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January 28, 2013
19:32 EDTEMC, VMW, SWIR, PLXT, SANM, STX, OPK, YHOO, WDC, BMC, NTGR, MSPDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), up 2.6%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 4.7%... Mindspeed (MSPD), up 3.2%... ALSO HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 4.2% after Barrington raised its price target on shares to $7.50 from $6... Sierra Wireless (SWIR), up 8% after announcing an agreement to sell its AirCard assets to Netgear (NTGR) for $138M cash... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Seagate Technology (STX), down 5.3%... VMware (VMW), down 14.2%... BMC Software (BMC), down 6.7%... Sanmina (SANM), down 8%... ALSO LOWER: EMC (EMC), down 4.7% after VMware, of which it owns a stake, provided revenue guidance below expectations... Western Digital (WDC) down 2.8% after peer Seagate fell following its quarterly report.
News For YHOO;PLXT;MSPD;OPK;SWIR;NTGR;STX;VMW;BMC;SANM;EMC;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
08:36 EDTSANMSanmina and Ouraring partner for sleep improvement wearable device
Sanmina and Ouraring have signed an agreement for Sanmina to produce the first generation of the URA ring, an advanced technology platform that combines a wearable device with a mobile app to measure sleep quality, activity and recovery for optimal performance. Ouraring is a technology developer of wearable devices for health and wellness.
07:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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06:33 EDTYHOOYahoo announces Tumblr sharing tools at Mobile Developer Conference
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August 26, 2015
16:26 EDTEMC, VMWOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:12 EDTVMWVMware names Ray O'Farrell Chief Technology and Development Officer
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15:27 EDTEMC, VMWVMware falls after report EMC board weighing downstream merger proposal
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12:47 EDTVMW, EMCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:08 EDTEMC, VMWEMC Federation departures suggest changes coming, says Raymond James
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11:50 EDTEMC, VMWEMC-VMware report shows board knows status quo 'not an option,' says Wells Fargo
After Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl reported that EMC's (EMC) board is "actively considering" a downstream merger proposal under which it would be acquired by VMware (VMW), Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um said he views the most important takeaway to be that the board views maintaining the status quo as "not an option" amid the rapid shift in the industry. Um thinks an EMC buy-in of VMware, which the report contends is the preferred option of EMC CEO Joe Tucci, presents a cleaner path with less variables but says that in either case it "seems clear that something will happen," which he views as a positive.
09:25 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 15.1%... Express (EXPR), up 9.8%... Frontline (FRO), up 10.4%... Chico's FAS (CHS), up 9.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Oshkosh (OSK), up 11.9% after being awarded a $6.7B contract by the U.S. Army... EMC Corporation (EMC), up 5.8% after Re/code reported that the board is considering a VMware (VMW) downstream merger proposal... Google (GOOG), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ford (F), up 2.4% after Bloomberg reported that the company is considering returning production of Bronco and Ranger to the U.S. NOTABLE: Cameron International (CAM), up 45.4% after announcing that it will be acquired by Schlumberger (SLB). Schlumberger is down 1.9%. LOWER: WisdomTree (WETF), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi... Transocean (RIG), down 3.4% after proposing to cancel Q3 and Q4 dividends.
09:15 EDTOPKOPKO CEO Frost issues letter to shareholders on Bio-Reference deal
OPKO Health (OPK) chairman and CEO Phillip Frost released a letter to shareholders regarding the recently announced acquisition of Bio-Reference Laboratories (BRLI). "The strategy behind the recent Bio-Reference acquisition is twofold. First, it is a business whose revenues and profits have grown consistently since its launch by Dr. Marc Grodman in the 1980's, primarily through organic growth, to become the third largest full service reference laboratory in the United States," the letter reads. "It has built a reputation of innovation with recognized franchises in women's health, cancer and, more recently, genetics, helping physicians worldwide to diagnose rare genetic disorders and to identify special features of a patient's genetic material to select more effective chemotherapy. Second, it provides an infrastructure for marketing and sales that reaches approximately 10M patients a year." The letter adds that the 4Kscore test confirms elevated PSA tests have reduced costs by roughly $1B and, if the costs of downstream treatment interventions are also considered, there could be $2.5B additional annual savings to the U.S. health care system. "Among the many compelling reasons for the acquisition, we believe Bio-Reference will greatly accelerate the commercial success of the 4Kscore test," the letter continues. "Bio-Reference has the capacity to dramatically increase the number of 4Kscore tests done each day. They provide national marketing and distribution with a large client services group and a large dedicated sales force that already have strong relationships with primary care physicians. Bio-Reference has over 1,200 phlebotomists and 180 blood-draw centers around the country that can facilitate patient access. Finally, Bio-Reference has robust billing operations and a seasoned national reimbursement team that participates in almost every major commercial insurance plan. Bio-Reference has the expertise and extensive infrastructure to help make the 4Kscore test the new standard for identifying aggressive prostate cancer in men with a suspicious PSA." To close the letter, Frost wrote, "Given Bio-Reference's historical seasonal trends, we expect the second half of 2015 to show continuing growth in earnings and profits. We further expect that the contributions of Bio-Reference, FineTech and EirGen, will create positive EBITDA, or earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, for OPKO. Finally, we expect to continue to invest in research and development activities which, if successful, will result in ongoing improvement of our financial performance."
08:23 EDTVMW, EMCEMC board 'considering' VMware downstream merger proposal, Re/code reports
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07:01 EDTEMCNimble Storage reported another 'solid' quarter, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury called Nimble Storage's (NMBL) quarterly results "solid," highlighting the company's report of strong demand, higher deal sizes and addition of an all-time high 690 new customers. The firm, which said it expects Nimble to gain share from both EMC (EMC) and NetApp (NTAP) "in short order," reiterates its Buy rating and $40 price target on Nimble shares.
August 25, 2015
09:18 EDTSTXSeagate participates in a conference call with Maxim
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08:37 EDTSANMViking Tech's DDR4 validated on Supermicro Server Platforms
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08:35 EDTVMWExtreme Networks joins VMware NSX partner ecosystem
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06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTSTXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTEMCOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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09:40 EDTWDCWestern Digital Q3 TAM tracking ahead of guidance, says Cleveland Research
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