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June 6, 2014
16:50 EDTAAPL, MSFT, GM, HSH, PPC, TSN, HTZMarket 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 20, 2014
15:43 EDTHTZIcahn reports 8.48% stake in Hertz, plans talks with management
Icahn acquired his positions in the shares in the belief that they were undervalued. Icahn intends to have discussions with representatives of the company's management and board of directors relating to shareholder value, accounting issues, operational failures, underperformance relative to its peers and Icahn's lack of confidence in management. Icahn may also seek shareholder board representation if appropriate. Icahn may, from time to time and at any time: (i) acquire additional Shares and/or other equity, debt, notes, instruments or other securities of the company in the open market or otherwise; (ii) dispose of any or all of their securities in the open market or otherwise; or (iii) engage in any hedging or similar transactions with respect to the securities.
15:40 EDTHTZIcahn reports 8.48% stake in Hertz
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15:25 EDTHTZHertz holder Fir Tree urges board to change CEO, Bloomberg says
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14:56 EDTHTZHertz holder Fir Tree petitions board to change CEO, Bloomberg says
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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
12:37 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:02 EDTHTZHertz drops after withdrawing full year guidance, analyst downgrades
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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.
10:20 EDTHTZHertz falls sharply, levels to watch
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10:04 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:38 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive 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
09:07 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PetSmart (PETM), up 2,1%... Staples (SPLS), up 2%... E-House (EJ), up 2.5%. HIGHER: Fairchild (FCS), up 4% after Bloomberg says Infineon (IFNNY) is near a deal to buy a U.S. semiconductor company for $2B... Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), up 18.4% after reporting positive Phase 3 data from the Fabry study. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Lowe's (LOW), down 3%... Tarena (TEDU), down 9%... Leju (LEJU), down 4.2%... JA Solar (JASO), down 5%. LOWER: Hertz (HTZ), down 12.7% after downgraded at JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank following the company's decision to withdraw its FY14 guidance... NovaBay (NBY), down 35.2% after primary, secondary endpoints were not met in its NVC-422 study... RGS Energy (RGSE), down 14.9% after downgraded at Roth Capital following Q2 earnings results.
08:01 EDTHTZHertz renews agreement with Paragon Car Rental in Thailand
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAAPLApple could delay iWatch until 2015, FT Alphaville reports
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06:09 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on withdraw of FY14 financial guidance
Hertz Global volatility may move on withdraw FY14 financial guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 37 is its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
05:53 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Hertz to Hold after the company withdrew is forecast for the year. Shares were also downgraded this morning at JPMorgan.
05:52 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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