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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.
News For MON;AGU;MNKD;XLRN;CELG;LQDT;APOL From The Last 14 Days
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February 4, 2016
07:14 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services says difficult to forecast sales as DoD business seen changes
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06:59 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Q1-end registered buyers 2.88M
Reports Q1-end auction participants 561K. Reports Q1 completed transactions 133K.
06:58 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services sees Q2 adjusted EPS (11c)-0c, consensus 3c
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06:57 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services: Q1 dampened by lower commodity prices
The company commented, "Our Q1 results were dampened by lower commodity prices which have adversely affected the pricing and volume of transactions in our DoD and capital assets marketplaces. However, we continue to expand our commercial and municipal government client base as our marketplace and integrated services are highly relevant to organizations seeking to manage total supply chain costs in the current business climate. We also continued to make progress on the design and build of our LiquidityOne platform to provide customers the next generation of cloud based marketplace, analytics and returns management solutions. We are testing our new product and service capabilities with customers and are excited by the initial feedback and the new opportunities we are uncovering to grow our business over the long term."
06:56 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Q1 EPS (17c), consensus (5c)
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06:05 EDTMNKDPiper calls MannKind a penny stock with a mid-cap valuation
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer calls MannKind's business strategy "flawed and desperate" following the company's conference call yesterday to discuss recent developments. The company is trying to appeal to "less sophisticated retail investors," Schimmer tells investors in a research note. MannKind does not have the ability to generate adequate revenue to offset the spending requirements over the next 12 months for Afrezza, the analyst contends. Schimmer sees no reason to own the shares and believes the likelihood that the company declares bankruptcy this year "is not out of the realm of possibility." He calls MannKind a "penny stock company with a mid-cap valuation." The analyst reiterates an Underweight rating on the biopharmaceutical company with a 5c price target. The stock closed yesterday down 1c to 99c.
February 3, 2016
08:57 EDTCELGPullback in biotech makes M&A more attractive, says UBS
UBS analyst Andrew Peters noted the pullback in small and mid-cap biotechs and said a consequence of the lower valuations may be an increased appetite for M&A by the larger firms. Peters noted Gilead (GILD) commented on its earnings call that "there's no question" the pullback has made M&A more attractive. UBS said with valuations so far off their highs, the question remains whether management and boards will accept deals at such depressed levels.
08:06 EDTMONMonsanto announces commercial launch plans for Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans
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February 2, 2016
08:53 EDTCELGPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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February 1, 2016
07:27 EDTXLRNAcceleron coverage assumed with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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08:17 EDTCELGCelgene fundamentals, valuation compelling, says Cantor
Cantor says that Celgene's sell-off was not caused by its results, but by other factors such as currency fluctuations. The firm says that the company's EPs growth remains strong, while its pipeline can enable the company to keep growing over the longer term. The firm continues to expect the company to generate strong cash flow, and it reiterates a $163 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:06 EDTCELGUBS said no change to bullish stance on Celgene
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January 28, 2016
12:20 EDTCELGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
10:42 EDTCELGCelgene 2016 guidance looks beatable, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said Celgene reported strong Q4 growth and he believes its guidance for 2016 product sales growth and EPS both appear "achievable and surpassable", he tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst, who thinks the company still has one of the highest and most sustainable 5+ year growth outlooks as well as an attractive valuation, keeps an Overweight rating and $163 price target on the stock, which is down 4% to $98 in morning trading.
08:09 EDTCELGAlliqua announces partnership with Human Longevity
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07:36 EDTCELGCelgene sees Q1 adjusted EPS $1.27-$1.30, consensus $1.30
07:36 EDTCELGCelgene sees FY16 adjusted EPS $5.50-$5.70, consensus $5.69
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07:31 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.18, consensus $1.22
Reports Q4 revenue $2.56B, consensus $2.54B.
05:43 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; BTU MNKD
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