it remains confident in a positive panel vote and approval of the drug by the May 5 PDUFA date and reiterate kits Overweight rating and $146 price target on Vertex shares.
10:03 EDTAIRMHigh option volume stocks
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09:28 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTIBMIBM partnes with Ionic for mobile app development
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08:12 EDTVRTXFDA staff question if Vertex CF drug combo adds benefit over ivacaftor alone
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports April global comparable sales down 0.6%
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