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February 15, 2013
14:53 EDTCMCSA, GE, BRK.A, HNZ, GM, CSCOMarket set to end week lower after European data disappoints
Stocks are set to end the week slightly lower after bad economic news out of Europe offset positive U.S. economic data and some major developments on the M&A front... MACRO NEWS: GDP in the euro zone and Germany for the fourth quarter dropped and came in below expectations. Japan's Q4 GDP was also worse than expected... Economic data in the U.S. was more upbeat, however, as jobless claims and an index of consumer confidence beat expectations, although industrial production for January was lower than expected... European Central Bank officials indicated that they might impose negative deposit rates on banks' deposits at the central bank... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) agreed to buy the share of NBC it doesn't already own from GE (GE) and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and a Brazilian private equity firm agreed to buy H.J. Heinz (HNZ)... In another major deal, Constellation Brands (STZ) announced that it would buy major beer brands, a large brewery in northern Mexico, and other considerations from AB InBev (BUD) for $2.9B. The deal is expected to increase the chances that the Justice Department will allow AB InBev to buy the remaining stake in Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo it doesn't already own... GM (GM) and Cisco (CSCO) both reported stronger than expected quarterly revenues.
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October 9, 2014
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco and TCL to set up $80M China cloud joint venture, Reuters reports
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09:17 EDTGMOmix Ada recalls floor mats used in Chevrolet, GMC trucks, SUVs
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06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
12:56 EDTGMGM recalls Chevrolet Caprices due to transmission selector lever defect
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12:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors trades sharply lower, nearing 52-week low
The stock has been trading down since the open, last at $32.18 and just above the 52-week low at $31.67. If the shares break down through the 52-week low, next support would be at $30.50. Resistance is at $32.87.
11:25 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; SLV GM
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08:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 290,241 Cadillac SRX, SAAB 9-4X vehicles
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08:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 10,005 Cadillac CTS-V, STS-V vehicles
General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material. If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
08:26 EDTGMGM recalls 46,873 vehicles from 2008-2013, including Chevrolet Caprice
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08:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors estimates lowered, price target to $27 at Morgan Stanley
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:43 EDTGMGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
16:44 EDTGMMoody's downgrades General Motors credit facility to Baa3; Outlook stable
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11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
09:51 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Chevrolet Sparks due to hood latch defect
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07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
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