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August 22, 2014
18:16 EDTBAGeneral Electric equipped 787 Dreamliner approved by regulators, WSJ says
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11:17 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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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
09:36 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:54 EDTGM, FIATY, FChrysler 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
06:32 EDTAAPLApple suppliers scramble after iPhone 6 screen hurdle, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung resumes supply of mobile RAM for next-generation iPhone, DigiTimes says
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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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13:44 EDTFIATYChrysler recalls Cherokees, Rams due to rear shock defect
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13:23 EDTAAPLWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
11:44 EDTAAPLHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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11:26 EDTFFord asks dealers to stop selling certain Focus, C-Max cars, Reuters reports
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11:26 EDTBABoeing reports 12 new orders in weekly update
Boeing reported orders for 10 737s and two 777s for unidentified customers in its weekly update.
10:34 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:21 EDTHMCHonda asks for 12,000 Honda Fit cars brought back for retrofit, Reuters says
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10:14 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AllianceBernstein (AB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Federated Investors (FII) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MDC Partners (MDCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... PNM Resources (PNM) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Perficient (PRFT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Tyler Technologies (TYL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... US Ecology (ECOL) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Vertex Energy (VTNR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
10:03 EDTAAPLActive puts at CBOE
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10:02 EDTAAPLActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
09:37 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:18 EDTF, FIATY, VLKAY, HMC, TM, GM, NSANYChina 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 EDTF, GMGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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August 20, 2014
20:03 EDTF, TMFord 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
16:15 EDTTSLA, TSLATesla initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 20, 2014
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13:46 EDTAAPLVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
11:15 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after analyst downgrades stock
Shares of sapphire maker GT Advanced (GTAT) are falling after research firm CLSA downgraded the stock in a note to investors today. The firm cited concerns about increased costs associated with the company's deal with Apple as the main reason for the downgrade. WHAT'S NEW: GT Advanced's costs associated with its deal to supply sapphire to Apple are being impacted by low yields, CLSA analyst Mark Heller wrote after speaking with strategic consulting firm Yole Développement. Lower yields will reduce the amount of sapphire that GT Advanced can produce for Apple, and will negatively affect GT’s profit margins, explained Heller. He believes that GT Advanced's risk/reward ratio is balanced at current levels, and downgraded his rating on the shares to Underperform from Outperform. However, he raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GT Advanced fell 2% to $18.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTTM, AAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:03 EDTHMCIHS Inc. and Honda extend decade-long Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle program
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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06:16 EDTDDAIFHitachi among auto-part makers fined by China, WSJ reports
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:45 EDTBA, EADSYBombardier shakes up commercial aircraft marketing division, WSJ says
Canadian transportation company Bombardier (BDRBF) has replaced its commercial aircraft marketing chief Philippe Poutissou with Ross Mitchell, says the Wall Street Journal. The moves come as part of a broader restructuring of Bombardier's marketing division as the company competes with Boeing (BA) and Airbus Group (EADSY), added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:00 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions 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.
14:19 EDTAAPLCarl Icahn says increased Apple position over past year
Carl Icahn tweeted in regards to Apple, "All my chips still on the table and in fact increased position over past year." Icahn added that anyone who invested in Apple last year when he recommended the stock would be up 53% including dividends.
13:54 EDTAAPLCarney a contender to take over top communications job at Apple, Re/code says
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12:40 EDTAAPLApple nears life high, levels to watch
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12:27 EDTAAPLIcahn says 'very sizable' shareholder of Apple, has not sold share
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11:57 EDTAAPLApple shares reach $100, up 84c or 1%
11:18 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; AEO TSLA
American Eagle (AEO) February 14 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 39, Tesla (TSLA) December 285 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 39 according to IVolatility.
10:13 EDTFIATYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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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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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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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.
