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June 16, 2014
13:31 EDTSHPG, CShire selects Citi as adviser to prepare for takeover offers, Reuters reports
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January 13, 2015
15:12 EDTCU.S. Supreme Court decision gives homeowners leeway to rescind mortgage loans
In an unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jesinoski vs. Countrywide Home Loans that homeowners are allowed to rescind home mortgages within the three years allotted under the Truth in Lending Act of 1968 by providing written notice to his/her lender. The court ruled that the borrowers were not required to file suit against the lender, which the respondents, Countrywide, claimed. The notice of rescission was sufficient to clear the homeowners of any obligation to the loan, provided they do it within the allotted time. Countrywide Home Loans is a subsidiary of Bank of America (BAC). Other publicly traded companies in the banking space include Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
15:07 EDTCSpringleaf conducts due dillegence on OneMain, Bloomberg reports
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12:27 EDTCDOJ, EPA report proposed settlement regarding cleanup of Warren County, NJ site
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11:04 EDTCCitigroup January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
07:44 EDTCNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:38 EDTCCiti cut consumer banking business, Reuters reports
Citi is cutting its consumer banking operations in some of the world's largest cities, according to Reuters. Last year, the bank decided to target 100 cities with retail banking services, down from its previous level of 120 cities, the news service stated. Reference Link
January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
12:46 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:30 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Foundation Medicine (FMI) up 138.9% following transaction with Roche (RHHBY)... Celator Pharmaceuticals (CPXX), up 19.1% after announcing promising Phase 2 data for CPX-351... Second Sight (EYES), up 16.7% after Health Canada approves Argus II retinal prosthesis system... Aegerion (AEGR), up 7.8% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results and guidance... Express (EXPR), up 4.5% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results. NOTABLE: NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), up 8.5% following acquisition by Shire (SHPG)... Shire is down 1.1% in pre-market trading. LOWER: Arrowhead (ARWR), down 20.9% after FDA clears company to begin modified study of ARC-520 in a preliminary call of a partial clinical hold... Tiffany (TIF), down 10.4% after lowering fiscal 2014 net EPS guidance... SanDisk (SNDK), down 10.1% after lowering fourth quarter outlook... Ascena Retail (ASNA), down 5.8% after lowering fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS view... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), down 5.9% after reporting long-term outcomes from Phase IIb Eteplirsen study... Loral Space & Communications (LORL), down 3.6% following a NY Post article that reported that talks to sell itself to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan have ended... Southwestern Energy (SWN), down 4.2% after filing to sell 20.3M shares of stock and 26M depository shares.
08:47 EDTSHPGShire acquisition favorable, says RBC Capital
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08:37 EDTSHPGShire deal suggests most biotech companies in play, says JMP Securities
After Shire (SHPG) agreed to buy NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), JMP Securities says the deal indicates that most biotech companies are in play, particularly those with worldwide rights to their products for well-defined patient populations. The firm expects investors to speculate all week about potential new targets in the space. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY).
08:22 EDTCCiti may have more to gain than JPMorgan from break-up, WSJ says
Analysts have suggested that JPMorgan (JPM) could unlock investor value by breaking-up, but a Citigroup (C) break-up, while complicated, could be more compelling, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Reference Link
08:14 EDTSHPGShire acquisition positive, says SunTrust
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08:00 EDTSHPGShire deal for NPS Pharmaceuticals positive, says Susquehanna
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07:56 EDTSHPGShire price target raised to $257 from $223 at William Blair
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07:41 EDTCLarge banks' weakness creates attractive entry point, says Wells Fargo
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07:11 EDTSHPGNPS Pharmaceuticals volatility elevated into being acquired by Shire in a $5.2B
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January 11, 2015
11:08 EDTSHPGShire acquires NPS Pharmaceuticals for $46 per share or $5.2B
Shire (SHPG) and NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) announced that the companies have entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Shire will acquire all the outstanding shares of NPS Pharma for $46.00 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. Shire said it "will accelerate the growth of NPS Pharma's innovative portfolio through its market expertise in gastrointestinal disorders, core capabilities in rare disease patient management, and global footprint." The transaction has been approved unanimously by the boards of both Shire and NPS Pharma. The $46 per share price in the transaction represents a 51% premium to NPS Pharma's unaffected share price of $30.47 on December 16, 2014. The acquisition is expected to enhance Shire's revenue and earnings growth profile. Shire expects the transaction to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings from 2016 onward. Related to the acquisition, Shire anticipates that it will realize operating synergies beginning in 2016 and growing "substantially" thereafter. Shire anticipates synergies approximating 25%-35% of the Street's consensus forecast of NPS Pharma's standalone future operating cost base from 2017 onward. Shire also expects that the transaction will deliver ROIC in excess of its weighted average cost of capital. Shire has secured an $850M fully underwritten short-term bank facility, which, in addition to Shire's cash and cash equivalents and its existing $2.1B five-year revolving credit facility, is available to finance the transaction and pay related fees and expenses. Shire plans to refinance the short-term bank facility through new debt issuances in "due course." The closing of the deal is anticipated in Q1 of 2015. Shares of NPS closed Friday down $1.01 to $41.91.
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