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May 15, 2014
12:34 EDTGM, WMT, ACXM, KND, CSCO, NQ, GTIVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory, extending yesterday's slide, and have remained there throughout the morning. The Dow is down about 1%, though that decline is less than either the S&P 500 or Nasdaq have experienced. The blue chip index is being weighed on by a post-earnings slide in shares of Wal-Mart (WMT), but that decline has been somewhat offset by the advance of fellow component Cisco (CSCO) after its own strong report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims fell to a new cycle-low 297K in the second week of May, which was below the expectation for 315K initial claims. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in April compared to the prior month, as expected. The NY Fed's Empire State survey has a reading of 19.01, which was a four-year high and well above the forecast for a reading of 5.0. Industrial production fell 0.6% in April, which was worse than the expected decline of 0.1%. Capacity utilization fell to 78.6% in the month, which was also worse than expected. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve index fell to 15.4 in May from its prior reading of 16.6, which was a smaller decline than anticipated. The NAHB housing market index fell to 45 in May, undershooting the consensus estimate of 48. COMPANY NEWS: Two blue chip names were moving in different directions following their earnings reports, as tech giant Cisco lead all advancers on the Dow and the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, was the laggard on the index. Cisco shares gained almost 7% near noon after the company's Q3 results beat expectations and analysts at Cantor called the company's tone on its conference call "the most upbeat in over a year." Conversely, Wal-Mart fell 2.5% at midday after the company's earnings for the just ended quarter and its guidance for current quarter profits both trailed analysts' consensus forecast... General Motors (GM) shares are down nearly 3% after the company announced five new safety recalls covering about 2.7M vehicles in the United States. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which jumped 61% and was upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James after Kindred Healthcare (KND) made public its proposal to acquire Gentiva for a combination of $7.00 per share in cash and $7.00 of Kindred common stock. Shares of Kindred, which said that Gentiva has not been willing to discuss a transaction, also rose 6% after the announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was NetQin Mobile (NQ), which plunged 25% after the Chinese company, which has previously been accused of fraud by short-seller Muddy Waters, said it was unable to file its annual report on time because it needs additional time to complete it. Also lower was Acxiom (ACXM), which dropped 22% after the company gave a lower than expected FY15 outlook and announced a deal to acquire LiveRamp for $310M in cash. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 195.53, or 1.18%, to 16,418.44, the Nasdaq was down 60.36, or 1.47%, to 4,040.26, and the S&P 500 was down 25.16, or 1.33%, to 1,863.37.
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April 13, 2015
07:31 EDTCSCOHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
April 12, 2015
15:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walton family puts shares in newly formed trust, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
18:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Walton family to place 6% of shares in trust, Reuters reports
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06:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors added to Focus List at Citigroup following selloff
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April 9, 2015
11:31 EDTGMGM may make 'major' investment in Warren Tech Center, Detroit News says
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08:41 EDTGMGM's Opel unit reports Q1 new passenger car sales 279,306 units
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06:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors considering $1.3B expansion of Arlington plant, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM to temporarily halt production of Chevrolet Volt, WSJ reports
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April 8, 2015
19:09 EDTGMGM pressures Canadian workers to reduce pension benefits, Globe and Mail says
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12:05 EDTWMTWal-Mart: Pay raises for over 34,000 associates in Florida effective this week
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11:17 EDTNQNQ Mobile jumps 7.5% to $4.00
09:02 EDTACXMAcxiom selected by Pregis to manage IT environment
AcxiomIT , a provider of infrastructure management services, announced that it has been selected by Pregis, a provider of innovative protective packaging materials and systems, to manage the IT environments that support Pregisí critical business applications. Under the agreement AcxiomIT will host all of Pregisí critical applications on Acxiomís private cloud and providing additional services such as storage and backup, disaster recovery and helpdesk.
06:19 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports March sales up 9.4% from last year
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05:16 EDTWMTWalmart announces pay raises for over 72K associates in TX go into effect
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April 7, 2015
19:54 EDTCSCOCisco, American Express invest in mobile wallet startup, Economic Times says
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11:27 EDTGMCanadian sale of General Motors stake removes an overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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09:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade priced at $35.90
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06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade; price range $35.80-$36.00
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