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March 31, 2014
12:18 EDTT, PRAN, NDZ, TEVA, MNTA, MYL, MUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday in the last trading day of the first quarter of the year. The disappointing Chicago purchasing managers' report was offset by dovish comments from Fed Chief Yellen, who said the the central bank’s "extraordinary" aid will last for "some time.” ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago PMI business barometer index came in at 55.9, versus the consensus forecast for a 59.0 reading. In Europe, the annual inflation rate across the 18-country eurozone fell for the third consecutive month, slipping to 0.5% in March, compared to analysts' consensus forecast for a milder drop to 0.6%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AT&T (T) advanced early in the session after the company's board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to 300M shares, or about 6% of its common shares outstanding. The company also noted it has 125M shares left under its buyback authorization that was issued in March of last year, but the stock had given up much of its early advance to be up fractionally near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Canada's Nordion (NDZ), which jumped 11% after the company agreed to be acquired by Sterigenics for $11.75 per share in cash shortly after Canada's government lifted its 25% limit on foreign investment in the company. Also higher following analyst commentary was Micron (MU), which rose nearly 8% amid notes in its defense from Stifel and Pacific Crest, as well as broad-based strength in technology stocks that have recently pulled back. Among the noteworthy losers were Momenta Pharmaceuticals (MNTA), which dropped 15%, and Mylan (MYL), which slipped over 1%, after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Teva (TEVA) of a court ruling that would enable generic versions of its multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, to be sold in May. Also lower were shares of Prana Biotechnology (PRAN), which plunged over 70% after its clinical study of a drug being tested as a treatment of Alzheimer's Disease did not hit its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 118.43, or 0.73%, to 16,441.49, the Nasdaq was up 52.48, or 1.26%, to 4,208.23, and the S&P 500 was up 14.56, or 0.78%, to 1,872.18.
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August 11, 2014
07:50 EDTMUMicron pullback creates buying opportunity, says Jefferies
Jefferies attributes the recent pullback in shares of Micron to Samsung's DRAM bit growth commentary and Micron's guidance for higher capital expenditures in FY15. Jefferies expects favorable DRAM supply/demand balance to continue through 2015 and thinks Micron will continue to see near-term pricing power. The firm recommends buying the stock at current levels and keeps a Buy rating on Micron with a $38 price target.
07:36 EDTMYLMylan launches generic Xeloda tablets
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTMYLMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
12:34 EDTMYLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:32 EDTTSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMYLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTMUMicron shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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07:56 EDTTSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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07:01 EDTMYLHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTMYLMylan downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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August 7, 2014
13:55 EDTTEVATeva won't be meaningfully hurt soon by new Copaxone filing, says BMO Capital
After Teva (TEVA) confirmed that it received the first paragraph IV notice for the 3x per week version of its Copaxone drug from Dr. Reddy's (RDY), BMO Capital said it had expected companies to seek to market a generic version of the latest Copaxone formulation, but was surprised that Dr. Reddy's took this action. The firm notes that Teva's decision to file a lawsuit against Dr. Reddy over the application will trigger a 30 month stay of approval of the generic version,. BMIO Capital says that investors should keep this issue on their radar, but the firm does not expect Teva to be meaningfully hurt in the near-term by this development. It keeps an Outperform rating on Teva.
12:06 EDTTEVATeva will continue to defend COPAXONE intellectual property rights
Teva (TEVA) confirmed that it has received the first paragraph IV notice for its three-times-a-week COPAXONE 40 mg/mL product from Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (RDY). Teva will continue to vigorously defend its COPAXONE intellectual property rights against infringement wherever they are challenged. Teva intends to file a lawsuit for patent infringement against Dr. Reddy’s within the 45 day period provided under the Hatch-Waxman Act. The filing of the lawsuit will trigger a 30 month stay of FDA approval of Dr. Reddy’s ANDA. COPAXONE 40 mg/mL is protected by two Orange Book patents that expire in 2030.
10:29 EDTMYLMylan: Noise about inversion is tremendous speculation and that's all it is
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10:23 EDTMYLMylan sees FY14 CapEx $350M-$400M
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10:20 EDTMYLMylan sees FY14 adjusted EBITDA $2.2B-$2.4B
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10:20 EDTMYL, TEVAMylan says litigation ins ongoing in India regarding Teva
Mylan (MYL) said that it expects Teva's (TEVA) efforts to seek an injunction will "as ineffective as it was in U.S. courts." The company said it will not provide further comment on the matter. Mylan said it will also postpone its 2014 Investor Day due to the ongoing nature of the Abbott (ABT) transaction. It expects its fully realized savings and profit from new products will not be realized till 2015. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:42 EDTMYLObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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06:37 EDTMYLMylan narrows FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.25-$3.45 from $3.25-$3.60
Consensus $3.37. Narrows FY14 revenue guidance to $7.8B-$8B from $7.8B-$8.2B, consensus $7.77B.
06:36 EDTMYLMylan sees Q3 EPS 90c-95c, consensus $1.03
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06:34 EDTMYLMylan reports Q2 adjusted EPS 69c, consensus 70c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.84B, consensus $1.88B.
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