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January 2, 2013
12:46 EDTMRK, JNJ, UNH, HPQ, CAT, ZIP, CAR, SKUL, LNKDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher at midday after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a deal to avoid some of the tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff, but many of the issues remaining were simply pushed off by the last-second agreement. The stop-gap measure puts off the drastic spending cuts that were due to take effect, but it did not eliminate them, and it failed to raise the debt limit, meaning another political showdown is coming. The days economic data points went largely unnoticed as most investors breathed a sigh of relief and sent the averages soaring right at the opening bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final reading for December's purchasing managers' index came in at 54.0, which was up from 52.8 a month ago and beat expectations for a downward revision to 53.6. The ISM's December manufacturing PMI had a reading of 50.7, versus the expected 50.5, while the prices paid index came in at 55.5, versus the expected 50.8. A separate report showed construction spending fell 0.3% in November, versus an expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Markit's zone-wide PMI edged down to 46.1 in December, compared with its 46.3 preliminary reading and down from 46.2 in November... COMPANY NEWS: Every member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher at midday, with only Merck (MRK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) logging gains of less than 1%. Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Caterpillar (CAT) paced the blue chip index, as each rose over 4%... Reflecting a trend similar to the one seen on the Dow, every S&P sector except for Healthcare was significantly higher... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zipcar (ZIP), which rose 48% following its agreement to be acquired for $12.25 per share in cash by Avis Budget (CAR), which also had its shares rise nearly 5%. Among the noteworthy losers were Skullcandy (SKUL), down 14% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Underperform from Buy, and LinkedIn (LNKD) which fell almost 4% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 224.78, or 1.72%, to 13,328.92; the Nasdaq was up 67.24, or 2.23%, to 3,086.75; and the S&P 500 was up 24.81, or 1.74%, to 1,451.00.
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April 14, 2014
10:02 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTLNKDLinkedIn initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities believes the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn has created an attractive entry point. The firm started shares with an Overweight rating and $240 price target.
06:08 EDTMRKMerck volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:56 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to Hold citing the recent outperformance of shares. The firm keeps a $105 price target for the stock.
April 11, 2014
18:44 EDTJNJJ&J halting development of Botox competitor, WSJ says
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08:00 EDTLNKDLinkedIn remains a favorite large cap name at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says LinkedIn remains one of its favorite long-term large cap names. The firm believes investors are overlooking two new opportunities for the company: the addition of Sales Solutions and the Ad API. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on LinkedIn with a $270 price target.
06:47 EDTLNKDSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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05:22 EDTMRKMerck says Hepatitis C combination therapy shows antiviral activity
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April 10, 2014
17:44 EDTMRKMerck stock could return 20%, Barron's says
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10:44 EDTLNKDStocks with call strike movement; FSLR LNKD
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTMRKActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTMRK, HPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTMRKXencor Merck receives milestone payment from Merck for using XmAb antibody
Xencor (XNCR) announced that the company has received a milestone payment from Merck (MRK), through a subsidiary, triggered by the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for an undisclosed biologic drug candidate that uses Xencor's XmAb antibody engineering intellectual property. Under the terms of the agreement signed in June 2013, Xencor granted Merck a non-exclusive license to certain Xencor patents for use in an undisclosed product, as well as an option to license the same intellectual property for future products. Xencor received an upfront payment and continues to receive annual maintenance fees. Xencor is also eligible to receive milestone payments associated with the successful development of Merck product candidates, as well as royalties on sales of any potential products that may result from this agreement.
08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTHPQIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
05:27 EDTMRKMerck announces data from C-WORTHy study
Merck announced additional data from the ongoing C-WORTHy study, a multi-arm Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of a once-daily, all-oral regimen combining MK-5172, an investigational hepatitis C virus, or HCV, NS3/4A protease inhibitor, and MK-8742, an investigational HCV NS5A replication complex inhibitor, among patients with chronic HCV Genotype 1 infection, or GT1. In an interim analysis of treatment-nave, non-cirrhotic patients administered a 12-week regimen of MK-5172/MK-8742, with and without ribavirin, or RBV, a sustained viral response, or SVR, was observed in 98% of patients administered MK-5172/MK-8742 alone and 94% in those administered MK-5172/MK-8742 plus RBV.
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