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January 27, 2012
09:40 EDTRVBD, JNPR, ESIO, CLF, ABAX, MSCC, IDIX, DV, ACO, RYL, JOE, F, DK, ABFSGappers report: Bearish gaps
This is a list of stocks making unusual moves on the open versus the prior day close. Gapping stocks often have excessive movements during the day and in the days thereafter. We use 5% for filter criteria and scanned for stocks that traded above $10 the prior day. GAPPING DOWN: RVBD (19.95%), ESIO (15.62%), IDIX (11.72%), ACO (11.44%), ABFS (11.11%), JNPR (10.77%), MSCC (8.73%), ABAX (8.72%), DV (7.18%), RYL (6.57%), F (6.49%), CLF (5.65%), DK (5.32%), JOE (5.23%).
News For ABAX;ABFS;ACO;CLF;DK;DV;ESIO;F;IDIX;JNPR;JOE;MSCC;RVBD;RYL From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
08:35 EDTFFord sees pre-tax special item charge of $800M in Q4
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06:12 EDTFFord announces opening of Palo Alto engineering center
Ford (F) yesterday opened the Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto, growing its global research team and accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. The all-new Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto joins Ford’s global network of research and innovation centers, including its location in Dearborn, Michigan, which focuses on advanced electronics, human-machine interface, materials science, big data and analytics; and Aachen, Germany, which focuses on next-generation powertrain research, driver-assist technologies and active safety systems. With the new facility, Ford expects to have one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in Silicon Valley by the end of the year, with 125 researchers, engineers and scientists. Located in Stanford Research Park, the facility also expands Ford’s physical footprint – with further expansion planned in the near future. Ford opened its first Silicon Valley office in 2012. Leading the new research center is Dragos Maciuca, an engineer who joins Ford from Apple (AAPL) with a background in consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace and automotive. While Ford’s research and development in autonomous vehicles is a global effort, including ongoing work with University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Palo Alto team will expand collaboration with Stanford University that kicked off in 2013. For this next phase of research, Ford is contributing a Fusion Autonomous Research Vehicle to the Stanford engineering program to begin testing the path planning-and-prediction algorithms researchers have developed over the past year. Ford is integrating with the Nest application programming interface, targeting home energy and emergency system management while on the road through a series of research experiments.
January 22, 2015
17:25 EDTJNPRStarbucks names Kevin Johnson as COO
On January 22, Starbucks (SBUX) announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and COO. Johnson ceased membership on all Starbucks board committees prior to his appointment as president and COO. He will remain a member of the Starbucks board of directors, which he joined in March 2009, and is expected to start in his new role effective March 1. Johnson, currently a non-employee director of the company, served as CEO of Juniper Networks (JNPR) from September 2008 to December 2013.
16:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi sees Q2 EPS 64c-68c, consensus 67c
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16:06 EDTMSCCMicrosemi reports Q1 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
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15:32 EDTMSCCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
11:32 EDTJNPRF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTFLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:53 EDTFGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
06:52 EDTFRegulators deciding whether Ford should widen recall, Reuters says
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January 20, 2015
16:54 EDTRVBDRiverbed board recommends holders vote for adoption of merger with Thoma Bravo
On December 15, 2014, Riverbed Technology announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC and Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
14:06 EDTCLFCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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08:09 EDTABAXAbaxis receives approval for its VetScan FeLV-FIV Rapid Test Kit
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07:11 EDTRYLRyland Group downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
11:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement
Cliffs Natural January weekly call option implied volatility is at 96. January is at 98, March is at 88, compared to its 26-week average of 79 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
08:14 EDTFFord to boost production at German assembly plants, WSJ reports
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07:40 EDTDKWolfe Research to hold a conference
1st Annual Oil & Gas 1:1 Refining Conference is being held in Boston on January 16.
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