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June 17, 2014
12:23 EDTMCRS, ORCL, EW, NFLX, SCTY, TSLA, MDT, COV, ACOROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday after spending the morning fluctuating between narrow losses and marginal gains. The averages are drifting back and forth across the flat line as investors await the conclusion of the Fed's latest rate setting meeting, which kicked off today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.4% in May, which was above the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.2%. Housing starts in the month declined 6.5% to a rate of about 1M and building permits slid 6.4% to a rate of 991K, which were both lower than expected. The Federal Reserve began its FOMC meeting, which will conclude tomorrow. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of register system and hospitality software maker Micros Systems (MCRS) surged 18% higher following a report from Bloomberg that the company is in talks to be acquired by tech giant Oracle (ORCL) for "more than" $5B... Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) advanced nearly 5% after the company announced last night that it has received FDA approval for its SAPIEN XT transcatheter aortic heart valve for the treatment of certain high-risk and inoperable cardiovascular patients. Wells Fargo thinks the broad label and range of sizes approved by the FDA are a positive development for the company, while analysts at Canaccord noted that they view Edwards as an attractive acquisition candidate. Yesterday, CRT Capital said that it believes Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) may signal an increase in sector M&A. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SolarCity (SCTY), which jumped more than 15% after the solar energy system installer agreed to acquire solar panel technology and manufacturing company Silevo for up to $350M dollars. Also rising were shares of another company where Elon Musk is Chairman of the Board, Tesla Motors (TSLA), which rose over 3.5% after New Jersey's assembly approved a bill allowing the company to sell its cars directly in the state and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a direct sales law in the neighboring state. Also higher was Netflix (NFLX), which rose 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock and research firm Pacific Crest issued a positive take on the shares in separate notes to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was executive recruiter Korn/Ferry (KFY), which dropped 3.5% after reporting on results during its just completed quarter and giving guidance for its current quarter. Also lower was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which fell 5.5% after announcing an offering of $300M of convertible senior notes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 9.46, or 0.06%, to 16,790.47, the Nasdaq was up 17.36, or 0.4%, to 4,338.46, and the S&P 500 was up 2.28, or 0.12%, to 1,940.06.
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October 14, 2014
14:03 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval of pacing lead for full-body MRI scans
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10:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTTSLA, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:19 EDTMDTMedtronic begins pivotal study of Predictive Low Glucose Management technology
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08:17 EDTMDTCapricor Therapeutics to acquire certain patent rights from Medtronic
Capricor Therapeutics (CAPR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire patent rights from Medtronic (MDT) relating to the formulation and pump delivery of natriuretic peptides. Capricor recently announced that it plans to develop a clinical program using Cenderitide, a natriuretic peptide, for the treatment of post-acute heart failure.
07:11 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated at 97 into Q3 and outlook
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05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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16:02 EDTTSLAOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
10:58 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility elevated on wide price movement
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09:39 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces positive data from CoreValve ADVANCE DA Study
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09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:03 EDTSCTYSolarCity lowered pricing in California, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says SolarCity lowered its pricing in California, implementing a fixed price of 15c per watt, down from a prior average of 17c. To reflect the change, SolarCity dropped the NPV of its average new residential deployment to $1.75 per watt from $2.19 historically, the firm notes. JPMorgan cut its Retained Value estimates and dropped its price target for SolarCity shares to $74 from $83. The firm believes the price change could be tied to the proposed compression of rate tiers in 2015, allowing the company to address a larger market. It keeps an Overweight rating on SolarCity.
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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07:37 EDTEW, COVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:25 EDTCOVEuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
07:13 EDTMDTBioFlorida to hold a conference
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTTSLATesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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