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April 23, 2012
16:25 EDTWMT, K, RDEA, AZN, BKS, ACHN, OTT, TWCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower following a pair of political developments in Europe. Franceís 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 Otelcoís 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.
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Kellogg (K) shares have surged over last week amid speculation the company may be a takeover target for Warren Buffettís Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, which noted that Kellogg fits the financial criteria for the types of acquisitions Buffet has made in the past. Kellogg could also appeal to another food company, like PepsiCo (PEP) or Nestle (NSRGY), the report added. Reference Link
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07:23 EDTACHNEuropean Association for the Study of the Liver to hold annual meeting
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08:57 EDTTWCSmall rivals to testify in Comcast, Time Warner hearing, Bloomberg says
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11:31 EDTKOptions with increasing implied volatility: ATHN K SAN
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08:57 EDTKKellogg volatility increases to 55
Kellogg overall option implied volatility of 19 is above its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
08:02 EDTWMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
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