Amazon.com enters delivery business

Amazon.com to directly compete with United Parcel Service and FedEx

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Amazon.com to directly compete with United Parcel Service and FedEx

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is preparing to launch a delivery service for businesses, positioning it to directly compete with United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.

Amazon is planning to launch a delivery services for businesses called “Shipping with Amazon” that would compete with FedEx (FDX) and UPS (UPS), The Wall Street Journal reports.

The service would involve Amazon picking up packages from businesses and shipping them to consumers, people familiar with the matter say.

The tech giant expects to roll out the SWA service in Los Angeles “in the coming weeks” with third-party merchants that sell products through its website, the people say, and could expand the service to more cities as soon as this year.

Amazon’s business delivery is expected to roll out in Los Angeles in the coming weeks with third-party merchants that sell goods via its website. More cities are to follow.

UPS said it is still a partner of Amazon.

“UPS continues to support Amazon and many other customers and we don’t make comments about their business strategies or decisions regarding their utilization of UPS services,” a spokesperson for the company said.

In pre-market trading, FedEx is down about 2% and UPS dropped 3.5%.


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Broadcom raises bid for Qualcomm

Broadcom raises bid for Qualcomm to ‘best and final’ offer of $82 per share

Broadcom proposes to buy Qualcomm for $82 per share

Broadcom Limited (AVGO) announced that it has made a “best and final” offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM).

Under the terms of the offer, Qualcomm stockholders would receive an aggregate of $82.00 per each Qualcomm share, consisting of $60.00 in cash and the remainder in Broadcom shares.

Broadcom’s improved offer is premised on either Qualcomm acquiring NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) on the currently disclosed terms of $110 per NXP share or the transaction being terminated and is also premised on Qualcomm not delaying or adjourning its annual meeting past March 6, 2018.

Broadcom remains confident that the proposed transaction would be completed within approximately 12 months following the signing of a definitive agreement.

“The significantly improved offer, which has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Broadcom, represents a 50% premium over the closing price of Qualcomm common stock on November 2, 2017, the last unaffected trading day prior to media speculation regarding a potential transaction, and a premium of 56% to Qualcomm’s unaffected 30-day volume-weighted average price…Broadcom believes this offer is vastly superior to Qualcomm’s standalone prospects, with or without the closing of the NXP transaction, and remains hopeful the Qualcomm board of directors will act responsibly on behalf of Qualcomm stockholders and engage with Broadcom on this offer without further delay,” Broadcom stated.


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Cascadian Therapeutics sold for $614 million

Seattle Genetics to acquire Cascadian Therapeutics for $10.00 per share in cash

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Cascadian Therapeutics sold for $10 per share

Seattle Genetics (SGEN) and Cascadian Therapeutics (CASC) announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Seattle Genetics has agreed to acquire Cascadian Therapeutics.

Under the terms of the agreement, Seattle Genetics will pay $10.00 per share in cash, or approximately $614M.

The transaction was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Seattle Genetics will commence a tender offer on or about February 8, 2018 to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cascadian Therapeutics for $10 per share in cash.

This represents a 69 percent premium to the closing price of Cascadian Therapeutics’ common stock on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, and a 139 percent premium to its 30-day volume weighted average stock price.

The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of Cascadian Therapeutics common stock and the expiration or early termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Following the closing of the tender offer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seattle Genetics will merge with and into Cascadian Therapeutics, with each share of Cascadian Therapeutics common stock that has not been tendered being converted into the right to receive the same $10 per share in cash offered in the tender offer.

The transaction is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2018. In connection with the transaction, Seattle Genetics has secured a financing commitment in the amount of $400 million from Barclays and JPMorgan-Chase Bank.

The balance of the consideration will be provided from cash on hand.

CASC closed at $5.90.


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Validus sold for $5.56B, or $68 per share

AIG to acquire Validus for $5.56B, or $68 per share, in cash

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AIG to acquire Validus for $5.56B, or $68 per share.

