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December 30, 2012
22:23 EDTCAT, XOM, CLF, YUMChina purchasing manufacturing index rises to 51.5, Bloomberg says
The final reading of the Purchasing Managers’ Index in China was 51.5 in December, expanding at the fastest pace in 19 months, Bloomberg says. Reference Link
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July 17, 2014
07:31 EDTXOMWEX signs definitive purchase agreement regarding Exxon's Esso Card program
WEX Inc. (WEX) announced the execution of the definitive purchase and sale agreement relating to the previously announced proposed acquisition of ExxonMobil’s (XOM) European commercial fuel card, or Esso Card, program through a majority owned joint venture, WEX Europe Services Limited. In addition, all necessary regulatory approvals have been received and the employee information and consultation processes have been cleared. The transaction is on track and is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015. “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and CEO.
07:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares should be bought after mixed Q2 results, says Stifel
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 2.5% after reporting Q2 results below analyst estimates
17:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls after results, levels to watch
The shares are down 2.4% in the extended session following earnings. At the current price of $80.69 the stock has slipped below support at the 30-day moving average. Next support below is at the 50-day moving average, last at $78.71. Resistance is at $81.20.
16:12 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 EPS 73c, consensus 74c
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15:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands (YUM) July 82 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q2
July 14, 2014
08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural recommends voting WHITE proxy card
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07:43 EDTCATGE far ahead of Caterpillar in race for cleaner diesel train, WSJ says
Caterpillar (CAT) has fallen far behind in the race to offer a locomotive that meets stricter emission standards taking effect next year, with its Electro-Motive Diesel unit stating that its freight trains probably won't be available until 2017, while General Electric (GE) is already testing trains that comply with the new rules, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands should be bought ahead of Q2 results, says Stifel
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July 11, 2014
06:13 EDTYUMTaco Bell to launch new high-end menu, Business Insider reports
Yum! Brands' Taco Bell is launching a high-end menu that's rich in protein and low in calories, reports Business Insider. The menu, called the Cantina Power Menu, will come with all-white-meat chicken or grilled USDA-select steak that could have more than 20 grams of protein or fewer than 500 calories. The menu will launch on July 17. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:02 EDTYUMCosi names Scott Carlock as CFO
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13:46 EDTXOMExxon feels singled-out in regards to fracking, WSJ says
Exxon Mobil is up against a criminal lawsuit over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania and is saying that the state's attorney general has incorrectly singled it out in an effort to stop fracking, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Lawyers are saying that Exxon unit, XTO Energy, is criminally responsible for a large leak of water that had been used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in north-central Pennsylvania four years ago. Reference Link
12:23 EDTCLFCasblanca Capital condemns Cliffs Natural's compensation practices in letter
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, issued a letter to shareholders in connection with Casablanca’s campaign for fundamental change at Cliffs and its nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 29. In the letter, Casablanca details escalating management compensation while shareholder returns have plummeted, the opaque nature of the management bonus and review process, and the ways in which bonus compensation metrics have changed from year to year in an apparent effort by the Cliffs Board to justify management bonuses despite severe underperformance. Casablanca reiterates that, in contrast to the current 0.3% of Cliffs shares that the current Board and management team owns, Casablanca has economically aligned itself with the interests of fellow shareholders, with Casablanca owning 5.2% of Cliffs shares and with Lourenco Goncalves’ personal investment of $1.5M in Cliffs’ shares. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca said, “The Cliffs Board and management team have been pursuing their own personal agendas and enrichment at the expense of shareholders for far too long. It is time for the gravy train to end and for the Board to be held accountable. We are confident that on July 29 Cliffs’ shareholders will vote to support a slate of new directors who will reverse the outrageous value destruction and stop the pattern of excessive compensation and self-dealing at Cliffs.”
08:35 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill steel analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Global Steel Analysts review market conditions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and discuss recent price moves in iron ore, met coal and global steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Covered companies AKS, ATI, CLF, CMC, GGB, MTL, NUE, RS, SCHN, SID, STLD, TX and X may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 14 at 10 am.
July 9, 2014
17:00 EDTCATCommercial Vehicle Group realigns leadership team
Commercial Vehicle (CVGI) realigned its executive leadership team. Under the new structure, Ulf Lindqwister will join CVG, effective August 4, as Chief Administrative Officer. Lindqwister comes to CVG from Caterpillar (CAT). The company also realigned its Aftermarket business, with the North American Aftermarket business now reporting to Pat Miller in his capacity of President of Global Truck & Bus. In connection with these organizational changes, Timo Haatanen, President of Global Aftermarket and Bob Averitt, Chief Information Officer, are no longer with the company.
July 8, 2014
07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $100 from $89 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yum!, citing upcoming positive earnings catalysts, the likelihood of a multiple increase as appreciation for strengthening sales rises, and the transition of valuation to 2015 estimates. The firm thinks there is little risk that the company's earnings will miss expectations and it reiterates an Outperform rating.
06:22 EDTCATBoeing faces risk to long-term credit if Export-Import Bank is closed, WSJ says
According to a new study by S&P, Boeing (BA) could have to double its financial backing to airline and leasing-company clients over the long term if U.S. lawmakers decide to close the Export-Import Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. S&P says that a significant expansion of its direct loans and guarantees risks harm to Boeing's long-term credit rating. Other manufacturers, like United Technologies (UTX), Caterpillar (CAT) and General Electric (GE), also face risks should the bank be eliminated. Reference Link
05:35 EDTXOMTechnip awarded renewal of framework agreement by Statoil, Exxon Mobil, Gassco
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