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April 7, 2014
12:15 EDTMNK, WWE, QCOR, VOCS, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, resuming the sell-off that began in earnest Friday. With little on the economic calendar to change the momentum and earnings season on the cusp of kicking off but not yet began, the averages declined further. The losses near noon come on top of the 1% slide in the Dow and S&P seen Friday, and the pull back of over 2.5% notched by the Nasdaq in the final day of last week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report on the growth in consumer credit in February is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (PFE) slid over 3% after the company reported over the weekend that a trial on its palbociclib drug for breast cancer achieved its primary endpoint by significantly prolonging progression-free survival, but that an initial assessment of overall survival was not statistically significant. Research firm BMO Capital thinks the data was positive but could underwhelm investors. However, the firm agrees with Pfizer that a strong PFS benefit should enable the drug to be approved by the FDA and thinks that consensus estimates for the drug's long-term sales are conservative. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was cloud marketing software provider Vocus (VOCS), which surged 47% after agreeing to be acquired by an affiliate of private equity firm GTCR for $18 per share, or $446.5M. Also higher was short-seller target Questcor (QCOR), which jumped 12% after the company agreed to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for about $5.6B, made up of $30.00 per share in cash and 0.897 Mallinckrodt shares for each Questcor share owned. Questcor has been a frequent target of the short-selling blog Citron Research, which claimed as recently as March 14 that Questcor was "deceiving" the FDA and investors. Mallinckrodt shares were down over 8% near midday after announcing the deal, which will result in Mallinckrodt shareholders owning approximately 50.5% and former Questcor shareholders owning about 49.5% of the new combined company's stock. Also lower was World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which fell 20% after announcing that WWE Network has 667,287 subscribers 42 days after launching in the U.S. and that that WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M. The stock was also mentioned cautiously in Barron's magazine's "The Trader" column over the weekend. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 130.88, or 0.8%, to 16,281.83, the Nasdaq was down 47.17, or 1.14%, to 4,080.55, and the S&P 500 was down 16.17, or 0.87%, to 1,848.92.
News For PFE;QCOR;MNK;VOCS;WWE From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2015
07:39 EDTPFEPfizer CEO says company not in need of big M&A deal, FT reports
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January 27, 2015
13:41 EDTWWEWWE up about 10% after reporting WWE Network has surpassed 1M subscribers
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13:31 EDTWWEWWE reports WWE Network hits 1M subscribers
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07:16 EDTPFEPfizer drops 2.7% after FY15 outlook miss expectations
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07:07 EDTPFEPfizer sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.18
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q4 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 53c
Reports Q4 revenue $13.1B, consensus $12.9B.
January 26, 2015
16:15 EDTPFEPfizer commits to lower price for Prevenar 13 in developing countries
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15:40 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:29 EDTPFEEarnings Preview: Pfizer set to report Q4 results as generics impact Celebrex
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10:00 EDTWWEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... DRDGOLD (DRD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DealerTrack (TRAK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Melco Crown (MPEL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Union Gaming... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Piper Jaffray (PJC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Telefonica (TEF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Unilever (UL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... WWE (WWE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie.
07:24 EDTWWEWWE upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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January 23, 2015
16:08 EDTPFETeva volatility elevated, Pfizer approached late last year, Bloomberg says
Teva (TEVA) overall option implied volatility of 25 compares to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into Pfizer (PFE) approach late last year, Bloomberg says.
16:04 EDTPFETeva rebuffed Pfizer approach late last year, Bloomberg says
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07:04 EDTMNKMallinckrodt board approves share repurchase program
Mallinckrodt announced that its board has approved a share repurchase program. The open-ended authorization permits the company to repurchase up to $300 million of Mallinckrodt ordinary shares.
January 22, 2015
11:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CHMP adopted positive opinion on Prevenar 13 expansion
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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTPFEGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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January 15, 2015
11:20 EDTPFEGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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07:59 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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