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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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August 26, 2014
12:37 EDTGMGM recalls vehicles for potential steering defect
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06:42 EDTGMCCI charges automakers $420M for anti-competitive tendencies, Reuters says
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06:05 EDTGMGM's compensation fund receives 100 claims for deaths, Detroit News reports
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August 25, 2014
13:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTWMTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
17:07 EDTGMGM considers delay in expansion of Russian plant, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
11:04 EDTGMGM assessing timing of facility development in Russia, Reuters says
GM said that it was assessing the timing of the planned development of its Russian facility close to St Petersburg due to a decline in the automobile market in the country, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesman. The spokesman said, "In view of the current business situation in Russia and the lower sales volumes since the start of the year, we are taking a close look at our plans. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMChrysler to not replace Ram steel body panels until 2020, Reuters says
Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler is aiming to redesign its full-size Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in three years, but the car manufacturer has no definitive goals to follow competitors GM (GM) and Ford (F) in using aluminum body panels instead of steal until a finalized overhaul happens after 2020, according to Reuters, citing industry sources. Reference Link
06:07 EDTGMProsecutors investigating GM's legal department, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
14:56 EDTNQNQ Mobile down 3% after report of undisclosed SEC investigation
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13:52 EDTGMCadillac mulls expanding offices to Manhattan, Reuters says
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13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:18 EDTGMChina considering new anti-trust rules for auto sector, China Daily says
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06:21 EDTGMGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTGMGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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August 20, 2014
08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile's vLife Technnology adopted by China Telecom
NQ Mobile (NQ) announced a partnership with China Telecom (CHA) that will bring NQ Mobile's vLife technology to China Telecom's "E Surfing" product. Under terms of the agreement, vLife will power the user interface for the mobile cloud platform.
08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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06:26 EDTCSCOCisco COO says annual layoffs 'wrong way to do it,' Business Insider reports
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