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April 23, 2012
16:25 EDTTWC, BKS, K, OTT, AZN, WMT, ACHN, RDEAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower following a pair of political developments in Europe. France’s incumbent president, Nicolas Sarkozy, came in second in the first round of the nation's elections and the Dutch cabinet failed to gain approval for a budget which included austerity measures, leading to their resignations. The European news, along with some disappointing data there and from China, weighed on the futures, which in turn led to a sharply lower open for the broader market. The market continued to move lower in the first hour of trading but then found a level where it began to build. The averages moved in a generally upward trend for the remainder of the session, as investors waited for the next round of earnings reports and for news later this week from the FOMC... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little economic data of note was reported. Internationally, Markit's European composite purchase managers' index fell to 47.4 points while a flash Chinese PMI reading rose to 49.1 in April, with both of those figures signaling contraction... COMPANY NEWS: The New York Times said Wal-Mart (WMT) attempted to cover up bribery that it discovered at Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY) and the retailers' shares were the Dow's worst performer, falling $2.91, or 4.66%, to $59.54... Kellogg (K) cut its full-year guidance as it said Europe's challenges were "more significant" than it expected and it sees Q1 challenges in some categories in the U.S. Shares sank $3.29, or 6.09%, to $50.70... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Ardea Biosciences (RDEA), up $10.78, or 51.73%, to $31.62, after AstraZeneca (AZN) agreed to acquire the company for $32 per share, and Barnes & Noble (BKS), up $2.07, or 18.25%, to $13.41, as CNBC reported that Jana Partners is increasing its stake in the company to about 12%. Noteworthy losers included Achillion (ACHN), down $1.53, or 18.54%, to $6.74, following the company's report of Phase II study data for its lead hepatitis C treatment, and Otelco (OTT), down $5.37, or 44.64%, to $6.66, after it said Time Warner Cable (TWC) will not renew its existing contract for wholesale network connections, which made up almost 12% of Otelco’s consolidated revenue last year... INDICES: The Dow fell 102.09, or 0.78%, to 12,927.17; the Nasdaq dropped 30.00, or 1.00%, to 2,970.45; and the S&P 500 shed 11.59, or 0.84%, to 1,366.94.
News For WMT;K;RDEA;AZN;BKS;ACHN;OTT;TWC From The Last 14 Days
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December 11, 2014
09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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07:51 EDTKCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTAZNCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
December 9, 2014
09:10 EDTAZNARIAD takeover rumors rekindled, Independent says
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08:02 EDTAZNMoventig approved in EU for opioid-induced constipation
Nektar (NKTR) reported partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that MOVENTIG has been granted Marketing Authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation in adult patients who have had an inadequate response to laxative. MOVENTIG is the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist to be approved in the European Union.
07:44 EDTAZNAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
14:36 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:49 EDTACHNAchillion December volatility elevated
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:32 EDTACHNTrout Group to hold events at ASH 2014
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07:23 EDTTWCUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:05 EDTAZNInnocoll appoints Tony Zook as CEO
Innocoll AG (INNL) announced that Tony Zook, formerly executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, at AstraZeneca (AZN), has been appointed CEO effectively immediately. Michael Myers, will continue with the company as head of Portfolio Operations.
06:12 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LULU ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; lululemon (LULU) 53, Achillion (ACHN) 216 according to iVolatility.
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