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January 15, 2014
12:18 EDTDTLK, BAC, NUS, CHTP, QIWI, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a better than expected report on manufacturing in the New York region as well as solid earnings from Bank of America (BAC). Renewed optimism surrounding the earnings season following reports from three of the largest U.S. banks has given investors the confidence to push the Dow to its second triple digit gain in a row. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the 0.4% increase in the producer-price index in December from the prior month matched economists' estimate. The "core" measure, which excludes food and energy, climbed 0.3%, which was more than the 0.1% forecast. The Empire State manufacturing index surged to 12.5 in January from a revised 2.2 reading for December, beating expectations for a more modest rise to 3.5. Also, in its latest Global Economic Prospects report the World Bank raised its forecast for global economic growth to 3.2% this year from 2.4% in 2013. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America grew its fourth quarter earnings to 29c a share, which was greatly increased from the 3c a share it posted in the same period last year earlier and also exceeded the 26c a share that analysts had expected. Shares of the bank, the third large U.S. bank to report in the last two days, rose about 2.5% near midday following the report... General Motors (GM) shares were down nearly 2% amid a number of newsworthy developments. The automaker declared a 30c per share quarterly common stock dividend, its first dividend since coming out of bankruptcy, and appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. GM also said it expects its earnings before interest and tax to be "modestly improved" in 2014, but warned it expects restructuring costs this year of $1.1B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), whose share price more than doubled after an FDA advisory committee voted to support approval of Northera for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension. Also higher was Datalink (DTLK), a designer of servers, storage and networks, which soared 28% after the company raised its fourth quarter outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was multi-level marketer Nu Skin (NUS), which fell 19% after a cautious article about the company was published in the Chinese-language periodical "People's Daily." However, the company said in a statement to Bloomberg that the report contained inaccuracies. Also lower were shares of Qiwi (QIWI), a provider of payment services in Russia, which fell over 17% after Russia's Kommersant reported that the country may limit domestic payments using anonymous electronic wallets and ban cross-border payments using them. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 121.28, or 0.74%, to 16,495.14, the Nasdaq was up 28.42, or 0.68%, to 4,211.44, and the S&P 500 was up 10.29, or 0.56%, to 1,849.17.
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February 24, 2015
12:12 EDTBACBank of America head of equities for America leaving bank, Bloomberg says
07:21 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 19, 2015
06:47 EDTBACReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
February 18, 2015
16:03 EDTDTLKDatalink sees Q1 EPS 14c-19c, consensus 17c
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16:02 EDTDTLKDatalink reports Q4 EPS 28c, consensus 30c
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07:21 EDTBACJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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06:38 EDTGMCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTGMPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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06:57 EDTGMGM in court Tuesday over bankruptcy shield, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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February 16, 2015
12:50 EDTGMGM claims for ignition switch defects rises to 4,312, Reuters says
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February 15, 2015
14:18 EDTGMGM recalls 69,633 U.S. vehicles on concerns about their electric power steering
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering, EPS, assist that could occur at any time while driving. Reference Link
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