5 Things We’re Reading On StockTwits Today: Pharma Mega Deals and American Capital

Each day we see thousands of links shared on StockTwits. The diversity is incredible and we see links to articles, blog posts, charts, and videos. We just combed through the StockTwits stream today and found 5 stories you have to see. If you have a great link to share, make sure it gets posted on StockTwits:

1.) The American public still isn’t interested in the stock market. Take a look at this:

Great story by @ben_rooney on how 73% of Americans still don't want to invest in stocks http://stks.co/h0WX2 $SPX $SPY via @cnnmoneyinvest

— Ryan Detrick (@RyanDetrick) Apr. 22 at 10:23 AM


2.) Goldman Sachs released a note about M&A activity in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. It essentially hints that the entire industry is entering a phase of mega deals. They might be right, too. Novartis ($NVS), GlaxoSmithKline ($GSK), and Eli Lilly ($LLY) recently swapped billions in assets like a game of Uno:

Here's my graphic that summarizes the $NVS $GSK $LLY deal: http://stks.co/i0WPI

— Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) Apr. 22 at 09:06 AM

Here's the $GSK PR – so $GSK and $NVS are going to create a new consumer healthcare business too. 3-way transaction. http://stks.co/a0Sih

— Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) Apr. 22 at 01:31 AM


3.) Thomas Pieketty is said to have written the book of the year. The book is titled Capital. It’s about income inequality around the world and in the U.S.. Everyone seems to be talking about it, and to some extent it’s starting to generate more buzz than Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys:

Will Piketty’s “Capital” Actually Make a Policy Difference?

— Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) Apr. 22 at 01:00 AM


4.) There’s a big discussion happening on StockTwits right now and it’s centered on Bill Ackman. Some traders want know: how is he not committing insider trading with his latest play on the Allergan ($AGN), Valeant ($VRX) merger? If you have any commentary about this, hit ‘Reply’ in the message box below and share your thoughts:

I'm with Fly. WTF?? –> Please Explain How this isn’t ‘Insider Trading’ http://stks.co/f0WdG $AGN $VRX

— Sean McLaughlin (@chicagosean) Apr. 22 at 09:14 AM


5.) Video ads are working. And this appears to be especially true for Facebook ($FB). A particular segment caught our eye from the link that was shared below. It highlights the massive success that video advertisements are having on social networks, “video plays (on Facebook) from organic brand posts were up 785 percent over the year-ago quarter, and up 134 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013, Adobe said.”:

$FB Video ads are working: http://stks.co/e0Snj

— alex (@swimstar492) Apr. 22 at 08:22 AM

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