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SPDR S&P BIOTECH

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Merck

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Unusually active option classes on open April 9th

Unusual total active option classes on open include: SPDR S&P Biotech (XBI), Merck (MRK), and General Motors (GM).

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SPDR S&P BIOTECH

MRK

Merck

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XBI SPDR S&P BIOTECH

MRK Merck

04/06/18
MZHO
04/06/18
NO CHANGE
Target $103
MZHO
Buy
Mizuho says failure of Incyte's epacadostat ups chances of Nektar takeover
Mizuho analyst Difei Yang raised her price target on Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) to $103 from $89 after Incyte (INCY) announced this morning the failure of epacadostat in combination with Merck's (MRK) Keytruda in a phase 3 study in melanoma patients. Recent clinical data presented by Nektar reinforced her view of NKTR-214 as one of the most impressive combo agent for checkpoint inhibitors, said Yang, who believes that the failure of epacadostat raises the possibility of a takeout by Bristol-Myers (BMY) in the coming months. She maintains a Buy rating on Nektar shares, which are down 8.5% to $92.75 in afternoon trading.
04/09/18
JEFF
04/09/18
DOWNGRADE
Target $4
JEFF
Hold
NewLink Genetics downgraded to Hold with $4 target at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Biren Amin late Friday downgraded NewLink Genetics (NLNK) to Hold from Buy and cut his price target for the shares to $4 from $17. The stock closed Friday down 43%, or $3.12, to $4.20. The analyst does not see a scenario in which the company's IDO inhibitor can avoid the same fate as Incyte and Merck's epacadostat plus Keytruda failed study.
04/09/18
OPCO
04/09/18
NO CHANGE
Target $65
OPCO
Perform
Incyte price target lowered to $65 from $110 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jay Olson lowered his price target for Incyte (INCY) to $65 from $110 following the update on the termination of ECHO-301 after epacadostat failed to show a PFS or OS benefit when combined with Merck's (MRK) Keytruda versus Keytruda alone. While the company plans to conduct subgroup analyses of ECHO-301 looking at various biomarkers such as PD-L1 expression and tumor mutational burden which may provide additional insights, the analyst sees no reason at this time to continue development of epacadostat as he considers it highly unlikely to demonstrate efficacy in other tumor types and/or combinations. Olson reiterates a Perform rating on Incyte's shares.
04/09/18
HCWC
04/09/18
NO CHANGE
Target $125
HCWC
Buy
Nektar data 'more robust' than Incyte's, says H.C. Wainwright
The failure of Incyte (INCY) and Merck's (MRK) Phase 3 study negatively impacted trading in Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) shares on Friday, H.C. Wainwright analyst Debjit Chattopadhyay tells investors in a research note titled "Collateral Damage Not Surprising; Expecting ASCO-18 to Validate the Master T Cell Regulator Hypothesis." At this year's American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, the analyst expects Nektar and partner Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) to unveil data from at least 40 advanced melanoma patients "supported by in-depth biomarker characterization to comprehensively ascertain the rationale of combining NKTR-214 with Opdivo." The rationale for combining NKTR-214 with Opdivo is "more robust" than epacadostat plus Keytruda, the analyst contends. Further, he believes data generated by the NKTR-214 plus Opdivo combination is "unambiguous." Chattopadhyay reiterates a Buy rating on Nektar shares with a $125 price target.
GM General Motors

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MSCO
03/14/18
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Morgan Stanley raises U.S. auto sales forecasts through 2021
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his U.S. seasonally adjusted annual rate, or SAAR, forecast for automakers by an average of 850,000 units from 2018 through 2021, which represents slightly more than a 5% increase from his prior forecast. However, his average U.S. SAAR forecast is still well below last year's 17.3M units and 8% under the cyclical high of 17.6M units in 2016. Jonas points to U.S. tax reform and "relatively stable" recent trends in auto sales and credit as reasons for the hike, noting that while infrastructure action from the federal government could be a material positive, it is not explicitly in his new forecast. Adding that the higher view has a net positive impact on estimates and price targets for exposed auto Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs, and suppliers, Jonas raised his price targets on General Motors (GM), Asbury Automotive (ABG), AutoNation (AN), Group 1 Automotive (GPI), Lithia Motors (LAD), Penske Automotive (PAH), Sonic Automotive (SAH) and Ford (F). He also double upgraded Ford, to Overweight from Underweight, this morning.
04/09/18
MSCO
04/09/18
UPGRADE
MSCO
Overweight
General Motors upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
04/09/18
04/09/18
UPGRADE
Target $48

