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April 2, 2014
10:00 EDTTXT, AMCC, SWX, SFUN, STR, NI, NFG, NYLD, NRG, MINI, MVG, GM, F, EJ, ALKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Alkermes (ALKS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... E-House (EJ) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ford (F) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... General Motors (GM) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... MAG Silver (MVG) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital... Mobile Mini (MINI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... NRG Energy (NRG) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... NRG Yield (NYLD) reinstated with an Equalweight at Barclays... National Fuel (NFG) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... NiSource (NI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Questar (STR) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital Southwest Gas (SWX) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Textron (TXT) resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan.
News For ALKS;EJ;F;GM;MVG;MINI;NRG;NYLD;NFG;NI;STR;SFUN;SWX;AMCC;TXT From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
07:24 EDTFFord upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
07:15 EDTALKSBiotech Industry Organization to hold a summit
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06:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed General Motors from the Conviction Buy List and lowered estimates to to cuts in North American and European production and a difficult pricing environment. The firm maintains its Buy rating and views risk/reward as favorable and expects reasonably strong comps over then next two quarters. Price target lowered to $47 from $48.
06:15 EDTFFord downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Ford to Neutral citing lack of near-term catalysts and less balance sheet optionality. Price target lowered to $17 from $21.
October 13, 2014
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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11:00 EDTFFord adding 850 more jobs at Ford Rouge Center to build new F-150
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10:23 EDTFFord to hire 850 workers for Dearborn Rouge factories, WSJ says
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10:17 EDTTXTEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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10:08 EDTSFUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:04 EDTTXTTextron announces $15.22M foreign military sales contract
Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems, a Textron business, announced a $15.22M firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, MI, to provide 10 COMMANDO Select four-wheeled armored vehicles, along with related fielding hardware and technical services, to the Bulgarian National Military Forces. The vehicles initially will be deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Slidell, LA, Hunt Valley, MD, and Afghanistan with vehicle deliveries in the 1Q15. All contract activities are expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.
07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:44 EDTGM, FRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:08 EDTSFUNSouFun upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
10:29 EDTAMCCMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
07:17 EDTFCitigroup and the Society of Automotive Analysts to co-host a summit
Automotive Investor Summit is being held in Southfield, Michigan on October 10.
06:44 EDTFFord reports China unit sold 95,875 vehicles in September, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September China sales up 15.2% to 319,936
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October 9, 2014
09:17 EDTGMOmix Ada recalls floor mats used in Chevrolet, GMC trucks, SUVs
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08:02 EDTFPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
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