American International Group (AIG) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding common shares of Validus Holdings (VR), a provider of reinsurance, primary insurance, and asset management services.

The transaction enhances AIG’s General Insurance business, adding a leading reinsurance platform, an insurance-linked securities asset manager, a meaningful presence at Lloyd’s and complementary capabilities in the U.S. crop and excess and surplus markets.

Holders of Validus common shares will receive cash consideration of $68.00 per share, for an aggregate transaction value of $5.56 billion, funded by cash on hand.

The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to AIG’s earnings per share and return on equity.

Validus brings complementary, market-leading capabilities to AIG, enhancing AIG’s platform and long-term growth opportunities for both companies.

The diversification benefits of the transaction also provide significant additional capital efficiencies over time.

The transaction has been unanimously recommended by the boards of directors of AIG and Validus.

The transaction is expected to close mid-2018, subject to approval by Validus shareholders and other customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals in relevant jurisdictions and the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.


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Barron’s is bullish on Netflix and Boeing

Barron’s, the weekly publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, in its latest issue mentions several names: 

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BULLISH MENTIONS:

Boeing not a sell just yet – Boeing  (BA) stock has come quite far, quite fast and the pace has only accelerated in 2018, but such a rapid rise could reflect an overly optimistic outlook for the airplane manufacturer that could be difficult to meet, Ben Levisohn writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Nonetheless, Boeing is not a sell just yet, he argues. While at first glance, betting on Boeing now seems like a risk, the stock can remain extended for a long time, Levisohn adds.

Netflix among likely candidates for an Apple purchase – Especially for tech companies, tax cuts will boost dividends, buybacks, and mergers and acquisitions, but tech usually has a hard time putting vast amounts of cash to work as it requires little R&D to produce huge amounts of revenue, Tiernan Ray writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. For example, Apple (AAPL) does not have many places to invest that will demonstrably boost financial results. Without the excuse that the cash is stuck overseas, pressure may grow for Apple to do something big, with Netflix (NFLX) as the most likely candidate for a purchase, he contends.

Still time to shop Walmart shares as company makes changes – In a follow-up story, Barron’s notes that some Walmart’s experiments, like curbside pickup for groceries, are getting solid results, and points out that late-year shopping was robust and corporate tax cuts have warmed investors to retailers. While high-income taxpayers will get larger cuts amid the new tax reform than low- and middle-income ones, those are more likely to spend the extra money, which bodes wells for Walmart, publication said, adding that Walmart continues making changes, such as paying one-time bonuses and closing 63 underperforming Sam’s Club locations.


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Amazon names 20 finalists in race for second headquarters

Amazon names 20 finalists in race for second headquarters

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Amazon names 20 finalists in race for second headquarters

Shares of Amazon.com (AMZN) are in focus in morning trading after the company shortlisted 20 metropolitan areas for its new headquarters.

Among the candidates are New York City, Boston, Toronto, and Atlanta.

AMAZON NARROWS CHOICES FOR NEW HQ

Amazon on Thursday announced a narrowed down list of 20 metropolitan cities for its planned second headquarters.

The finalists, whittled down from 283 places that applied in October, include New York City, Boston, Atlanta and Chicago, which all have access to airports and mass transportation.

Other candidates include Dallas, Columbus, Denver, Newark, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington D.C., Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville and Indianapolis.

Amazon said it expects to create as many as 50,000 jobs that will be “high-paying” and generate more than $5B in investments over the next 10-15 years.

In addition to Amazon’s direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operation of Amazon HQ2 is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community, Amazon said.

In a statement, Holly Sullivan of Amazon Public Policy, said that “getting from 238 to 20 was very tough — all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”

WHAT’S NOTABLE

Amazon solicited proposals in September for its second corporate headquarters.

In its request for proposals, Amazon said it was looking for a metro area with at least 1M residents, proximity to an international airport, mass transit and amenities that give it the “potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.”

The company plans to make a decision this year and will continue discussions with the 20 finalists, it said.

