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November 27, 2012
12:16 EDTMMR, LVS, DDS, GLW, BF.B, CAG, THO, ACAD, BFA, RAHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after "core" durable goods orders and a reading on consumer confidence rose. Stock index futures were slightly lower in pre-market trading, even though the terms of a new debt deal for Greece had been outlined prior to the U.S. opening bell. The major averages spent the majority of the session in negative territory despite some better than expected domestic economic data, but managed to get back on the plus side of the ledger as the lunch hour arrived... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department said non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft rose 1.7% in October, versus expectations for a 0.5% decline. Total durable goods orders were unchanged for the month, versus expectations for them to decline 0.7%. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index gained 0.4% in September compared to the prior month and prices in the 20 cities rose 3.0% year over year, which were both roughly in line with forecasts. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November, beating expectations and hitting its highest level in almost five years. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey for November registered +9, compared to expectations for it to slide to -9 from the prior -7 reading. In Europe, the region's finance ministers, the ECB and the IMF reached an aid deal on Greece, which is expected to help the nation reduce its debt-to-GDP ratio to 124% by 2020... COMPANY NEWS: ConAgra Foods (CAG) agreed to acquire Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) for $90.00 per share, or about $6.8B including the assumption of debt. Shares of Ralcorp shot up 26.4% to $88.76 following the deal announcement and ConAgra also advanced 4.7% after the news... In the continuation of a recent trend, several companies declared new special dividends, with Dillard's (DDS) to pay a one-time dividend of $5.00 per share, Brown-Forman (BFA, BF.B) declaring one at $4.00 per share, and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) approving its own $2.75 per share special dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up 140% following its report of positive results from a trial of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis, or PDP. Also higher were shares of Corning (GLW), up nearly 8% after the company said it now sees stronger than forecasted Q4 LCD glass volume and Topeka raised its rating on the shares to Buy. Among the noteworthy losers was McMoRan Exploration (MMR), which fell over 15% after being down yesterday as well after the company provided an update on its Gulf of Mexico exploration results and indicated ongoing well difficulties. Also lower were shares of Thor Industries (THO), down 10% after its disappointing quarterly report... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 3.22, or 0.02%, to 12,970.59; the Nasdaq was up 5.79, or 0.19%, to 2,982.57; and the S&P 500 was up 2.32, or 0.16%, to 1,408.61.
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16:40 EDTLVSCfA retracts certain statements regarding Sheldon Adelson
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November 19, 2015
08:32 EDTGLWCorning focusing on new end markets to expand growth, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said Corning has recently focused on new end-market opportunities that could help provide growth as display matures. Although the firm noted the company is trying to find opportunities, they see only 6-8% accretion to 2017 earnings. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $22 price target on Corning shares.
November 18, 2015
13:05 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands, MGM slip after Wynn reports opening delay for Macau casino
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November 17, 2015
10:41 EDTLVSMacau sees gaming revenue slump continuing, Bloomberg says
Macau's chief executive Fernando Chui is targeting casino revenue of $25B in 2016 about half of what it took in last year, says Bloomberg. Macau's gaming revenue fell for 17th straight month in October as China's economy slows and efforts to curb corruption continue, Bloomberg added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
07:56 EDTGLWUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:47 EDTACADLeerink sees M&A accelerating for central nervous system assets
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November 16, 2015
08:33 EDTLVSScientific Games announces retirement of CFO Scott Schweinfurth
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07:18 EDTLVSDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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