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April 2, 2014
12:33 EDTMON, AGU, MNKD, XLRN, CELG, LQDT, APOLOn 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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October 17, 2014
13:18 EDTCELGLeerink's biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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October 16, 2014
15:10 EDTCELGAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
14:13 EDTAGU, MONU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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October 15, 2014
10:57 EDTXLRNAcceleron to host educational webcast
Educational webcast on Beta-thalassemia will be held on October 17 at 12:30 pm. Webcast Link
10:52 EDTXLRNAcceleron management to meet with FBR Capital
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07:07 EDTAPOLFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
October 14, 2014
07:33 EDTXLRNAcceleron initiates ACE-083 Phase 1 clinical trial
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October 13, 2014
07:45 EDTMONU.S. chemical company declines an overreaction to macro outlook, says UBS
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTMONGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
12:05 EDTAGU, MONUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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08:41 EDTCELGCelgene reports apremilast significantly improved preexisting psoriasis in study
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08:39 EDTCELGCelgene says data show Apremilast treatment resulted in improved quality of life
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October 9, 2014
12:46 EDTAPOLDoE policy changes a negative for select Education stocks, says Deutsche Bank
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October 8, 2014
08:29 EDTMONMonsanto targets at least double ongoing EPS by FY19
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08:08 EDTMONMonsanto sees Q1 earnings roughly half last year, FY15 growth concentrated in Q3
Monsanto said, "As its business has expanded globally over the past several years, the company has seen its earnings flow evolve between quarters. This trend continues in FY15 as the company anticipates an overall shift in its full-year earnings pattern, as several structural factors result in a full-year earnings flow with a smaller first quarter and a concentration of growth in the third quarter. With macro conditions resulting in lower planted acres for key regions in both corn and cotton in the quarter, combined with a timing shift as the company moves more of its Agricultural Productivity business to branded-product sales, Monsanto expects its first quarter will be roughly half of the total earnings from the first quarter of 2014. Beyond the first quarter, the biggest first half timing effect relates to the evolution in its Channel seed brand business model that is expected to shift business timing from the first and second quarters to the third quarter. The company expects second quarter earnings to be relatively flat year-over-year with a significant uptick in third quarter earnings reflecting the timing shifts and business growth in its largest markets. The earnings flow is punctuated by a fourth quarter that is expected to be break-even to positive year-over-year on an absolute basis."
08:06 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 Seeds and Genomics sales $1.376B
Reports Q4 Agricultural Productivity sales $1.254B. Hugh Grant, chairman and CEO for Monsanto, said, “In an industry that’s particularly near-term focused right now, there are few companies as well positioned to deliver strong growth today while significantly increasing investments to enable the continued delivery of a broad range of innovative solutions for tomorrow.”
08:04 EDTMONMonsanto sees FY15 EPS $5.75-$6.00, consensus $6.03
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08:02 EDTMONMonsanto reports Q4 ongoing EPS (27c), consensus (24c)
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07:11 EDTCELGEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
05:53 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD AFSI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; MannKind (MNKD) 85, AmTrust Financial (AFSI) 68 according to iVolatility.
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