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January 10, 2014
13:00 EDTYRCW, TGT, SHLD, ICPT, SWS, HTH, CHTPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a report showed that U.S. hiring slowed markedly in December. The averages began the session in positive territory, as a "bad news is good news" attitude appeared to breifly return to the market, but the market never gained upside momentum. The averages crossed into negative territory before the end of the first hour of trading and have drifted in negative ground since then. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., employers added 74K jobs in December, which was the smallest jobs gain since January 2011 and fell well short of expectations for 200K jobs to have been added. The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.7% from 7% in November, but the drop occurred largely because more people stopped looking for work. In China, the nation's trade surplus of $25.6B for December was below the $32.2B surplus expected. Export growth of 4.3% was slower than the prior month and missed expectations, while imports rose by 8.3%, which was more than expected. In Europe, S&P reaffirmed at its AAA rating on Germany with a stable outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Target (TGT) shares slipped 1% after the company increased its estimate of people affected by its recent security breach to 70 million and said additional information may have been stolen. The company also cut its forecast for the fourth quarter performance of its U.S. unit, noting that it now expects same-store sales will fall about 2.5%, compared with a prior view that they would be flat compared to last year. Target stated that its new expectation reflects stronger-than-expected Q4 sales prior to the company’s announcement of its data breach and "meaningfully weaker-than expected" sales since the announcement... Another department store owner, Sears Holdings (SHLD), plunged 12% after forecasting worse than expected fourth quarter losses and saying domestic comparable store sales for the quarter-to-date fell 5.7% at Kmart and 9.2% at Sears stores in the U.S. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), which rose another 70% after its stock nearly tripled yesterday following the company's trial of obeticholic acid for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis being stopped early for efficacy. Also higher was SWS Group (SWS), which rose about 21% to $7.33 near midday after Hilltop Holdings (HTH) offered to buy the rest of SWS that it doesn't already own for $7 a share in cash and Hilltop stock. Hilltop shares also rose nearly 9% after making the proposal. Among the noteworthy losers was Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), which fell 29% after the FDA posted briefing documents related to a review of a resubmission for the company's Northera drug. Also lower were shares of trucker YRC Worldwide (YRCW), which declined 13% after members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters did not approve the memorandum of understanding extension proposal made by the company. INDEXES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was down 35.43, or 0.22%, to 16,409.33, the Nasdaq was down 1.71, or 0.04%, to 4,154.49, and the S&P 500 was down 1.10, or 0.06%, to 1,837.03.
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August 12, 2014
10:18 EDTICPTIntercept rallies sharply, retraces, levels to watch
The shares gapped open to $345.62 this morning, rallied to a high of $349.08, and have since been moving lower in price. With last price at $307.03 the stock is not far from the top of the prior trading range which was near the $300 area. Holding above that $300 level is important if the stock is going to regain a bullish footing. A break back down into the prior range of $210 at the low and $300 at the high would leave the stock in neutral mode technically. Resistance is at $313.14, based on current price.
10:15 EDTICPTIntercept surges after reporting data for liver disease drug OCA
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10:00 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:32 EDTICPTIntercept Pharmaceuticals volatility expected to move on trial data
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07:53 EDTICPTIntercept price target raised to $500 from $395 at Deutsche Bank
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06:30 EDTICPTIntercept upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Leerink upgraded Intercept to Outperform citing an increased probability of success in NASH following last night's data. The firm raised its price target for shares to $445 from $270 saying it was encouraged by the removal of the prior imbalance in serious adverse events.
06:20 EDTICPTIntercept upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
06:19 EDTICPTIntercept data for liver disease drug 'highly positive, says Citigroup
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August 11, 2014
18:29 EDTICPTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: DealerTrack (TRAK), up 11.3%... DTS Inc. (DSTI), up 12.8%... Globalstar (GSAT), up 1.6%... Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO), up 2.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 57.7% after announcing that 46% of OCA group met FLINT endpoint as well as reporting second quarter results... Cempra (CEMP), up 5.8% following Intercept Pharmaceuticals' FLINT announcement... Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG), up 3.6% after board approves a $500M share repurchase authorization and announces a $2.00 per share special dividend. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 13.4%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), down 9.7%... Millennial Media (MM), down 7.1%... MasTec (MTZ), down 3.6%... Turtle Beach (HEAR), down 3.5%... magicJack (CALL), down 5.8%... Geron (GERN), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), down 3.7% after filing to sell 15M shares of common stock for holders.
17:18 EDTICPTIntercept up 54% to $363 after OCA data, Q2 earnings
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17:11 EDTICPTIntercept says 46% of OCA group met FLINT endpoint vs. 21% for placebo group
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16:24 EDTICPTIntercept reports Q2 EPS $1.51, may not compare to consensus (12c)
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15:32 EDTICPTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
14:50 EDTSHLDSears names former Tesco executive as President, Chief Member Officer for Kmart
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTTGTMarket 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.
06:34 EDTICPTIntercept volatility elevated into data
Intercept overall option implied volatility of 106 is above its 26-week average of 97 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Phase 2b FLINT 72 week data.
August 6, 2014
10:00 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:47 EDTTGTRetailers pare store openings as shopper visits slide, WSJ says
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07:45 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral and cut the price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcment, lack of catalysts, and ecommerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers.
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