Overweight
GM upgraded to Overweight on infrastructure bill potential at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas upgraded General Motors (GM) to Overweight from Equal Weight, as he sees room for positive earnings revisions for GM, Ford (F) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) as investors better understand the impact on U.S. pick-up truck sales from a potential passage of a U.S. infrastructure bill. The firm's economics team estimates a bull case of as much as $2.4T in U.S. infrastructure spending over a 10-year period, which primarily would affect automakers through the sale of highly-profitable pickup trucks, said Jonas, who noted that greater infrastructure spending typically does coincide with increased pickup sales. Jonas raised his price target on GM shares to $48 from $45 and increased his price target on Fiat Chrysler to EUR23 from EUR22 per share.
04/09/18
04/09/18
NO CHANGE
Target $21

Overweight
Morgan Stanley, bullish on trucks, names American Axle top pick in U.S. Autos
After Morgan Stanley published a report on the potential beneficiaries from infrastructure spending, analyst Armintas Sinkevicius called American Axle (AXL) the supplier with the greatest direct exposure to pick-up trucks and believes it should receive an outsized benefit from any infrastructure spending increase. He named American Axle his top pick in the U.S. Autos & Shared Mobility sector, stating that after the first quarter he expects volumes to improve at General Motors (GM), launch costs to fade and for synergies to provide margin expansion and free cash flow generation. As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas upgraded General Motors to Overweight from Equal Weight this morning, also citing the potential benefits of increased U.S. infrastructure spending.

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CE

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SSW

Seaspan

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HON

Honeywell

$150.52

2.165 (1.46%)

, GE

General Electric

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Wells Fargo

$52.57

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AGN

Allergan

$158.48

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Wabtec

$87.54

3.8 (4.54%)

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Shire

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3.63 (2.26%)

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MAT

Mattel

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TSM

TSMC

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PF

Pinnacle Foods

$60.58

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LLNW

Limelight Networks

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0.89 (21.71%)

TRU

TransUnion

$66.84

6.33 (10.46%)

CHD

Church & Dwight

$45.90

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CLW

Clearwater Paper

$26.90

-13.55 (-33.50%)

SKX

Skechers

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WASH

Washington Trust

$56.35

0.45 (0.81%)

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INVE

Identiv

$3.54

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AA

Alcoa

$59.78

-0.47 (-0.78%)

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American Airlines

$46.58

-0.3 (-0.64%)

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American Airlines

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ALK

Alaska Air

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-0.14 (-0.21%)

BA

Boeing

$337.30

-3.25 (-0.95%)

DAL

Delta Air Lines

$55.33

0.27 (0.49%)

GE

General Electric

$14.65

0.655 (4.68%)

LUV

Southwest

$54.64

-0.14 (-0.26%)

UAL

United Continental

$71.73

1.485 (2.11%)

JBLU

JetBlue

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PSX

Phillips 66

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ULTI

Ultimate Software

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C

Citi

$69.85

-0.43 (-0.61%)

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U.S. Bancorp

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JPMorgan

$111.07

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Bank of America

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GS

Goldman Sachs

$251.52

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Wells Fargo

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MS

Morgan Stanley

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T

AT&T

$34.67

-0.15 (-0.43%)

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Verizon

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Verizon

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Sprint

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T-Mobile

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HPE

HP Enterprise

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T

AT&T

$34.64

-0.18 (-0.52%)

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Verizon

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Verizon

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Sprint

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T-Mobile

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ALXN

Alexion

$106.59

-5.15 (-4.61%)

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SYNT

Syntel

$28.04

0.19 (0.68%)

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TRUP

Trupanion

$27.51

-1.42 (-4.91%)

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BURL

Burlington Stores

$132.82

-3.36 (-2.47%)

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Viacom

$35.35

-0.25 (-0.70%)

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21st Century Fox

$36.69

-0.51 (-1.37%)

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LGF.B

Lionsgate

$23.89

-0.55 (-2.25%)

VIAB

Viacom

$30.77

0.02 (0.07%)

CMCSA

Comcast

$33.14

-0.35 (-1.05%)

CMCSK

Comcast

LGF.A

Lionsgate

$25.72

-0.48 (-1.83%)

TWX

Time Warner

$95.98

-0.59 (-0.61%)

DIS

Disney

$100.01

-0.87 (-0.86%)

SNE

Sony

$49.70

-0.03 (-0.06%)

FOX

21st Century Fox

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ALXN

Alexion

$106.37

-5.37 (-4.81%)

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ANF

Abercrombie & Fitch

$26.36

-1.08 (-3.94%)

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MEOH

Methanex

$66.80

-0.65 (-0.96%)

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