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March 5, 2014
12:41 EDTXOM, PETM, ARWR, MXWL, XOMA, BOBEOn 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.
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September 17, 2014
14:54 EDTARWRArrowhead Research November volatility elevated into Phase IIb trial data
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07:36 EDTARWRArrowhead outlook positive, says RBC Capital
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September 16, 2014
10:47 EDTXOMBadri sees OPEC lowering oil output target at next meeting, Reuters says
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07:19 EDTXOMCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
12:12 EDTXOMAXOMA management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meetings to be held in Chicago on September 17 and in Minneapolis on September 18 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
September 12, 2014
10:00 EDTMXWLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:28 EDTXOMExxon Mobil at risk from sanctions on Russia, WSJ says
New sanctions enacted by the U.S. and the EU against Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine threaten one of Exxon Mobil's best chances to find and tap significant amounts of crude oil via its partnership with Russia's state-owned oil company OAO Rosneft, said The Wall Street Journal. A U.S. official said the new sanctions would affect Exxon's current drilling in the Kara Sea with Rosneft, though the extent of the impact was unclear, the Journal added. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
18:10 EDTMXWLMaxwell initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $12.
September 10, 2014
08:22 EDTXOMBofA/Merrill oil and gas analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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September 3, 2014
17:19 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Slagen Refinery project to upgrade fuel oil
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.

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