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June 20, 2014
09:17 EDTOC, CLRX, MACK, DRI, ORCL, ETE, SWHC, KMX, ABBV, TRGP, NGLS, SNY, FDO, SHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Shire (SHPG), up 16% after disclosing it rejected a takeover offer from AbbVie (ABBV). Bloomberg reported that AbbVie may increase its takeover offer following the rejection. Shares of AbbVie are also up 2% following the news... CarMax (KMX), up 16% after Q1 earnings beat analyst's consensus... Family Dollar (FDO), up 2.4% after Carl Icahn sent a letter to CEO urging an immediate sale. LOWER: Oracle (ORCL), down 5% after downgraded at Citigroup following the company's Q4 earnings results... Darden (DRI), down 4% after reporting Q4 earnings... Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK), down 11% after announcing that it has reached an agreement with Sanofi (SNY) to regain worldwide rights to develop and commercialize MM-121... Smith & Wesson (SWHC), down 8% after guidance for Q1, FY15 miss expectations... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), down 9.3% after downgraded at Wunderlich following news that the company's takeover talks with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) ended without a deal. Targa Resources (TRGP), the parent of Targa Resources Partners, is down 9% after the news.. Owens Corning (OC), down 6% after cutting FY14 adjusted EBIT view... Hercules Offshore (HERO), down 6.8% after downgraded at Iberia... AK Steel (AKS), down 4.5% after giving Q2 EPS guidance.
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April 15, 2015
19:03 EDTABBVAbbVie's chronic hepatitis C treatment granted priority review in Japan
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17:24 EDTDRIDarden initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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12:30 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
11:56 EDTSNYSanofi initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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08:36 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises FY15 non-GAAP EPS to 96c-98c from 87c-89c, consensus 77c
Raises FY15 revenue to $546M-$555M from $532M-$536M, consensus $535.53M. The company indicated that orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter have been stronger than originally anticipated and it is therefore increasing its guidance.
08:35 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson raises Q4 non-GAAP EPS to 29c-31c from 39c-41c, consensus 26c
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07:41 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTDRIDarden's Olive Garden unit enters into agreement with Ziosk for tabletop tablets
Olive Garden announced it has entered into an agreement with Ziosk, makers of ordering, entertainment and pay-at-the-table tablets, to begin the introduction of tabletop tablets in all of its restaurants nationwide. Olive Garden has been testing Ziosk in a select number of its restaurants since last year, and the feedback from guests and servers has been positive. Starting in May, Olive Garden will begin a phased rollout of Ziosk tablets into additional restaurants. The program will be supported by robust in-restaurant training to ensure this implementation reaches its full potential of enhancing the overall experience for guests and team members. Olive Garden expects Ziosk tablets to be in all of its 800-plus U.S. locations before the end of the calendar year.
09:17 EDTMACKMerrimack management to meet with Brean Capital
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April 13, 2015
14:07 EDTABBVEarnings Watch: Johnson & Johnson shares down slightly since last earnings
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12:42 EDTORCLFly Watch: Wells says ServiceNow likely to unveil upbeat revenue target
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10:00 EDTOCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Barnes & Noble (BKS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Calgon Carbon (CCC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Compass Diversified (CODI) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Green Bancorp (GNBC) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Hilltop Holdings (HTH) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... ITC Holdings (ITC) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Independent Bank (IBTX) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... LegacyTexas Financial (LTXB) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... MarkWest Energy (MWE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... National Commerce (NCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Southside Bancshares (SBSI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with a Buy at Empire.
10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded on Imbruvica outlook at BMO Capital
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08:15 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson positioned for solid recovery, says Cowen
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08:04 EDTOCOwens Corning initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
07:20 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $288 from $267 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Shire to $288 after lifting its estimates for Lifitegrast in dry eye following the FDA's Priority Review designation. The firm believes the FDA is very likely to approve the application in October of this year, without waiting for the third Phase III study late 2015. It upped its 2020 Lifitegrast forecasts by $600M to $900M and reiterates an Overweight rating on Shire.
07:13 EDTNGLSWells Fargo to hold a conference
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07:02 EDTABBVAbbVie upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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