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December 27, 2012
16:15 EDTQCOR, BCDS, VVUS, TM, JCP, DIODOn 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.
News For TM;BCDS;DIOD;VVUS;QCOR;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
06:42 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 comp estimate, price target raised at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes warmer weather versus last year and greater mall traffic from Apple (AAPL) Watch interest will drive positive Q1 momentum for J.C. Penney (JCP). Piper raised its comp estimate for Q1 to up 3% from up 1% and its price target for shares to $14 from $13. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on J.C. Penney.
March 30, 2015
16:07 EDTVVUSVIVUS continues talks with U.S., EU over Qsymia
VIVUS announced an operational update, including certain key corporate decisions and plans regarding Qsymia capsules CIV. These plans include further investments in high-value, consumer-focused digital media projects in support of obesity education and Qsymia, and focusing the Qsymia field sales organization of approximately 100 territories on the most productive target areas. Management will continue discussions with U.S. and EU regulatory authorities regarding Qsymia development and potential cost-saving measures related to the planned cardiovascular outcomes trial, or CVOT, and will aim to further improve corporate efficiency and control costs while maintaining and extending the value of avanafil. VIVUS plans to discuss with U.S. regulatory authorities and key consultants potential cost-saving alternatives with respect to the Qsymia CVOT, known as AQCLAIM. The company is also in the process of pursuing approval for Qsymia in the EU and other key countries, as well as new indications in other chronic diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, and type 2 diabetes. VIVUS plans to optimize spending while pursuing these potential objectives.
12:58 EDTTMToyota launches new vehicles, automated safety features
Toyota will reveal its first-ever RAV4 Hybrid SUV, while Lexus unveils its all-new fourth-generation RX luxury crossover SUV, Toyota stated earlier today. Both debuts will mark the arrival of new, multi-feature, integrated safety packages, each anchored by automated pre-collision braking and offered at a price dramatically below comparable systems across the auto industry, the automaker stated. Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+ are designed to support the driverís awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds, Toyota stated. Packaged together in an integrated system, their features help address three key areas of accident protection: preventing or mitigating rear collisions, keeping drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during night time driving, according t othe company.
March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTDIODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:27 EDTTMToyota unveils new manufacturing process, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTDIODDiodes downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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March 23, 2015
09:05 EDTTMToyota to partner with I.D. Systems on new VMS
Toyota (TM) Material Handling, U.S.A., and I.D. Systems (IDSY) have executed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a new wireless industrial Vehicle Management System, or VMS. The new VMS will be marketed through the Toyota Industrial Equipment umbrella in North America under the "T-Matics" brand. The T-Matics products were officially launched to Toyota dealers on March 3.
March 22, 2015
17:42 EDTTMToyota close to approving Mexico plant, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
09:01 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says general counsel Janet Dhillon to leave company
J.C. Penney said in a filing that effective March 20, Janet Dhillon, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, is leaving J. C. Penney Company.
March 18, 2015
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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March 17, 2015
15:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney General Counsel Janet Dhillon leaving, Bloomberg says
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06:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CMO leaves company, effective immediately, AdAge reports
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06:13 EDTTMToyota to offer biggest pay increase for workers in 13 years, WSJ reports
Toyota will raise wages for its workers by the most in 13 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a source, the automaker will raise the monthly pay for a unionized worker in Japan by about 3.2% on average beginning in April; workers will be offered a Y4,000 raise in monthly base pay and a Y7,300 raise in seniority pay, the source adds. Reference Link

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