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February 15, 2013
14:53 EDTCSCO, BRK.A, GM, GE, HNZ, CMCSAMarket 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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April 11, 2014
15:15 EDTGMGM CEO Barra emailed about recall developments in 2011
New documents released this afternoon by the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce indicate that Mary Barra, who is now General Motors' CEO, was emailed by Terry Woychowski in 2011 regarding the company's handling of Saturn Ions and Chevrolet Cobalts that were being probed by the NHTSA related to defects. In the email, dated October 3, 2011, Woychowski tells Barra that during the initial Cobalt case the "Ion data did not justify being included" and that the situation was "evolving." Shares of General Motors, which have been in negative ground throughout the session, are down about 3.75% to $32.05 in late afternoon trading. Over the last three months, the stock is down about 20%. Reference Link
14:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors options active on Senators call on DOJ to intervene
General Motors April 34 calls and April 31 puts are active on Senators calling on the Department of Justice to intervene in GM suits. April call option implied volatility is at 30, May is at 31, June is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data. Active option volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
14:54 EDTGMSenators call on DOJ to intervene in GM suits, require compensation fund
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14:14 EDTGMDeutsche Bank upgrades Ford on earnings outlook
Deutsche Bank upgraded Ford (F) to Buy from Hold in a note to investors, saying that the company's earnings are poised to increase significantly in 2015-2016. WHAT'S NEW: Ford can increase the price of its pickup trucks, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache wrote. The company's pickups now cost just an average of about $150 per vehicle more than GM's offerings, versus the average gap of $3,000 over the last five years, Lache explained. Ford's new F150 truck will be less expensive than previously expected, as the truck's aluminum body will be cheaper than anticipated and the company has been able to find other ways to cut production costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Ford's prospects in Europe and China are "favorable," according to the analyst, who upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. He raised his price target on the shares to $19 from $18.50. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lache was somewhat upbeat on General Motors (GM), saying that the company can keep it profits at "decent" levels by cutting its costs. However, he added that the automaker's products have not met expectations. Lache now expects GM's share of the pickup truck market share to drop to 17% in 2015 from 17.5% this year. He lowered his 2014 EPS estimate for GM to $2.58 from $3.38 and reduced his 2015 EPS estimate for the company to $4.20 from $4.80. Lache reduced his price target on the shares to $41 from $48, but kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ford added 0.6% to $15.72, while GM fell 2.9% to $32.33.
12:42 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
07:31 EDTGMChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:40 EDTGMGM surpasses VW in Q1 China sales, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTGMSafety advocates unnerved by accidents in recalled GM cars, Reuters says
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06:15 EDTGMFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:08 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
Target $27.
06:03 EDTCSCOCisco issues advisory on Heartbleed bug
Cisco issued an advisory stating that a long list of products were either confirmed vulnerable or under investigation for the Heartbleed bug. Among the 16 products confirmed vulnerable are the Cisco Unified Communication Manager 10.0, Cisco MS200X Ethernet Access Switch and several Cisco Unified IP Phones. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:39 EDTGMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as selling pressure took hold early in the session and did not relent. The averages closed near their worst levels, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down more than 3%. With today's close, each of the major indexes is now lower for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. The the timing of Easter and Passover, as well as other seasonal factors, however, may have lead many to discount the figure. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn settled their proxy contest, with Icahn withdrawing both his two board nominees and his proposal for eBay to spin off its PayPal unit. As part of its agreement with Icahn, eBay will expand the number of independent directors on its board to 10 and add David Dorman to serve in that capacity. The online retail marketplace was among the many tech names suffering losses, closing the session down $1.81, or 3.24%, at $54.08... Ally Financial (ALLY), formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), lost $1.02, or 4.08%, to close at $23.98 in its first day of trade following its return to the public markets after having price its return offering at $25.00 per share... General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. The company also added ignition lock cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and said it expects to take a $1.3B charge in the first quarter due to recall-related repairs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 54c, or 8.44%, to $6.94 after reporting earnings and revenue and that beat expectations and giving a revenue outlook for its fiscal 2015 that came in above estimates. Also higher following a better than expected earnings report was casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which advanced 72c, or 12.08%, to $6.68. Among the noteworthy losers was data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), down $21.73, or 43.7%, to $28.00 which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook. Another name in computer security, FireEye (FEYE), was among a a number of so-called "momentum" stocks that fell during the session, sliding $6.64, or 11.77%, to $49.75. Other momentum stocks that fell included 3D Systems (DDD), down $5.90, or 10.79%, to $48.78, and Yelp (YELP), down $7.78, or 10.92%, to $63.47. INDEXES: The Dow was down 266.96, or 1.62%, to 16,170.22, the Nasdaq was down 129.79, or 3.1%, to 4,054.11, and the S&P 500 was down 39.10, or 2.09%, to 1,833.08.
16:00 EDTAOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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14:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors up more than 1% after announcing $1.3B recall-related charge
14:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to take $1.3B charge in Q1 on recall-related repairs
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12:25 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:08 EDTGMGM confirms two engineers placed on paid leave as part of ignition switch probe
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07:20 EDTGMGM fights against judge's request for 'park-it' order, Bloomberg says
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos asked GM to explain why she shouldn’t order the automaker to recommend that drivers of the recalled cars should cease driving them, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from the automotive company. GM feels it shouldn’t be obligated to tell vehicle owners to park the recalled models until they are fixed, because they’re safe to use if government-approved recall instructions are followed. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGMAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors requests NASA review in recalled vehicles, Detroit News says
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