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March 5, 2014
12:41 EDTXOMA, PETM, MXWL, XOM, BOBE, ARWROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The averages have hovered in a narrow range around the flat-line, though consolidation is not necessarily surprising after yesterday’s powerful advance. The market has seen little volatility today despite the continued threat of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported private payrolls rose 139K in February, which was below the expectation for 150K job additions. The ISM services index dropped to 51.6 in February, versus expectations for a more modest pullback to 53.5. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its latest "Beige Book" report on economic activity at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, Eurostat's second estimate of fourth quarter growth in the region showed GDP rose by 0.3% in the eurozone countries and by 0.4% in the EU28, both of which were up from the prior quarter. Other data released overnight showed a surprise rebound in eurozone retail sales and an upward revision to the eurozone composite PMI. COMPANY NEWS: Energy major Exxon Mobil (XOM) slid 3% as the company hosted its annual analyst meeting and said it expects to invest $39.8B in 2014 but also forecast that its total production will be flat this year... Shares of PetSmart (PETM) fell 2% despite the company reporting better than expected fourth quarter earnings. Revenue for the pet goods and services retailer, however, fell short of expectations, as did the company's earnings outlook for its current quarter. On its earning call, PetSmart acknowledged that the start of its first quarter has been "challenged" due to weather, but also said it is seeing a "meaningful" difference in results between stores in weather-impacted markets and those where weather is less of a factor. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which rose 25% after the company's shares were initiated with a Buy rating at Deutsche Bank and with an Outperform rating at RBC Capital. Also higher was Maxwell Technologies (MXWL), which was 22% higher after Piper Jaffray raised its price target on shares to $21 from $11. Among the noteworthy losers was drug maker XOMA (XOMA), which fell 26% after saying its does not intend to launch pivotal development for the broad erosive osteoarthritis of the hand, or EOA, indication for a drug based on the results of its Phase 2 trial program. Also lower were shares of restaurant operator and packaged foods maker Bob Evans (BOBE), which fell over 8% after the company's third quarter earnings missed estimates and it lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 36.66, or 0.22%, to 16,359.22, the Nasdaq was up 5.76, or 0.13%, to 4,357.73, and the S&P 500 was little changed near 1,873.93.
News For XOM;PETM;ARWR;MXWL;XOMA;BOBE From The Last 14 Days
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April 1, 2015
10:55 EDTARWROptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:12 EDTXOMAXOMA initiates Phase 2 study of gevokizumab
XOMA announced gevokizumab will be tested in a Phase 2 study in patients with Type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease, clinically referred to as diabetic nephropathy. The international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study is expected to enroll 370 patients who will be randomized to receive gevokizumab or placebo for 52 weeks. The primary objective of this study is to detect the existence of an overall dose-response relationship of subcutaneously dosed gevokizumab on the measured glomerular filtration rate, an accurate measure of kidney function, at Week 52. The study also will determine gevokizumab's effect on a number of biological biomarkers assessing kidney function. Servier will fully sponsor the study's execution and cost.
March 30, 2015
11:21 EDTXOMHill receives contract from ZADCO to manage infrastructure improvements
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11:01 EDTXOMExxon Mobil begins production at Hadrian South in Gulf of Mexico
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March 27, 2015
10:31 EDTARWROptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:37 EDTXOMOil retreats after Goldman says attacks won't have much impact, Reuters reports
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March 26, 2015
08:56 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility flat as WTI oil trades above $51
Exxon Mobil March weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, May is at 16, June is at 17, and October is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:36 EDTXOMOil surges after Saudis attack Yemen rebels, Reuters reports
The price of West Texas Intermediate oil was up about 4% after Saudi Arabia and other countries bombed Iranian-backed rebel forces in Yemen, according to Reuters. OVerseas stocks fell signficantly following the attacks, the news service noted. Publicly traded oil companies include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
March 24, 2015
07:36 EDTXOMWhiting tumbles as stock offering dampens takeover speculation
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March 22, 2015
17:59 EDTXOMOPEC will not take sole responsibility for supporting oil price, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
07:19 EDTXOMWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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06:37 EDTXOMOil prices fall again, Reuters reports
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March 19, 2015
08:38 EDTXOMN.J. State Assembly Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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07:19 EDTXOMKuwaiti minister says OPEC can't cut oil production, Bloomberg reports
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07:04 EDTXOMAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
06:16 EDTXOMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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