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April 12, 2013
06:04 EDTGSK, SSNLF, PFE, AAPL, MSFTOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: With the realization that Microsoft’s (MSFT) new Windows 8 software will not reignite computer sales, attention is shifting to the company's next big effort to regain relevance: Windows Blue, the software project which has yet to formally defined, the Wall Street Journal reports...Of the hundreds of millions of dollars paid each year to compensate physicians for pharmaceutical marketing and research efforts, Pfizer (PFE) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are cutting back. In addition, layoffs of pharmaceutical-sales representatives and patent expirations for big-selling drugs have resulted in fewer sales calls on doctors, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: World shares declined today as investors locked in profits at the end of what was set to be the second best week of the year for stocks, while the dollar held near a four-year high against the yen, Reuters reports...No fewer than three Wall Street analysts this week wrote reports about the possibility of the biggest banks breaking themselves up to increase profitability, signaling that investors may be more willing to embrace an idea that is still toxic to some lawmakers in Washington, Reuters reports..BLOOMBERG: Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) are being beaten on price in the fast-growing Indian smartphone market by a couple of aggressive local competitors, fueled by Indians buying their first smartphone to surf the Internet, which will be accessed by more than 300M people by 2017, Bloomberg reports...Gold swung between gains and declines as it headed for a third weekly drop in London on speculation a strengthening U.S. economy will curb demand for a protection of wealth. Prices are down 7% this year on rising optimism that the U.S. will help lead a global economic recovery, Bloomberg reports.
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May 12, 2015
07:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO says holding talks about Apple Pay with Alibaba, Reuters reports
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06:58 EDTAAPL, SSNLFApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGSKGSK CEO cites 'poor choices' in rivals' M&A deals, Financial Times reports
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May 11, 2015
17:36 EDTPFEAthersys down 10.1% after Pfizer notified that it will terminate agreement
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17:34 EDTPFEAthersys receives notification that Pfizer will terminate agreement
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16:33 EDTPFEPfizer takes minority interest in AM-Pharma, secures option to acquire company
AM-Pharma and Pfizer announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5M for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5M upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury,” said Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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15:54 EDTGSKGlaxo CEO defends strategy, warns of risks of chasing higher prices, FT says
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) CEO Andrew Witty defends the company's shift in focus from high-priced prescription drugs to higher volume, but lower priced, products, warning that chasing ever-higher prices risks undermining the industry and may create "its own tension that leads to some kind of change,” reported Financial Times, citing an interview. Witty acknowledges the company's asset swap with Novartis (NVS) opens the door to a potential break up, but argues there are benefits to keeping pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer goods together and there would be “no logic” in a split at this early time after the Novartis deal, the report added. Reference Link
14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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09:56 EDTAAPL, SSNLFIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
05:58 EDTGSKUNC, GlaxoSmithKline create dedicated HIV Cure center
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05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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