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To: richardred who wrote (3544)1/6/2014 9:04:40 AM
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G.E. to Buy Health Care Units From Thermo Fisher Scientific By DAVID GELLES
General Electric said on Monday that it would acquire a gene modulation and magnetic beads business from Thermo Fisher Scientific for about $1.06 billion.

The units will become part of GE Healthcare, and help the industrial conglomerate offer new medicines, vaccines and diagnostics as part of its expanding life sciences business. Last year, the businesses had combined revenue of $250 million.

G.E. is focusing on its health care offerings as it pivots toward high-technology businesses with good growth potential and attractive margins.

“Life Sciences is one of our strongest and fastest-growing business areas, driven by the world’s demand for improved diagnostics and new, safer medicines,” John Dineen, chief executive of GE Healthcare, said in a statement. “This deal makes a good business even better and will help us realize our vision of bringing better health care to more people at lower cost.”

The cell culture business that G.E. is acquiring, called HyClone, is used to manufacture vaccines and drugs that treat diseases including cancer and arthritis. GE Healthcare already has a cell biology business doing related work.

The gene modulation business G.E. is acquiring fits with existing drug discovery work the company does, and the magnetic beads unit will help G.E. in the areas of protein analysis and diagnostics.

The companies expect the deal to close early this year.

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To: richardred who wrote (3541)1/8/2014 10:52:16 AM
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Yahoo's Mayer announces Aviate takeover at CES 2014 CEO Marissa Mayer at CES says Yahoo has acquired Aviate, a smartphone launcher that automatically organizes your apps based on usage data and locations. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

by Joan E. Solsman January 7, 2014 1:29 PM PST

(Credit: James Martin/CNET)
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said the company has acquired Aviate, a Silicon Valley startup that organizes and updates smartphone home screens based on location, time of day, and usage patterns.

Mayer made the comments Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the Consumer Electronics Show is being held. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Mayer said Aviate would help Yahoo's mobile offerings. If you look at stock quotes in the morning, Aviate can deliver Yahoo Finance to your phone automatically, she said, for example.

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From: richardred1/8/2014 11:03:54 AM
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Forest Laboratories nears $3B takeover deal of Aptalis (Credit: Policy and Medicine) Image shows a signage of Forest Laboratories Inc.

January 7
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New York-based Forest Laboratories Inc. is reportedly nearing an agreement to acquire specialty pharmaceutical company Aptalis Holdings Inc. Forest will buy Aptalis from private equity firm TPG Capital LP for about $3 billion.

Reuters, citing a source, said that a deal announcement could come as early as Wednesday. Negotiations, however, were still being finalized. Forest's board was meeting Tuesday night and was expected to approve the deal, Wall Street Journal said in a separate report.


TPG Capital purchased Aptalis, at the time called Axcan Pharma Inc., in 2008 for about $1.3 billion. Axcan later merged with Dutch pharma Eurand NV to create a company that was renamed Aptalis, the report said.

According to Reuters, Aptalis had filed for an initial public offering on December 26. The company makes drugs to treat gastrointestinal disorders and cystic fibrosis. Aptalis has slaes and marketing operations in the US, Canada, France and Germany, and has manufacturing operations in North America and Europe, WSJ said.

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To: richardred who wrote (3292)1/10/2014 9:55:55 AM
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Here is why it's good sometimes to let some of your gains run. Oh well, It made it up to sixty on the first rumor, but went for a discount from that.

American Pacific Corporation To Be Acquired By H.I.G.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Pacific Corporation ( APFC) ("AMPAC") today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by investment funds managed by H.I.G. Capital, LLC ("H.I.G."), a leading global private investment firm in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $392.0 million.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, affiliates of H.I.G. will, no later than January 24, 2014, commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of AMPAC common stock at a price of $46.50 per share. This price represents a premium of 18.9% over the closing share price on January 9, 2014, and 17.1% over the 60-day volume-weighted average closing share price as of the same day.

If the tender offer is completed successfully, then the shares of AMPAC which were not tendered will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same cash price per share paid in the tender offer. Completion of the transaction is subject to, among other things, customary closing conditions contained in the definitive merger agreement.

