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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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July 21, 2014
17:40 EDTGTIV, KNDKindred Healthcare offers to acquire Gentiva Health for $17.25 per share
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17:32 EDTGTIV, KNDKindred Healthcare offers to acquire Gentiva Health for $17.25 per share
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11:57 EDTGMChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
16:20 EDTKND, GTIVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:42 EDTKND, GTIVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
09:48 EDTNQActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:24 EDTNQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:10 EDTNQNQ Mobile engages Marcum Berstein & Pinchuk as independent auditor
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTGTIVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:43 EDTGTIVGentiva Health up 11.5% after disclosing receipt of $17.25 takeover offer
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16:42 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva says received $17.25 all-cash takeover bid, rejected Kindred $16 offer
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16:36 EDTKND, GTIVGentiva Health rejects prior Kindred Healthcare proposal, receives alternate bid
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07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
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