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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 15, 2014
08:35 EDTCSCOCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets. The companies will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors, VocallQ looking to develop voice-control systems, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTGMAutomakers backing U.S.-EU trade deal, NY Times reports
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05:53 EDTCSCO, WMTStocks with implied volatility movement; CSCO WMT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Cisco (CSCO) 23, Wal-Mart (WMT) 13 according to iVolatility.
July 14, 2014
12:40 EDTGMDelphi confirms that it is not focus of investigation, Detroit News reports
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12:36 EDTGMDelphi not target of DOJ's switch investigation, Reuters reports
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12:06 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva Health urges holders to take no action in response to Kindred offer
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09:55 EDTGTIVHigh option volume stocks: PTEN MFRM GTIV SHPG IMMR
08:14 EDTGMFord should beat Q2 estimates while General Motors will miss, says UBS
UBS believes Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thinks GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thinks Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
07:32 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare increases all-cash tender offer for Gentiva to $16 per share
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07:32 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare increases all-cash tender offer for Gentiva to $16 per share
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07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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July 13, 2014
15:52 EDTGMSouth Africa strike continues with impact on GM output, WSJ says
The National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa has rejected employers concessions and will continue to strike, says the Wall Street Journal. The strike has affected vehicle production at General Motors and BMW facilities in the country, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 12, 2014
12:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart sued by comedian Tracy Morgan over June crash, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
10:35 EDTGMCadillac confirms Johan de Nysschen as president
General Motors (GM) announced the appointment of Johan de Nysschen as President Cadillac. de Nysschen will be responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development, strategic brand development and marketing and product portfolio planning, including critical input for product engineering and design. de Nysschen joins the GM executive leadership team as an executive vice president of the company beginning September 1 and reports to GM President Dan Ammann. de Nysschen spent the last two years as head of the Infiniti (NSANY) brand worldwide.
09:11 EDTGMFormer head of Infiniti taking over Cadillac, CNBC reports
Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Infiniti and Audi USA, will be taking over General Motors' Cadillac division, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
July 10, 2014
06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
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