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December 27, 2012
16:15 EDTTM, BCDS, DIOD, VVUS, QCOR, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent almost the entire session in negative territory but the averages recovered most of their losses in the last hour of trading. Headlines from Washington late in the trading day indicated the House of Representatives plans a session for Sunday evening to discuss the fiscal cliff. After opening lower the averages fell to their worst levels just after midday and were trading near those levels before moving sharply higher, and eventually erasing almost all of their losses, during the final 90 minutes of trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 12,000 to 350,000, compared to expectations for claims to remain relatively flat with the prior week. Sales of new homes rose 4.4% in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, beating expectations. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since August with a 65.1 reading for December, versus expectations for a 70.0 figure. This morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that there may not be enough time left to reach a budget deal and that the U.S. appears destined to head over the fiscal cliff. However, late day optimism took hold based on plans for the House to reconvene this weekend... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) gained $2.18, or 2.41%, to $92.54 after the company agreed to a settlement valued over $1B related to previous recalls over claims of accelerator pedal problems... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BCD Semiconductor (BCDS), which rose $3.43, or 86.18%, to $7.41 after agreeing to be acquired by Diodes (DIOD) for $8.00 per U.S. listed share. Shares of Diodes also gained 23c, or 1.36%, to $17.14. Also higher were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up 51c, or 3.88%, to $13.67 after the company's CEO was quoted by Financial Times as saying he foresees the potential for using direct-to-consumer advertising and a larger scale sales force to market its Qsymia weight-loss drug. Among the noteworthy losers was Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR), down $2.12, or 7.09%, to $27.78 after the circulation of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan document related to coverage of the company's Acthar Gel. Also lower were shares of and J.C. Penney (JCP), down $1.23, or 5.93%, to $19.52 after being mentioned by The Wall Street Journal as a retailer that may face a particularly challenging and important year in 2013... INDICES: The Dow was down 18.28, or 0.14%, to 13,096.31; the Nasdaq was down 4.25, or 0.14%, to 2,985.91; and the S&P 500 was down 1.74, or 0.12%, to 1,418.09.
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July 21, 2014
07:36 EDTQCORMallinckrodt price target raised to $95 from $85 at Jefferies
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July 18, 2014
18:21 EDTTMToyota to launch pricier compact in India, Nikkei reports
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15:23 EDTTMJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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10:40 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney call active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:28 EDTJCPRumor: J.C. Penney moves up on renewed takeover chatter
July 17, 2014
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July 16, 2014
16:13 EDTQCORMallinckrodt initiated with an Outperform, $100 target at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes Mallinckrodt's (MNK) acquisition of Questcor (QCOR) provides sustainable high-growth revenue potential. It believes the company bought Acthar at an attractive valuation. Opco started shares of Mallinckrodt with an Outperform rating and $100 price target.
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July 15, 2014
06:27 EDTTMAutomakers backing U.S.-EU trade deal, NY Times reports
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July 14, 2014
15:09 EDTQCORQuestcor rises after S-4 effective, interest from other suitors disclosed
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07:55 EDTTMToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
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07:04 EDTQCORMallinckrodt and Questcor update transaction
Mallinckrodt (MNK) and Questcor (QCOR) announced that the registration statement on Form S-4 filed with the SEC by Mallinckrodt on May 16 and amended on July 11 which includes a joint proxy statement of Mallinckrodt and Questcor that also constitutes a prospectus of Mallinckrodt, was declared effective on July 11. The companies have also each scheduled shareholder meetings on August 14 for shareholders of record on July 9 to consider (i) in the case of Mallinckrodt, its proposal to issue its ordinary shares in connection with its proposed acquisition of Questcor and (ii) in the case of Questcor, approval of the merger agreement with Mallinckrodt and related matters. The transaction is currently expected to be completed in August.
06:08 EDTTMABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
July 13, 2014
15:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO successor search faces setback, WSJ says
It appears that J.C. Penney (JCP) is not having an easy time of identifying a successor for current CEO Myron Ullman, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report, Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN (HSNI), who is considered the lead candidate for Ullman's position, had been in talks with J.C. Penney but could not agree on terms and negotiations broke down moths ago. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
09:09 EDTQCOROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:39 EDTQCORQuestcor reports Acthar adverse effects data, NY Times says
The number of patients who reported an adverse effect last year while taking Questcor's (QCOR) Acthar drug amounted to almost 5% of prescriptions dispensed, the company stated in a regulatory filing released yesterday, according to The New York Times. The filing marked the first time that the company has disclosed any difficulties experienced by Acthar patients, the newspaper added. Questcor has agreed to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK). Reference Link
July 10, 2014
14:01 EDTTMToyota selects KDC to develop new North American headquaters
Toyota announced that it has selected Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments, one of America's leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, to develop its new North American headquarters campus in the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Toyota recently finalized the purchase of its new headquarters site and expects to begin occupying the campus in late 2016 or early 2017. Once completed, the headquarters will be home to about 4,000 Toyota employees.

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