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April 2, 2014
10:00 EDTSWX, TXT, SFUN, AMCC, STR, NI, NRG, GM, ALKS, NFG, MINI, F, NYLD, MVG, EJOn 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.
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July 22, 2015
07:18 EDTF, GMAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
11:05 EDTFAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
10:14 EDTTXTHigh option volume stocks:
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09:40 EDTGM, FJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:11 EDTNYLDMorgan Stanley recommends buying NRG Yield, Abengoa Yield and Pattern Energy
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06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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July 20, 2015
12:25 EDTSFUNMorgan Stanley reports 5.4% passive stake in SouFun
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12:16 EDTF, GMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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July 19, 2015
20:33 EDTTXTMedia reports say Lockheed to buy UTX's Sikorsky
According to media reports, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has agreed to purchase United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky unit. The news comes after several months of speculation surrounding Sikorsky, and an announcement could be made just a day prior to second quarter earnings for both United and Lockheed. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported on Sunday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for over $8B, according to two sources, adding that the deal is set to be formally announced on Monday. The news was later echoed by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the talks. WHAT'S NOTABLE: United Technologies first reported that it was exploring strategic options for its Sikorsky unit on March 11. At the time, the company noted that options included a spinoff or a stand-alone public company, saying that the split could allow United "to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries." Following the announcement, UBS remarked that it was "not surprised" and reiterated a $136 price target on United shares. On May 20, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY) and Lockheed submitted bids for the helicopter maker, with a speculated deal thought to reach the $10B area. A June 9 report from Reuters added Textron (TXT) to the list of bidders. Today's news -- though unconfirmed by either United or Lockheed -- comes ahead of second quarter earnings reports for both companies scheduled for Tuesday, July 21. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Lockheed Martin declined 0.22% to $201.18 at the close of trading on July 17, while those of United Technologies fell 0.45% to $110.76.
15:31 EDTTXTLockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky for over $8B, Reuters says
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July 17, 2015
14:35 EDTALKSRecro Pharma entered into supply pact with Alkermes
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:52 EDTF, GMGM slips after Barclays downgrades auto sector on China downturnbw
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTFEuropean June car sales grow on expanded economy, Bloomberg says
European car sales growth accelerated to its fastest pace in five and a half years in June as Volkswagen (VLKAY), PSA Peugeot Citroen (PUGOY), and Ford (F) brought in new customers with newer models and an expanding economy, Bloomberg reports. Registrations rose 15% to 1.41M vehicles from 1.23M last year, the report says, citing data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association, or ACEA. Reference Link
07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Autos and Auto Parts sector to Negative from Neutral and cut its rating on General Motors (GM) to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm sees further sector underperformance as China car sales continue to disappoint and Chinese production goes negative against a peak in the U.S. auto industry and a slow recovery in Europe. The firm sees few near-term catalysts for General Motors given is larger exposure to China and little that will change its perception by investors as a "value trap." Barclays lowered General Motors' price target to $36 from $44.
July 15, 2015
14:35 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Sparks, Sonics over radio software issue
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13:29 EDTFFord temporarily stops Edge sales to fix malfunction, AP reports
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06:14 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO has no plans for another GM offer, NYT reports
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