Amazon is also planning to grow in Seattle. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in late 2017, Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of Worldwide Consumer, said the company planned to add 2M square feet and 6,000 people over 12 months to the Seattle headquarters.

RECENT TRUMP COMMENTS

President Donald Trump tweeted critically about the company on December 29, calling on the U.S. Postal Service to charge the online retailing giant “much more” for shipping.

Trump tweeted, “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!”

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Watch these bank earnings

What to watch in bank space earnings reports

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What to watch in bank earnings.

Bank of America (BAC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) are scheduled to report quarterly results on January 17, while Morgan Stanley (MS) is expected to report on January 18.

What to watch for:

1. TAX REFORM:

Goldman Sachs estimates that the enactment of the new tax legislation will result in a reduction of approximately $5B in the firm’s earnings for Q4 and year ending December 31, 2017, approximately two-thirds of which is due to the repatriation tax.

The remainder includes the effects of the implementation of the territorial tax system and the re-measurement of U.S. deferred tax assets at lower enacted corporate tax rates.

Earlier this month, Morgan Stanley (MS) said it also estimates the net income for the quarter ending December 31, 2017 will include an aggregate net discrete tax provision of approximately $1.25B, comprised of an approximate $1.4B net discrete tax provision as a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, primarily from the re-measurement of certain net deferred tax assets using the lower enacted corporate tax rate, partially offset by an approximate $160M net discrete tax benefit, primarily associated with the re-measurement of reserves and related interest relating to the status of multi-year Internal Revenue Service tax examinations.

2. CRYPTOCURRENCY:

On December 14, Bloomberg reported that Goldman Sachs is seeking a 100% margin on some bitcoin future trades deterring some customers from looking to clear their trades through the bank and resulting in some taking their business elsewhere.

A week later, the publication said the bank was establishing a trading desk to make markets in digital currencies such as bitcoin. The company intends to get the business running by the end of June, if not earlier, the report added.

Also last month, Morgan Stanley said in a regulatory filing that it had purchased an 11.4% stake in Overstock (OSTK), which launched cryptocurrency trading with its tZERO subsidiary.

3. FAVORABLE OUTLOOK:

On November 29, JPMorgan analyst Kian Abouhossein raised his price target for Goldman Sachs to $270 from $263 and called it his top investment banking pick for 2018.

The analyst said he is more positive around the strength of the franchise and believes its fixed income, currencies and commodities business revenue growth opportunity of $1B-plus is more likely to be achieved. Goldman has shown “excellent progress” when it comes to delivering shareholder value, #Abouhossein contended.

Last month, BofA/Merrill analyst Michael #Carrier added Goldman Sachs to the U.S. 1 List, citing an increasing favorable outlook with rising GDP growth, favorable risk/reward, low expectations, and potential catalysts from de-regulation, tax reform, and increased volatility.

Carrier reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and raised his price target on the shares to $300 from $290.

4. BREXIT

On November 20, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said the bank will have two EU hubs, in Frankfurt and Paris, post-Brexit, according to Reuters. “We will have more employees on the continent. Some, if they want to, would come from London, we will hire others,” Blankfein said.

“Brexit pushes us to decentralize our activities. In the end, it’s the people who will largely decide where they prefer to live.”


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Bulls vs Bears on Principal Financial

Wells Fargo cautious on Principal Financial as Goldman says buy

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Bulls vs Bears on Principal Financial

 

This morning, Goldman Sachs analyst Alex Scott upgraded Principal Financial (PFG) to Buy on his view that the company has potentially positive earnings growth drivers and the stock has limited downside risk.

 

Meanwhile, his peer at Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform, arguing that its current valuation already reflects the relative growth in earnings derived from the company’s niche of fee-based businesses, aided by healthy equity market performance.

 

BUY PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL

 

In a research note to investors this morning, Goldman Sachs‘ Scott upgraded Principal Financial to Buy from Neutral after his work suggested a number of potentially positive earnings growth drivers.