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To: richardred who wrote (2467)1/10/2014 12:42:39 PM
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Sold -ANGO position today

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To: richardred who wrote (3569)1/10/2014 1:22:58 PM
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New buy today UNTD. Somebody somewhere needs more social network content. The FTD spinoff went off well and this company is what's left. IMO this one looks like it could possibly be a private equity target. With FTD already being separated. It looks to me remaining pieces could be be sold off separately. I'm pairing it up with my VCLK content acquisition theme.

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To: richardred who wrote (3512)1/12/2014 12:29:50 PM
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December 23, 2013 comScore_Media_Metrix_Ranks_Top_50_US_Desktop_Web_Properties_for_November_2013#]4[/url]
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Desktop Web Properties for November 2013 Retail Accounts for Six of Top 7 Gaining Categories in November as Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off
Planning for Holidays and Seasonal Festivities Drives Growth in Lifestyle and E-Card Sites

RESTON, VA, December 23, 2013 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly ranking of U.S. desktop web activity at the top online properties for November 2013 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service. Several retail subcategories were among the top-gaining in November as Thanksgiving kicked off the holiday shopping season. E-Card and Lifestyle websites also boasted an increase in traffic, as Americans started thinking about and planning their holiday events and activities.

Table 1

comScore Top 10 Gaining Site Categories by Percentage Change in Unique Visitors (Desktop Only)
November 2013 vs. October 2013
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Total Unique Visitors (000)
Oct-13 Nov-13 % Change
Total Internet : Total Audience 225,241 224,481 0
Services – e-cards 10,264 16,921 65
Retail – Toys 17,354 22,603 30
Retail – Consumer Electronics 41,853 51,979 24
Retail – Jewelry/Luxury Goods/Accessories 18,735 22,990 23
Retail – Department Stores 70,472 85,061 21
Retail – Mall 22,729 26,866 18
Retail – Fragrances/Cosmetics 14,098 16,169 15
Lifestyles – Gay/Lesbian 9,832 11,242 14
Lifestyles – Religion/Spirituality 35,327 39,482 12
Services – Coupons 42,365 47,257 12
Table 2

comScore Top 50 Properties (Desktop Only)
November 2013
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Rank Property Unique Visitors
Rank Property Unique Visitors
Total Internet : Total Audience 224,481
1 Yahoo Sites 194,631 26 Hearst Corporation 37,559
2 Google Sites 192,678 27 Defy Media 37,183
3 Microsoft Sites 173,435 28 Federated Media Publishing 36,163
4 Facebook 140,761 29 YELP.COM 36,109
5 AOL, Inc. 118,925 30 WebMD Health 35,188
6 Amazon Sites 114,429 31 TUMBLR.COM* 34,930
7 Glam Media 93,221 32 Meredith Digital 34,416
8 Wikimedia Foundation Sites 84,339 33 Adobe Sites 34,291
9 CBS Interactive 80,919 34 Target Corporation 34,181
10 Turner Digital 76,452 35 New York Times Digital 32,667
11 Apple Inc. 72,748 36 WORDPRESS.COM* 32,502
12 eBay 71,024 37 Best Buy Sites 30,974
13 Ask Network 67,253 38 YP Local Media Network 30,888
14 Comcast NBCUniversal 64,352 39 Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. 29,718
15 About 58,044 40 NETFLIX.COM 29,323
16 Gannett Sites 57,031 41 T365 - Tribune 29,024
17 Weather Company, The 54,225 42 Fox News Digital Network 28,685
18 Wal-Mart 54,124 43 Everyday Health 28,459
19 Linkedin 49,586 44 PINTEREST.COM 28,215
20 Demand Media 46,792 45 Conde Nast Digital 28,105
21 Viacom Digital 45,324 46 Time Warner (Excl. Turner/WB) 27,978
22 craigslist, inc. 43,095 47 AVG Technologies 27,974
23 ESPN 38,714 48 Disney Online 26,829
24 TWITTER.COM 38,042 49 NetShelter Technology Media 25,278
25 Sites 37,934 50 Gawker Media 24,884
Table 3

