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June 13, 2014
16:43 EDTHRB, INTC, AAPL, CG, TSN, OPEN, ULTA, DG, SYNA, APO, HSH, IDIX, LULU, FDO, IGT, PPC, PCLN, MRKMarket ends week lower as Iraq fears weigh
Stocks finished the week lower, as fears about the revolution in Iraq and a potential civil war there, along with weak U.S. economic data, dragged down shares. MACRO NEWS: A revolution broke out in Iraq, as rebel fighters conquered a number of major cities in the northern section of the country and advanced towards the capital city of Baghdad. In the U.S., oil prices rose and stocks fell amid fears that a civil war could engulf Iraq, shutting down its sizable oil exports... Three key U.S. economic data points missed expectations, as an index of consumer sentiment, weekly jobless claims, and retail sales for May all missed consensus estimates. On a positive note, China said that its retail sales jumped 12.5% last month, beating market expectations and coming in at the highest level since last December. COMPANY NEWS: M&A deal flow continued to be strong. On Monday, Merck (MRK) agreed to buy Idenix (IDIX), which has developed a treatment for hepatitis C, for $3.85B, or $24.50 per share, which was more than triple the company's closing price on Friday. Tyson Foods (TSN) raised its bid for Hillshire Brands (HSH) to $63 per share in cash, or $8.55B, prompting rival Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) to withdraw its own takeover proposal. Priceline (PCLN) agreed to buy OpenTable (OPEN), which operates on online restaurant reservation platform, for $103 per share, or $2.6B. Synaptics (SYNA) agreed to buy Renesas SP Drivers, which supplies display driver chips for Apple's (AAPL) iPhones. Reuters reported that several companies, including Apollo Global (APO) and Carlyle Group (CG), are looking to buy International Game (IGT), which develops gaming equipment for casinos. Well-known activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he had obtained a significant stake in discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) and subsequently told Fox Business that he may push for a merger between the company and peer Dollar General (DG)... Intel (INTC) raised its Q2 revenue outlook, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs... Yoga apparel maker lululemon (LULU) sank after the company lowered its full-year guidance, while beauty supply store operator Ulta Salon (ULTA) and tax preparer H&R Block (HRB) rose after reporting stronger than expected results. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.88% to 16,775.74, the S&P 500 was down 0.68% to 1,936.16, and the Nasdaq was down 0.25% to 4,310.65.
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June 22, 2015
13:33 EDTAAPLApple iPhone redesign without home button not before 2017, AppleInsider says
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10:46 EDTPCLNAirbnb to hurt Priceline more than Expedia, Deutsche Bank says
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10:00 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Akebia (AKBA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Barracuda Networks (CUDA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... BioLineRx (BLRX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Chemours (CC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... E.W. Scripps (SSP) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... EQT Corporation (EQT) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... EQT GP (EQGP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Leju (LEJU) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Micron (MU) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... People's Utah Bancorp (PUB) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Turquoise Hill (TRQ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTINTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTSYNASynaptics removed from Focus List at JPMorgan
JPMorgan removed Synaptics from its Focus List and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
09:20 EDTIGTInternational Game initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $24.
08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporationís (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:55 EDTCGSotherly Hotels agrees to acquire remaining interest in Crowne Plaza Hollywood
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTPCLNExpedia upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Expedia (EXPE) to Buy citing an improving core business and cost synergies from acquisitions. The firm sees a path for Expedia to reach $200 per share over the next five year. It raised its price target for the stock to $130 from $95. Deutsche coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Priceline (PCLN).
07:17 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
06:02 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QIHU LULU
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
19:55 EDTCGCarlyle Group commits up to $500M to Magna Energy
The Carlyle Group announced that it is committing an equity line up to $500M in Magna Energy, an upstream oil and gas company. Magna is targeting the building of acreage positions in the Indian subcontinent, with the objective of creating a full-cycle oil and gas company through acquisitions and local licensing rounds. Magnaís primary focus will be development and production with a secondary focus on exploration, said Carlyle.
16:32 EDTINTCAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
13:14 EDTMRKMerck shares could return 25%, Barron's says
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