 

The analyst noted that he sees organic growth in the Spread and International segments, upside to estimates driven by margins, potential for inorganic growth through deploying excess capital, and a possibility that the pension partnership with the China Construction Bank will be finalized in 2018.

 

Nonetheless, Scott pointed out that he believes the company could experience some pricing pressure within the Specialty Benefits segment during the year, but the improved growth related to tax reform and scale positions the segment well. The analyst also raised his price target on the shares to $80 from $71.

 

MOVING TO THE SIDELINES

Conversely, Wells Fargo analyst Sean Dargan downgraded Principal Financial to Market Perform from Outperform, with a $79 price target, saying the stock’s valuation already reflects the relative growth in earnings.

 

While the analyst acknowledged that Principal’s earnings per share will benefit from tax reform, like all companies under his coverage, #Dargan noted that its push to show growth in spread earnings via pension risk transfer exposes the company to “greater longevity risk,” which deserves a lower multiple than “pure” spread earnings.

 

The analyst told investors that he now prefers Voya Financial (VOYA), pointing out that the company should look more like Principal over time after shedding its capital-intensive annuity business. Furthermore, Dargan argued that he sees more upside in Voya at current valuation levels.

 

Principal Financial (PFG) is  up 1% to $73.12.


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Apple to address child addiction concerns

Apple plans new features following concerns over child phone addiction

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Apple plans new features following concerns over child phone addiction

Apple is planning to launch new features and tools for its products after Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which hold a combined $2B stake in the tech giant, called on the company to address child phone addiction, Business Insider reports, citing an Apple representative.

The company said, “Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online. We lead the industry by offering intuitive parental controls built right into the operating system…

We have new features and enhancements planned for the future, to add functionality and make these tools even more robust…We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.”

AAPL closed at $174.35.


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Overstock rises on plans for new blockchain venture

Overstock rises after reporting plans for new blockchain venture 

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Overstock rises on plans for new blockchain venture

In a regulatory filing last night, Overstock.com (OSTK) disclosed that on December 27 the company, its wholly owned subsidiary Medici Ventures, Patrick Byrne and Hernando de Soto entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that provides that the parties will form a company, “Desoto,” that will be owned 50% by Medici, 33% by Hernando de Soto and 17% by Patrick Byrne, who is the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Overstock, and also serves on the board of directors of Medici.

The goal of the new company is to develop a blockchain-based system to develop a global property registry system focused on the property rights of people in the developing world.

Overstock and/or Medici will pay or contribute $14M to help launch the project, $8M of which will be used to fund DeSoto, and Medici will receive a 50% ownership interest in DeSoto.

Patrick Byrne personally will contribute $14M to help launch the project, and will receive a 17% ownership interest in DeSoto.

Hernando de Soto will serve as Chairman of DeSoto and as a director of Medici. Patrick Byrne will serve as Co-Chairman and CEO of DeSoto, in addition to his positions with Overstock and Medici.

“The MOU contemplates a more detailed future agreement, and provides that the parties will cooperate in good faith to reach more detailed agreements in the future,” the filing added.

In pre-market trading, Overstock has risen $1.95, or 2.7%, to $73.50 per share.


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Casey’s General Stores encouraged to explore options

Casey’s General Stores shareholder JCP encourages exploration of alternatives

Casey’s General Stores encouraged to explore options
Casey’s General Stores encouraged to explore options

JCP Investment Management, BLR Partners and Joshua Schechter, which together are “significant shareholders” of Casey’s General Stores (CASY) that collectively own approximately $45M of the company’s common stock, issued an open letter to Casey’s shareholders, stating in part:

“We believe Casey’s shares are significantly undervalued as they do not reflect the true earnings power and full real estate value of the Company’s irreplaceable fleet of 2,000+ stores…Rapid consolidation has been ongoing in the convenience store industry over the past five years. We have played a constructive role in this consolidation while serving as directors during the successful sale of The Pantry, Inc. to ATD in 2014 and as part of a settlement agreement with CST Brands, which resulted in a sale to ATD in 2016.

