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March 31, 2014
12:18 EDTMNTA, PRAN, MU, TEVA, T, MYL, NDZOn 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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March 18, 2015
16:13 EDTTEVAFibrocell Science appoints Keith Goldan as CFO
Fibrocell Science announced the appointment of Keith Goldan as senior VP and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Prior to joining Fibrocell, Goldan served as CFO of two publicly traded companies. Most recently he served as SVP and CFO of NuPathe, which was acquired by Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) in 2014.
13:59 EDTTT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
11:36 EDTTEVAIgnyta price target raised to $17 from $14 at Leerink
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11:25 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; SWKS MU
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10:08 EDTTEVAEagle Pharmaceuticals price target increased to $67 from $43 at William Blair
William Blair raised its price target on Eagle Pharmaceuticals to $67 from $43 citing its belief that the company can become profitable and have significant cash flow pending the approval of EP-3102. The company added that it view last week's FDA label change for Teva's (TEVA) Treanda as a positive for EP-3102 and that its new price target assumes 2016 launch and "reasonable" penetration for EP-3102.
09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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08:08 EDTMUSamsung postponed DRAM equipment orders, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates Samsung has recently postponed a "meaningful" level of DRAM equipment orders by up to two quarters. The firm views the push outs as evidence of discipline in the DRAM supply chain and a positive for Micron (MU). It believes the DRAM pricing environment should stabilize starting in Q2 and recommends buying shares of Micron at current levels. It has an Overweight rating on the name with a $40 price target.
07:30 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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07:13 EDTTEVATeva volatility elevated, shares near four year high
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06:16 EDTTAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
19:42 EDTTEVAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:03 EDTTEVAIgnyta acquires 4 oncology R&D assets from Teva for 1.5M shares of common stock
Teva (TEVA) and Ignyta (RXDX) announced the acquisition by Ignyta of the worldwide rights and assets relating to four targeted oncology development programs in exchange for 1.5M shares of Ignyta’s common stock. Concurrently, Ignyta has entered into stock purchase agreements with Teva, and selected additional healthcare investors, whereby Teva will purchase a further 1.5 million shares of common Ignyta stock at a price of $10 per share in a registered direct offering. The other investors will purchase an additional 2.7M shares at $10 per share, valuing the total offering at approximately $41.6M. Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement with Teva, Ignyta is acquiring all of Teva’s assets and worldwide rights relating to four oncology development programs in exchange for 1.5M shares of Ignyta’s common stock. Teva has agreed not to sell or otherwise transfer any of these shares until March 17, 2016, and Ignyta is required to register the resale of these shares with the SEC prior to such date. Ignyta also assumed all of Teva’s ongoing obligations under certain contracts relating to the purchased programs, including the agreements under which Teva in-licensed rights to the assets.
11:16 EDTMUMicron falls, levels to watch
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10:26 EDTTEVAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:34 EDTMYLInSite Vision announces settlement of lawsuit against Mylan
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08:00 EDTMUMicron FY16 EPS estimate lowered at RBC Capital
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March 16, 2015
11:40 EDTTEVAEnzo Biochem to request rehearing of court of appeals decision
Enzo Biochem (ENZ) said, acting upon advice of counsel, that it disagrees with the March 16 split 2-to-1 decision of the Court of Appeals sitting in panel for the Federal Circuit that reverses-in-part and vacates-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Applera Corp., now Life Technologies (LIFE), infringed Enzo’s patents covering pioneering technologies relating to compounds used in DNA sequencing systems to read the genetic code, and remands the case to the District Court as to whether the accused product infringes. Counter to the District Court’s construction of the ‘767 patent as allowing for directly-detectable labels on nucleotides and polynucleotides, and counter to the jury’s verdict that the patent describes such labelling, the Court of Appeals, held such labelling excluded by claim 1 of that patent. Enzo notes also that the Court’s partial vacatur and reversal of the judgment does not end the case, but remands the case back to the District Court to find whether the accused product infringes. Enzo will request rehearing of that decision, both by the original panel and by the full en banc Court. Enzo believes rehearing is warranted by the panel’s failure to give appropriate weight to fact findings, including facts found by the jury, consistent with a broader construction of the patent, as required by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA).
10:28 EDTTEVA, MYLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:44 EDTTEVAFDA warning on liquid bendamustine may help Eagle's EP-3102, says Piper Jaffray
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08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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