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April 23, 2012
12:15 EDTSTM, CEDC, AOL, CHKP, EAT, WMMVY, ACHN, AZN, MSFT, HAS, NSRGY, WMT, ERIC, AMLN, RDEA, FB, XRX, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as European political uncertainty and a bribery investigation at Wal-Mart (WMT) kicked the week off on a sour note. Fresh concerns over the European debt crisis have caused a sell off in Europe and here in the U.S. The culprits this time were the failure by the Dutch government to agree on austerity measures and the first round of the French elections going to the Socialist party's candidate. There has been nothing on the U.S. economic calendar to turn investor's attention away from Europe, lending to broad based weakness in equities... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little of note was on the economic calendar. In Europe, Markit's composite purchase managers' index fell to 47.4 points in April and political developments added to fears that the region's debt crisis could worsen, as the Netherlands' Prime Minister and his cabinet resigned after budget talks broke down and France's incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy lost in the first round of the nation's presidential elections. In China, a flash PMI reading rose to 49.1 in April, but that improved figure still signals contraction in the manufacturing industry... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart dragged on the Dow, declining 4.6% after The New York Times said the company focused on damage control instead of fixing problems after finding "evidence of widespread" bribery at Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY). Another Dow component, Pfizer (PFE), also slid following major news, falling almost 1% after agreeing to sell its Nutrition business to Nestle (NSRGY) for $11.85B... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Brinker (EAT) and Xerox (XRX); decliners included Hasbro (HAS) and Check Point (CHKP)... Facebook (FB) announced plans to buy a part of the patent portfolio Microsoft (MSFT) recently agreed to acquire from AOL (AOL)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Ardea Biosciences (RDEA), up 52%, on news it will be acquired by AstraZeneca (AZN) for $32 per share, and Central European Distribution (CEDC), up 14%, after Russian Standard agreed to invest $100M in the company as part of a strategic alliance. Also higher were shares of Amylin (AMLN), up 10%, after Reuters said over the weekend that the company has hired banks to explore a potential sale. Noteworthy losers included Achillion (ACHN), down over 18%, following a downgrade at JMP Securities after the release of interim ACH-1625 data at a conference over the weekend, and STMicroelectronics (STM), down 11%, after ST-Ericsson, its 50/50 joint venture with Ericsson (ERIC), said it will cut 1,700 jobs amid plans to pursue a new strategic direction... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 135.02, or 1.04%, to 12,894.24; the Nasdaq was down 37.42, or 1.25%, to 2,963.03; and the S&P 500 was down 13.96, or 1.01%, to 1,364.57.
News For WMT;WMMVY;PFE;NSRGY;EAT;XRX;HAS;CHKP;FB;MSFT;AOL;RDEA;AZN;CEDC;AMLN;ACHN;STM;ERIC From The Last 14 Days
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08:22 EDTAOL, FBVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:52 EDTAOLAOL Platforms launches One by AOL: Video in Brazil
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07:27 EDTFBJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart Q1 should benefit from lower gas, stronger consumer, says Stephens
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06:58 EDTPFEActavis CEO says chances of Pfizer offer are 'unlikely', Financial Times says
Actavis (ACT) CEO Brent Saunders said the chances of Pfizer (PFE) making an offer are "incredibly unlikely," reports the Financial Times. Saunders said he has heard the gossip that Actavis could become a takeover target for a larger group, but he spends "zero time thinking about it." Reference Link
06:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart to repair stores in labor dispute, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart said it would seek permits to rip up floors and replace plumping lines at five stores that justified its abrupt closure, reports Reuters. The move follows a union-backed complaint to the National Labor Relations Board last month after Wal-Mart temporarily closed the stores. The union accused the company for shutting down the stores to stop workers from organizing. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAZNAstraZeneca to invest $285M in new biologics manufacturing facility in Sweden
AstraZeneca announced that it plans to invest approximately $285M in a new high-tech facility for manufacturing of biological medicines in Södertälje, Sweden. The new plant will be focused on filling and packaging of protein therapeutics. It is anticipated that the new facility will supply medicines for clinical trial programs of AstraZeneca and MedImmune, the company’s global biologics research and development arm, from the end of 2018, and will deliver finished products for commercial use once fully operational by 2019. Södertälje is currently home to AstraZeneca’s largest global tablets and capsules manufacturing facility and is also a launch platform site for the company, with specialist capabilities on-site that allow large-scale production of new medicines, working closely with the research and development organisation. By locating the new manufacturing plant in Södertälje, the company will combine its expertise in biologics with the well-established culture of operational excellence that exists within the Sweden Operations unit. The planned investment will, subject to relevant approvals by the local authorities, create between 150 and 250 highly skilled new roles at AstraZeneca by 2019. The new manufacturing facility in Sweden will support the progression of drug candidates across the main therapy areas and be aligned with investments being made in the current biologics manufacturing centers, such as the expansion in Frederick, Maryland, announced in November.
06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
15:49 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Movantik shows 'similar' adverse event rate vs. placebo
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14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
16:21 EDTAOLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:01 EDTFB, MSFTOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
10:20 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NLNK ARWR CTRP RAX KING AOL WPZ RL Z MBI
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
09:31 EDTPFE, AZN, STMAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
08:46 EDTAOL, FBMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
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