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June 24, 2014
16:23 EDTWIX, GOOG, VRTX, WWWW, ICE, MUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower despite reports that showed new home sales rose more than anticipated in May and consumer confidence was higher than expected in June. The S&P managed to hit a new intra-day high early in the session and the Dow crept towards 17,000, but by mid-afternoon the averages weakened as headlines told of Syrian jets firing on Iraq. The potential for an escalation in violence in the Middle East pushed the buyers to the sidelines and put the sellers in firm control into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities for April had its smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, rising 10.8% from the same month of last year. However, a separate report showed that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to a 504K annual rate, beating expectations. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 85.2 in June, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since 2008. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index dipped to 3 in June from 7 in both April and May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) advanced $1.24, or 3.97%, to $32.50 after the company's third quarter profits and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. Following its report and guidance last night, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40, while analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which surged $26.92, or 40.41%, to $93.53 after its combination of drugs designed to treat cystic fibrosis succeeded in improving lung function in a pair of clinical trials. Also higher was Wix.com (WIX), which rose $2.27, or 12.77%, to $20.04 after Google (GOOG) announced it is testing a new domain service and Wells Fargo noted that the search giant is partnering with providers like Wix and others for hosting services. Among the noteworthy losers was Web.com (WWWW), which plunged $6.90, or 19.94%, to $27.70 after Google's domain name market entry. Web.com shares were defended by no less than four Street research firms, with Piper Jaffray saying it believes that concerns about the impact on Web.com are overblown. Also lower was IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), which fell $8.01, or 4.04%, to $190.18 after Wells Fargo downgraded its stock to Market Perform from Outperform, citing high earnings expectations and a lower assumed growth rate for its core energy business. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.13, or 0.7%, to 16,818.13, the Nasdaq dropped 18.32, or 0.42%, to 4,350.36, and the S&P 500 declined 12.63, or 0.64%, to 1,949.98.
News For MU;WWWW;GOOG;ICE;VRTX;WIX From The Last 14 Days
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May 12, 2015
06:53 EDTGOOGGoogle sees India business doubling every year, Economic Times says
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle's Urmson: Self-driving cars not the cause of accidents, Medium reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars in three collisons since September, AP reports
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May 11, 2015
19:05 EDTGOOGFacebook tests in-house search engine, WSJ says
Facebook (FB) is testing a feature within its app that allows users to search for previously-shared links, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson statements. "Weíre piloting a new way to add a link thatís been shared on Facebook," said a company spokesperson. The Journal notes that the feature could give Facebook an information edge over search engine leader Google (GOOG). Reference Link
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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11:03 EDTGOOGLionsgate, Google Play partner on 'The Mad Men Experience'
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09:59 EDTWIXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:59 EDTWWWWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
07:40 EDTVRTXFocus on Vertex will shift to pricing after Orkambi FDA meeting, WSJ says
An FDA advisory committee that meets Tuesday to decide whether to recommend approval of Vertexís Orkambi will be closely watched by health insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers concerned that the experimental cystic-fibrosis drug will be high-priced, said The Wall Street Journal. Vertex hasnít announced a price, but analyst at JPMorgan predict the drug will have a wholesale price of about $287,000 annually per patient. Publicly traded PBM owners include Catamaran (CTRX), which is being acquired by UnitedHealth (UNH), CVS Health (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX). Reference Link
06:52 EDTWIXWix.com initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Target $25.
06:52 EDTWWWWWeb.com upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:11 EDTGOOGStudy: Jet.com has lower prices than Amazon '94% of the time,' WSJ reports
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May 8, 2015
16:05 EDTMUOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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14:13 EDTVRTXOrkambi questions may make reimbursement talks harder, says Evercore ISI
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13:55 EDTGOOGAnalysts say Yelp sale more likely than not
There is a 60% chance that Yelp (YELP) will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche Bank wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, research firm Jefferies contended that Google (GOOG) is the company that is most likely to buy Yelp. WHAT'S NEW: There is a 60% chance that Yelp will be acquired for $59-$85 per share, Deutsche analyst Lloyd Walmsley wrote in a note to investors earlier today. If the company is not acquired, the stock will fall 32% from current levels, the analyst predicted. Given its status as a winner in the local Internet sector, its huge user base and its global presence, Yelp should draw a great deal of interest, the analyst believes. Since its user reviews and community are difficult to replicate, the company should receive a premium from an acquirer, added Walmsley, who raised his price target to $56 from $51 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Google is the most logical acquirer of Yelp, according to Jefferies analyst Brian Pitz, who noted that it had previously tried to buy the company in 2009. Google has been unable to obtain the local reviews that draw consumers to small and medium businesses, according to Pitz. Traditional search engine marketing through Google is too difficult for these businesses, according to the analyst. The biggest hurdle to a takeover of Yelp by Google is the companies' "rocky historic relationship," he believes. The analyst kept a $79 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Yelp could be sold for more than $3.5B, Piper Jaffray said it thought there was a greater than 50% chance of the company being acquired. The firm said the most logical buyers of Yelp are Google, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL), since all three would benefit from further traction in local ads and would gain technological synergies from acquiring Yelp. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Yelp advanced 6.5% to $50.
10:10 EDTVRTXPiper confident in Vertex getting positive panel vote for Orkambi
Piper Jaffray said the briefing documents posted for next Tuesday's advisory committee meeting on Vertex's Orkambi combo drug did not raise any new or surprise safety concerns and that the efficacy concerns raised do not "hold much water" when compared to the unmet clinic benefit of the drug. The firm said it remains confident in a positive panel vote and approval of the drug by the May 5 PDUFA date and reiterate kits Overweight rating and $146 price target on Vertex shares.
09:28 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:12 EDTVRTXFDA staff question if Vertex CF drug combo adds benefit over ivacaftor alone
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07:38 EDTGOOGJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
06:12 EDTGOOGGoogle integrates food ordering into search results for some restaurants
Google (GOOG) says on Google+, "Whether youíre craving deep dish pizza or pad thai, starting today you can order food from some of your favorite restaurants directly from Google search results. When you search for a nearby restaurant on your phone, youíll see an option to 'Place an order' in the search results. Just tap that, choose the delivery service and youíll be taken to their website to complete the order.Initially, youíll be able to order via six providers in the U.S. -- Seamless, Grubhub (GRUB), Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com -- but weíll be looking to add more in the future." Reference Link
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