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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 23, 2014
07:58 EDTGMAutomakers under increased scrutiny after wide ranging air bag recall, WSJ says
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07:55 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says Takata air bag recall issue 'largely behind us'
General Motors CFO Charles Stevens is speaking on CNBC.
07:49 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports North America EBIT-adjusted $2.5B
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q3 adjusted EPS 97c, consensus 95c
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October 22, 2014
13:28 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sees better second half, excluding recalls
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11:25 EDTCSCOCisco sale of VCE stake to have limited impact, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks Cisco's (CSCO) decision to sell a portion of its stake in VCE is unlikely to have a material near-to-intermediate-term impact on the company's top line since it will continue to sell its networking and compute solutions to the joint venture. Wells says Cisco's "budding" partnerships with NetApp (NTAP), Microsoft (MSFT) and Citrix (CTXS) should more than offset any potential impacts from lessening ties to EMC (EMC) and VMware (VMW).
10:14 EDTGMKyle Bass says would buy more GM shares at current levels
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10:08 EDTGMBass says General Motors taking back share from Ford
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10:05 EDTGMKyle Bass says General Motors still largest position
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08:18 EDTCSCOVCE to become an EMC company
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06:24 EDTGMNHTSA says over 6M cars involved in Takata airbag recalls
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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
12:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors says supports Michigan House Bill 5606
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10:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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October 20, 2014
11:53 EDTGMDeaths tied to faulty GM ignition-switch increases to 29, Reuters says
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08:22 EDTGMCourt rules GM loan docs valid despite mistake, Reuters reports
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07:10 EDTAAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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