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June 17, 2014
12:23 EDTCOV, SCTY, ORCL, MDT, NFLX, MCRS, ACOR, TSLA, EWOn 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.
News For MCRS;ORCL;EW;NFLX;SCTY;TSLA;MDT;COV;ACOR From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 22, Netflix (NFLX) 30 according to iVolatility.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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15:21 EDTSCTYSunPower turns negative following SolarCity segment on FBN
Shares of SunPower (SPWR) briefly spiked in afternoon trading after Liz Claman of Fox Business News stated earlier on her Twitter feed: "The sun attracts billionaires! @SunPower has @WarrenBuffett investing, @solarcity has @elonmusk in." Claman appeared to have been referring to Buffett's prior investment in SunPower's 579-megawatt Solar Star development, not a new investment in its stock. The anchor spoke with SolarCity (SCTY) CEO Lyndon Rive on the network and none of the discussion focused on new events regarding Buffett or SunPower, which is now down 1% in afternoon trading near $27.24.
15:16 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:03 EDTSCTYWarren Buffett investing in SunPower, FBN's Claman reports
Fox Business News' Liz Claman stated earlier on her Twitter feed: "The sun attracts billionaires! @SunPower has @WarrenBuffett investing, @solarcity has @elonmusk in." Reference Link
14:17 EDTTSLAFord wants to make electric vehicles for the masses, Yahoo reports
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09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
08:57 EDTMDTMedtronic volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Medtronic November call option implied volatility is at 28, December is at 21, January is at 19, February is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 18.
November 16, 2014
14:08 EDTMDTDaVita announces collaboration with Medtronic
DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA) and leading provider of kidney care services, announced a collaboration with Medtronic (MDT) to better understand cardiovascular health in end stage renal disease, ESRD patients. The collaboration will focus on developing a pilot program using Medtronic's Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitoring system to identify cardiac arrhythmias in patients receiving dialysis. "Medtronic recently announced data at the American Society of Nephrology meeting that showed a higher incidence of arrhythmias in patients receiving hemodialysis," said Ven Manda, vice president, Renal Care Solutions at Medtronic. "We are pleased to pursue this collaboration with DaVita to monitor more patients and gather additional data that will further our understanding of the relationship between dialysis and cardiac events in ESRD patients." "Given the high incidence rate of cardiovascular disease and events in ESRD patients, we believe that by collaborating with Medtronic, we can gain knowledge to help improve the lives of ESRD patients," said Mahesh Krishnan, vice president for clinical innovation and public policy for DaVita HealthCare Partners. "Through the collaboration we expect to utilize innovative monitoring technology and data from our DaVita Kidney Care information systems across the country. This effort is poised to improve the lives of patients by proactively detecting and preventing cardiac complications."
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTCOVPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTNFLXSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTNFLXIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTTSLA, NFLXOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:36 EDTTSLACLSA automotive analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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12:43 EDTCOV, MDTMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, WSJ reports
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11:50 EDTMDT, COVMedtronic readying $10B bond sale for Covidien deal, Dow reports
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11:37 EDTNFLXNetflix shuts down public API today, Gigaom reports
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09:38 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading
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06:19 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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06:12 EDTORCLSAP to pay Oracle $359M to settle legal battle, WSJ reports
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