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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTTM, ACI, NXST, CTCT, PG, WLT, SBGI, GM, AA, STZ, ANR, GTNOn 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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March 25, 2015
17:22 EDTPGFutureFuel to see adverse impact from early termination of P&G purchase pact
On March 19, FutureFuel (FF) received notice from The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) exercising its right of early termination and advising the company of its intent to terminate, effective December 31, the purchase agreement entered into as of April 1, 2008 between The Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company, The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC and Procter & Gamble International Operations SA, as buyer, and FutureFuel, as seller, as amended. P&G indicated that its decision to terminate resulted from its need for flexibility to address declining market trends in the dry laundry additives marketplace. P&G exercised its right to terminate the purchase agreement with at least 270 days prior written notice pursuant to a contractual provision allowing for early termination in the event P&G’s expected annual purchases fell below a certain threshold. The purchase agreement will remain in full force and effect during the notification period, during which time the parties will have the opportunity to negotiate a mutually acceptable alternative. FutureFuel plans to further discuss options for continuing its business relationship with P&G, but there can be no assurance that such efforts will be successful. If no such alternative is reached, the purchase agreement will terminate effective December 31, one year prior to the stated termination date of the purchase agreement. FutureFuel’s revenues related to the purchase agreement were reported as $43.93M for FY14. The termination of the purchase agreement is expected to have a significant adverse impact on the company’s revenue, net income and cash flow beginning in FY16. FutureFuel will not incur any early termination penalties as a result of the termination of the purchase agreement.
05:57 EDTPGStocks with implied volatility movement; VZ PG
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March 24, 2015
14:45 EDTGTNGray Television management to meet with Barrington
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09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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08:41 EDTGMGeneral Motors capacity hampering sales growth, says Credit Suisse
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06:34 EDTPGKimberly-Clark upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:18 EDTGMGM to build next-gen Chevrolet Cruze in Coahuila, Mexico, Reuters reports
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06:12 EDTGMFord, GM considering asking for lower-paid workers, Bloomberg says
Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a lower-pay tier of employee at U.S. auto factories, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The union, on the other hand, is considering eliminating the existing tier structure altogether, according to a person familiar with the union leadership. The proposed lower tier worker would not assemble cars, said the sources. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
12:57 EDTGTNGray Television management to meet with Sidoti
Meetings to be held in Ohio on March 25 and in Chicago on March 26 hosted by Sidoti.
11:11 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 74, WSJ reports
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09:05 EDTTMToyota to partner with I.D. Systems on new VMS
Toyota (TM) Material Handling, U.S.A., and I.D. Systems (IDSY) have executed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a new wireless industrial Vehicle Management System, or VMS. The new VMS will be marketed through the Toyota Industrial Equipment umbrella in North America under the "T-Matics" brand. The T-Matics products were officially launched to Toyota dealers on March 3.
07:37 EDTGMVolkswagen to cut at least 150 workers at Russian plant, Reuters reports
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06:03 EDTGTNGray Television files to sell 12M shares of common stock
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March 22, 2015
17:42 EDTTMToyota close to approving Mexico plant, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
08:01 EDTGMStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 19, 2015
10:16 EDTAAAlcoa falls, levels to watch
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08:03 EDTPGInter Parfums unit to acquire Procter & Gamble's Rochas brand for $108M
Inter Parfums (IPAR) announced that its majority owned Paris-based subsidiary, Interparfums S.A. has entered into an agreement with The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) to acquire the Rochas brand. This transaction will cover all brand names and registered trademarks for Rochas, mainly for class 3 cosmetics and class 25 fashion. This acquisition will be payable in cash on the closing date for $108M and financed entirely through a medium term loan. This transaction is expected to be completed within the first half of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
March 18, 2015
08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
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