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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFT, SNDK, YUM, DRC, MAT, SIEGY, UNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory, though the averages recaptured most of their losses and the Dow made it briefly into positive territory by mid-morning. Late in the morning reports surfaced of a downed jet on the Russia-Ukraine border and investors moved to the sidelines expecting to hear terrorism was the reason. With speculation bouncing between the potential for an accident and an act of aggression, the market grew weak. Late afternoon reports of a ground invasion of the Gaza strip by Israel coincided with the market taking another leg lower and the averages ended the trading day near their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims dipped 3K to 302K in the week ended July 12. Housing starts dropped 9.3% to a 893K rate in July, while building permits declined 4.2% to a 963K rate. Both were expected to rise to rates over 1M. The Philly Fed manufacturing index climbed 6.1 points to 23.9 in July, beating expectations for it to have dipped to 16.0. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 45c, or 1.02%, to $44.53 after the company announced a plan to simplify its operations, which will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs over the next year. Of that total, over two-thirds will come from positions to be eliminated at the phone business Microsoft recently purchased from Nokia. In an email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia and the broad restructuring, CEO Satya Nadella said the decision to change was "difficult, but necessary" and will result in the company having fewer layers of management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dresser-Rand (DRC), which jumped $7.58, or 12.55%, to $68.00 after Germany's Manager Magazin reported that Siemens (SIEGY) is working with Lazard on a takeover bid for the company. Also higher following its earnings reports was Dow member Unitedhealth (UNH), which rose $1.35, or 1.61%, to $85.11. Shares of SanDisk (SNDK) fell $14.62, or 13.56%, to $93.21 the flash memory manufacturer's third quarter revenue outlook trailed analystsí consensus estimates. Also lower after their earnings reports were Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $5.70, or 6.89%, to $77.01, and Mattel (MAT), which dropped $2.57, or 6.58%, to $36.46. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 161.39, or 0.94%, to 16,976.81, the Nasdaq fell 62.52, or 1.41%, to 4,363.45, and the S&P 500 retreated 23.45, or 1.18%, to 1,958.12.
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September 19, 2014
06:49 EDTUNHGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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06:44 EDTSIEGY, DRCSiemens preparing at least $85/share bid for Dresser-Rand, Bloomberg says
Siemens (SIEGY) is preparing to offer more than $6.5B, or at least $85 per share, for Dresser-Rand (DRC), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the plan. Siemens is looking to offer a competing bid to Sulzer's for Dresser-Rand. Germany's Sulzer confirmed it was in takeover talks with Dresser-Rand on Wednesday. Siemensís supervisory board could vote on whether to submit a formal bid at a September 24 meeting, Bloomberg added, citing a source. Shares of Dresser-Rand closed yesterday up 22c to $73.03. Analysts at William Blair yesterday said the company could be worth in the upper $80's to $100 per share in a takeover.
06:35 EDTSIEGY, DRCReport says Siemens planning Dresser-Rand bid, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
18:46 EDTSIEGYCerner receives regulatory clearance for acquisition of Siemens Health Services
Cerner (CERN) announced the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, in connection with the company's purchase of the assets of Siemens' (SIEGY) health information technology business unit, Siemens Health Services, for $1.3B in cash. The early termination of the HSR waiting period satisfies one of the conditions to the closing of the pending acquisition. The transaction remains subject to other customary closing conditions and is still expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
13:47 EDTYUMPizza Hut opens first restaurant in Africa, plans to open dozens more
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12:44 EDTMSFTMicrosoft laying off 2,100 employees today, company tells CNBC
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft lays off 2,100 employees, Seattle Times reports
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10:05 EDTSIEGYSiemens SOMATOM Scope CT System cleared by FDA
Siemens Healthcare, a unit of Siemens, announced that the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the SOMATOM Scope CT scanner.
10:00 EDTSIEGYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTYUMPizza Hut testing 30% lower calorie pie, USA Today reports
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07:16 EDTDRCDresser-Rand could be worth upper $80s to $100 in deal, says William Blair
William Blair raised its price target for Dresser-Rand shares to $82 from $70 citing increasingly likelihood of a merger transaction after Sulzer confirmed itís in talks to acquire the company. The firm believes a deal, should it occur, could bring upside to its new target. William Blair says its initial accretion analysis for a combined Dresser-Rand and Sulzer yields valuations for Dresser shares in the upper $80's to $100 range. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Dresser closed yesterday up 7%, or $4.93, to $72.81.
06:26 EDTSIEGYSiemens invests undislosed sum in CyActive, WSJ reports
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05:34 EDTMSFTInfosys expands partnership with Microsoft
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05:18 EDTSIEGYSiemens downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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September 17, 2014
15:41 EDTUNHUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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14:43 EDTUNHUnitedHealth to replace WellPoint as Georgia SHBP provider, says Deutsche Bank
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11:28 EDTDRCSulzer confirms talks with Dresser-Rand over potential merger
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11:26 EDTDRCSulzer confirms talks with Dresser-Rand over potential merger
11:19 EDTDRCDresser-Rand, Sulzer said to plan merger, Bloomberg reports
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning new wave of layoffs for this week, ZDNet reports
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