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March 10, 2014
12:19 EDTBA, MCD, FMC, DDD, MONT, SSYS, CQBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following disappointing economic data from Asia and a slide in shares of Dow member Boeing (BA). Boeing's drop put immediate pressure on the Dow as soon as trading began and the selling picked up momentum. At its low point of the morning, 29 of the 30 Dow stocks were lower and the index had racked up a triple digit loss. The market improved as the morning progressed, but the major averages all remained in the red as the lunch hour arrived. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Asia, China unexpectedly posted a trade deficit of about $23B in February as overseas shipments slid 18.1% compared to the same month last year. Also, Japan downwardly revised its estimate of economic growth in the fourth quarter to 0.2% from the government's preliminary 0.3% expansion estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Boeing (BA) were the Dow Jones Industrial Average's worst performer after The Wall Street Journal reported late Friday that the airplane maker has discovered cracks in some 787 Dreamliner wings which will lead to a delay in the delivery of some aircraft. Boeing led all decliners on the Dow with a nearly 2.5% pullback near noon... Another Dow member, McDonald’s (MCD), was weak early in the session but had recovered to be flat at midday. The world's largest fast-food restaurant company reported that its same-store sales declined 0.3% globally in February, with U.S. comparable sales decreasing 1.4%... FMC Corporation (FMC) jumped more than 5% after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. "New FMC" will be comprised of the company's Agricultural Solutions and Health and Nutrition segments, which will be split from FMC's current Minerals segment. Jefferies raised its price target on FMC shares to $95 from $84 after the announcement, which the firm views as an incremental positive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Montage Technology (MONT), which surged 20% after the company received a $21.50 per share acquisition proposal from China's state-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology. Also higher was Chiquita Brands (CQB), which rose 12% after agreeing to combine with another fruit company, Ireland's Fyffes, to form a new company that will be 50.7% owned by Chiquita stockholders. Among the noteworthy losers were 3D printer makers 3D Systems (DDD) and Stratasys (SSYS), which fell 5% and 3% respectively after Barron's contended that the stocks in the sector are hyped, don't have much potential, and are overvalued. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 83.77, or 0.51%, to 16,368.95, the Nasdaq was down 12.87, or 0.3%, to 4,323.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.55, or 0.35%, to 1,871.49.
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October 16, 2014
06:28 EDTBABoeing mulls potential helicopter deal with Brazilian Army, Reuters says
Boeing said that the Brazilian Army has shown an interest in purchasing a few of the company's CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and explained that it maintains its opinion that Brazil is a noteworthy collaborator for projects in the defense and commercial space, according to Reuters, citing comments from Boeing spokesman Scott Day. Reference Link
06:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's rehires former U.S. executive, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
10:54 EDTCQBChiquita confirms receipt of revised offer from Cutrale-Safra
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10:53 EDTCQBChiquita confirms receipt of revised offer from Cutrale-Safra
09:57 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra submits offer to acquire Chiquita for $14 per share in cash
Cutrale-Safra announced its definitive offer to acquire all the outstanding stock of Chiquita Brands for $14 per share in cash. Having completed its due diligence, Cutrale-Safra has submitted its offer to the Chiquita Board of Directors, together with a form of merger agreement that Cutrale-Safra would be prepared to execute and deliver concurrently with Chiquita entering into such merger agreement and associated disclosure letters. Cutrale-Safra is also delivering to Chiquita equity and debt commitment letters for the transaction. The offer reflects Cutrale-Safra's assessment and analysis of Chiquita's current condition and prospects. Unlike the proposed combination with Fyffes, the superior Cutrale-Safra offer provides Chiquita shareholders complete certainty with respect to the value of their Chiquita investment. This offer represents a premium of approximately 40% to the market's valuation of the original proposed transaction with Fyffes based on Chiquita's undisturbed closing share price of $10.06 as of August 8, and an approximately 19% premium to the adjusted stock price of $11.80, based upon the revised Fyffes transaction. Moreover, the proposed cash consideration of the Cutrale-Safra offer, including the assumption of Chiquita net debt, represents a multiple of approximately 12.4x EBITDA for the twelve months ended June 30. Cutrale-Safra expects to be able to close its offer promptly following entry into the merger agreement. The Cutrale-Safra offer is not subject to any financing conditions. It will be financed with equity provided by affiliates of the Cutrale Group and Safra Group. Cutrale-Safra has received a commitment letter for facilities to refinance Chiquita's existing credit facilities and a letter agreement pursuant to which Bank Safra Sarasin is obligated to make an offer to purchase Chiquita's 7.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 as required by the relevant indenture in connection with the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. The form of merger agreement is on substantially similar terms to the Fyffes transaction agreement. Cavendish Acquisition will file a copy of the form of merger agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission by close of business. Cutrale–Safra does not believe there are any regulatory obstacles that would prevent it from closing promptly following entry into the merger agreement.
09:26 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra submits offer to acquire Chiquita for $14/share in cash
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09:12 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra raises offer for Chiquita to $14 per share, Bloomberg reports
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07:42 EDTMONTMontage Technology reports preliminary Q3 revenue $46M, consensus $43.1M
Montage Technology Group announced preliminary revenue results for Q3 of approximately $46M, exceeding its previously announced guidance range of $41M-$45M. The increased revenue expectations reflect higher sales of its memory interface solutions, which are expected to be approximately $14M or 30% of revenue for Q3, primarily due to increased demand for its DDR4 RDIMM and LRDIMM solutions.
07:32 EDTSSYS, DDDUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
October 14, 2014
16:42 EDTCQBChiquita Brands sees Q3 comparable operating income $10-$12M, conensus (13c)
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October 13, 2014
14:29 EDTBABoeing begins production on first 737 MAX parts
Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. After forming, Boeing will send the stringers to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to Boeing's Renton, Wash. facility where Boeing employees will build the 737 MAX. The program is on track to begin final assembly of the first 737 MAX in 2015. The airplane will be part of the flight test fleet and is scheduled to fly in 2016. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20% better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.
14:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's to answer questions about food, AP reports
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10:17 EDTBAEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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07:26 EDTBACommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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October 12, 2014
19:41 EDTBABoeing and Garuda Indonesia announce $4.9B order
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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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12:47 EDTCQBChiquita, Fyffes approve revision to agreement terms
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05:17 EDTCQBChiquita Brands CEO acquires 63,511 shares of stock
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October 9, 2014
13:56 EDTBAObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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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
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