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January 27, 2014
08:46 EDTSSNLF, ICE, AAPL, CMCSA, BLK, EBAY, NDAQ, GOOG, GM, WMT, TWCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Comcast (CMCSA) not likely to make sole bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC)...Nasdaq (NDAQ) looks to private share market for future IPOs...Apple (AAPL) to expand mobile payments business...Wal-Mart (WMT) to eliminate 2,300 Sam's Club employees...REUTERS: PayPal spinoff unlikely as eBay (EBAY) needs it for growth...ICE (ICE) CEO Sprecher: Regulators need to look at ‘maker-taker' trading... New GM (GM) CEO reiterates Opel's importance...BLOOMBERG: BlackRock's (BLK) Fink warns of too much market optimism...OTHER NEWS: Large banks probed over payday lender fees, NY Times reports...Samsung (SSNLF) cut 2014 notebook shipments target to 7M, DigiTimes reports...Google (GOOG) to acquire DeepMind for $400M, Re/code reports.
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April 22, 2015
15:12 EDTAAPLAOL debuts three apps for Apple Watch
AOL (AOL) announced the debut of three apps built for the Apple Watch, including Pip, the newly redesigned The Huffington Post app, and the AOL app. Each of them will be available on April 24, the company stated.
14:02 EDTBLKBlackRock Infrastructure acquires 90% interest in 80MW wind portfolio in Iowa
A fund managed by BlackRock Infrastructure Investment Group has purchased a 90% interest in an 80MW Wind Portfolio consisting of the 42.5MW Elk and 37.5MW Hawkeye Wind Projects, located in Iowa from RPM Access. The projects began commercial operations in December 2011, and October 2012, respectively and comprise a total of thirty-two 2.5MW Nordex turbines. The Portfolio interconnects with the ITC Midwest transmission system within the Mid-continent Independent System Operator market. All of the output of the Portfolio is sold to Central Iowa Power Cooperative pursuant to long-term power purchase agreements.
13:54 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q1 report
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 23 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $37.61B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.07 on revenue of $35.71B-$39.36B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.19 against estimates for 83c on revenue of $40.5B against estimates for $40.12B. In Q4, GM reported the following: Retail vehicle sales of 2.55M units; Total U.S. retail vehicle sales of 727K units and total North America retail vehicle sales of 854K units; Europe retail sales of 298K units; APMEA retail sales of 1.165M units; South America retail vehicle sales of 236K units; Total worldwide automotive market share of 11.4%, with total U.S. market share of 17.4%; Total Europe share of 6.3% and total APMEA share of 10.5%; North America capacity utilization of 98.9%. GM announced it intends to increase the second quarter dividend on its common stock by 20% to 36c per share. On March 9, GM announced a $5B share repurchase program. On April 22, GM said it sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to GM’s Q1 earnings report. On February 5, Craig-Hallum upgraded General Motors to Buy from Hold. The analyst said the company's Q4 report was superb and expects a very strong year ahead given recall issues that are mostly behind it and a continuation of impressive truck/SUV sales. Additionally, Craig-Hallum expects more shareholder-friendly actions following the announcement of a 20% common dividend increase. They raised their price target on the shares to $44 from $34. On March 10, Citigroup raised its price target for shares of General Motors to $50 from $49 saying the car maker's "earnings and overlooked progress" should hold more weight now that its capital allocation is in place. The firm continues to believe shares will trade at premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. It thinks the GM bears have "run out of excuses" and kept a Buy rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have gained approximately 8% since Q4 results were released and notched a 52-week high of $38.99 in March. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, GM shares are down 0.4%.
13:41 EDTEBAYEarnings Watch: eBay shares rise over 6.3% since last earnings report
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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10:31 EDTAAPLUBS U.S. IT Hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:54 EDTAAPLApple Watch pre-orders may start May 8 in next wave of countries, MacRumors says
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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07:20 EDTAAPLApple survey continues to show strong iPhone demand, says UBS
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07:08 EDTAAPLPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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06:39 EDTCMCSA, TWCRegulators evaluating Comcast's track record, NY Times says
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06:25 EDTTWC, CMCSAFCC staff to meet with commissioners today on Comcast deal, Reuters reports
FCC staff is slated to brief the agency's commissioners later today on their review of Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The staff is also slated to discuss its view of a $48B pending deal between AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), the news agency quoted one of the sources as saying. Reference Link
06:23 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable volatility up on uncertainty of completion of Comcast deal
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06:16 EDTAAPLApple retail chief discusses Apple Watch, MacBook in video, BI reports
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay April weekly call volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors says sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year
General Motors sold 2.4 million vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. Opel/Vauxhall increased its sales by 3% in Europe. “The momentum our brands are building in China, the U.S. and Western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We are in the early days of a very aggressive onslaught of new products and customer-driven innovation,” she said. “Already, the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado are redefining segments in the United States, Cadillac is growing rapidly in China and establishing a new formula for prestige sedans with the CT6 and Opel’s revitalization is accelerating across Europe. At the same time, we are deploying OnStar with 4G LTE in North America, Europe and China to give our customers the best connectivity experience in the industry.”
06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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