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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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July 10, 2014
06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
06:04 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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July 9, 2014
16:40 EDTAAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:28 EDTNXSTNexstar initiated with a Hold at Noble Financial
16:23 EDTGTNGlenhill Advisors reports 5.2% passive stake in Gray Television
13:40 EDTAAAlcoa breaks out of top of longer-term uptrend channel, levels to watch
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13:33 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $18 from $15 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on Alcoa after the company reported stronger than expected Q2 results. The firm expects aluminum prices to rise modestly this year and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
12:30 EDTAAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were moderately higher at midday, helped in part by better than expected earnings from Alcoa (AA), solid monthly numbers from the airlines sector, and a bounce from the two day losing streak that had seen the S&P lose 1% and the Nasdaq pullback by more than 2%. The market has been unable to gather any upside momentum and has moved in a narrow range throughout the morning, as investors await the release of the Fed’s FOMC minutes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held June 17-18 are scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In China, the producer-price index declined 1.1% from a year earlier, compared with a consensus forecast for a 1% drop. China's consumer-price index rose 2.3%, below projections for a 2.4% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Alcoa swung to a second-quarter profit of 18c a share on an adjusted basis, beating the consensus estimate of 7c a share, as its revenue also topped expectations. The aluminum producer, whose report is widely considered to mark the start of an earnings season, said its transformation is in "high gear" and that its cost position continues to improve. The stock rose 5% near midday following its report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems. The stock rallied 14% after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. Also higher was Reynolds American (RAI), which rose more than 2.5% after the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco (BTI), which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the remainder of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. Among the noteworthy losers was IT infrastructure technology provider Gigamon (GIMO), which was downgraded by at least five firms and plunged 32% after the company lowered its Q2 revenue guidance, citing challenges closing deals. Also lower following its earnings reports was specialty storage and organizational product retailer The Container Store (TCS), which fell 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 36.86, or 0.22%, to 16,943.48, the Nasdaq was up 18.93, or 0.43%, to 4,410.39, and the S&P 500 was up 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,968.30.
12:27 EDTAAAlcoa hits 52-week high after better than expected results
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09:47 EDTGM, TMNew car sales in India rose 15% in June, WSJ reports
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09:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors, Manchester United debut sponsored shirt for 2014-15 season
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09:35 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
09:21 EDTGMDelphi CEO to testify about GM ignition switches, Automotive News says
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08:26 EDTAAAlcoa shares should be bought, says Sterne Agee
After Alcoa reported stronger than expected Q2 results, Sterne Agee expects the company to be boosted by strength in its aerospace business going forward. The firm believes that the company's fundamentals are improving.
07:52 EDTGM, TMJapan leading drive for fuel cell vehicles, FT says
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07:37 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $18.50 from $15 at JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTAAInvestors hope solid earnings can reverse losing streak
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07:02 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $17 from $15 at Stifel
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06:28 EDTGMGM Korea employees approve strike amid stalled wage discussions, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTGMGM CEO, general counsel to testify before Senate subcommittee, WSJ reports
Mary Barry, the CEO of General Motors (GM), and the company's general counsel, Mike Millikin, have been called to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee looking at why it took the automaker almost 11 years to recall older cars equipped with a faulty ignition switch, the Wall Street Journal reports. Delphi Automotive (DLPH) CEO Rodney O'Neal and Kenneth Feinberg have also been called as witnesses. Reference Link
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