comScore Ad Focus Rankings (Desktop Only)
November 2013
Total U.S. – Home, Work and University Locations
Source: comScore Media Metrix
Top 30 Syndicated Ad Focus Entities Top 20 Ad Networks/Buy Side Networks
Rank Property Unique Visitors (000) % Reach Rank Property Unique Visitors (000) % Reach
Total Internet : Total Audience 224,481 100.0
1 AddThis 218,786 97.5 1 Google Ad Network** 213,457 95.1
2 ShareThis 204,910 91.3 2** 211,676 94.3
3 Yahoo Sites 194,631 86.7 3 AT&T AdWorks** 192,654 85.8
4 Google 184,348 82.1 4 Real Media Group - 24/7 Access** 189,810 84.6
5 Outbrain 167,465 74.6 5 Casale Media - MediaNet** 183,979 82.0
6 FACEBOOK.COM 138,116 61.5 6 Microsoft Media Network US** 182,735 81.4
7 YOUTUBE.COM 129,821 57.8 7 RadiumOne** 176,956 78.8
8 AOL, Inc. 118,925 53.0 8 ValueClick Networks** 174,273 77.6
9 MSN 106,601 47.5 9 Specific Media** 173,948 77.5
10 Glam Media 93,221 41.5 10 Genome from Yahoo** 172,116 76.7
11 Bing 81,262 36.2 11 Burst Media** 171,693 76.5
12 Ask Network 67,253 30.0 12 Collective Display** 170,588 76.0
13 Windows Live 63,350 28.2 13 Federated Media Publisher Network** 161,088 71.8
14 About 58,044 25.9 14 Exponential - Tribal Fusion** 158,673 70.7
15 Blogger 57,206 25.5 15 Cox Digital Solutions - Network** 153,891 68.6
16 Gannett Sites 57,031 25.4 16 Rocket Fuel** 140,400 62.5
17 WALMART.COM 51,172 22.8 17 Undertone** 128,283 57.1
18 Linkedin 49,586 22.1 18 Adconion Media Group** 126,594 56.4
19 Weather Channel, The 48,960 21.8 19 Vibrant Media** 123,356 55.0
20 5min Media Platform 47,398 21.1 20 PulsePoint** 107,686 48.0
21 Demand Media 46,792 20.8
22 ESPN 38,714 17.2 Top DSP/SSP/Ad Exchange Entities
23 TWITTER.COM 38,042 16.9 1 Rubicon Project** 217,028 96.7
24 Sites 37,934 16.9 2 Fulcrum5** 182,879 81.5
25 IMDb 37,311 16.6 3 engage:BDR** 148,547 66.2
26 Federated Media Publishing 36,163 16.1
27 YELP.COM 36,109 16.1
28 WebMD Health 35,188 15.7
29 TUMBLR.COM* 34,930 15.6
30 TARGET.COM 34,094 15.2
Reach % denotes the percentage of the total Internet population that viewed a particular entity at least once in November. For instance, Yahoo Sites was seen by 86.7 percent of the 224 million Internet users in November.
* Entity has assigned some portion of traffic to other syndicated entities.
** Indicates that the entity is an advertising network.

About comScore Media Metrix
comScore Media Metrix provides industry-leading Internet audience measurement services that report details of online media usage, visitor demographics and online buying power for the home, work and university audiences on desktop computers across local U.S. markets and across the globe. comScore Media Metrix reports are used by financial analysts, advertising agencies, publishers and marketers. comScore Media Metrix syndicated ratings are based on industry-sanctioned sampling methodologies.

About comScore
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, delivering insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior that enable clients to maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit

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To: richardred who wrote (3512)1/12/2014 3:37:06 PM
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Mobile Advertising Market to Top $38 Billion by 2018: Berg

By Nathan Eddy | Posted 2013-12-23 Email Print

There are considerable regional differences in the format distribution depending on the level of maturity and local preferences across markets.