Based on the above transaction multiples, we believe Casey’s shares could be worth from $150 to greater than $170 per share to a potential acquirer. We believe this is realistic given the significant synergies and real estate value that Casey’s offers.

We note that ATD is projecting $125M in synergies for its acquisition of Pantry and between $150-200M in synergies for its acquisition of CST, both of which were smaller than Casey’s and owned less real estate…We do not believe that waiting for an increase in share price in the face of significant declining EBITDA is the prudent path to take considering that we believe that Casey’s could potentially realize $150 to greater than $170 in a sale today.

We believe that Casey’s Board should immediately engage a financial advisor to explore all strategic alternatives, including a potential sale, merger or similar transaction in order to maximize shareholder value.”

CASY last traded at $112.39.


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Scana Corporation sold for $14.6 billion

Dominion, Scana announce all-stock merger valuing Scana at $55.35 a share

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Scana Corporation sold for $7.9 billion.

Dominion Energy (D) and Scana Corporation (SCG) announced an agreement for the companies to combine in a stock-for-stock merger in which Scana shareholders would receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of Scana common stock, the equivalent of $55.35 per share, or about $7.9B based on Dominion Energy’s volume-weighted average stock price of the last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2.

Including assumption of debt, the value of the transaction is approximately $14.6B.

The agreement also calls for significant benefits to Scana’s South Carolina Electric & Gas Company subsidiary electric customers to offset previous and future costs related to the withdrawn V.C. Summer Units 2 and 3 project.

After the closing of the merger and subject to regulatory approvals, this includes: A $1.3B cash payment within 90 days upon completion of the merger to all customers, worth $1,000 for the average residential electric customer.

Payments would vary based on the amount of electricity used in the 12 months prior to the merger closing; An estimated additional 5% rate reduction from current levels, equal to more than $7 a month for a typical SCE&G residential customer, resulting from a $575M refund of amounts previously collected from customers and savings of lower federal corporate taxes under recently enacted federal tax reform; A more than $1.7B write-off of existing V.C. Summer 2 and 3 capital and regulatory assets, which would never be collected from customers.

This allows for the elimination of all related customer costs over 20 years instead of over the previously proposed 50-60 years; Completion of the $180M purchase of natural-gas fired power station at no cost to customers to fulfill generation needs.

Scana would operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Energy.

It would maintain its significant community presence, local management structure and the headquarters of its SCE&G utility in South Carolina.

The transaction would be accretive to Dominion Energy’s earnings upon closing, which is expected in 2018 upon receipt of regulatory and shareholder approvals.

The merger also would increase Dominion Energy’s compounded annual earnings-per-share target growth rate through 2020 to 8% or higher.

The merger is contingent upon approval of Scana’s shareholders, clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission/the U.S. Department of Justice under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and authorization of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Scana and Dominion Energy also will file for review and approval from the public service commissions of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.


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Biotech stocks to watch in January

Ten biotech names to watch in January 

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In a research note to investors, Jefferies analyst Michael #Yee identified what he sees as ten potential disclosures or announcements that could come in the next two weeks to start 2018.

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Among the names that may see stock-moving events as the new year begins are Celgene (CELG), Biogen (BIIB) and Vertex (VRTX).

TURNING THE PAGE TO 2018

Jefferies’ Yee told investors that “turning the page to 2018 and into a January conference,” he is modestly optimistic that large-cap biotech picks up a bit given the recent pullback, tax reform and low investor expectations.

He reiterated that the big biotech names are working toward a much bigger 2018 product cycle and late-stage data read out period.

Celgene tumbles

Thinking outside of the box, the analyst pointed out that the key upside “wild-card” is whether “big consolidation” actually occurs in the large caps based on pharmaceutical companies buying pharma or “big biotech” companies.

STOCK-MOVING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Other than surprise M&A deals that could swing sentiment in biotech, Jefferies’ Yee sees the potential for at least ten stock-moving announcements within his coverage going into a major industry conference in two weeks.

