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February 25, 2014
09:24 EDTBCRX, M, HD, VVUS, XOMA, VSI, TMUS, KN, LNKD, IMUC, SCTY, TSLA, ODPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Home Depot (HD), up 1.9%... Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), up 9.6%... ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 2.4%. ALSO HIGHER: ImmunoCellular (IMUC), up 26% after granted orphan drug designation for ICT-107 by EMA... XOMA (XOMA), up 6% after confirming FDA orphan designation for gevokizumab ... Tesla (TSLA), up 6.5% after price target raised to $320 at Morgan Stanley... BioCryst (BCRX), up 7% after announcing FDA accepted to review peramivir's NDA... LinkedIn (LNKD), up 3.4% after WSJ says the company will expand in China. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 2.4%... T-Mobile (TMUS), down 1%... Macy's (M), down 0.5%... Office Depot (ODP), down 13%... ALSO LOWER: VIVUS (VVUS), down 14.5% after earnings, downgrade at JPMorgan.
News For TSLA;TMUS;HD;SCTY;VSI;M;IMUC;XOMA;BCRX;LNKD;VVUS;ODP;KN From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
08:48 EDTTMUST-Mobile should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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06:59 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field’s, and Filene’s, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
06:52 EDTMMacy's sues Strategic Marks in brand dispute, NY Post says
Macy's is suing Strategic Marks after the company attempted to acquire certain Macy's brand names, including Abraham & Straus, Marshall Field's, and Filene's, reports the New York Post. Strategic Marks laid claim to the "dormant" brands, saying Macy's acquired then abandoned them in order to eliminate regional competition, and trial is set for March 2. The Post notes that Strategic is readying "its own launch of new merchandise and pop-up stores." Reference Link
05:56 EDTTMUSVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTTSLASpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTTSLASpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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13:09 EDTODPSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTODPStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTODPStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
10:21 EDTTSLATesla slips, levels to watch
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09:44 EDTMSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:31 EDTODPActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTODPStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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07:57 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $120 from $100 at Credit Suisse
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07:27 EDTTMUST-Mobile identified as top pick heading into Q4 results at Oppenheimer
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06:24 EDTTMUST-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
06:17 EDTTMUST-Mobile upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTTSLAGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTTSLAGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTTMUSGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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