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February 13, 2013
16:43 EDTCUK, CMCSA, GE, DDD, TRLA, GRPN, RATE, CLF, CCLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following last night's State of the Union address and January retail sales that were in-line with expectations, but down from December's reading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in January, which was in-line with expectations though down from a 0.5% gain in December. Import prices rose 0.6% during the month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%, while Export prices were up 0.3% in January, matching the consensus forecast. Business inventories grew 0.1% in December, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a mix of old and new proposals intended to jump-start the domestic economy as well as urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the existing $7.25... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) gained $1.16, or 2.98%, to $40.13 after reporting its Q4 results earlier than expected. It also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B and would acquire $1.4B in real estate assets from GE. Comcast increased its annual dividend by 20% to 78c per share and said it plans to buy back $2B of its stock in 2013. After the earlier than expected sale of the NBCU interest, GE shares gained 81c, or 3.59%, to $23.39 as the company said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD), up $2.54, or 4.03%, to $65.61 following comments made by President Obama during last night's State of the Union address. Also higher were shares of Trulia (TRLA), up $5.21, or 21.9%, to $29.00 following better than expected Q4 results, and Groupon (GRPN), up 28c, or 5.39%, to $5.57 after the stock was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural (CLF), down $7.32, or 19.99%, to $29.29, after the company reported Q4 results, cut its dividend 76% to 15c per share, and the stock was downgraded by at least three analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Bankrate (RATE), down $1.93, or 15.59%, to $10.45, after its Q4 results missed street estimates and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Citigroup. Also sliding was Carnival (CCL), down $1.56, or 4%, to $37.46 as the company's Triumph cruise ship, which has been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico, was towed ashore and the company detailed the impact of voyage disruptions and repair costs on its results in the first half of the year... INDICES: The Dow was down 35.79, or 0.26%, to 13,982.91; the Nasdaq was up 10.39, or 0.33%, to 3,196.88; and the S&P 500 was up 0.90, or 0.06%, to 1,520.33.
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July 14, 2014
12:18 EDTCMCSAComcast acquired PowerCloud Systems for under $50M, TechCrunch reports
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10:35 EDTCCLCarnival signs exclusive agreement with Cigar City Brewing
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09:06 EDTGEEmirates signs $13B GE9X services agreement
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural recommends voting WHITE proxy card
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07:43 EDTGEGE 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
07:42 EDTCMCSAComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:56 EDTCMCSADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 13, 2014
11:40 EDTGEAmerican selects CFM engine to power A320 in order valued $2.6B
American Airlines (AAL) has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 100 Airbus (EADSY) A320neo family aircraft. CFM values the engine order at $2.6B U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was originally announced in July 2011 and American will begin taking delivery in 2017. American also has orders for LEAP-1B engines to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are also scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2017. American has been a CFM customer since 1996 and the airline’s fleet includes 375 Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran and General Electric (GE).
11:23 EDTCMCSAHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 12, 2014
18:08 EDTGEeasyJet said to choose GE-Safran engine for Airbus jets, WSJ says
easyJet (ESYJY) is set to order engines from a partnership of General Electric (GE) and France's Safran to power 100 Airbus Group (EADSY) NV A320neo jets, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney was also aggressively competing for the order. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
09:01 EDTTRLATrulia says 54M unique visitors visited site in June
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08:05 EDTGEGE Capital increases credit facility for OraMetrix
GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced that it is the sole lender on a $10M senior secured term loan for OraMetrix. This transaction refinances the company’s previous $7.5M multi-draw senior secured term loan facility and provides it with an additional $2.5M. The funds will be used for working capital and growth initiatives.
08:03 EDTGEGE Capital provides MerchSource with $130M credit facility
GE Capital announced it is providing MerchSource with a $130M senior credit facility providing working capital for the company’s operations in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
07:53 EDTCCLCarnival management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:45 EDTGEWith Alstom agreement settled, attention on GE turns to earnings, Reuters says
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July 10, 2014
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.
07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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07:14 EDTCMCSAAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:08 EDTCCLCarnival management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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