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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.
News For XOM;PETM;ARWR;MXWL;XOMA;BOBE From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
15:41 EDTXOMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus $1.73; Chevron (CVX), consensus $2.56; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; NextEra Energy (NEE), consensus $1.55; Dominion Resources (D), consensus 96c; Aon plc (AON), consensus $1.12; Weyerhaeuser (WY), consensus 30c; Clorox (CLX), consensus $1.03; Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.27; Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), consensus 55c; Pinnacle West (PNW), consensus $2.15; Legg Mason (LM), consensus 0c; TECO Energy (TE), consensus 32c; Oshkosh (OSK), consensus 82c; Hilton Worldwide (HLT), consensus 17c; Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), consensus $1.17; Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), consensus 74c; Madison Square Garden (MSG), consensus 32c; Magellan Midstream (MMP), consensus 66c.
October 29, 2014
12:59 EDTPETMPrivate equity firms preparing initial bids for PetSmart auction, WSJ says
Private equity firms including Apollo Global Management (APO), Hellman & Friedman and KKR (KKR) are said to be preparing initial bids for pet-supply retailer PetSmart (PETM), says the Wall Street Journal. PetSmart which is based in Phoenix and has around 1,350 stores has a market capitalization of around $7B, added the Wall Street Journal. Shares of PetSmart are up almost 3% or $1.98, to $72.06 in midday trading. Reference Link
12:15 EDTPETMPrivate equity firms ready initial bids for PetSmart, Dow Jones says
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October 26, 2014
17:07 EDTXOMVenezuela decides against Citgo sale, WSJ says
Venezuela has decided against selling its U.S. refining unit Citgo, says the Wall street Journal. Earlier this year Venezuelan officials indicated that they were looking to sell Citgo for as much as $10B, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
October 24, 2014
07:31 EDTARWRArrowhead management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTMXWLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
16:25 EDTMXWLMaxwell announces development agreement with Corning
Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) announced a joint development agreement with Corning Incorporated (GLW) with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost.
16:23 EDTMXWLMaxwell reports Q3 EPS (8c), consensus (10c)
Reports Q3 revenue $41.6M, consensus $39.55M..
07:44 EDTARWRArrowhead management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Minneapolis/Chicago on October 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:16 EDTPETMPetSmart attracts interest from KKR, NY Post reports
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October 22, 2014
07:34 EDTXOMFoster Wheeler unit awarded EPC contract for Exxon Mobil Antwerp refinery
Foster Wheeler (FWLT) announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and constructioncontract by ExxonMobil (XOM) Petroleum & Chemical BVBA for the Antwerp Northwest Europe Resid Upgrade Project, Revamp and Offsites facilities at the Esso Antwerp Refinery at Antwerp, Belgium. Foster Wheeler's contract value was not disclosed. A small initial release of work was included in the company’s Q1 bookings. The full release of work was included in the company's Q2 bookings. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is expected to be completed in December 2016.
October 20, 2014
07:16 EDTXOMAAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Chicago on October 18-21.

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