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December 17, 2012
16:30 EDTEND, CBOU, CPWR, CLWR, VVUS, SOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished higher on the day after news out of Washington indicated that compromise on some of the most contentious elements of the fiscal cliff negotiations may be nearing. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for 45 minutes today in Washington after a Washington Post report over the weekend said that the Obama administration had rejected Boehner's most recent offer. The averages opened the session higher and maintained their gains through the day, closing at their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a benchmark for New York state manufacturing, the New York Fed's Empire State Survey, came up negative for a fifth straight month. The December reading, which was forecast to move up to -1.0 from its prior -5.2 level, instead slid to -8.10. In Europe, data showed euro zone exports declined 1.4% in October from the prior month, as imports increased 0.6%. In Asia, Japan elected a new prime minister who has vowed to adopt a large stimulus package, cut interest rates and take other measures to revive growth in the nation's economy... COMPANY NEWS: Sprint (S) struck a deal to acquire the approximately 50% stake in Clearwire (CLWR) it does not already own for $2.97 per share, or $2.2B. Shares of Clearwire traded lower following the news, closing down 47c, or 13.95%, to $2.90, while shares of Sprint were virtually flat on the session, closing up 1c, or 0.18%, to $5.56...MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Caribou Coffee (CBOU), up $3.78,or 30.68%, to $16.10 after agreeing to be acquired by Germany's Joh. A. Benckiser for $16.00 per share in cash, or $340M. Also higher were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up $1.60, or 13.89%, to $13.07 after a report that prescriptions of the company's weight loss drug Qsymia rose 46% for the weekend ended November 12. Also higher were shares of Compuware (CPWR), up $1.22, or 12.80%, to $10.75 after Elliott Management offered to acquire the company for $11.00 per share in cash, or $2.3B. Among the noteworthy losers was Endeavour (END), which fell $1.11, or 17.62%, to $5.19 after research firm Global Hunter downgraded the stock to Accumulate from Buy and cut its price target on shares to $9 from $13... INDICES: The Dow was up 100.38, or 0.76%, to 13,235.39; the S&P 500 was up 16.78, or 1.19%, to 1,430.36; the Nasdaq was up 39.27, or 1.32%, to 3,010.60.
News For S;CLWR;CBOU;VVUS;CPWR;END From The Last 14 Days
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March 30, 2015
16:07 EDTVVUSVIVUS continues talks with U.S., EU over Qsymia
VIVUS announced an operational update, including certain key corporate decisions and plans regarding Qsymia capsules CIV. These plans include further investments in high-value, consumer-focused digital media projects in support of obesity education and Qsymia, and focusing the Qsymia field sales organization of approximately 100 territories on the most productive target areas. Management will continue discussions with U.S. and EU regulatory authorities regarding Qsymia development and potential cost-saving measures related to the planned cardiovascular outcomes trial, or CVOT, and will aim to further improve corporate efficiency and control costs while maintaining and extending the value of avanafil. VIVUS plans to discuss with U.S. regulatory authorities and key consultants potential cost-saving alternatives with respect to the Qsymia CVOT, known as AQCLAIM. The company is also in the process of pursuing approval for Qsymia in the EU and other key countries, as well as new indications in other chronic diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, and type 2 diabetes. VIVUS plans to optimize spending while pursuing these potential objectives.
March 26, 2015
09:02 EDTSSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
March 24, 2015
08:52 EDTSSprint CEO may make 'unfortunate misstep,' says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says its vendor checks indicate new Sprint CEO Marcello Claure has undertaken a strategic review of the company's competitive positioning. The firm believes Truco, the strategic advisory group brought in by Claure, is advocating a "premature network rip and replace program." FBR says this approach of converting Sprint's 1.9GHZ spectrum to uplink would be an "unfortunate misstep and a missed opportunity to embrace the technology shift underway." The firm sees risk of Sprint under-investing and weakening its franchise value further. It has a Market Perform rating on the name.
March 23, 2015
07:13 EDTSRadioShack bankruptcy auction to begin Monday, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
13:59 EDTST-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.

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