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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTAA, ACI, WLT, ANR, NXST, SBGI, GTN, CTCT, GM, TM, PG, 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.
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August 25, 2014
08:31 EDTAAAlcoa to close Portovesme smelter in Italy
Alcoa announced that it intends to permanently close its Portovesme primary aluminum smelter, which has been curtailed since November 2012. The closure will reduce Alcoa’s global smelting capacity by 150,000 metric tons to 3.6 million metric tons per year. The Portovesme smelter was curtailed in 2012 because it was one of the highest cost smelters in the Alcoa system and had limited prospects for becoming competitive. “The fundamental reasons that made the Portovesme smelter uncompetitive unfortunately have not changed,” said Bob Wilt, President, Alcoa Global Primary Products. “We will continue to meet the commitments made to our employees and our stakeholders, acting in good faith as we have always done.” As committed to the government and unions, Alcoa has provided financial social support, along with outplacement and re-employment services for employees. The closure is aligned with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business and lower its position on the world aluminum production cost curve to the 38th percentile by 2016. Total restructuring-related charges for third quarter 2014 as a result of the closure are expected to be between $170M-$180M after-tax, or between 14c-15c per share, of which approximately 60% is non-cash.
August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTPGNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
17:07 EDTGMGM considers delay in expansion of Russian plant, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
11:04 EDTGMGM assessing timing of facility development in Russia, Reuters says
GM said that it was assessing the timing of the planned development of its Russian facility close to St Petersburg due to a decline in the automobile market in the country, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesman. The spokesman said, "In view of the current business situation in Russia and the lower sales volumes since the start of the year, we are taking a close look at our plans. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMChrysler to not replace Ram steel body panels until 2020, Reuters says
Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler is aiming to redesign its full-size Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in three years, but the car manufacturer has no definitive goals to follow competitors GM (GM) and Ford (F) in using aluminum body panels instead of steal until a finalized overhaul happens after 2020, according to Reuters, citing industry sources. Reference Link
06:07 EDTGMProsecutors investigating GM's legal department, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
13:52 EDTGMCadillac mulls expanding offices to Manhattan, Reuters says
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09:04 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast announces launch of original programming division
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07:18 EDTTM, GMChina considering new anti-trust rules for auto sector, China Daily says
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06:26 EDTTMToyota slices China Lexus part costs amid anti-trust worries, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGMGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTGMGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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05:52 EDTWLTStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK WLT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Nokia (NOK) 30, Walter Energy (WLT) 62 according to iVolatility.
August 20, 2014
20:03 EDTTMFord planning hybrid to compete with Toyota Prius, Reuters reports
Ford (F) is planning to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Reuters, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. It will be the company's first "dedicated" hybrid, unlike the hybrid Fusion, which is a variation of an existing gasoline model. Reference Link
11:22 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast agrees to swap TV stations with Media General
Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI ) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of one television station in Providence, RI owned by Media General (MEG), two television stations in Green Bay, WI owned by LIN Media (LIN) and one television station in Savannah, GA owned by WTGS Television and operated by LIN through a shared services arrangement. The three markets represent 1.2% of U.S. television households. Simultaneously, Sinclair will sell Media General the broadcast assets of three stations in two markets upon the completion of the LIN/Media General merger. The company's previously announced sale of WHTM in Harrisburg is expected to close in September. The combination of all stations being sold to Media General represents 1.9% of U.S. television households.In addition and as part of the transactions, Sinclair will pay a net cash price of $31M for an additional $3.4M of cash flow being swapped. In addition, the company expects to generate an additional approximately $2M of synergies on the acquired stations.
09:36 EDTTMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
09:41 EDTGMGM recalls Silverados, Sierras equipped with auxiliary battery
GM is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 18, 2007, to June 22, 2011, and GMC Sierra HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 21, 2011, and equipped with an auxiliary battery. Owners may unknowingly draw too much current through the vehicle's trailer harness resulting in the melting of fusible link for the auxiliary battery. If the fusible link melts it may come into contact with adjacent components, damage the electrical center cover, the nearby wiring harness conduit and other vehicle components, increasing the risk of a fire. GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the jumper harness with one that includes a 40 amp inline fuse, and provide the owner with supplemental Owner Manual information, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Reference Link
09:38 EDTGMGM recalls cars equipped with Calix oil pan, block heater
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08:02 EDTGMBorgWarner supplies solenoid technology for General Motors' GF6
BorgWarner (BWA) supplies its mini direct-acting variable force solenoid for General Motors' (GM) global front-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission program, or GF6.
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