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January 23, 2014
09:23 EDTSILC, VLO, LLY, ARIA, LUV, NFLX, LOGI, PCP, PSTI, AEO, LMT, UAL, CIE, ZHNE, INO, UNP, MCD, EBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 17%... Southwest Airlines (LUV), up 2.3%... Union Pacific (UNP), up 2%... Silicom (SILC), up 31%... Logitech (LOGI), up 16%... Lockheed Martin (LMT), up 1%... ALSO HIGHER: eBay (EBAY), up 2% after reporting earnings and guidance and also announcing it received a proposal from Carl Icahn regarding a spin-off of its PayPal unit... ARIAD (ARIA), up 10.6% after Daily Mail said Eli Lilly (LLY) approached the company about a possible deal... Inovio (INO), up 6.5% after announcing new immune activator... Pluristemae (PSTI), up 2.6% after receiving PEI approval for scaled-up 3D manufacturing... Valero (VLO), up 3% after giving Q4 guidance... Cobalt (CIE), up 4.6% after announcing first syn-rift discovery in deepwater Angola. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: United Continental (UAL), up 2.9%... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.2%... Zhone (ZHNE), down 20%... Precision Castparts (PCP), down 2.5%. ALSO LOWER: American Eagle (AEO), down 6.4% after the company announced CEO Robert Hanson is leaving the company, to be replaced in interim by Jay Schottenstein.
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February 18, 2015
05:17 EDTPSTIPluristem Therapeutics reports 'significant' findings in NIH trial of PLX-R18
Pluristem Therapeutics announced the positive results of a recently completed trial conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, or NIH, to evaluate PLX-R18 cells to treat bone marrow damaged by exposure to high levels of radiation, such as can occur after a nuclear disaster. Injection of PLX-R18 cells into muscle, as compared to a placebo, resulted in a statistically significant improvement in the recovery of white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet levels in animals exposed to high levels of radiation. The data also suggested that the treatment may potentially be able to shorten time to recovery. High levels of radiation can destroy the body's ability to produce these three blood lineages, and rapidly regaining that capacity is a key factor in surviving the hematologic component of acute radiation syndrome, or ARS, a condition caused by high-dose irradiation that can involve severe, sometimes lethal damage to the bone marrow as well as other physiologic systems and organs. The objective of this latest trial was to investigate the mechanism of action behind the significant improvement in survival in irradiated mice treated with PLX-R18 that was demonstrated in the NIH's first efficacy study. The results of the current study indicate that intramuscular administration exerts a systemic healing effect on bone marrow, lending further support to the concept that Pluristem's cells work systemically via secretion of therapeutic proteins, although the cells themselves remain in the muscle into which they were initially injected. While additional animal trials are needed prior to FDA approval of PLX-R18 for use in ARS, no human trials would be required because product development is conducted under the FDA's Animal Rule.
February 17, 2015
17:29 EDTPCPBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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17:13 EDTVLOPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:06 EDTEBAYIcahn gives quarterly update on stakes, takes new stake in Manitowoc
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17:02 EDTUALSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:18 EDTUALOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:25 EDTSILCSilicom announces design win with cybersecurity company
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07:24 EDTUAL, MCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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February 15, 2015
15:35 EDTUNPWest coast ports closed to cargo vessels for weekend, Reuters says
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February 13, 2015
18:47 EDTUALUnited Continental to eliminate approximately 1,150 jobs, Reuters says
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18:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's holder CtW Investment Group seeks board changes, WSJ reports
McDonald's shareholder CtW Investment Group is seeking a “robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
17:52 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:35 EDTMCDS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
10:00 EDTVLOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ametek (AME) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Cytokinetics (CYTK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Great-West Lifeco (GWLIF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Medical Properties upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Microchip (MCHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stage Stores (SSI) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Watsco (WSO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:21 EDTARIAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cytokinetics (CYTK), up 15.6%... King Digital (KING), up 22.2%... Cyberark Software (CYBR), up 19.2%... Web.com (WWWW), up 4%... CBS (CBS), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10.9% following a New York Post report that the company is exploring a sale. Carlyle Group (CG), which owns Freescale, along with Blackstone (BX), is up 1.5%. Blackstone is up fractionally... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.4% following a Bloomberg report that the company is seeking a buyer for assets in North Dakota... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 5.7% following a CNBC report that Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Knowles (KN), down 20.3%... Zynga (ZNGA). down 12.4%... J.M. Smucker (SJM), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Magnachip Semiconductor (MX), down 51.7% after restating financial results... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 7.6% after 20M share Secondary priced at $3.75.
08:19 EDTMCD, LLYAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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08:13 EDTARIASarissa reportedly seeks CEO change at Ariad, CNBC says
Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad Pharmaceuticals' CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger and could begin a proxy fight during the "next few weeks," reports CNBC, citing a person familiar with the hedge fund's plans. New director proposals are due February 25 and Sarissa may not opt for a proxy fight if an agreement can be reached. Reference Link
07:41 EDTMCDGlenview buys small stake in McDonald’s, suggests real estate sale, WSJ says
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05:30 EDTVLOTesoro downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman
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05:26 EDTVLOValero upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Valero to Conviction Buy citing the company's "compelling: turnaround story. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $69 from $61. The firm coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Tesoro (TSO) to Neutral from Conviction Buy.
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