The analyst told investors that #Celgene is likely to pre-announce results for its fourth quarter and provide new 2018 guidance, though investors should assume that outlook could be conservative.

#Biogen could also disclose color around Spinraza patient numbers and update on aducanumab Alzheimer’s enrollment, he contended.

Yee argued that #Vertex could pre-announce on its fourth quarter but may not provide 2018 Cystic Fibrosis guidance until its ‘661 combo is approved in February. The company could also disclose Phase 3 triple plans and update on Phase 2 data.

Regarding #Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), the analyst highlighted the company may discuss the path forward for ALN-TTRsc02, update on the ALN-GO1 phase 1 program, or announce a new program in the near-term.

#AveXis (AVXS) may provide FDA meeting updates and next steps post recent regulatory discussions; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) may pre-announce fourth quarter Ocaliva sales or announced the initiation of a Phase 3 cirrhosis study, or give color on upcoming FDA label change; and Assembly Biosciences (ASMB) could announce Phase 1b HBV data on viral knockdown, he contended.

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Lastly, Yee pointed out that Axovant Sciences (AXON) may report Phase 2B data for intepiridine in dementia with Lewy bodies and nelotansersin in visual hallucinations, while Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) is likely to pre-announce 2017 Ampyra net sales and provide 2018 financial guidance, and FibroGen (FGEN) could disclose HRCT imaging IPF data or Phase 2 pancreatic cancer data for pamrevlumab.


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Bitcoin drops after S. Korea requires real name in crypto trading

S. Korea to require real-name accounts in crypto trading

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Bitcoin lower after S. Korea requires real name for crypto trading

Hong Nam-ki, South Korean minister of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, announced the country would ban the use of anonymous virtual accounts in cryptocurrency transactions as the government “can’t let this abnormal situation of speculation go on any longer,” the Korea Herald reports, citing the announcement.

Under the ban only real-name back accounts and matching virtual accounts can be used for deposits and withdrawals, while exchanges will be banned from issuing new virtual accounts to clients.

Bitcoin-related names Overstock (OSTK), Digital Power (DPW), Long Blockchain (LTEA), Seven Stars Cloud Group (SSC), Riot Blockchain (RIOT), Longfin (LFIN), Social Reality (SRAX) and Parateum (TEUM) are all trading lower in the pre-market and heading for a second straight big down day as Bitcoin extends its slide overnight below $14,000.

Speculation over South Korea regulators considering options that could include a shutdown of some cryptocurrency exchanges is fueling today’s decline. The cryptocurrency is now down over 25% from last week’s record high.

Riot Blockchain (RIOT) drops, levels to watch.  The stock was last down over 6% to $28 in pre-market trading following news that the South Korean government may seek to regulate cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin fell sharply in the wake of that news, last down over 7.2%, which is off the earlier drop of more than 10%. At the current price of $28, next support is at $26.12.

After forming a high of $16,416 this week, the cryptocurrency came under a selling pressure as traders showed their reaction to South Korea’s news. The country is determined to curb the speculative market and it would take measures to stop and review various crypto-exchanges.


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Energous receives FCC certification for power-at-a-distance device

Energous receives FCC certification for power-at-a-distance device

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Energous receives FCC certification for power-at-a-distance device
Shares of Energous Corporation (WATT) are surging in pre-market trading after the company announced last night that the Federal Communications Commission has awarded certification of its first-generation WattUp Mid Field transmitter, which sends focused, RF-based power to devices at a distance.
“As the first FCC certification for power-at-a-distance wireless charging under Part 18 of the FCC’s rules, this development represents a new era of wireless charging, and opens up a tremendous opportunity for the electronics industry,”
the company stated in its press release announcing the certification.
Shares of small-cap Energous, which have frequently been volatile in the past around product announcements or reports implicating that the company may win a contract with a smartphone maker, are up $9.30, or 105%, to $18.14 in pre-market trading.


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