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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTANR, GTN, TM, ACI, NXST, CTCT, PG, WLT, SBGI, GM, AA, STZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday ahead of the release of the minutes for the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting. Investors may have gained some optimism about the upcoming earnings season following Alcoa’s (AA) first quarter report, sending its shares and the major averages higher right from the outset of today’s trading. The indexes have moved in a relatively narrow range, but have remained in positive ground throughout the morning. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists’ forecast. The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC meeting are scheduled to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of aluminum producer Alcoa gained more than 3% after the company unofficially kicked off the earnings season with its report last night. The company reported first quarter adjusted profit that beat estimates, on revenue that missed expectations, adding that its year-to-date productivity gains are ahead of schedule… Toyota Motor (TM) saw its New York listed shares slip a bit over 1.5% after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide and its shares were downgraded to a Neutral rating at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Another automaker grappling with its own recall issues, General Motors (GM), declined 2% after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars, which will pressure margins and earnings, the analyst contended… Procter & Gamble (PG) shares were fractionally higher after the consumer goods giant agreed to sell its three major pet food brands - Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura - to Mars for $2.9B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), which surged 28% higher after the company’s preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher were shares of several companies that own local TV stations, including Gray Television (GTN), Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI), and Nexstar (NXST), after Wells Fargo upgraded all three stocks after its meetings with FCC representatives relieved its prior concerns that the agency could veto sharing deals among stations. Among the noteworthy losers was beer and wine importer and distributor Constellation Brands (STZ), which slid 3% despite the company reporting sales that matched estimates and adjusted profits that beat the consensus forecast. Also lower were shares of a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Walter Energy (WLT) and Arch Coal (ACI), after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 57.81, or 0.36%, to 16,313.95; the Nasdaq was up 29.81, or 0.72%, to 4,142.80; and the S&P 500 was up 6.06, or 0.33%, to 1,858.02.
News For AA;PG;TM;GM;CTCT;GTN;SBGI;NXST;ANR;WLT;ACI;STZ From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
12:47 EDTSBGIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:44 EDTSBGIFCC Chairman Wheeler says to convene emergency meeting with DISH, Sinclair
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10:24 EDTAACentury Aluminum to curtail Hawesville operations due to weak prices
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06:48 EDTTMToyota to restart operations at Tianjin plants Thursday, Reuters reports
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05:30 EDTSBGIDISH renews formal complaint with FCC against Sinclair Broadcast
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05:17 EDTSBGIDISH says Sinclair Broadcast chooses to initiate channel blackout
Despite reaching an agreement on rates and all other terms for the carriage of the Sinclair local stations, DISH (DISH) said that this afternoon Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets across 36 states and the District of Columbia, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today. Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming, said, "Sinclair rejected our extension offer and has chosen to use innocent consumers as pawns to gain leverage for the economic benefit of Sinclair, while causing substantial harm and disruption to the lives of consumers." DISH and Sinclair had been making steady progress in their recent negotiations, and DISH was hopeful that they would come to a mutual agreement to renew carriage of the Sinclair local stations. In that spirit, DISH offered another short-term contract extension to Sinclair that would include a retroactive "true-up" when new rates were agreed upon, and would preserve the ability of DISH customers to access the Sinclair local stations while our negotiations continued. The "true-up" would ensure that Sinclair was made whole at the new rates for the period of any contract extension. Rather than accept DISH's good faith offer, Sinclair Broadcast Group chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today.
August 25, 2015
08:47 EDTPGKellogg names Carolyn Tastad to board of directors
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06:32 EDTTMToyota tests possible alternatives to Takata air bag inflators, Reuters reports
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August 24, 2015
19:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors ends two-week strike in Brazil, Reuters says
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17:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors denies 3944 of 4343 ignition switch claims
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16:46 EDTACI, ANRPresident Obama announces new renewable energy commitments
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13:42 EDTTMToyota to halt Prius production in Thailand, Nikkei Asian Review reports
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09:45 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:14 EDTGMGM recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles
GM is recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag. A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTGMGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
17:32 EDTTMToyota extends Tianjin production shutdown through August 26, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
06:46 EDTGMGM recalling 5,493 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles
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06:14 EDTTMToyota to purchase air bag inflators from Nippon Kayaku, Reuters reports
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