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May 15, 2014
12:34 EDTCSCO, WMT, GTIV, KND, GM, NQ, ACXMOn 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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September 12, 2014
05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; XHB WMT
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September 11, 2014
12:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
06:51 EDTGMGM to reveal 40 new vehicles in India, other countries, Reuters says
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
05:59 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; NQ YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 105, Yahoo (YHOO) 55 according to iVolatility.
September 10, 2014
09:17 EDTGMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:02 EDTGMGM calls Canadian dealer 'ambush' allegations overblown, Globe & Mail reports
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September 9, 2014
10:57 EDTGMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:16 EDTGMMobileye technology being used by GM, Tesla, says William Blair
William Blair believes both General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA) are using Mobileye (MBLY) technology for their announced self-driving capabilities. The firm notes that over the past two days, GM and Tesla noted their intentions of offering vehicles with autonomous driving capability in the next 24-36 months. William Blair says the recent announcements confirm its bullish outlook on Mobileye's market opportunity. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Mobileye are rallying 5%, or $2.61, to $55.62 in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley also upped its price target this morning on the name to $65 from $46.
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTGMGM JV in China recalls over 38K Cadillac sedans, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTGMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
13:26 EDTGMFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTGMAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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September 7, 2014
20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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