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July 3, 2014
09:03 EDTPETM, LULU, NQ, APP, PCAR, ISCA, BIND, AMGN, RGDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PetSmart (PETM), up 16% after activist investor Jana Partners disclosed that it has acquired a 9.9% stake and intends to have talks with PetSmart’s board of directors and management regarding a review of strategic alternatives including exploring a sale... American Apparel (APP), up 9.6% after deposed CEO Dov Charney reportedly surrendered his entire stake and voting rights in the retailer to hedge fund Standard General, according to Reuters... International Speedway (ISCA), up 4% after reporting Q2 adjusted EPS and revenue that beat expectations... PACCAR (PCAR), up 4% after research reports said Daimler's (DDAIY) truck chief claimed to have been told that Volkswagen (VLKAY) wants to take over the truck maker, though a spokesman for Volkswagen told Dow Jones that there is "no truth" to the reports that it is planning an acquisition bid... lululemon (LULU), up 3.7% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing people familiar with the situation, that the company's founder has been talking to private equity firms through advisers about taking the company private. LOWER: Regado Biosciences (RGDO), down 54% after announcing that the Data Safety Monitoring Board has initiated an unplanned review of data from the REGULATE-PCI trial and the stock was downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Wedbush... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 21.5% after reporting that its auditor, PwC, has requested to expand the scope of its 2013 audit work and that the audit committee chair is stepping down from the board... BIND Therapeutics (BIND), down 13% after announcing Amgen (AMGN) will not be exercising its development option under the companies' collaborative research program.
News For PETM;LULU;NQ;APP;PCAR;ISCA;BIND;AMGN;RGDO From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
07:35 EDTAMGNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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06:45 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel brings back creative director Alonzo, WWD reports
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06:06 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ TLM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 178, Talisman Energy (TLM) 89 according to iVolatility.
04:57 EDTLULUlululemon partners with Dalai Lama Center
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October 21, 2014
15:42 EDTAMGNAmgen issues statement regarding Third Point Investment
Amgen issued the following statement with respect to media inquiries concerning Third Point LLC's equity position in Amgen: "Amgen maintains an active, engaged dialogue with all shareholders. Amgen has always appreciated the perspectives of all of its shareholders, including Third Point, and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors frequently receives input from shareholders, including ideas like those offered by Third Point. The Board and management continually assess Amgen's strategic priorities – and, when appropriate, take action – to set the best path forward to increase shareholder value. Amgen's Board of Directors and management remain focused on addressing significant unmet medical needs for serious illnesses and driving value for all shareholders. We look forward to further updating our shareholders on Amgen's strategic priorities and update on our restructuring plans at our business review on October 28th."
14:25 EDTAMGNAmgen urged by Third Point to split up
In its Q3 investor letter, Dan Loeb's Third Point said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. Amgen's first steps to target its "inflated cost structure" should be applauded, but Third Point believes "much more can and should be done," the firm wrote. Immediate action Amgen can take to create shareholder value include focusing its R&D efforts, providing long-term margin guidance demonstrating a commitment to reducing costs and creating clarity on additional shareholder returns, Third Point also said. Additionally, Third Point said it believes that Amgen could benefit from a separation and should seriously consider breaking up into a "MatureCo" and a "GrowthCo." Shares of Amgen are up 4% to $143.12 in afternoon trading following the circulation of Third Point's Q3 investor letter.
14:09 EDTAMGNThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
13:56 EDTAMGNDan Loeb discloses position in Amgen at Robin Hood Conference, CNBC reports
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11:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile 'not a stock for real investors,' Muddy Waters says
Muddy Waters said via Twitter that NQ Mobile is "not a stock for real investors, just pure gamblers."
07:15 EDTAMGNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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06:26 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ CMG
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October 20, 2014
07:19 EDTAMGNIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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October 19, 2014
15:56 EDTAMGNAmgen to aid in production method for Ebola drug ZMapp, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
09:06 EDTAMGNAmgen files patent infringement lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron
Amgen (AMGN) announced that it filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of Delaware against Sanofi (SNY), Aventisub, formerly doing business as Aventis Pharmaceuticals, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent Numbers 8,563,698, 8,829,165, and 8,859,741. These patents, which are owned by Amgen, describe and claim monoclonal antibodies to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9, or PCSK9. By its complaint, Amgen seeks an injunction to prevent the infringing manufacture, use and sale of Sanofi and Regeneron's alirocumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting PCSK9. Sanofi and Regeneron recently announced that they have completed Phase 3 clinical trials on alirocumab and intend to pursue regulatory approval to market alirocumab in the U.S. Amgen previously announced submission of a Biologics License Application to the FDA for evolocumab, its own investigational human monoclonal antibody to PCSK9, for the treatment of high cholesterol, on Aug. 28.
October 16, 2014
11:36 EDTNQOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:39 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded lululemon to Underperform after assuming coverage of the stock saying the company's expansion into Asia and Europe will drive a meaningful increase in spending. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $34 from $40.
October 15, 2014
17:48 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel to make interest payment on bonds, Bloomberg says
According to sources retail chain American Apparel will make an interest payment on its bonds, says Bloomberg. American Apparel will make a payment of about $13M by today’s due date, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTBIND, AMGNBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
14:02 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 sales tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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