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October 29, 2014
10:20 EDTSNYHigh option volume stocks
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10:17 EDTJNJGilead retreats after Hepatitis C drug sales miss expectations
Shares of drug maker Gilead (GILD) are falling after the company last night announced lower than expected third quarter profits and reported sales of its Hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, that came in below expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Gilead reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.84, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.92. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. Gilead said its Sovaldi drug had generated $2.8B of sales last quarter. On average, analysts had expected sales of the drug to come in at $2.93B. Sales of Sovaldi dropped 20% in Q3 versus Q2. However, the company said on its earnings conference call that the launch of its new Hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, was off to a strong start. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Bernstein analyst Geoffrey Porges wrote that Gilead's Q3 revenue and EPS were reduced by one-time events. Its EPS would have easily beaten expectations if the company did not have to pay one-time taxes related to the Affordable Care Act, Porges stated. The lower than expected Sovaldi sales were caused by a variety of factors, including anticipation of the Harvoni launch, the analyst believes. The challenges facing Sovaldi should not affect Harvoni's performance in Q4 and 2015, added Porges, who remains very upbeat on the company's overall Hepatitis C franchise for the near to medium term. He kept a $130 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Analysts at UBS also remained positive on Gilead, writing that the company had a good quarter with its HIV franchise that resulted in a top-line beat despite the lower than expected Sovaldi sales. The firm said it remains bullish on the Harvoni launch and sees potential upside to estimates. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Gilead shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other pharmaceutical companies offering and developing Hepatitis C treatments include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Abbvie (ABBV). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Gilead fell 2% to $111.25.
10:00 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTABTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ahold (AHONY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alere (ALR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Ambev (ABEV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... HCC Insurance (HCC) upgraded at Raymond James... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Jamba (JMBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Midway Gold (MDW) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:31 EDTABTAbbott acquires Topera
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09:19 EDTSNYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
08:31 EDTPFEPfizer publishes PRISTIQ clinical study
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08:22 EDTMRKMerck weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
After Merck's stock fell 2.6% over the past quarter, Argus is upbeat on the company's Phase III pipeline and finds the stock's dividend attractive. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:55 EDTABTAbbott upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:00 EDTSNYSanofi downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:29 EDTSNYSanofi downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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05:28 EDTSNYSanofi downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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05:28 EDTSNYSanofi downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Sanofi to Hold following the company's Q3 results.
05:27 EDTSNYSanofi board removes Christopher Viehbacher as CEO
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October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohlís (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operatorís outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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14:10 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline liquidates passive stake in Amicus Therapeutics
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13:09 EDTJNJOptions with increasing implied volatility
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12:57 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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