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June 30, 2014
09:18 EDTYHOO, PPG, DRNA, MNKD, APP, GWPH, BK, RMD, MBI, THSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: MannKind (MNKD), up 9.8% after company confirms FDA approval of Afrezza inhalation powder to improve glycemic control in adult patients with diabetes... Yahoo (YHOO), up 1.6% after being upgraded to Overweight at Piper Jaffray... BNY Mellon (BK), up 3.5% after Activist investor Trian Partners discloses 9.33M share stake... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), up 8.3% after announcing preclinical data demonstrating the promise of DCR-PH1... TreeHouse Foods (THS), up 5% after agreeing to acquire Flagstone Foods for $860M... PPG Industries (PPG), up 5.6% after agreeing to acquire privately-held Consorcio Comex, an architectural and industrial coatings company in Mexico, in transaction is valued at $2.3B... GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), up 4.8% after Piper Jaffray raises price target on its stock to $147 from $97. LOWER: American Apparel (APP), down 11% after adopting stockholder rights plan, rejecting Dov Charney request for special meeting... MBIA (MBI), down 4.3% after stock was downgraded to Neutral at BTIG... ResMed (RMD), down 3.8% following cautious mention of the stock in this weekend's Barron's magazine.
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October 15, 2014
16:22 EDTYHOOYahoo amendment to credit agreement extended to October 8, 2015
On October 9, Yahoo! Inc. entered into Amendment No. 2 to its Credit Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 10, 2013, with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time. Amendment No. 2, among other things, extends the termination date of the Credit Agreement from October 9, 2014 to October 8, 2015. The Credit Agreement, as amended, continues to provide for a $750M unsecured revolving credit facility, subject to increase by up to $250M in accordance with its terms. There are no borrowings currently outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
15:28 EDTPPGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:02 EDTTHSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:29 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods downgraded at KeyBanc
As previously reported, KeyBanc downgraded TreeHouse Foods (THS) to Underweight from Hold. The firm's checks indicate TreeHouse is losing shares within the private label single-serve beverage category to Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR). KeyBanc expects share losses to be more evident as "Keurig Brewed" private label product becomes more available at key retailers and partnerships are announced. The analyst lowered TreeHouse's FY15 EPS estimate to $4.08 from $4.24, vs. consensus of $4.30.
06:40 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Kevin Gentzel as head of N.A. ad sales, CNet reports
Yahoo has hired Kevin Gentzel, the Washington Post's former chief revenue officer, as its new head of North American advertising sales, CNet reports. Gentzel will report to Ned Brody, the company's head of Americas. Reference Link
06:09 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc
October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTGWPHOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:26 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals CEO says market for Epidiolex may be expanded over time
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14:55 EDTGWPHGW Pharma analyst day positive, reason for sell-off unclear, says Piper Jaffray
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14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
08:07 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals data should 'silence the doubters,' says Piper Jaffray
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07:15 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals says Epidiolex physician reports show signals of efficacy
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07:11 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals announces preliminary topline results of Phase 2a trial
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06:38 EDTGWPHGW Pharmaceuticals to host research and development day
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October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
09:08 EDTPPGMexico's FECC says extending review timeline for PPG's Comex acquisition
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