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June 20, 2014
16:20 EDTETE, FLML, ORCL, NGLS, ABBV, TRGP, DRI, SHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a quiet open and remained that way throughout the session. The averages moved in a narrow range but drifted mostly in positive territory, allowing the Dow and S&P 500 to close the week at all-time highs. The Nasdaq also notched a gain, despite being weighed on by shares of Oracle (ORCL), which slid after reporting earnings below Wall Street estimates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software provider Oracle sunk $1.69, or 3.98%, to $40.82 after the company’s fourth quarter results trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. Citigroup downgraded Oracle to Neutral from Buy citing weak license growth and "relatively aggressive" Q1 targets following the company's Q4 results... Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York rose $31.18, or 16.26%, to $222.89 after the company confirmed it rejected a takeover offer from AbbVie (ABBV). Abbvie, which has tried unsuccessfully three times to strike a deal to buy the Ireland-based drugmaker, is considering raising its offer for Shire a fourth time, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was car retailer CarMax (KMX), which surged $7.47, or 16.5%, to $52.75 after the company reported first quarter results that beat expectations. Also higher were shares of Flamel Technologies (FLML), which rose $2.40, or 18.79%, to $15.17 after the FDA changed its drug shortage website and now lists Flamel's Bloxiverz as the "first and only" approved neostigmine. Analysts at Summer Street believe the change could be a "hugely significant" milestone for Flamel and may mean that the FDA could be taking action to remove unapproved neostigmines offered by other companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), which fell $11.44, or 14.03%, to $70.11 after announcing last night that its takeover talks with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) ended without a deal and the stock was downgraded at Wunderlich following the news. Shares of Targa Resources Partners and its parent, Targa Resources (TRGP), had spiked late in yesterday's session after Bloomberg reported that Energy Transfer was near a deal to buy them. Also lower was restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which dropped $1.94, or 3.92%, to $47.58 after stating that same-store sales at its Olive Garden restaurants had declined 3.5% last quarter and reporting earnings that disappointed. INDEXES: The Dow rose 25.62, or 0.15%, to 16,947.08, the Nasdaq advanced 8.71, or 0.2%, to 4,368.04, and the S&P 500 gained 3.39, or 0.17%, to 1,962.87.
News For ORCL;SHPG;ABBV;FLML;DRI;NGLS;ETE;TRGP From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
07:05 EDTSHPGShire acquires Meritage Pharma
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:53 EDTSHPGAnalysts debate potential for competing Salix takeover bid
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12:29 EDTSHPGPTC Therapeutics exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
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11:51 EDTDRIOpco reiterates Darden as a top idea after CEO news
Oppenheimer reiterates Darden as a top idea after the company removed the temporary status of CEO Gene Lee. Opco views the development as an incremental positive and reiterates an Outperform rating on the name.
11:19 EDTABBVEnanta announces JAMA publication of AbbVie VIEKIRA PAK study results
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11:04 EDTABBVAbbVie reports VIEKIRA PAK HPV/HIV co-infection study results published
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08:12 EDTDRIDarden board appoints Eugene Lee to CEO effective immediately
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07:55 EDTSHPGJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
February 22, 2015
18:04 EDTSHPGShire completes acquisition of NPS Pharma
Shire (SHPG) announces the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) and the subsequent acquisition of NPS Pharma.The tender offer expired at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Friday, February 20, and was not extended. As of the expiration of the tender offer, a total of approximately 88,869,118 common shares of NPS Pharma had been validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, representing approximately 81.7% of the outstanding common shares of NPS Pharma. All shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer were accepted for payment. After the acceptance of shares that were validly tendered and not withdrawn pursuant to the tender offer, Shire completed the acquisition of NPS Pharma today through a merger of one of Shire's subsidiaries with and into NPS Pharma. In connection with the merger, all common shares of NPS Pharma that were not accepted for payment in the tender offer (excluding any shares held by NPS Pharma as treasury stock (other than any shares held in an NPS Pharma benefit plan) and any shares with respect to which the holders have properly demanded appraisal rights in accordance with Delaware law) were converted into the right to receive $46.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price that will be paid for shares accepted for payment in the tender offer. Following completion of the merger, NPS Pharma became a wholly owned subsidiary of Shire and NPS Pharma's shares ceased to be traded on NASDAQ.
15:59 EDTSHPGValeant to buy Salix for $10.1B, FT says
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February 20, 2015
11:46 EDTTRGP, NGLSTarga Resources shareholders approve share issuance in merger with Atlas Energy
Targa Resources (TRGP) announced that the stockholders of the company approved at a special meeting of stockholders held today the issuance of shares of common stock of the company in connection with the company's proposed merger with Atlas Energy, L.P. (ATLS). Approximately 76.15% of the shares of the company's common stock that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the share issuance, and approximately 91.50% of the shares of the company's common stock that were voted approved the share issuance. A special meeting of ATLS unitholders was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger. Approximately 52.83% of the common units of ATLS that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22, 2015 approved the merger agreement in connection with the ATLS Merger, and approximately 99.28% of the common units of ATLS that were voted approved the ATLS Merger Agreement. A special meeting of unitholders of Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (APL) was also held to approve the merger agreement in connection with Targa Resources Partners LP's (NGLS) proposed merger with APL. Approximately 54.84% of the common units of APL that were outstanding as of the record date of January 22 approved the merger agreement in connection with the APL Merger, and approximately 98.21% of the common units of APL that were voted approved the APL Merger Agreement. The approvals by the shareholders of the Company and the unitholders of ATLS and APL described above satisfy three of the conditions required to finalize the Atlas Mergers. The consummation of the Atlas Mergers is still subject to certain other conditions, including the previously announced spin-off by ATLS of its non-midstream assets. Each of the Transactions is contingent on one another, and the Transactions are expected to close concurrently on February 27.
11:38 EDTNGLS, TRGPAtlas Energy, Atlas Pipeline approve mergers with Targa, Targa Partners
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10:33 EDTABBVBattleground update: AbbVie named top global pick at Jefferies
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07:23 EDTABBVAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTSHPGAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
12:13 EDTABBVAbbVie increases quarterly dividend 4% to 51c per share
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11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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05:11 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity announces $2B share buyback program
ETE’s board has approved a $2B common unit buyback program, which is intended to be used opportunistically and will be utilized and sequenced from time to time depending on the trading price activity and performance of ETE’s common units.
05:09 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity reports Q4 continuing operations EPS 21c, consensus 40c
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