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July 29, 2014
12:13 EDTMW, MRK, WIN, GALT, UPS, FTR, PGTI, PFE, CTLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite a much better than expected consumer confidence reading and better than expected earnings from two pharmaceutical giants. With the Fed currently conducting its two-day FOMC meeting, investors may be choosing to remain cautious ahead of tomorrow’s conclusion. The averages have weakened in the last hour and are now mixed, with the Nasdaq leading and the S&P 500 lagging, but all of the major averages are not far from their starting points. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P Case Shiller home price index rose 9.34% from the prior year in May to 170.64, which was a bit below the expectation for a 9.9% year-over-year increase. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading climbed to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 June figure, beating expectations for a 85.4 reading and reaching its highest level since October 2007. COMPANY NEWS: Windstream (WIN) jumped 12% and sent ripples throughout the telecom sector after announcing plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT. Windstream confirmed it has received a private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service relating to certain tax matters regarding the tax-free nature of the spinoff and the qualification of the spunoff entity's assets as real property for REIT purposes. In addition to Windstream, shares of other companies that provide communications services gained as they were viewed as potentially being positioned to pursue similar plans, with Frontier Communications (FTR) advancing 11% and CenturyLink (CTL) rising 4%. However, Morgan Stanley cautioned that this ruling could reopen the political debate on REIT exemptions, especially if bigger companies begin to explore them, while UBS said large Telcos such as AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are unlikely to consider a similar structural separation... UPS (UPS) fell 3.5% after reporting Q2 adjusted earnings per share that missed expectations and lowering its fiscal year earnings outlook, citing its plans to increase operating expenses for capacity and peak related projects to a total of $175M. “These initiatives will increase operating expense this year, but will provide financial benefits for years to come,” said UPS CFO Kurt Kuehn... Two Dow members and pharma giants, Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK), both reported sales and profits that beat expectations for their second quarters. Pfizer, which backed its fiscal year adjusted EPS view but lowered its adjusted revenue view for the year, fell 0.4%, while Merck gained 1.6% near noon after its own report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was windows and door supplier PGT Inc. (PGTI), which gained 28% after reporting better than expected quarterly results and agreeing to buy CGI Windows & Doors for about $111M. Among the noteworthy losers was Men's Wearhouse (MW), which fell 7% after the company gave long-term guidance during its analyst day meeting. Also lower was Galectin Therapeutics (GALT), which plunged 55% after the company posted a presentation on its website that contains a summary of the results of the second cohort of patients in the Phase 1 clinical trial for GT-020. Galectin's GR-MD-02 showed no difference from placebo across most efficacy biomarkers in the phase I study of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, according to The Street's Adam Feuerstein. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.79, or 0.01%, to 16,980.80, the Nasdaq was up 8.00, or 0.18%, to 4,452.91, and the S&P 500 was down 1.91, or 0.1%, to 1,977.00.
News For WIN;CTL;FTR;MRK;PFE;UPS;MW;PGTI;GALT From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
07:05 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse names Bruce Thorn as COO
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06:17 EDTWINWindstream upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:08 EDTCTLFBI searching for suspects in attack on fiber optic cables, WSJ reports
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTCTLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:39 EDTMRKMerck says Phase 3 Emend data shows it provides 'greater protection' from nausea
Merck announced results from a Phase 3 study investigating the safety and efficacy of single-dose Emend for Injection, Merck’s substance P/neurokinin receptor antagonist, in combination with other anti-vomiting medicines, for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, or CINV, in adult cancer patients receiving moderately emetogenic chemotherapy, or MEC. In the study, the first to evaluate an intravenous NK-1 receptor antagonist for the prevention of CINV associated with MEC, the single-dose Emend for Injection regimen provided greater protection from nausea and vomiting following administration of chemotherapy versus an active control of placebo with other anti-vomiting medicines. These data were presented in an oral session at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on “Supportive Care in Cancer” in Copenhagen.
07:49 EDTGALTGalectin Therapeutics initiates enrollment for GR-MD-02 Phase 2 clinical trial
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07:12 EDTCTLCenturyLink upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
June 26, 2015
05:54 EDTCTLStocks with implied volatility movement; CTL PVA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; CenturyLink (CTL) 30, Penn Virginia (PVA) 106 according to iVolatility.
June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTCTLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:33 EDTCTLCenturyLink downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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June 24, 2015
13:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CDC committee votes to recommend MenB vaccine
Pfizer announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that decisions to vaccinate adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age against serogroup B meningococcal disease should be made at the individual level with healthcare providers. It added, "Specifically, the ACIP voted that a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine series may be administered to adolescents and young adults 16 through 23 years of age to provide short term protection against most strains of serogroup B meningococcal disease. The preferred age for MenB vaccination is 16 through 18 years of age." Pfizer's Trumenba is FDA-approved for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age. The ACIP recommendation will be forwarded to the director of the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval, Pfizer said.
11:02 EDTPFEPfizer lung cancer treatment granted FDA orphan drug designation
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09:07 EDTMRK, PFECAR-T cancer drug researchers seen as M&A targets, Bloomberg says
Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), Kite Pharma (KITE) and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) are trading well above their IPO levels as takeovers predictions have spurred interest and share increases for the developers of CAR-T gene therapies, said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, quoting Dimo Dimov, a professor at the University of Bath’s School of Management, as having said that companies such as Pfizer (PFE), Merck (MRK), Roche (RHHBY) and AstraZeneca (AZN) are "closely watching" the firms. Cellectis (CLLS), which is working with Pfizer on its own approach to CAR-T therapy, has said it wants to bring its therapy to market and doesn’t anticipate a sale, the report noted. Reference Link
09:03 EDTCTLCenturyLink volatility low into analyst day
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June 23, 2015
14:17 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics to receive $20M payment from Pfizer
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14:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces enrollment of first patient in RESET study
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09:53 EDTPFEPfizer management to meet with FBN Securities
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBN Securities.
07:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
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