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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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November 20, 2014
07:57 EDTGMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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06:07 EDTCSCOSpherix comments on pending settlement between Cisco, Rockstar Consortium
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November 19, 2014
20:07 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare 5M share Secondary priced at $19.75
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07:40 EDTCSCOUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
06:51 EDTGMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
05:15 EDTWMTWalmart to match competitors' Black Friday deals one week early
Walmart announced that for the second year, the retailer is lowering the prices on popular toys, electronics and more to match or beat select Black Friday offers from national competitors one week early. Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday Event begins Friday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 a.m. and also gives customers an early taste of Walmart’s Black Friday prices by moving up items typically found on Black Friday.
November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
09:03 EDTWMTI.D. Systems receives three-year contract extension from Walmart
I.D. Systems (IDSY) has executed a three-year extension of its contract with Walmart Stores (WMT) to provide VeriWise trailer tracking and management services for Walmart's fleet of cargo trailers. The contract extension, which runs through October, 2017, has a maximum aggregate value of approximately $14M.
05:26 EDTWMTDisney Movies Anywhere now available through Walmart VUDU service
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November 17, 2014
07:48 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare files to sell 5M shares of stock and tangible equity units
Kindred Healthcare announced that it has launched concurrent underwritten public offerings of 5,000,000 shares of Kindred's common stock and 150,000 tangible equity units. Each tangible equity unit has a stated amount of $1,000 and is comprised of a prepaid stock purchase contract and a share of mandatory redeemable preferred stock, each issued by the Company. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are acting as the joint book-running managers for the concurrent offerings.
06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:39 EDTGM, WMTBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTWMTNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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14:46 EDTWMTDisney movies service partnering with Wal-Mart's Vudu, Reuters reports
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10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $91 from $83 at UBS
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:27 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $92 from $82 at BofA/Merrill
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06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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