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March 28, 2012
12:12 EDTXOM, SNX, TYC, PNR, BMY, AMLN, BNNY, CVX, RDS.A, ALIMOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street are lower at mid-day, after a report on durable goods orders in February fell short of expectations. After a meandering start to the session the averages have found their direction and it is lower. Each of the major equity indices is firmly in negative territory and at session lows. The market began the session mixed and seemed unaffected by the generally in-line durable goods orders report. The market also ignored the weekly DOE energy inventory reports until the averages broke out of their tight range and moved to the downside, gaining negative momentum as the day progresses... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders for February rose 2.2%, versus expectations for a 3.0% increase. The core reading, which excludes transportation items, increased 1.6%, versus the expected increase of 1.7%... MARKET NEWS: Exxon Mobil (XOM), Shell (RDS.A), BP (BP), and Chevron (CVX) all declined as oil prices dropped following statements from France's energy minister about a possible joint oil reserve release coordinated between France, the U.S. and the U.K... Organic pasta maker Annie's (BNNY) soared after the company's initial public offering, which priced above its expected range at $19. The stock is up almost 72% to $32.63 near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Amylin (AMLN), after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $22 per share takeover offer from Bristol-Myers (BMY) earlier this year, and Pentair (PNR), after the company agreed to merge with Tyco's (TYC) Flow Control business to create a combined company that sees pro forma 2012 revenues of $7.7B. Noteworthy losers included SYNNEX (SNX), following a downgrade at Citigroup on the company's disappointing guidance for Q2, and Alimera (ALIM), after the company said last night that based on recent discussions with European regulatory authorities it thinks it will take longer than originally anticipated to obtain marketing authorizations for it ILUVIEN drug... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 83.97, or 0.64%, to 13,113.76; the Nasdaq was down 24.20, or 0.78%, to 3,096.15; and the S&P 500 was down 11.26, or 0.80%, to 1,401.26.
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September 10, 2014
08:22 EDTCVXBofA/Merrill oil and gas analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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September 9, 2014
16:23 EDTBNNYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:10 EDTBNNYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after opening in the red and trading in a narrow range throughout the morning. The domestic economic calendar only had two reports of consequence, and neither was particularly market moving. All eyes are on Cupertino, California, where Apple (AAPL) will shortly begin its much-anticipated product launch event. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism survey for August came in at 96.1, which was above the expected 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, showed job openings slipped 2K to about 4.67M in July. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were up 1% near noon ahead of the tech giant's latest product launch event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm ET. Expectations are for the company to introduce the iPhone 6, which has widely been speculated to be bigger than past members of the line-up and may come in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch sizes. The company is also expected to unveil a wearable device, likely a smartwatch, and a mobile payment system integrated with both... Shares of fast food giant McDonald’s (MCD) slid 1% after reporting its comparable sales were down 3.7% worldwide in August and that its China supplier issue will negatively impact its Q3 EPS by 15c-20c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Annies (BNNY), which surged 38% after prepared foods giant General Mills (GIS) last night said that it had agreed to buy the mac and cheese maker for $820M, or $46 per share in cash. Shares of a number of other natural food makers climbed after the deal, as WhiteWave (WWAV) rose nearly 3% and Boulder Brands (BDBD) jumped over 8%. Following the deal announcement, shares of General Mills slipped about 0.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which dropped 15% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and cuts its EPS view for the fiscal year. Also lower was MaxLinear (MXL), which fell 15% after the company said several of its cable and satellite customers have requested push-outs of shipments, resulting in the company lowering its Q3 revenue outlook and Needham downgrading the stock to Buy from Strong Buy. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 69.02, or 0.4%, to 17,042.40, the Nasdaq was down 14.93, or 0.33%, to 4,577.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.74, or 0.34%, to 1,994.80.
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10:12 EDTBNNYNatural food makers rise following Annies acquisition
Shares of a number of natural food makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Annies (BNNY), announced last night that it agreed to be acquired by General Mills (GIS). In a note to investors today, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that the deal should cause the valuations of two natural food makers, Boulder Brands (BDBD) and WhiteWave (WWAV), to rise in the near-term. WHAT'S NEW: General Mills last night said that it had agreed to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash, or $820M. Annies' stock closed yesterday at $33.51. General Mills expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in the first 12 months following the completion of the deal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh wrote that the acquisition of Annie's could cause the valuations of stocks in the natural foods sector to rise significantly. The terms of the acquisition of Annies imply a nearly 40x P/E multiple to consensus FY15 forecasts for the company, according to Parikh. The shares of Boulder Brands and WhiteWave should advance in the near-term, added the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both names PRICE ACTION: In early trading, WhiteWave rose 3.9% to $37.10, while Boulder Brands jumped 7.6% to $14.25. Another stock in the sector, Hain Celestial (HAIN), advanced 3.5% to $101.17, while Annies surged 37% to $46 and General Mills slipped 0.5% to $53.26.
10:10 EDTCVXOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:15 EDTALIMAlimera Sciences likely to gain NDA approval for Illuvien, says Northland
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09:12 EDTBNNYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTBNNYBoulder Brands WhiteWave Foods could be lifted by Annie's deal, says Oppenheimer
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07:40 EDTCVXChevron downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:11 EDTBNNYAnnie's volatility expected to move on being acquired by General Mills for $820M
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06:10 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills acquisition a logical long-term move, says Deutsche Bank
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTBNNYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
17:50 EDTBNNYFood product stocks higher after General Mills acquires Annie's
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17:31 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills sees Annie's acquisition accretive in 12 months after completion
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17:17 EDTBNNYAnnie's up over 37% after General Mills to buy company for $46 per share
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17:05 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash
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17:02 EDTBNNYGeneral Mills to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash
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10:06 EDTAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:35 EDTAAgilent initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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