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June 6, 2014
16:50 EDTTSN, GM, PPC, MSFT, HTZ, HSH, AAPLMarket ends week higher after jobs report, ECB easing
Stocks ended the week higher after a report showed the U.S. added more than 200K new jobs for the fourth month in a row, the EU's central bank unveiled a comprehensive monetary easing plan and China's purchasing managers' index came in above expectations. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that non-farm payrolls rose 217K and the unemployment rate stayed at 6.3% in May. Data on manufacturing and weekly jobless claims were close to consensus estimates, an index measuring the services sector's performance in May was ahead of forecasts and construction spending in April came in below expectations... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi outlined a package of monetary easing measures, including a reduction in the benchmark interest rate to unprecedented levels, a negative deposit rate for banks, and incentives for banks to lend... China's official manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to 50.8 in May from April's 50.4, beating market expectations and indicating that factory activity there expanded at its fastest pace in five months. A government index measuring the country's services sector, meanwhile, hit a six month high in May. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of its Mac operating system, that is supposed to make working across devices more fluid, will let Mac users make or receive iPhone calls using their computer, and uses Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing for search. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, its updated mobile operating system. The new operating system will include new Messages features, new photo functions and a new Health app, Apple said. Additionally, Apple confirmed its launch of Home Kit, a "smart home" platform that had been hinted at in recent media reports... On the M&A front, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) raised its takeover offer for Hillshire (HSH) to $55.00 per share in cash, which is up from its prior offer of $45 topping a rival bid of $50 per share that was made by Tyson Foods (TSN). For its part, Hillshire said its board has agreed to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson about their recent unsolicited proposals, but Hillshire cautioned that it does not have the right to terminate its Pinnacle Foods (PF) merger agreement on the basis of either of the two companies' takeover proposals... General Motors (GM) released the results of a probe of its handling of its defective ignition switches. The report found no conspiracy, but a pattern of incompetence. GM fired 15 of its employees in the wake of the report, which found that CEO Mary Barra didn't know about the issues until the company issued a recall. GM warned that it could take significant Q2 charges as a result of the recalls... Shares of Hertz (HTZ) plunged today after the company disclosed further accounting issues this morning and warned that its Q1 results are "likely to be below consensus" due to costs associated with its accounting review, other unusual items, and certain anticipated operating results. INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.24% to 16,924.28, the S&P 500 was up 1.34% to 1,949.44, and the Nasdaq was up 1.86% to 4,321.40.
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August 17, 2015
07:39 EDTMSFTTMC to hold a conference
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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August 16, 2015
19:34 EDTAAPLApple inquires about automotive testing facility, AP says
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15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTGM, HTZGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:17 EDTTSNPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:57 EDTGMSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTAAPL, GMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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16:00 EDTMSFT, AAPLOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
14:57 EDTAAPLApple self-driving car project may be ahead of schedule, Guardian reports
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13:54 EDTAAPLAkamai guidance reflects Apple TV delay, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty believes Apple's (AAPL) delay of its live TV service until 2016 is consistent with Akamai's (AKAM) 2015 guidance and management's commentary during the most recent earnings call. Akamai's investments to support a large-scale over-the-top build-out are likely related to Apple's live TV offering, Auty tells investors. He keeps an Overweight rating on Akamai.
13:03 EDTGMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:37 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
12:01 EDTTSNTyson Fresh Meats reduces beef production capacity
Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, is reducing its beef production capacity due to a continued lack of available cattle. Effective today, the company will permanently cease beef operations at its plant in Denison, Iowa, to better align its overall production capacity with current cattle supplies. The by-product rendering system at the Denison plant will continue operations. It will process by-products from other Tyson locations and will employ approximately 20 people. The 400 workers affected by the end of beef production at Denison are being given an opportunity to apply for jobs at other Tyson locations. In fact, the company is offering financial incentives to hourly workers who qualify for production openings at the company's Lexington, Nebraska, beef plant.
09:54 EDTAAPLApple supplier Foxconn cut costs due to slowing Chinese economy, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple user base growth will drive sales and cash flow, says Canaccord
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07:12 EDTMSFTSony's Playstation 4 leads in strong July video game sales, VentureBeat reports
Even though July brought few major video game releases, new game hardware, software, and accessories generated $541.9M at U.S. retailers in the month, up 6% year over year, VentureBeat reports, citing data from NPD Group. Sony's (SNE) Playstation 4 console outsold its competitors' consoles, namely Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U and Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPL, MSFTSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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06:25 EDTAAPLApple looks to patent facial recognition features for iOS devices
Apple has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to grant it the rights to produce facial recognition features for iOS devices. Apple's patent application describes a system for selecting contacts via facial recognition and then tagging their faces in photos, which will allow iPhones to automatically find a person's contacts in an image and share the photos with those contacts. Reference Link
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