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May 28, 2014
05:35 EDTNSRGY, VRX, LRLCYNestle creates Nestle Skin Health with acquisition of Valeant assets for $1.4B
Nestlé (NSRGY) announced it would extend its activities to include the field of specialized medical skin treatments through the creation of Nestlé Skin Health S.A. The foundation for the company would be Galderma, the 50/50 joint venture with L'Oreal (LRLCY), which would become fully-owned by Nestlé. Bübchen, the company's existing infant skin care business would be merged into the new entity. The acquisition of Galderma is awaiting final regulatory clearance. Nestlé is announcing it will reinforce Nestlé Skin Health with the acquisition from the Canadian firm Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) of the full rights to commercialize several key aesthetic dermatology products in the U.S. and Canada for $1.4B in cash. The two markets together represent more than half of the fast-growing medical aesthetics market around the world. Galderma already commercializes the products included in this transaction outside those markets. Nestlé is acquiring the full rights to commercialize in the U.S. and Canada Restylane, Perlane and Emervel, products used for corrective facial aesthetic treatments, and Dysport, an aesthetic dermatology treatment. It will also acquire the full rights to Sculptra, a unique treatment for aesthetic and medical uses in the U.S., Canada and many markets around the world.
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July 23, 2014
06:45 EDTVRXLawmakers divided on inversion deals, NY Times says
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July 22, 2014
16:08 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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07:27 EDTVRXAllergan stand alone value now above Valeant offer, says Bernstein
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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
14:54 EDTVRXAckman says not hedged in position in Allergan
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14:49 EDTVRXAckman says afraid Allergan will make all-cash acquisition mistake
Bill Ackman speaking on Bloomberg TV.
14:47 EDTVRXAckman again says Allergan board not willing to engage
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12:42 EDTVRXAckman says Valeant will rise around $10 should Allergan engage
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12:35 EDTVRXAckman calls Allergan restructuring a 'Valeant light' effort
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12:34 EDTVRXAckman says Valeant does not need to raise bid for Allergan
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12:34 EDTVRXAckman says market sees higher chance of Allergan, Valeant merger
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12:10 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:22 EDTVRXAllergan CEO: At the end of the day, it's up to Valeant to say what's going on
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09:10 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
07:15 EDTVRXValeant Allergan contacts Quebec, U.S. regulators regarding Allergan statements
Valeant (VRX) has contacted both the Autorite des marches financiers in Quebec and the SEC regarding Allergan (AGN) apparent attempt to "mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business despite Valeant's public statements correcting such information." The latest statements were made last Friday when Allergan asserted in an SEC filing that Bausch + Lomb's pharmaceutical sales were stagnant or declining. Valeant's decision to contact the authorities also reflects concerns raised by several Canadian Valeant shareholders about comments made about Valeant by Allergan's management during recent meetings with these investors in Canada.
07:09 EDTVRXValeant, Ackman go to SEC over Allergan claims, CNBC reports
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06:34 EDTVRXCapital Research sells nearly all its Allergan stake, WSJ reports
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July 18, 2014
12:51 EDTVRXKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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11:27 EDTVRXSamlyn undecided on support for Valeant bid for Allergan, Dow says
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06:41 EDTNSRGYNestle U.S. chocolate goals curbed by Lindt acquisition, Bloomberg says
Nestle, who usually aims to be first or second in all of its divisions, isn’t even close in the U.S. chocolate candy industry, where the Swiss firm is shut-out by Mars and Hershey (HSY), reported Bloomberg. When Lindt & Spruengli finalizes its acquisition of Russell Stover Candies, Nestle will fall even deeper behind, by ranking fourth in the U.S. Reference Link
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