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February 19, 2013
06:06 EDTBA, BP, HNZ, F, PEUGYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Boeing (BA) engineers are expected to finish voting today amid contract talks that are adding uncertainty for the company as it struggles with the grounding of its flagship 787 jetliner. A strike authorization wouldn't result in an immediate work stoppage, the Wall Street Journal reports... BP (BP) agreed to pay over $30B in fines, settlements and cleanup costs for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Now it is betting that by going to trial next week, it can hold down the cost of one of its last major potential liabilities for the disaster with Gulf Coast states, businesses, individuals and the federal government for environmental-related claims, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Japan's government delayed nominating a Bank of Japan governor by a week, raising talk of friction between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the finance minister over who should run a central bank charged with taking bold action to reignite the economy, Reuters reports...Swiss authorities said today they havenít been asked to help a U.S. investigation into alleged insider trading in call options of H.J. Heinz (HNZ) the day before the company announced it would be sold, even though a Zurich account is at the center of the matter, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Treasury 10-year yields stayed above 2% amid speculation minutes of the Fedís latest policy meeting that are due tomorrow will provide more detail on the timing of a withdrawal of stimulus, Bloomberg reports...EU auto sales declined to the lowest level for a January, with Ford (F) and Peugeot (PEUGY) reporting the biggest drops, as economic contractions in the southern part of the region spread to Germany and France, Bloomberg reports.
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October 10, 2014
18:51 EDTBADOJ orders Boeing to pay $23M to resolve False Claims Act allegations
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09:05 EDTBPBP begins $1.1B North Sea project, Bloomberg says
BP CEO Bob Dudley said that the company is poised to begin a project worth close to $1.1B in the North Sea this month, which is anticipated to supply oil and gas into the next ten years, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Dudley. Reference Link
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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October 9, 2014
13:56 EDTBAObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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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).
06:22 EDTBACFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
10:33 EDTFFord falls to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% at time of writing to $13.82, just above the fresh 52-week low set earlier today at $13.76. Support below today's low is at $13.36. Resistance is at the session high at $14.10.
08:19 EDTBAAerCap reports 134 aircraft transactions completed during Q3
AerCap Holdings (AER) announced the completion of 134 aircraft transactions during Q3. Signed lease agreements for 84 aircraft. Delivered 26 aircraft under contracted lease agreements. Purchased nine new aircraft, including five Boeing (BA) 787-8s, three Boeing 737-800s and one Airbus (EADSY) A321-200. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 15 aircraft, including: one Airbus A300-600F, one Airbus A340-300, eight Boeing B737 classics, one Boeing B767-300ER and two MD-11s from AerCap's owned portfolio. One Boeing 737 classic and one Airbus A320-200 from AerCap's managed portfolio. Signed financing transactions for $1.5B, including the previously announced private offering of $800M. The total financing transactions completed year-to-date amount to $8.9B.
October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
08:01 EDTBABoeing says cannot plan for 'armageddon' of Ex-Im bank closure, Bloomberg says
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07:27 EDTBPEU repreive on oil sands label a victory for Canada, WSJ says
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05:29 EDTBABoeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years
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October 6, 2014
17:31 EDTBPForest Oil agrees to purchase Texas gas properties for $20M
Forest Oil Corporation (FST) said in a regulatory filing that it had agreed to purchase certain oil and gas properties located in the state of Texas together with various other related interests, rights, wells, leasehold interests, records, equipment, and other assets from BP America Production Company, a subsidiary of BP (BP), and Brammer Engineering pursuant to a closing letter agreement dated September 18 from BP, and accepted by Forest and Brammer on the closing date and a deed and assignment and bill of sale dated as of the closing date by and among Forest and the sellers. The assets exclude, among other things, certain rights, claims, credits, fee mineral interests, proprietary data, and records. The total consideration to be paid by Forest for the assets is $20M in cash, subject to customary adjustments to reflect the operation of the oil and gas assets prior to the closing, title defects, and unresolved consents to assignment and environmental defects. There are no relationships between Forest or any of Forestís officers, directors, or affiliates, on the one hand, and sellers, on the other hand.
13:25 EDTBABoeing to construct certain 777X parts at Missouri facility, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFNHTSA reviews 938K Ford cars due to steering defect claims, Reuters says
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07:13 EDTBABoeing confirms Alaska Airlines odrer of 10 737-900ER airplanes
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07:04 EDTBABE Aerospace names Lower CFO
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06:57 EDTBAData shows Airbus falling behind Boeing on jet sales, Reuters says
Company data from Airbus (EADSY) showed that the firm sold 76 planes last month, but ended the first nine months of 2014 behind Boeing (BA) regarding the amount of aircrafts delivered and sold, according to Reuters, citing the data. The French plane manufacturer has delivered 443 planes so far this year while Boeing has delivered 528. Reference Link
06:27 EDTBAAlaska Air purchases 10 additional Boeing 737-900ER aircraft
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