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April 24, 2013
10:00 EDTUGI, FCX, CREE, VTR, IRWD, EW, T, O, MHR, TSS, THRX, DFS, AMGN, NNN, GAS, GSS, VOCS, SBRA, DV, AAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AT&T (T) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Amgen (AMGN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... DeVry (DV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dice Holdings (DHX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William BlairDiscover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Ironwood (IRWD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Sabra Health Care (SBRA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Theravance (THRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Ventas (VTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vocus (VOCS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Neutral from Add at Capital One... Golden Star Resources (GSS) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Vocus (VOCS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Ironwood (IRWD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UGI Corporation (UGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... AGL Resources (GAS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Dice Holdings (DHX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
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13:16 EDTEWAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
12:43 EDTEWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
10:44 EDTAAPLNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
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08:52 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Conference call to provide an update from the 73rd Annual Meeting of AAD will be held on March 23 at 3 pm. Webcast Link
08:35 EDTAMGNAmgen to hold a conference call
Executive Vice President of R&D, Sean Harper, discusses Amgen's cardiovascular program, including the Repatha data currently being presented at the American College of Cardiology's Scientific Session & Expo, on a conference call to be held on March 16 at 4 pm. Webcast Link
08:23 EDTAMGNPCSK9 data continues to impress, says Leerink
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08:22 EDTDFSDiscover reports 2.7% net principal charge-off rate in February
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07:30 EDTEWAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:23 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter announces Eureka Hunter throughput volume of 623,713 MMBtu per day
Eureka Hunter Pipeline, in which Magnum Hunter owns a substantial equity interest, announced that throughput volumes on Eureka Hunter's gas gathering pipeline system located in West Virginia and Ohio, have now reached a new record of approximately 623,713 MMBtu per day on Friday, March 13.
07:22 EDTEWMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTAMGNAmgen clinical data very positive, says RBC Capital
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06:40 EDTAMGNPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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March 15, 2015
18:20 EDTAAPLApple's $17,000 watch looks over-priced, Barron's says
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14:10 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces data on Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve
Edwards Lifesciences announced that 30-day outcomes for high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with the Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve demonstrated the lowest all-cause mortality rates of any of the PARTNER studies, as well as excellent clinical outcomes on the other components of the primary endpoint measures of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation. This first report of Sapien 3 data in the United States, and first report on intermediate risk transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, patients, was presented as part of the late-breaking clinical trials at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
14:04 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces clinical data for high-risk Sapien patients
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13:11 EDTAMGNAmgen publishes safety analysis of Repatha in New England Journal of Medicine
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12:53 EDTAMGNAmgen announces new data from study of Repatha in combination with statins
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