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January 8, 2013
12:32 EDTCY, MON, FIO, SIG, SHLD, AYI, MDCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday as investors shift their focus from the fiscal cliff to the fourth-quarter earnings season, set to unofficially kick off after the closing bell when Dow component Alcoa (AA) reports. Expectations for the earnings season are muted, with S&P 500 companies forecast to post earnings growth of just 2.8% for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters. Profit-growth estimates were sharply reduced from the expected growth rate of 9.2% called for at the end of September, according to FactSet. The averages have drifted lower on fairly light volume, indicating a lack of buying rather than intense selling, as investors may be content to wait to see how the earnings season develops before stepping back in... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small-business-optimism index rose to 88.0 in December from 87.5 in November. In Europe, zone-wide unemployment hit a new record rate of 11.8% in November, though the European Commission also separately reported that its December Economic Sentiment Indicator improved by 1.3 points in the euro area, to 87.0, and remained generally unchanged at 88.4 in the broader EU. In Asia, Japan said it will use its foreign reserves to continue to buy bonds issued by the European Stability Mechanism to help weaken the yen... COMPANY NEWS: Sears Holdings (SHLD) said late Monday that CEO Louis D’Ambrosio will step down due to family health reasons and be replaced in that role by Eddie Lampert, its chairman of the board and largest shareholder. Sears also forecast adjusted earnings for Q4 that beat consensus expectations but shares fell about 5% near noon... Among companies reporting earnings after yesterday's close or before today's open, Monsanto (MON) advanced and Acuity Brands (AYI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were The Medicines Company (MDCO), up 11% after announcing results for a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs, and Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 9% after reporting its holiday season same-store sales rose 3.3% and issuing earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers were Cypress Semiconductor (CY), down 9% after cutting its Q4 earnings forecast, and Fusion-io (FIO), which fell 8% after William Blair downgraded the stock to Market Perform... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 68.23, or 0.51%, to 13,316.06; the Nasdaq was down 15.69, or 0.51%, to 3,083.12; and the S&P 500 was down 7.46, or 0.51%, to 1,454.43.
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December 18, 2014
07:01 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co., SciClone establish strategic partnership
The Medicines Company (MDCO) and SciClone Pharmaceuticals (SCLN) announced the establishment of a strategic partnership for two cardiovascular products in China. The partnership includes an agreement granting SciClone a license and the exclusive rights in China to promote two products of The Medicines Company: ANGIOMAX for Injection, an anticoagulant indicated in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with provisional use of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor and in patients with, or at risk of, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis syndrome undergoing PCI. A Phase 3 registration trial was completed in China and is currently under review by the China Food and Drug Administration for marketing approval. CLEVIPREX Injectable Emulsion, a third-generation dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker indicated for the reduction of blood pressure when oral therapy is not feasible or desirable. The clinical trial application for China was filed in 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, SciClone will be responsible for all aspects of commercialization, including pre- and post-launch activities, for both products in the China market excluding Hong Kong and Macau. SciClone has also agreed to assist in the China registration process for both products. Financial terms of the agreement, in addition to net sales royalties payable to The Medicines Company, include the following additional payments to The Medicines Company: an upfront payment; a product support services fee; and regulatory/commercial success milestone payments of up to an aggregate of $50.5M.
December 17, 2014
08:24 EDTSHLDSears 'strategic misdirection' highlighted by Mygofer failure, WSJ says
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December 16, 2014
07:33 EDTAYIAcuity Brands initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
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December 15, 2014
11:17 EDTSHLDSears to have about 1,700 Sears, Kmart stores in operation going into 2015
On a company blog post, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said: "At our most recent Town Hall meeting with our associates, I explained that I want us to operate our stores both profitably and with excellence. Both, not just one or the other.This is the background behind our decision to close more than 200 Kmart and Sears stores in 2014. Most of these stores were losing money, some for a long time. Because of the impact on our dedicated associates and our Shop Your Way members, these decisions were not taken lightly, or without our working to improve the performance of these stores over many years. Going into 2015, we will have approximately 1,700 Sears and Kmart big box stores in operation, representing about 200 million square feet of space." Reference Link
07:06 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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December 11, 2014
08:02 EDTMDCOAlnylam, The Medicines Co. announce initiation of Phase 1 ALN-PCSsc trial
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December 10, 2014
12:04 EDTMONUSDA lowers 2014/15 soybean ending stock forecast
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08:54 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor price target raised to $18 from $13 at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee increased its price target on Cypress (CY) as the firm expects the company's merger with Spansion (CODE) to produce about $135M of synergies, with 50% of the synergies materializing in the first year. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Cypress.
07:56 EDTMONUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
December 8, 2014
12:25 EDTMDCOAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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10:11 EDTSIG, MDCOHigh option volume stocks
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTCYDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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12:50 EDTSIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:57 EDTSHLDSears risk/reward remains quite negative, says Evercore ISI
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06:01 EDTSIGFrancesca's names Michael Barnes Chairman, President and CEO
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December 4, 2014
10:35 EDTSHLDSears drops after earnings, levels to watch
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09:23 EDTSHLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Avago (AVGO), up 7.2%... Kroger (KR), up 3.1%... Rite Aid (RAD), up 3.1%... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 24% after reaching a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib... Hawaiian Electric (HE), up 13.5% following merger announcement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 14.2% after beginning construction of second aboveground Syngas facility... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12.3% after announcing $20M ReliOn fuel cell contract... Mobileye (MBLY), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 3.6% following $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX... TASER (TASR), up 3% after receiving multiple orders of AXON body cameras. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 7.6%... Express (EXPR), down 11.3%... Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.4%... Toro Company (TTC), down 1.1%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 14.1%. ALSO LOWER: Kindred Biosciences (KIN), down 29.3% after announcing that it will discontinue its AtoKin study... UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 13% after saying that there are no current talks with DSV A/S... Agree Realty (ADC), down 3.7% after 2.1M share Spot Secondary priced at $29.90.
06:03 EDTSHLDSears reports Q3 EPS ($5.15), one estimate ($3.31)
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