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May 19, 2014
16:27 EDTCPB, MU, ITMN, BRCM, NVDA, LOCK, TXN, AZN, PFE, DTV, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following a trading day marked by light volume, a quiet economic calendar and two headline making M&A announcements. The averages began the day slightly below the flat line, but within minutes the Nasdaq and S&P 500 made it into positive ground. The Dow followed by the end of the morning, but the averages moved in a narrow range from there. Despite the range-bound trading, the market internals pointed to a pretty broad based move higher, with advancers ahead of declining stocks by almost 2 to 1. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major domestic economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) shares slid 36c, or 0.98%, to $36.38 after the company confirmed over the weekend that it has agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. After the announcement, analysts at Raymond James upgraded AT&T to Buy from Market Perform, noting that they do not expect another buyer to emerge for DirecTV. Meanwhile, DirecTV shares were downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore and to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich. Shares of DirecTV fell $1.53, or 1.77%, to $84.65 after the deal, which has been widely speculated about in the media in recent weeks, was confirmed... Also over the weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. Shares of Pfizer rose 16c, or 0.55%, to $29.28 after the rejection, while shares of AstraZeneca trading in New York dropped $9.64, or 12.01%, to $70.64. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterMune (ITMN), which gained $4.61, or 13.44%, to $38.92 after reporting results from a study evaluating pirfenidone and having its shares upgraded to Outperform at Leerink. Also higher was NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose 58c, or 3.23%, to $18.54 after it was one of several semiconductor stock, along with Micron (MU), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM), that were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was LifeLock (LOCK), which fell $2.28, or 17.57%, to $10.70 after disclosing that the company is going to temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application since it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards. Also lower were shares of Campbell Soup (CPB), which dropped $1.06, or 2.35%, to $44.06 after the company reported mixed third quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 20.55, or 0.12%, to 16,511.86, the Nasdaq was up 35.23, or 0.86%, to 4,125.81, and the S&P 500 was up 7.22, or 0.38%, to 1,885.08.
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May 13, 2015
11:58 EDTTAT&T, Communications Workers of America reach tentative contract agreements
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09:56 EDTBRCMEquity options with increasing volume
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07:31 EDTPFEHeart Rhythm Society to hold a conference
Heart Rhythm 2015 is being held in Boston on May 13-16.
06:55 EDTTInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
May 12, 2015
14:07 EDTMUFollow-up: Micron downgraded to Hold at Drexel Hamilton
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13:36 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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12:59 EDTT, DTVRegulators unlikely to block AT&T-DirecTV deal, WSJ says
The FCC and U.S. Justice Department are nearly finished reviewing AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), and are unlikely to block the deal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Justice Department hasn't raised issues, and though the FCC may seek to impose conditions, they are expected to be acceptable to AT&T. Reference Link
12:32 EDTDTV, TDirecTV up 1% after report says regulators unlikely to block AT&T deal
Dow Jones, citing sources, said the U.S. review of the deal is nearing its end and that regulators are unlikely to step in to block the merger.
12:30 EDTT, DTVU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTT, DTVAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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08:31 EDTDTVApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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07:51 EDTMUDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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May 11, 2015
17:36 EDTPFEAthersys down 10.1% after Pfizer notified that it will terminate agreement
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17:34 EDTPFEAthersys receives notification that Pfizer will terminate agreement
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16:33 EDTPFEPfizer takes minority interest in AM-Pharma, secures option to acquire company
AM-Pharma and Pfizer announced that Pfizer has acquired a minority equity interest in AM-Pharma and secured an exclusive option to acquire the remaining equity in the company. The option becomes exercisable upon completion of a Phase II trial of recAP in the treatment of Acute Kidney Injury related to sepsis. There are no drugs currently approved for this condition and the only treatment option is dialysis and supportive care. Results from the current Phase II trial for recAP are expected in the second half of 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer has made an upfront payment of $87.5M for the minority equity interest and exclusive option, with additional potential payments of up to $512.5M upon option exercise and potential launch of any product that may result from this agreement. Other terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Pfizer is committed to advancing the science to address the high unmet medical need in Acute Kidney Injury,” said Mikael Dolsten, M.D., Ph.D., president, Worldwide Research and Development at Pfizer. “Clinical data for recAP show the potential to uniquely address Acute Kidney Injury in the setting of sepsis, and we look forward to working with our partners at AM-Pharma as we aim to accelerate the development of recAP into a potential first-in-class treatment for patients.”
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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12:06 EDTTAT&T appoints Jeffrey Lewis Chief Accessibility Officer
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07:26 EDTTXN, NVDAQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
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