06:32 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley recommends adding to Apple positions
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05:21 EDTFIATYFiat initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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13:01 EDTGM, FFord, Chevrolet launching incentives earlier than usual, Autmotive News says
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09:35 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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08:13 EDTTSLATesla Motors volatility expected to move on CEO warns warranty change
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTFIATY, GM, F, VLKAY, HMC, NSANY, TMReport says Russia may bar car imports if new sanctions enacted, Reuters says
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06:51 EDTTSLAElectric car production soared in China, Xinhua reports
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06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
06:37 EDTDDAIFReport says Mercedes-Benz at fault for price-fixing in China, Reuters says
China's News agency Xinhua reported that the Jiangsu Province Price Bureau found Daimler's Mercedes-Benz responsible for charges which accused the company of fixing prices for after-sales services in the country, according to Reuters, citing the report. Reference Link
05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
August 17, 2014
18:38 EDTAAPLToo early to sell Apple, Barron's says
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17:23 EDTGMJudge appoints lead counsel in GM ignition switch cases, Reuters says
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15:28 EDTTSLASaleen modified Tesla starts at $152K, Bloomberg says
Saleen Automotive, which modifies cars from their base chassis, is taking orders for a "tricked-out" Tesla model that starts at $152,000, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
August 15, 2014
18:25 EDTFFord announces recall of Focus, Escape due to wiring issue, Reuters says
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16:02 EDTTSLATesla CEO warns warranty change to have 'moderately negative' EPS impact
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16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1c to 28.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL GILD NFLX PBR TWTR TSLA MNKD AMZN C according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTTSLATesla announces increase to Model S drive unit warranty
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13:25 EDTVLKAYU.S. appeals court upholds dismissal of Porsche short squeeze suit, Reuters says
Porsche (POAHY) has convinced a U.S. federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a lawsuit that alleged the luxury car manufacturer of fraudulently controlling the market in Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares after they quietly amassed a large position in Volkswagen and created a "massive short squeeze" in October 2008, Reuters reported. The U.S. appeals court said Porsche could not be held responsible under U.S. securities fraud laws because the alleged wrongful conduct, which was brought on by more than 30 hedge funds who held short positions in shares of Volkswagen at the time, took place outside of the U.S., Reuters added. Reference Link
13:10 EDTGMGM issues recall due to faulty seat hook bracket assembly
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13:06 EDTTMGulf States Toyota recalls certain model year Tundras
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10:57 EDTTSLATesla spikes lower, levels to watch
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10:09 EDTAAPLSony expected to debut Smartwatch 3 next month, GigaOM reports
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09:35 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTAAPLChina Telecom now hosting Apple iCloud data in China, Marbridge Daily says
Apple (AAPL), which had previously been storing iCloud data for its Chinese users on servers in the U.S., in reportedly using China Telecom (CHA) as its sole cloud storage services provider in China, according to online Chinese media reports, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Apple and China Telecom have not commented, the report noted. Reference Link
06:45 EDTFIATYFiat Chrysler development goal challenged by merger holdup, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTGMGM recalls certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Impalas
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06:28 EDTFFord issues recall due to potentially faulty halfshaft
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning. If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in "park'," increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by August 29. Reference Link
August 14, 2014
19:41 EDTAAPLApple considering sapphire glass in upcoming iPhone, smartwatch, WSJ reports
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17:49 EDTBABoeing awarded $295.64M government contract
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17:27 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:16 EDTGMPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTAAPLSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
17:00 EDTAAPLGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:54 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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14:13 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:39 EDTBABoeing reports 10 new 777 orders in weekly update
Boeing in its weekly update reported 10 new 777 orders for unidentified customers.
12:46 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:56 EDTGMGM planning to invest $2.8B in Brazil over 5-year period, Reuters reports
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11:12 EDTGMGM executive says company in 'massive transformation,' WSJ says
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10:05 EDTF, GM, TSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
06:32 EDTBABoeing clears way for new 777X wing facility, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
16:40 EDTBAAir Lease places two new Boeing 777-300ERS wth KLM
Air Lease announced long term lease agreements with KLM for two additional new Boeing (BA) 777-300ER aircraft, scheduled for delivery in 2H16 and early 2017. These aircraft placements are in addition to the two new 777-300ER aircraft scheduled for lease from ALC to KLM in early 2015 and early 2016.
16:16 EDTFFord initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Target $18.15.
16:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
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16:02 EDTTSLATesla initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Target $325.
16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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13:31 EDTVLKAYAudi up against penalty for monopolistic demeanor in China, Reuters says
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11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors invests $174M in new Lansing stamping facility
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08:16 EDTFFord upgraded at Stifel
As previously reported, Stifel upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold. Thea analyst upgraded shares based on better than expected year-to-date trends, commentary that indicate the F-150 launch is on track, higher than expected Q2 North American margins, and a portfolio refresh cycle. Price target is $22.
