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January 2, 2013
10:34 EDTZIP, IDSY, CAR, HTZZipcar, 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.
News For CAR;ZIP;HTZ;IDSY From The Last 14 Days
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November 19, 2015
10:11 EDTHTZHigh option volume stocks
November 18, 2015
07:57 EDTHTZ, CARBarclays to hold a conference
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTHTZHertz sees added $250M of cost savings in 2016 above $300M target
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15:19 EDTHTZHertz advances after providing guidance at investor day
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November 16, 2015
16:43 EDTHTZGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
13:24 EDTHTZHertz to host investor day
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10:01 EDTCARAvis Budget acquires Avis licensee in Poland
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07:18 EDTCARDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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November 13, 2015
16:26 EDTHTZStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
November 12, 2015
09:05 EDTHTZHertz Equipment Rental appoints new CFO and General Counsel
Hertz Global Holdings' Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation business has recently added two new members to its senior leadership team as the business continues with plans to become an independent company by mid-2016. Barbara Brasier has joined HERC as CFO, effective November 9. Most recently, Brasier was Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasury, for Mondelez International. Maryann Waryjas has joined HERC as General Counsel, effective November 11. Waryjas will oversee HERC's corporate governance and statutory reporting requirements leading up to and after HERC becoming a standalone public company. Waryjas joins HERC with more than 30 years of experience in the legal profession.
November 11, 2015
06:41 EDTHTZHertz ranks below average in J.D. customer satisfaction survey, Bloomberg says
Hertz ranked below industry average in J.D. Power's annual survey of customer satisfaction, Bloomberg reports. The company's main brand fell two steps below the average from one step above a year ago, the report says. Reference Link

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