The total value of the global mobile marketing and advertising market will grow from $9.4 billion in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26 percent to $38.1 billion in 2018, according to a research report from analyst firm Berg Insight. This will then correspond to 19.3 percent of the total online advertising market or 5.9 percent of the total global ad spend for all media. On a global level, mobile search advertising is estimated to represent the largest share of more than 50 percent of the total mobile ad spend, followed by display advertising and messaging, the report projected. "There is currently a mismatch between the ad dollars spent on different media and the share of time consumers devote to the various channels," Rickard Andersson, senior analyst with Berg Insight, said in a statement. "Some channels such as print media receive a greater share of the total ad spend than can be motivated from a consumer behavior standpoint while other channels receive too little investments." However, the report noted there are considerable regional differences in the format distribution depending, for example, on the level of maturity and local preferences across markets.

In addition, numerous actors are involved in activities related to mobile marketing, including players from diverse backgrounds. Google has captured an important position, offering a range of mobile advertising alternatives such as mobile search ads, display advertising and video ads on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Apple is further seeking to gain market share with the iAd platform. Facebook has since emerged as an important newcomer and is now generating half of its advertising revenues from mobile devices, with strong support from the application development community. "Mobile devices are on average devoted a double-digit percentage of consumers’ time, yet the channel only attracts a few percent of the total global ad spend," Andersson continued. "This discrepancy can be explained by the relative newness of the mobile channel as an advertising medium and the formidable growth of mobile media consumption in recent years. Berg Insight expects that a correction in the ad budgets spent on different media is imminent, thus paving the way for a several-fold increase in mobile ad spend in the coming years." Finally, several mobile operators including AT&T, Orange, SFR and the U.K. joint venture Weve are also active in mobile marketing. Leading specialized mobile marketing players also include Millennial Media, InMobi, Smaato, Nexage, Madvertise, and Amobee. The industry is in a phase of consolidation and notable transactions in 2013, which include Millennial Media’s acquisition of Jumptap and Twitter’s acquisition of MoPub. Google has also acquired the crowd-sourced navigation provider Waze, which offers location-based advertising, which is likely to impact advertisers who rely on spur-of-the-moment shoppers who make purchasing decisions based on proximity.
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To: richardred who wrote (2944)1/13/2014 8:18:24 AM
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A Merger Monday

Suntory time for Jim Beam as Japanese taste for whisky grows

by Elizabeth Fournier
January 13, 2014, 12:52pm

What with Amec's £1.9bn move for Foster Wheeler and Goldcorp's $2.6bn offer for rival Osisko, today was already shaping up to be the biggest merger Monday in some time.

But Japanese investment firm Suntory Holdings just blew everyone out of the water by making a $16bn (£9.74bn) bid for Beam - the NYSE-listed maker of Jim Beam bourbon and Laphroaig scotch.

Suntory already has a pretty impressive line up of Japanese whiskies, including Yamazaki and Hakushu single malts, and is aiming to double its overseas shipments to 3.6m bottles by 2016.

It will pay $83.50 per share in cash for the Illinois headquartered company, a 25 per cent premium to Beam's closing price on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

This isn't the first tie-up between the two firms. Suntory already distributes Beam products in Japan, while Beam distributes Suntory’s products in Singapore and other Asian markets.

“I believe this combination will create a spirits business with a product portfolio unmatched throughout the world and allow us to achieve further global growth," said Nobutada Saji, president and chairman of Suntory's Board.

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To: richardred who wrote (3250)1/13/2014 11:33:00 AM
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Activist into JNPR now.

Juniper surges on activist investor plan

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Juniper Networks Inc. JNPR +7.99% shares climbed almost 10%, to $25.78 Monday, after activist hedge fund Elliott Management Corp. said it was targeting the networking-equipment maker to return more value to shareholders. Elliott said it a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it has acquired 6.2% of Juniper's stock, and it believes Juniper can boost its share price to $35 to $40 a share by increases share buybacks, paying a dividend, cutting expenses and streamlining its business operations. Elliott's said it is seeking talks about its plan with Juniper's management and board of directors. Elloitt's proposal comes less than two weeks after Shaygan Kheradpir became Juniper's new chief executive.

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