07:24 EDTTMToyota DOJ compliance to be overseen by former U.S. attorney, Detroit News says
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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06:59 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
06:24 EDTGMGM says antitrust regulator approached China division, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTBABoeing, Sikorsky selected to build Technology Demonstrator
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTX) and Boeing (BA) have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of the SB>1 Defiant, a medium-lift helicopter configured to Sikorsky’s X2 coaxial design, through flight testing. First flight for the program is expected in 2017. Reference Link
06:07 EDTGMOpel CFO expects to be profitable in Europe by mid-decade, Detroit News reports
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06:04 EDTGMGM workers returning to Warren tech center after flooding, Detroit News reports
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August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTF, GMGeneral Motors shares washed out, says Sterne Agee
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06:35 EDTTSLATesla's Model S 'has more than its share of problems,' Consumer Reports says
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06:29 EDTBABoeing sees most defense arm reductions from supply chain, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors to streamline international business model, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says it’s likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLA, AAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:23 EDTGM, TSLA, TMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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12:25 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There was little in the way of a catalyst, as the economic calendar was empty, though investors may have been encouraged that there was no breakdown in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza and no big headlines from the Russia/Ukraine border. Additionally, some may have viewed comments from Fed Vice Chair Fischer as dovish and in support of continued easing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced 10% after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). In addition to the rise in the shares of the parent, Kinder Morgan Energy shares rose 19%, Kinder Morgan Management gained 25% and El Paso Pipeline moved up 22%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana producer Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped 31% to trade above $13 per share after Cutrale Group and the Safra Group proposed to acquire 100% of the company's outstanding stock for $13 in cash each. Also higher was electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), which rose 5% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. Among the noteworthy losers was social game maker King Digital (KING), which slid 3% after the stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform from Outperform. Also lower following their earnings reports were Inovio (INO), which fell over 8%, and Gogo (GOGO), which dropped nearly 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 51.25, or 0.31%, to 16,605.18, the Nasdaq was up 38.19, or 0.87%, to 4,409.08, and the S&P 500 was up 10.12, or 0.52%, to 1,941.71.
11:52 EDTTSLATesla advances following Deutsche Bank upgrade
Shares of electric car maker Tesla (TSLA) are rising after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache upgraded Tesla, citing guidance issued by the company on its second quarter earnings conference call. On the call, Tesla's management indicated that its growth trajectory will be steeper, its product mix much richer, and its costs significantly lower than previously thought. Lache increased his growth forecasts as a result, taking up his FY15-FY17 volume estimates to 60,000, 100,000, and 129,000 units from previous views of 51,000, 60,000, and 83,000 units, respectively. The analyst added that even these forecasts may prove conservative since Tesla expects to end 2014 and 2015 with 50,000 and 100,000 units of capacity. The firm sees a clear path to 500,000 units of annual production by the end of the decade and expects growth to continue as Tesla continues to seek additional production capacity. In terms of product mix, Deutsche expects Tesla sales to gravitate more towards the Model S and X versus the Model 3, thus increasing their profitability. In addition, Tesla is targeting battery pack costs of $150/kWh by late 2017 versus about $250/kWh today, and they see costs falling below $100/kWh within ten years. If achieved, these levels could provide an outright cost advantage for Tesla's electric vehicles compared to their gas operated competitors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Based on the improved outlook, the analyst now expects EPS in the $27 range by 2020, up from his prior view of $20. Lache raised his 12-month price target on the shares to $310 from $220. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tesla rose $12.54, or 5%, to $260.67. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 70% over the past 12 months.
10:19 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTTSLA, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
07:14 EDTTM, HMC, NSANYToyota, Honda to cut prices in China following probe, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTBAJason Communications to sponsor a symposium
17th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium to be held in Huntsville, Alabama on August 11-14.
06:38 EDTGMGM's ignition switch fund receives 63 death case claims, AP reports
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06:38 EDTTSLATesla upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Tesla (TSLA) shares to Buy saying it expects the electric car maker to be much more profitable than previously thought following comments on the company's Q2 earnings call. Deutsche now thinks Tesla can produce 500,000 units of annual production by late this decade. It raised its price target for the stock to $310 from $220. Shares of Tesla closed Friday down $2.46 to $248.13.
06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM's Lansing plant to halt Cadillac production temporarily, Detroit News reports
General Motors will halt Cadillac production at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for three weeks, effective August 18, the Detroit News reports. According to sources, the halt is due to lower than expected demand for the cars. Reference Link
August 10, 2014
20:27 EDTEADSYEngine fire on JetBlue Airbus A321 single aisle jet forces evacuation, WSJ says
A JetBlue (JBLU) Airbus (EADSY) A321 single aisle jet had to land and evacuate its passengers on a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, after its left engine caught on fire, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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15:53 EDTVLKAYVW recalls 151k Tiguans on stalling possibility, WSJ says
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15:40 EDTGMGM loses attempt to dismiss revived ignition-death lawsuit, Bloomberg says
A Georgia judge rejected General Motors' attempt to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of woman that precipitated the recall of 2.59M cars over faulty ignition switches, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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