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February 13, 2014
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Skechers (SKX), up 14%... Orbitz (OWW), up 14%... Retrophin (RTRX), up 29%... ION Geophysical (IO), up 27%... Avon Products (AVP), up 3%. ALSO HIGHER: Time Warner Cable (TWC), up 8.6% after agreeing to be acquired by Comcast (CMCSA) in a $45.2B stock swap deal. Comcast class A shares are down about 2% after the deal announcement. Charter (CHTR), which was also vying to buy TWC, are down 9% after Comcast struck its deal... Cardiome (CRME), up 20% after Brinavess shows positive results in cardiological study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cisco (CSCO), down 3.7%... Mondelez (MDLZ), down 3%... Starwood Hotels (HOT), down 2.3%... URS Corporation (URS), down 15%... Itron (ITRI), down 22%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 19%... LeapFrog (LF), down 10%... Cabelas (CAB), down 9%... Whole Foods (WFM), down 7%... NetApp (NTAP), down 4.5%. ALSO LOWER: DURECT (DRRX), down 29% after the FDA determined it cannot approve the New Drug Application for POSIDUR in its present form... The Medicines Co. (MDCO), down 13% after an FDA panel voted against approval for cangrelor and the company's shares were downgraded at Jefferies and at Credit Suisse.
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTCSCOChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:34 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
15:31 EDTSKXSkechers to host special shareholder meeting
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13:34 EDTTWC, CHTRLiberty Broadband shareholders approve proposals related to Charter merger
Liberty Broadband (LBRDA, LBRDK) announced that at its special meeting of stockholders, the holders of Liberty's common stock entitled to vote thereat approved both proposals presented at the meeting relating to Liberty's issuance of shares of its Series C common stock to third party investors, the proceeds of which will fund all or a portion of Liberty's purchase of $4.3B of stock of a new publicly traded Charter Communications (CHTR) following its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), all as previously announced.
09:31 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable announces partnership with Telemundo
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09:18 EDTCSCOPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:48 EDTHOTStarwood makes debut in Montana
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced the debut of its eco-wise Element brand in Bozeman with the opening of Element Bozeman, marking the first Starwood hotel in the state of Montana. Owned by a group of Bozeman investors, the newly constructed Element hotel offers a stylish and sustainable new option for travelers with 104 light-filled rooms and an atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance while on the road.
06:29 EDTRTRXOrphan drug pricing concerns overdone, says Leerink
Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz says his firm's Orphan Drug Payor survey contrasts with the recent bearish investor sentiment over the orphan drug business model. The survey of 30 payors indicates that the reimbursement landscape "remains highly favorable" for commercially insured patients and is able to withstand potential weakness caused by proposed changes to Medicare pricing, Schwartz tells investors in a research note. His analysis suggests a "surprisingly limited" impact to valuations of orphan drug companies should Medicare patients receive drug discounts. Schwartz views the pricing concerns stemming from Hillary Clinton's plan to combat high drug prices as overdone. He reiterates Outperform ratings on AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG), BioMarin (BMRN), Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) and Retrophin (RTRX).
06:21 EDTCSCOCisco preps for Inspur deal to bolster China business, WSJ reports
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September 22, 2015
11:21 EDTCRMECardiome management to meet with Canaccord
Meeting with management to be held in Toronto on September 23 hosted by Canaccord.
10:59 EDTLFLeapFrog management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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10:56 EDTCSCOAnalysts disagree on Infoblox outlook
The shares of network controller maker Infoblox (BLOX) are retreating after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Hold in a note to investors today. However, Stifel gave a divergent opinion on the stock yesterday, recommending it as a Buy. BUY: Research firm Stifel yesterday initiated coverage of Infoblox with a Buy rating, saying that the company is poised to benefit from "the tremendous growth of IP-based devices in enterprises." Infoblox has significant growth potential and is the leader in its markets, wrote Stifel, adding that the company should be boosted by its new products and better sales execution going forward. It set a $23 price target on the stock. HOLD: Infoblox still has to work hard to sell its IP Address management system and its Domain Name System, or DNS, product, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath indicated. Moreover, the company will probably have to increase the amount of money it spends on sales initiatives in fiscal 2016, putting a lid on its earnings power, the analyst warned. Also likely to hurt Infloxblox in fiscal 2016 are its transition to an "as a service model," which is likely to cause analysts to lower their estimates for the company and Cisco's (CSCO) launch of an OpenDNS product for companies, according to Bhagavath, who cut his price target on Infoblox to $20 from $30. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Infoblox fell 3.7% to $17.11.
10:07 EDTCMCSAMedia companies adjust Netflix strategy ahead of OTT growth, Bloomberg says
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09:13 EDTHOTStarwood to expand presence in Brazil with signing of Sheraton Santos Hotel
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09:06 EDTHOTStarwood expands in Brazil with signing of Sheraton Santos Hotel
Starwood announced its presence in Brazil will expand with the signing of Sheraton Santos Hotel, owned by local real estate developer Grupo Mendes. The signing comes on the heels of the recent reopening of Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel in May and, fitting for the Sheraton brand, will be the first international upper-upscale hotel in Santos in the state of Sao Paulo.
08:43 EDTOWWExpedia price target raised to $150 from $135 at Cowen
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08:31 EDTANGIAngie's List announces strategic relationship with Masonite International
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07:53 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. management to meet with Leerink
Meetings to be held in Boston on September 24-25 hosted by Leerink.
06:19 EDTRTRXClinton to roll out plan to rein in prescription drug costs, USA Today reports
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05:07 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; AVP WFT
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