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July 29, 2014
12:13 EDTWIN, CTL, FTR, MRK, PFE, UPS, MW, PGTI, GALTOn 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.
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October 15, 2014
10:51 EDTWINWindstream awarded four-year contract valued at $1.1M to deliver VLS network
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10:11 EDTFTRFrontier granted PURA approval for AT&T wireless ops. in Connecticut
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09:57 EDTMRKLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTMRK, PFEBIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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October 13, 2014
08:01 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of Palbociclib NDA with priority review
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07:37 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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October 10, 2014
08:06 EDTPFEPfizer presents Staphylococcus aureus vaccine Phase 1, Phase 2 study data
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October 9, 2014
10:00 EDTMWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:32 EDTMRKMerck HCV solutions becoming more credible, says Bernstein
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05:42 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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October 8, 2014
11:14 EDTMRKMerck presents new MK-5172/MK-8742 clinical study data
Merck announced that new data from clinical studies of the company’s investigational, oral, once-daily, fixed-dose combination chronic hepatitis C treatment grazoprevir/elbasvir, or MK-5172/MK-8742, are scheduled to be presented at the 65th American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Annual Meeting, also known as The Liver Meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place from November 7-11. New data will also be presented for MK-3682, formerly IDX21437, as part of its purchase of Idenix Pharmaceuticals.
11:08 EDTMRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst discusses IMPROVE-IT's regulatory and commercial implications for novel LDL-lowering therapies on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 2 pm.
10:55 EDTPFE, MRKLeerink pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss prospects for drugs that raise HDL cholesterol, effects of CETP mechanism, expectations for REVEAL data and the potential place for CETP inhibitors in a crowded hypersholesterolemia landscape on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 9 at 11 am.
08:09 EDTPFEPfizer presents LP2086 Phase 2 study data
Pfizer announced it will present the results of a Phase 2, randomized study to evaluate co-administration of the company’s investigational meningococcal group B vaccine, bivalent recombinant LP2086, or rLP2086, with a licensed quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine at IDWeek 2014. Data demonstrated immune responses to both vaccines were generated after concomitant administration of bivalent rLP2086 and HPV4. Prespecified noninferiority criteria were met for the bivalent rLP2086 antigens studied and three of the four antigens for HPV4. Primary immunogenicity endpoints, measured after the third dose, included geometric mean titers against HPV antigens in Groups 1 and 3 and human complement serum bactericidal assay GMTs against meningococcal group B disease test strains in Groups 1 and 2. Secondary immunogenicity endpoints included the rate of seroconversion to HPV antigens. Safety of bivalent rLP2086 was assessed after concomitant administration with HPV4 or saline. The prespecified noninferiority criteria were met for three of four HPV antigens and both meningococcal group B disease test strains. Seroconversion for all four HPV antigens was achieved by 99% or more of the subjects for the groups that received HPV4 concomitantly with bivalent rLP2086 or with saline. More local reactions occurred following administration of bivalent rLP2086 compared with saline but the incidence of these reactions did not increase with subsequent vaccine administration. The rates of local and systemic reactions were comparable when bivalent rLP2086 was given with HPV4 to bivalent rLP2086 given alone.
07:19 EDTPFECBI to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTMRK, PFEInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
October 7, 2014
12:20 EDTFTRDISH, Frontier Communications extend agreement
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11:27 EDTCTLHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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08:06 EDTUPSUPS acquires i-parcel, terms not disclosed
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07:48 EDTPFEU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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