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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTACI, NXST, CTCT, PG, WLT, SBGI, GM, AA, STZ, ANR, GTN, TMOn 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.
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December 15, 2014
16:30 EDTWLTAlden Global reports 3.79% passive stake in Walter Energy
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13:16 EDTGM, TMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading
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08:34 EDTNXSTNexstar announces long-term affiliation agreement with NBC Television Network
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06:55 EDTTM, GMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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05:47 EDTAAAlcoa to acquire TITAL, terms not disclosed
Alcoa announced plans to further expand its global aerospace business through a definitive agreement to acquire privately held TITAL. The acquisition will strengthen Alcoa’s global position to capture increasing demand for advanced jet engine components made of titanium. This transaction will further position Alcoa to capitalize on strong growth in the commercial aerospace sector. Alcoa projects a compounded annual commercial jet growth rate of 7% through 2019 and sees a current 9-year production order book at 2013 delivery rates. Almost 70% of TITAL’s revenues are expected to come from commercial aerospace sales in 2019. In 2013, the company generated revenues of approximately $96M, more than half of which came from titanium products. The acquisition will establish titanium casting capabilities in Europe for Alcoa, while expanding its aluminum casting capacity. TITAL employs more than 650 people, primarily in Bestwig, Germany. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
December 11, 2014
14:02 EDTAAAlcoa plans $16.7M expansion to double high-tech coating capacity
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10:13 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:50 EDTPGProcter & Gamble initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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06:30 EDTTMNissan recalling 1520,000 cars globally using Takata air bags, Reuters reports
Nissan (NSANY) is recalling 152,000 vehicles around the world that use Takata's (TKTDY) passenger site air bags, Reuters reports. The cars are being recalled after an "unusual deployment" of a Takata air bag in Japan, which also led to recalls by Toyota (TM). Reference Link
05:18 EDTNXSTNexstar, DISH reach distribution agreement
Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) announced that it reached a new distribution agreement with DISH Network (DISH) allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar’s programming. The agreement covers Nexstar’s broadcast platform inclusive of 60 network affiliated and local stations in 46 markets. On Monday, December 8, Nexstar granted DISH an extension until 11:59 p.m. ET tonight to the companies’ previous agreement.
December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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07:32 EDTNXSTUBS to hold a conference
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05:24 EDTNXSTNexstar provides third extension to DISH distribution agreement
Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) announced that it has provided the third extension of its distribution agreement with DISH Network (DISH) allowing the satellite television provider the right to continue to air Nexstar’s highly rated programming until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 10. The agreement covers Nexstar’s broadcast platform inclusive of 60 network affiliated and local stations in 46 markets. DISH’s previous extension with Nexstar expires at 11:59 p.m. ET. Nextar stated that for over two months, it has been negotiating in good faith to establish a mutually agreeable contract with DISH and Nexstar remains hopeful that a resolution can be reached without a service interruption to viewers in affected markets.
December 8, 2014
11:57 EDTGTNGray Television management to meet with Sidoti
Meetings to be held in Montreal/Toronto on December 9 hosted by Sidoti.
11:10 EDTGM, TMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
09:02 EDTANRAlpha Natural announces WARN notices for eight W. Virginia coal mines expire
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06:15 EDTWLTWalter Energy implied volatility of 188 at upper end of index mean range
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