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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTVZ, CRAY, REG, AMRE, SRPT, LL, TSCO, LOW, HD, PBPBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
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October 21, 2014
07:36 EDTVZVerizon backs FY14 target of 4% consolidated top-line growth
FY14 revenue consensus $126.08B. For the full year, results for consolidated adjusted and wireless segment EBITDA service margin will be dependent on Q4 volumes and installment take rates. Wireline segment EBITDA margin remains on track to expand on a full-year basis, Verizon said.
07:34 EDTVZVerizon sees FY14 capital spending near $17B
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07:33 EDTVZVerizon CEO says seeing continued, healthy demand for wireless, broadband
Verizon Communications Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said: "We have great confidence heading into the fourth quarter, as Verizon continues to deliver consistently strong operating and financial results. We see continued, healthy customer demand for wireless and broadband services, and we are encouraged by the growth we are starting to see in the areas of video delivery and machine-to-machine. Our cash generation remains strong, and last month we were pleased to announce board approval of a quarterly dividend increase for the eighth consecutive year."
07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q3 EPS 89c, consensus 90c
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06:22 EDTHDStaples may be latest retailer to be hacked, Krebs reports
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTVZVerizon technical commentary before earnings
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13:53 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon sentiment mixed ahead of Q3 report
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09:09 EDTSRPTEMA encourages applications for orphan designation for Ebola treatments
The European Medicines Agency encourages developers of treatments or vaccines against Ebola to apply for orphan designation. Applications for orphan designation of Ebola medicines will be treated as a priority and EMA has committed to fast-tracking their evaluation, the regulator announced. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX), NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
07:17 EDTVZVerizon weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Verizon October weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, November and January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 21.
October 19, 2014
16:44 EDTSRPTEbola drug discovery efforts intensify, WSJ says
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13:39 EDTSRPTCarnival cruise passenger tests negative for Ebola, Reuters says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTHDStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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14:50 EDTSRPTBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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09:46 EDTSRPTSarepta soars after publication of Ebola drug candidate data
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09:17 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:16 EDTSRPTSarepta up 10.6% following publication of Ebola phase 1 clinical study
16:13 EDTSRPTSarepta announces publication of Ebola, Marburg Phase I clinical study results
Sarepta Therapeutics announced the publication of results from two single ascending-dose studies that demonstrated no clinical or toxicologic safety concerns with the company’s drug candidates for the treatment of Ebola and Marburg virus, respectively. AVI-6002 for the treatment of Ebola is a combination therapy of two phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomers, which target the viral matrix proteins VP24 and VP35, respectively. AVI-6003 for the treatment of Marburg is a combination therapy of two PMOs, which target the viral proteins VP24 and NP, respectively. These drug candidates use Sarepta’s advanced and proprietary PMOplus chemistry, which is also the basis of the company’s clinical-stage influenza drug candidate, AVI-7100. Results from previous viral challenge studies of AVI-6002 and AVI-6003 in non-human primates demonstrated prevention of disease development and death following exposure to Ebola or Marburg virus. Subsequent animal studies demonstrated that for each combination therapy, only one oligomer contributed to efficacy, and therefore, the lead drug candidates for Ebola and Marburg have since become the single compounds AVI-7537 and AVI-7288.
16:12 EDTLLPoint72 Asset reports 5.2% passive stake in Lumber Liquidators
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