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April 2, 2014
12:33 EDTLQDT, MNKD, CELG, AGU, APOL, XLRN, MONOn 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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May 21, 2015
08:08 EDTCELGAgios Pharmaceuticals to present data at 20th Congress of EHA
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May 20, 2015
19:22 EDTMONMonsanto pursuing 'really clean' Syngenta deal, says offer is 'very attractive'
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09:41 EDTMONSyngenta says Monsanto statement contains nothing new, Bloomberg reports
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07:33 EDTMONMonsanto 'confident in ability' to address regulatory concerns in Syngenta deal
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07:33 EDTMONMonsanto says on track in five-year plan to at least double ongoing EPS by 2019
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07:31 EDTMONMonsanto says on track in five-year plan to at least double ongoing EPS by 2019
07:30 EDTMONMonsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro expand long-standing agreement
Monsanto Company (MON) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) announced the two companies have extended their nearly two-decade long partnership in the lawn and garden consumer market. Since 1999, Scotts Miracle-Gro, through one of its subsidiaries, has served as Monsanto's exclusive agent for the marketing and distribution of Roundup® non-selective herbicides in the consumer lawn and garden market within the United States and select international markets. Today’s agreement will unlock additional value in the Roundup brand in the lawn and garden segment by providing Scotts with an extended license to use the Roundup brand in new lawn and garden product categories and broaden their marketing rights into new geographies. As part of the extension, Monsanto also renewed and expanded the terms of its marketing agreement with Scotts and provided preferred access to Monsanto’s R&D pipeline for lawn and garden. Under the agreement, Scotts will pay Monsanto a one-time upfront payment of $300M in exchange for a Roundup® brand license, extended agency agreement and technology agreement.
07:21 EDTXLRNUBS to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTMONBMO Capital to hold a conference
10th Annual Farm to Market Conference is being held in New York on May 20-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 20 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:06 EDTMONScotts Miracle-Gro announces agreement with Monsanto to extend Roundup brand
Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) announced an agreement with Monsanto (MON) that offers opportunities to extend the Roundup brand into new lawn and garden categories and geographies. The two companies also have reached a technology sharing agreement and have made amendments to the existing Roundup Agency Agreement that provide greater long-term security for ScottsMiracle-Gro. Key highlights to the agreements provide ScottsMiracle-Gro with enhanced security, as termination of the agreement no longer includes specific performance criteria. In the event Monsanto terminates the agreement, in certain circumstances, the company would receive a termination fee of no less than $200M and would retain its agency rights for at least 5 years. ScottsMiracle-Gro has agreed to pay Monsanto $300M in connection with these and other amendments to the current Agency Agreement and the brand extension and joint technology agreements. Financing will be accommodated under the company's existing credit facility. Because the ability to introduce new products and enter new geographies could take several years, the amended agreement modifies the existing commission structure. The result of the new structure is expected to offset financing costs and the expenses required for the development of new Roundup products and services.
May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTMNKDOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
08:17 EDTCELGCelgene says patients experienced clinical remission in Phase II GED-0301 trial
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07:15 EDTMON, AGUGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
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May 18, 2015
08:44 EDTCELGCelgene data positive, says SunTrust
SunTrust believes that data presented for Celgene's GED-0301 in Crohn's indicated that the drug is effective irrespective of baseline disease severity and CRP levels.Consequently, the firm thinks the data addressed questions raised in an NEJM editorial about the drug. It keeps a $141 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
07:31 EDTCELG, XLRNCelgene, Acceleron granted fast track designations for luspatercept
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05:50 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY MNKD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; BlackBerry (BBRY) 55, MannKind (MNKD) 75 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:32 EDTMONSyngenta shares show promise even without Monsanto deal, Barron's says
Shares of Syngenta (SYT) could be "worth a bet" even if Monsanto's (MON) takeover efforts flounder, Barron's contends in its 'International Trader - Europe' column. Barron's notes that the company's cost reduction measures could yield $265M in savings this year, a figure which may jump to $1B by 2018. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
08:51 EDTXLRNAcceleron management to meet with Leerink
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08:23 EDTMNKDJefferies sees 'good interest' in MannKind's Afrezza
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07:26 EDTMONBayer expecting crops and seeds industry consolidation, Reuters reports
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