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July 29, 2014
12:13 EDTGALT, UPS, FTR, PGTI, PFE, CTL, MW, MRK, WINOn 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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November 19, 2014
07:52 EDTMRK, PFEInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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07:23 EDTUPSFedEx, UPS preparing for earlier holiday rush after last year, WSJ says
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November 18, 2014
10:10 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with Stephens
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08:33 EDTPFEPfizer announces availability of Trumenba vaccine
Pfizer announced hat TRUMENBA, the first and only FDA-approved vaccine for active immunization to prevent invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B in individuals 10 through 25 years of age, is now available for order by healthcare providers in the United States.
07:29 EDTPFEPfizer less likely to pursue AstraZeneca after PD-L1 deal, says JPMorgan
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07:28 EDTFTRFrontier Communications management to meet with UBS
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07:18 EDTPFEWoodford confident in Astra, sees 50% chance of new Pfizer bid, Reuters reports
Investment manager Neil Woodford of Woodford Investment Management said he now has an even stronger belief in AstraZeneca (AZN), citing the company's strong product pipeline, and put the chances of a new takeover bid from Pfizer (PFE) at 50/50, reported Reuters, citing a statement from Woodford. Reference Link
06:39 EDTPFE, MRKAstraZeneca: 'Hard to comment' on whether Pfizer will come back, Reuters reports
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November 17, 2014
17:36 EDTUPSUPS says any unplanned surge during holiday may cost customers, Reuters says
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14:27 EDTPFEPfizer volatility flat into investor meeting
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11:55 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT study met all primary, secondary endpoints
Merck announced that the investigational IMPROVE-IT study met its primary and all secondary composite efficacy endpoints. In IMPROVE-IT, patients taking the LDL-cholesterol-lowering medicine VYTORIN – which combines simvastatin with the non-statin ZETIA -- experienced significantly fewer major cardiovascular events than patients treated with simvastatin alone. The results from this 18,144-patient study of high-risk patients presenting with acute coronary syndromes were presented today during the late-breaking clinical trials session at the American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions. Merck plans to submit the data from IMPROVE-IT to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-2015 to support a new indication for reduction of major cardiovascular events for VYTORIN and ZETIA. VYTORIN and ZETIA are currently indicated for use along with a healthy diet to reduce elevated LDL cholesterol in patients with hyperlipidemia. The current U.S. Prescribing Information for both products states that the effect of ezetimibe on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, alone or incremental to statin therapy, has not been determined.
09:42 EDTPFEPfizer to host investor day
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09:22 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:34 EDTMRKMerck says IMPROVE-IT met primary endpoint
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08:13 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA-A studies
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07:16 EDTPFEMilken Institute--Faster Cures to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTPFEAstraZeneca, Pfizer deal seen less likely after Merck transaction, Reuters says
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05:27 EDTPFEPfizer lowers FY14 Reported EPS view to $1.40-$1.49 from $1.50-$1.59
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05:23 EDTPFEPfizer forms strategic alliance with Merck KGaA
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November 16, 2014
13:26 EDTMRKMerck: KEYTRUDA showed superiority to chemotherapy for primary endpoint of PFS
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