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May 23, 2014
16:31 EDTDKS, LO, VRX, DTV, HPQ, PETM, GM, RAI, AZN, T, HD, CPB, LOCK, AGN, PFE, DLTR, CRMMarket ends week higher after Fed minutes, housing data
Stocks finished the week higher after Fed minutes revealed that the central bank does not see inflation as a near-term threat and several economic data points were better than expected. MACRO NEWS: The minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that committee members expect inflation to remain well below the central bank's 2% objective, adding that the Fed does not believe that it currently faces a trade-off between its employment and inflation objectives... Reports on existing home sales and new home sales in April both showed monthly gains, while a U.S. manufacturing index beat expectations. The index of leading indicators for April was in-line with expectations, while jobless claims were slightly worse than expected. An index of Chinese manufacturing, reported by HSBC, came in significantly above expectations and reached a five month high, despite still indicating contraction in the sector. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) confirmed last weekend that it had 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. Also last weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) stated that it would sweeten its previous bid for Allergan (AGN), but clarified that the new bid would not be an all-cash offer. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that cigarette maker Reynolds American (RAI) was in advanced talks to acquire its peer, Loriillard (LO)... Lifelock (LOCK), which provides identify theft protection services, tumbled after disclosing that it would temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application because it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards... General Motors (GM) shares fell after the company announced that it was recalling an additional 2.42M vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The automaker added $200M to the charge it expects to take in Q2 related to its recalls, bringing the total potential charge up to $400M... Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), Campbell Soup (CPB), and PetSmart (PETM) were among the companies that dropped after announcing their earnings results. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dollar Tree (DLTR) were among the companies whose shares rose following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.7% to 16,606.27, the S&P 500 was up 1.2% to 1,900.53, and the Nasdaq was up 2.33% to 4,185.81.
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March 16, 2015
16:01 EDTVRXValeant files to sell $1.45B in common stock
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12:43 EDTVRXOn 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.
12:18 EDTVRXProgenics Relistor SI royalty loss transient, says Brean Capital
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11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:58 EDTVRXValeant price hike likely ends Salix saga, says UBS
UBS believes the race for Salix (SLXP) is likely over now that Valeant (VRX) has increased its offer price, as expected. The firm said it will still like both Valeant (VRX) and Endo (ENDP) if this is how things end, as it believes the deal is still a very good one for Valeant despite the higher price and it expects Endo to find another deal that should be accretive. UBS has Buy ratings on both Valeant and Endo Health.
10:22 EDTAGNEuropean Commission clears Actavis' pending acquisition of Allergan
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10:18 EDTVRXValeant should win Salix with increased offer, says Cantor
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09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:17 EDTVRXValeant rises 1% after sweetening Salix takeover offer
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08:06 EDTVRXValeant ses Salix deal closing on April 1
08:05 EDTVRXValeant raises offer price for Salix to $173 per share from $158
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08:04 EDTVRXValeant, Salix agree on amended terms to merger agreement
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07:50 EDTVRXValeant to raise offer for Salix to $173 per share, DJ reports
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07:30 EDTAZNAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
March 15, 2015
15:59 EDTLO, RAIFTC increases scrutiny on Reynolds-Lorillard deal, WSJ says
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