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March 14, 2014
07:01 EDTGM, CGCarlyle Group names former GM CEO Akerson as Vice Chairman
The Carlyle Group (CG) announced that former General Motors (GM) Chairman and CEO Daniel F. Akerson rejoined the firm on March 1 as Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. In these new roles, Mr. Akerson will give operational, investment and management guidance to Carlyle’s investment teams, firm management and the Board of Directors. He is based in Carlyle’s Washington, DC headquarters.
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June 22, 2015
06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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June 21, 2015
19:55 EDTCGCarlyle Group commits up to $500M to Magna Energy
The Carlyle Group announced that it is committing an equity line up to $500M in Magna Energy, an upstream oil and gas company. Magna is targeting the building of acreage positions in the Indian subcontinent, with the objective of creating a full-cycle oil and gas company through acquisitions and local licensing rounds. Magna’s primary focus will be development and production with a secondary focus on exploration, said Carlyle.
June 19, 2015
13:50 EDTCGDuff & Phelps explores sale, Reuters reports
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10:50 EDTGMEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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June 17, 2015
17:37 EDTGMGM hires advisers as Fiat Chrysler tries to force merger talks, Reuters says
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13:05 EDTGMJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors uses old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power IT building
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June 16, 2015
13:28 EDTCGBlackstone, Carlyle may jointly bid to buy NCR for over $10B, Reuters reports
According to sources, Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle Group (CG) are planning to jointly bid for NCR Corp (NCR) in a deal that could be worth over $10B, including debt, Reuters reports. The sources say that Apollo (APO) and other buyout firms are also interested in NCR, but that the auction is still "several weeks away from completion." Reference Link
13:15 EDTCGBlackstone, Carlyle may jointly bid to buy NCR for over $10B, Reuters reports
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07:21 EDTGMDana Holding could win key GM deal, says RBC Capital
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05:29 EDTGMAlly Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Ally Financial (ALLY) to Buy saying the company's balance sheet restructuring is being undervalued at current share levels. Goldman believes the loss of the General Motors (GM) business is being overly discounted in the valuation and raised its price target for shares to $27 from $24.50. The firm calls Ally one of the most attractive value investments in financials.
June 15, 2015
17:17 EDTGMTesla Model 3 to be available as sedan, crossover, WSJ says
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15:14 EDTGMAuto union to start formal negotiations with carmakers in July, Bloomberg says
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12:59 EDTGMPlaintiffs in GM recall suits add racketeering to charges, Reuters reports
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11:15 EDTGMGeneral Motors ignition switch death claims rise to 114, AP reports
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07:21 EDTGMEU’s Vestager: statement on GE, Alstom deal “very ordinary event,” Reuters says
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06:45 EDTGMGM to re-enter U.S. market for medium duty work trucks, WSJ reports
General Motors is set to return to the U.S. market for medium duty work trucks, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company will team up with Isuzu to procure work trucks that will be sold in the U.S. under the Chevrolet brand, the report says. GM will supply an engine for the Isuzu built Chevrolet medium duty trucks, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing “one person familiar with the production strategy.” Financial terms are not “immediately known,” the Wall Street Journal says. Reference Link
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