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January 2, 2013
10:34 EDTIDSY, CAR, HTZ, ZIPZipcar, Avis Budget both surge following agreement to merge
Shares of car sharing service operator Zipcar (ZIP) are soaring after it agreed to be acquired by car rental company Avis Budget (CAR) for $12.25 per share in cash, or approximately $500M. Avis Budget's shares also rose after it announced the deal, which it said would be accretive to EPS in the second year. On the companies' conference call related to the deal, Avis Budget said it now sees car sharing as complementary to its traditional business and Zipcar said it expects the deal will "dramatically" reduce its costs associated with buying cars. Avis said it expects the deal will help it reach its growth and profitability targets more quickly and confirmed its guidance for FY12 EPS of $2.35-$2.45 and FY12 revenue of $7.3B. In mid-morning trading, Zipcar surged 48.67% to $12.25, Avis Budget advanced 5.10% to $20.83, and shares of Hertz (HTZ), Avis' primary rival, rose 3.07% to $16.77. Meanwhile, shares of I.D. Systems (IDSY), which struck a partnership agreement with Avis Budget during early 2012 to deploy a new generation of wireless vehicle rental technology, slid 38c, or 6.44% to $5.45, though Avis did state during its conference call that its merger with Zipcar is not expected to impact its existing agreement with I.D. Systems.
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
10:00 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Hertz to Underweight from Equal Weight with a $15 price target on shares. The firm believes consensus estimates remain too high and meaningful price increases are unlikely. Additionally, Morgan Stanley said competition from Uber-like ride sharing and new mobility models is accelerating faster than expected.
06:42 EDTHTZHertz downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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July 20, 2015
06:27 EDTHTZHertz reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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July 17, 2015
16:24 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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12:38 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:25 EDTHTZ, CARHertz restatements a 'game changer,' says Deutsche Bank
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09:24 EDTHTZHertz strength a selling opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Hertz is up to date on SEC filings and provided 2015 guidance that appears better than consensus. The firm believes consensus estimates are mostly "stale" numbers since the company has not filed in 18 months. Morgan Stanley would use the spike in shares to reduce exposure and maintains its Equal Weight rating.
09:07 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:13 EDTHTZHertz 2015 EBITDA guidance better than feared, says Wells Fargo
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07:29 EDTHTZHertz volatility flat into financial restatement
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July 16, 2015
19:04 EDTHTZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:50 EDTHTZHertz rallies sharply in the extended session
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16:43 EDTHTZHertz up 15.4% after identifying accounting mistatements from FY11-FY13
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16:41 EDTHTZHertz identified accounting misstatements for FY11-FY13
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16:34 EDTHTZHertz sees $300M in annualized cost savings by end of FY15
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16:32 EDTHTZHertz expects HERC separation to be completed in Q2 of 2016
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16:29 EDTHTZHertz reaffirms plan to repurchase up to $1B of shares
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16:24 EDTHTZHertz sees FY15 U.S. RAC fleet capacity growth 0.5%-1.5%
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