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November 23, 2012
13:15 EDTRIMM, OCZ, BAX, MAPP, WMT, ALUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher during the post-holiday short session, with each of the major averages adding over 1%. Following an initial move higher in the first hour after the bell, aided by some encouraging economic data from abroad, the indices drifted higher for the remainder of the day and closed at their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released, however, in Europe, separate reports showed business confidence increased in November in both Germany and France. Also, in China, HSBC's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index increased to 50.4, indicating expansion... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) announced had its "best ever Black Friday events" in spite of some scattered strikes by workers and shares advanced $1.31, or 1.90%, to $70.20... Research in Motion (RIMM) shares benefited a day after National Bank raised it price target on the stock to $15 from $12. The firm said in a note to investors yesterday that RIM's new management team is executing by maintaining the BlackBerry subscriber base and U.S. listed shares rose $1.40, or 13.65%, to $11.66 in their first day of trading following the bullish write-up... Shares of Baxter (BAX) moved up $2.69, or 4.07%, to $68.81 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in talks to buy medical-equipment maker Gambro for about $4B to round out its kidney-dialysis business... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), up 10c, or 10.00%, to $1.10 after Bloomberg said the company is in talks with Goldman Sachs (GS) on a loan to strengthen its balance sheet, and MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), up $2.60, or 20.28%, to $15.42 after the company announced that the FDA accepted its Levadex resubmission with a six-month review. Among the noteworthy losers was OCZ Technology (OCZ), which fell 3c, or 2.52%, to $1.16 following its disclosure of a SEC inquiry... INDICES: The Dow was up 172.79, or 1.35%, to 13,009.68; the Nasdaq was up 40.30, or 1.38%, to 2,966.85; and the S&P 500 was up 18.12, or 1.30%, to 1,409.15.
News For RIMM;WMT;BAX;ALU;MAPP;OCZ From The Last 14 Days
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14:17 EDTWMTAmazon hopes to create new shopping holiday with 'Prime Day'
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06:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to begin online grocery pickup service in Ottawa, Global and Mail says
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July 2, 2015
10:00 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent signs frame agreements with China Mobile, China Unicom
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08:49 EDTBAXBaxter downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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08:08 EDTWMTMcCormick should be bought on weakness, says Bernstein
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07:05 EDTBAXBaxter now a margin improvement story, says Barclays
Barclays said the new Baxter, following the spinout of Baxalta (BXLT), is now a margin improvement story with EBIT expanding faster than sales and driven by new product launches, cost structure improvements, and portfolio optimizing. The firm sees the biggest catalysts to be Baxter's ability to beat margin guidance. Shares are Overweight rated with a $43 price target.
July 1, 2015
16:28 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher amid hopes for a resolution to the Greek debt crisis. The market also received help from positive reports from the ISM on manufacturing and ADP on the labor market. The averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then gradually drifted off those highs, while moving in a fairly narrow range. Investors will now be looking to the release of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report, which will be out a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund last night. Reports then indicated that Greece's government was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that he sees no need for further talks on Greece at this point and that he awaits the result of this Sunday's scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued in excess of $28B that will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advanced 77c, or 0.76%, to $102.45 following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged $25.63, or 26.94%, to $120.77... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) all closed lower by between 1.4% to 3.4% following the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which advanced 13.45% to $19.82 after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7.87% to $63.48 following a fourth quarter guidance hike, an announcement of a $40M repurchase plan and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. Among the noteworthy losers was Baxter (BAX), which fell 44.43% to $38.86 after its spin-off of Baxalta (BXLT), whose shares fell 1.38% to $31.50. Baxter was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after the research firm updated its valuation of Baxter to reflect the split. Also lower was Graham Holdings (GHC), which fell 35.48% to $693.63 after the company completed its spin-off of Cable ONE (CABO), whose shares lost 6.23% to $399. Additionally, shares of General Motors (GM) fell 0.87% to $33.04 after the company halted production at its Russian plant and reported June U.S. sales dropped 3%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 138.40, or 0.79%, to 17,757.91, the Nasdaq gained 26.26, or 0.53%, to 5,013.12, and the S&P 500 advanced 14.31, or 0.69%, to 2,077.42.
10:00 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
08:08 EDTBAXBaxter downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Baxter (BAX) to Neutral with a $39 price target based on valuation following the Baxalta (BXLT) spin-off.
June 30, 2015
07:29 EDTWMTNon-profit group: Wal-Mart made deceptive ‘Made in the USA’ claims
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June 28, 2015
18:08 EDTALUElliott takes roughly 1.3% stake in Alcatel-Lucent, FT says
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June 25, 2015
07:06 EDTBAXMerrimack's MM-398 NDA granted priority review by FDA
Merrimack (MACK) and Baxalta Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baxter (BAX) announced that the New Drug Application for MM-398 has been accepted for review by the FDA. Merrimack is seeking U.S. marketing approval of MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. In addition, the FDA has classified the NDA as having Priority Review status. The FDA has set a goal of October 24 to take action under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. The European Medicines Agency has also accepted for review a Marketing Authorization Application for MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. The acceptance of the MAA marks the beginning of the review process in the European Union for MM-398 in this indication.
June 24, 2015
06:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart to charge fees to ‘almost all’ vendors, Reuters reports
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June 23, 2015
18:07 EDTBAXBaxter initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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18:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart poaches technology talent from eBay, WSJ says
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16:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:37 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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07:05 EDTWMTGreen Dot price target raised to $24 from $22 at Piper Jaffray
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06:31 EDTWMTGreen Dot contract terms better than feared, says JPMorgan
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