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February 20, 2013
09:25 EDTCHTP, GDOT, SPLS, SODA, MM, BA, TSS, ODP, XRAY, DMD, SINA, NTSP, OMX, GRMNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER M&A NEWS: Netspend (NTSP), up 29.9% after agreeing to be acquired by Total System (TSS) for $16 per share. Peer GreenDot (GDOT) up 4.6% in sympathy... OfficeMax (OMX), up 7.2%, Office Depot up 6.2%, after earnings report appeared to confirm a merger deal, though the New York Times' DealBook said the announcement was made prematurely. Staples (SPLS) up 0.7% following leaked announcement, upgrade to Neutral at Citigroup... ALSO HIGHER: Boeing (BA), up 1.3% after Reuters says company may have found Dreamliner battery fix... Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), up 75% after receiving FDA guidance for Northera NDA resubmission... Demand Media (DMD) up 16.1% after results, company says will explore splitting... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Garmin (GRMN), down 9.5%... Dentsply (XRAY), down 6.7%... Sodastream (SODA), down 4%... ALSO LOWER: Harvest Natural (HNR), down 37.1% after terminating agreement to sell interests in Venezuela, downgrade at Global Hunter... Millennial Media (MM), down 28.8% after results, deal to acquire Metaresolver, downgrade at Morgan Stanley.
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April 13, 2015
16:21 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:26 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
11:28 EDTSPLS, ODPStarboard CEO says Staples, Office Depot merger 'likely to go through'
Says confident the potential merger will pass anti-trust scrutiny. Jeff Smith is speaking on CNBC.
09:38 EDTSINASINA trades lower after Beijing warns on insufficient censorship
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09:20 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
06:29 EDTSINAChina may shut down Sina if censorship doesn't improve, Financial Times says
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April 10, 2015
09:02 EDTBACopa Airlines and Boeing announce airplane order
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08:23 EDTGRMNGarmin may be appealing to value seekers, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says its checks found no signs of a pause in demand for Garmin's (GRMN) products leading up to the release of Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch. The firm suspects that Garmin may be less hurt by the Apple Watch than many believe, and it thinks downside risk from the launch of the Apple Watch has subsided. The firm believes that value seekers could see an opportunity in Garmin, but it keeps a Sector Perform rating on Garmin.
07:09 EDTBABoeing acquires motion imagery processing software maker 2d3 Sensing
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06:38 EDTSINAChina using new weapon to censor Internet content, NY Times says
China has deployed a new weapon in its effort to prevent Chinese citizens from viewing foreign websites of which Beijing does not approve, according to The New York Times. Dubbed The Great Cannon, the new weapon enables the government to intercept foreign web traffic flowing to Chinese websites, inject malicious code, and redirect the traffic, the newspaper stated, adding that the technology could easily be used to spy on all users who obtain content hosted on a Chinese computer. Chinese Internet stocks include Baidu (BIDU), SINA (SINA), Wiebo (WB), and Sohu.com (SOHU). Reference Link
06:22 EDTBADoD enacts stricter rules on research spending by contractors, WSJ says
The Department of Defense is enacting stricter rules on how defense companies can spent $4B of the department's research budget, following a report that explained that much of the budget was used to increase contractors' bids or to develop their own proprietary technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BAE Systems (BAESY), Boeing (BA), General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN) and United Technologies (UTX).
April 9, 2015
18:02 EDTBABoeing awarded $173.5M government contract
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09:18 EDTODPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
08:09 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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April 7, 2015
14:56 EDTBADelta flight with emergency issue lands safely, AirLive.net reports
LaGuardia Delta (DAL) GJS6248 just landed safely, according to AirLive.net, citing Twitter user @News_Executive. Reference Link
14:53 EDTBADelta flight into New York reporting emergency, Breaking911 says
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10:20 EDTBABoeing Q1 deliveries top rival Airbus, Reuters reports
Boeing (BA) last week reported 184 first quarter deliveries, up from 161 a year ago in the same period, while rival Airbus (EADSY) reported that its Q1 deliveries slipped to 134 planes from 141 in the same period of last year, reported Reuters. Airbus also trailed Boeing with net orders for 101 aircraft in Q1, compared to 110 for Boeing, Reuters added. Reference Link
April 6, 2015
09:22 EDTGRMNGarmin trades lower after downgrade
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09:02 EDTTSSBrink's, NetSpend launch Brink's prepaid MasterCard
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06:20 EDTGRMNGarmin downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Jeremy David downgraded Garmin two notches to Sell from Buy saying competitive pressures are likely to stall the growth of the company's GPS fitness watch business. He also thinks revenue trends in Garmin's Outdoor segment could disappoint as the year progresses. David expects Garmin to miss consensus earnings and revenue expectations in Q1 and views the Apple (AAPL) Watch launch as another potential negative catalyst for shares. He cut his price target for the stock to $42 from $68. Shares of the navigation and information device maker closed Thursday down 58c to $46.49 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock Neutral from Buy.
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