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July 29, 2014
12:13 EDTPFE, CTL, MW, MRK, WIN, GALT, UPS, FTR, PGTIOn 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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August 26, 2015
08:53 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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07:32 EDTPFEPfizer launches Phase 3 trial of targeted therapy for breast cancer patients
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06:16 EDTPFEAlvogen to acquire product portfolio from Pfizer for US market
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August 25, 2015
14:16 EDTPFEMylan launches generic version of Pfizer's Zosyn Injection
Mylan (MYL) announced the U.S. launch of Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection USP, 3.375g Single-dose Vials, which is the generic version of Pfizer's (PFE) Zosyn Injection. This product is a combination penicillin-class antibacterial and beta-lactamase inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe infections caused by susceptible isolates of certain bacteria. Piperacillin and Tazobactam for Injection USP, 3.375g Single-dose Vials had U.S. sales of approximately $72.1M for the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, according to IMS Health. Mylan's launch of this product adds to the company's growing portfolio of more than 145 injectable products available to patients in the U.S. across a broad array of therapeutic categories including oncology, anti-infectives, anesthesia/pain management and cardiovascular.
August 24, 2015
12:57 EDTPFEFTC requires Pfizer to sell rights to four products as condition of buying Hospira
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08:16 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer to present new data on Eliquis at ESC Congress 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) announced that 22 abstracts will be presented at the ESC Congress 2015, to be held August 29 to September 2 in London, United Kingdom. The new data reinforce the Alliance's commitment to the ongoing evaluation of Eliquis in both the nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism patient populations. In addition, data from the AEGEAN study evaluating adherence among NVAF patients further extends the Alliance's commitment to patient care.
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer receives clearance from FTC for Hospira acquisition
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTPFE, MRKBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer says two Phase 3 Trumenba studies met primary endpoints
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05:44 EDTMRKStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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August 20, 2015
17:52 EDTUPSUPS pilots President issues statement on FedEx/ALPA tentative agreement
The following statement is from Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association regarding the tentative pilot labor agreement between FedEx (FDX) and ALPA: "We congratulate our pilot peers and FedEx on reaching a new tentative collective bargaining agreement. While we have not seen the details, the IPA will refrain from commenting on the merits of the tentative agreement until the ALPA ratification process has been completed. If approved, however, the FedEx pilot contract will bring labor peace to our largest competitor. In sharp contrast, UPS (UPS) management has created a bitter standoff with its pilot employees, unnecessarily dragging out contract talks for four years. UPS must not allow itself to be left behind by FedEx. The IPA calls on UPS management to work with its pilots to expeditiously achieve an agreement."
16:48 EDTWINOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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15:56 EDTWINWindstream said to hire RBC to explore sale of data storage business
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14:05 EDTWINWindstream said to hire RBC to explore sale of data storage business
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11:33 EDTMRKLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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11:24 EDTPFEPfizer says Ibrance application validated by EMA
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09:00 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse selloff a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Edward Plank views the recent selloff in shares of Men's Wearhouse as a buying opportunity. Much of the back-end integration risk from Jos. A. Bank has now passed, and margin improvement should follow, Plank tells investors in a research note. The analyst's FY18 bull case suggests a price target of $100, or 75% upside from current levels, versus a bear case of $47, or 20% downside. He keeps a Buy rating on Men's Wearhouse with a $67 price target.
08:38 EDTMRKMerck says to present new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study
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08:18 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with UBS
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08:02 EDTFTRFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
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