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April 2, 2013
09:22 EDTEZPW, AET, OMPI, BGCP, VOD, AFFY, UNH, HPQ, T, INO, HUM, NDAQ, VZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Obagi Medical (OMPI), up 14.9% after Mez Pharma proposes to acquire Obagi for $22 per share... Nuance (NUAN), up 8.5% after Carl Icahn reports 9.27% passive stake... Vodafone (VOD), up 5.2% after FT Alphaville says Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) may consider offer to break-up and buy Vodafone assets... Humana (HUM), up 9.4%, UnitedHealth (UNH), up 4.2%, Aetna (AET), up 4.2%, after CMS issues final 2014 Medicare Advantage rates that were significantly better than original announcement... BGC Partners (BGCP), up 44.2% after selling treasuries platform to Nasdaq (NDAQ) for up to $1.234B in cash and stock. Nasdaq shares down 5.4% in pre-market after deal announced... ALSO LOWER: Inovio (INO), down 13.3% after collaborator ChronTech reports interim Phase II results from study of vaccine to treat hepatitis C virus... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), down 4.3% following downgrade to Sell rating at Goldman... EZCORP (EZPW), down 3.1% after downgrade to Underperform at FBR Capital... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Affymax (AFFY), down 9.6%.
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January 14, 2015
07:14 EDTVZSynacor, Verizon FiOS expand partnership
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06:53 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
06:14 EDTHPQMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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06:09 EDTBGCPBGC announces contingent increase of offer to acquire GFI to $5.60 per share
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06:05 EDTBGCPBGC announces contingent increase of offer to acquire GFI to $5.60 per share
January 13, 2015
15:05 EDTBGCPBGC Partners increases GFI Group takeover offer to $5.60 per share
BGC Partners (BGCP) disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company delivered to GFI Group (GFIG) an offer letter, dated January 13. As previously disclosed, BGC has engaged in good-faith discussions with the GFI special committee of the GFI board for more than three months, and, in the course of those discussions, BGC believes that it has resolved and addressed each and every meaningful issue raised by the special committee. The executed offer letter and tender offer agreement are the results of those discussions, and, therefore, BGC believes that their terms constitute a “Superior Proposal” under the agreement and plan of merger, dated as of July 30, 2014 and amended on December 2, 2014, by and among GFI, CME Group (CME), Commodore Acquisition and a wholly owned CME subsidiary. The tender offer agreement provides that, once executed by GFI in accordance with the terms of the offer letter, BGC will amend its existing tender offer to purchase all of GFI’s issued and outstanding shares, so that the offer price will be increased to $5.60 per share payable net to the seller in cash, without interest. The tender offer agreement also provides that BGC will advance up to $61M to GFI in order to pay any termination fee payable to CME under the CME merger agreement, if any, fees and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiation and preparation of the tender offer CME agreement and up to $15M of borrowings under GFI’s credit agreement.
15:00 EDTBGCPBGC Partners increases GFI Group takeover offer to $5.60 per share
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12:48 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:57 EDTHPQHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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06:44 EDTHPQHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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07:35 EDTVZNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:49 EDTNDAQNASDAQ to ask SEC for permission to take overbanks 'dark pools', WSJ says
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06:16 EDTVZSpherix announces trial date for case against Verizon set for May 18
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06:06 EDTT, VZSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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