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June 17, 2014
16:27 EDTACOR, SCTY, GWPH, ORCL, CBI, MCRSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in negative territory, thanks in part to worse than expected economic data. The consumer price index came in higher than expected, while housing starts and building permits both came in well below analysts' consensus forecasts. The averages drifted off their opening lows and eventually made it into positive territory, where the market drifted for most of the rest of the day. The volume was light, as investors sat on the sidelines while the Federal Reserve board convened for the central bank's latest rate setting and policy meeting. 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 latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which will conclude tomorrow. COMPANY NEWS: Elon Musk's SolarCity (SCTY) advanced $9.65, or 17.58%, to $64.53 after the solar energy system installer agreed to acquire solar panel technology and manufacturing company Silevo for up to $350M dollars. SolarCity said it sees its manufacturing capacity allowing it to create "the most vertically integrated solar company" with an "industry-leading" cost structure that aims to make solar competitive with grid costs. The company also said it is in talks with the state of New York to build a plant with targeted capacity greater than 1 GW within the next two years, which it says will be "one of the single largest solar panel production plants in the world." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was register system and hospitality software maker Micros Systems (MCRS), which surged $8.62, or 14.94%, to $66.33 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to be acquired by tech giant Oracle (ORCL) for "more than" $5B. Also higher was GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), which jumped $12.57, or 16.27%, to $89.82 after it announced physician reports of efficacy and safety data on 27 children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy who have been treated with GW's investigational cannabidiol product candidate, Epidiolex, for a period of 12 weeks. Among the noteworthy losers was Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), which fell $5.32, or 7.23%, to $68.26 after research firm Prescience Point alleged that the company has used "creative acquisition accounting" to conceal its losses and placed a Strong Sell rating on the shares. Also lower were shares of Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which fell $3.16, or 8.96%, to $32.12 after announcing an offering of $300M of convertible senior notes. INDEXES: The Dow was up 27.48, or 0.16%, to 16,808.49, the Nasdaq was up 16.13, or 0.37%, to 4,337.23, and the S&P 500 was up 4.21, or 0.22%, to 1,941.99.
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November 20, 2015
06:01 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals selloff yesterday an overreaction, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer says shares of GW Pharmaceuticals sold off yesterday in response to an abstract posted for the American Epilepsy Society conference in December describing a single center's experience with Epidiolex for seizures. The results support the drug's potent activity in Dravet syndrome, but some investors have concern with the drop-out rate due to inactivity and the lower response rate compared to what has otherwise been described for Epidiolex, Schimmer told investors last night in a research note titled "Over-Reacting To A Tree When The Forest Remains In Good Shape." The dropout rate is likely a result of the center's "highly questionable" practice of stopping drug if seizure reduction doesn't reach 50%, while the lower response rate at one site shouldn't detract from a "much bigger, robust clinical experience spanning multiple centers," Schimmer argues. He reiterates an Overweight rating on GW with a $147 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $5.42 to $82.30.
November 19, 2015
15:33 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals drops 10% after epilepsy study abstract posted
The conclusion of the abstract, posted to the the site of the American Epilepsy Society, stated: "Add-on pure CBD was associated with more than 50% seizure reduction in one-third of patients at 3 months...Best results were obtained in patients with Dravet syndrome, although one experienced a severe increase in seizure frequency."
15:31 EDTGWPHAbstract for GW Pharmaceuticals epilepsys study posted to AES site
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November 18, 2015
14:05 EDTORCLOracle continues to believe Cloud will become bigger part of software offering
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10:29 EDTORCLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: TERP CSC SGMS RH BBRY ULTA SNDK ORCL NKE VNET
08:11 EDTSCTYMusk, Silver Lake investing over $100M in SolarCity, NY Times reports
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07:43 EDTACORJefferies to hold a conference
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November 17, 2015
13:29 EDTSCTYSunEdison selloff continues, shares down 23%
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) continue to be weak and are down 23% to $3.49 in afternoon trading. Dan Loeb's Third Point last night disclosed it no longer owns the stock while David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital disclosed a reduced stake. Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah lowered his price target for SunEdison this morning to $16 saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors. SunEdison's solar peers are also weak, with SunPower (SPWR), First Solar (FSLR) and SolarCity (SCTY) all in the red.
November 16, 2015
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Cempra (CEMP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded on improved growth outlook at BMO Capital... MiMedx (MDXG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... New York REIT (NYRT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Semtech (SMTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Tullow Oil (TUWOY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Wabtec (WAB) upgraded to Outperform on valuatoin at Raymond James.
09:53 EDTORCLOracle rallies, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
07:36 EDTCBIBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:24 EDTACORSalomon to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Oracle to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $47 from $45 on shares following checks that indicate cloud revenue growth will accelerate in second half 2016. Analyst Heather Bellini said investors continue to have concerns about management's cloud guidance but field work provides increasing confidence Oracle will be successful in achieving 2016 bookings targets and expects management to guide towards accelerating revenue growth and gross margin expansion in 2017. Bellini sees 2016 as a bottom in non-GAAP operating margins and expects the Street's focus to shift towards cloud execution, leading to multiple expansion.
07:16 EDTGWPHHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
November 13, 2015
16:40 EDTCBIAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:50 EDTSCTYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTSCTY, CBIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AECOM (ACM) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) initiated with a Buy at Citi... First Data (FDC) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Fluor (FLR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Glu Mobile (GLUU) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Harman (HAR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Highwoods Properties (HIW) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Himax (HIMX) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... KBR (KBR) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... MasTec (MTZ) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Momenta (MNTA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Outerwall (OUTR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Quanta Services (PWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Tobira Therapeutics (TBRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
08:27 EDTSCTYSolarCity initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:18 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron initiated with a Buy at Citi
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