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April 2, 2014
12:33 EDTMNKD, CELG, AGU, APOL, XLRN, MON, LQDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday after payroll provider ADP estimated that employers added 191K jobs in March. The jobs addition was slightly less than expected, but a figure near 200K still may add confidence that Friday's jobs report from the Department of Labor may be an encouraging one. ECONOMIC EVENTS: ADP estimated that private payrolls increased 191K in March, which fell just short of the 193K consensus estimate. Factory orders grew by 1.6% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2% in the month. COMPANY NEWS: Agribusiness giant Monsanto (MON) rose 1.5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for its just-completed second quarter and confirming its fiscal year profit guidance. Another agricultural products maker, fertilizer producer Agrium (AGU), slid over 2% after warning that the late spring season this year is expected to impact the timing of its wholesale, and to a lesser extent its retail, earnings. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was MannKind (MNKD), which surged more than 77% after an FDA advisory panel voted to recommend its Afrezza inhalation powder to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Also higher was Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which rose 15% after its larger partner Celgene (CELG) reached a deal to raise its stake in Acceleron to 14.8% by acquiring 1.1M Acceleron shares from five current stockholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 11% after RW Baird said the company's high bid for the Non-Rolling Stock portion of the Defense Logistics Agency’s surplus liquidation contract is "quite a bit" higher than it expected. Also lower was Apollo Education (APOL), which fell 8% near noon despite an upgrade of its shares at Wells Fargo after the company's Q2 revenue missed expectations and it also disclosed the receipt of a subpoena by its University of Phoenix unit from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 19.39, or 0.12%, to 16,552.00, the Nasdaq was up 5.39, or 0.13%, to 4,273.43, and the S&P 500 was up 4.81, or 0.26%, to 1,890.33.
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April 24, 2015
10:59 EDTCELGCelgene call activity attributed to vague takeover speculation
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10:22 EDTCELGRumor: Celgene active on vague takeover speculation
Celgene (CELG) shares are active on speculation Bristol-Myers (BMY) may be interested in acquiring the company.
05:47 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; EWT MNKD
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05:39 EDTCELGCelgene announces strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca
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April 23, 2015
17:45 EDTCELGCelgene announces fulfillment of approval requirements for POMALYST
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11:31 EDTAGUAgrium to divest West Sacramento site
Agrium announced that it intends to divest the West Sacramento product upgrade facility and site in 2015. The site has access to tidewater and imports the raw materials to produce UAN solutions for the California market. Over the past two years, the site has produced on average about 200,000 tonnes of nitrogen solution products. The decision to divest the site was made as part of Agrium's portfolio review and any impact on financials are expected to be negligible.
09:20 EDTCELGCelgene patent latest to be challenged by Hayman Capital's Bass
The Coalition For Affordable Drugs, a group linked to Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass, has requested an Inter Partes Review of Claims 1–10 of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,501 held by Celgene (CELG), according to a USPTO filing. The ’501 patent claims methods for delivering a drug, including a teratogenic drug, to a patient while preventing the exposure of a fetus or other contraindicated individuals to the drug. The patent is related to the company's Revlimid drug. BACKGROUND: Previously, the same coalition requested an Inter Partes Review of patents held by Pharmacyclics (PCYC), Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), Shire (SHPG) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ). On January 7, Reuters reported that Bass planned to take "around 15 pharmaceutical companies with a combined market capitalization of $450B" into an Inter Partes Review for extending patents in questionable ways, citing a presentation made by Bass in Oslo. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Celgene are down 0.5% to $114.92 in pre-market trading.
April 22, 2015
12:49 EDTMONEU proposes new law that allows states to ban biotech crops, WSJ reports
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10:02 EDTAGUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:17 EDTAGU, MONAgrium downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
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05:58 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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April 21, 2015
06:03 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MannKind (MNKD) 75, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 52 according to iVolatility.
April 20, 2015
06:06 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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April 15, 2015
17:08 EDTCELGCelgene announces phase 2 Apremilast data
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05:51 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; ZIOP MNKD
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April 13, 2015
09:34 EDTCELGActive equity options trading on open
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05:09 EDTCELGCelgene to purchase 14.35M shares of Mesoblast stock for A$3.82 per share
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April 12, 2015
19:33 EDTCELGCelgene takes stake in Australia's Mesoblast, the Australian says
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