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December 3, 2012
16:19 EDTHMA, DELL, QLGC, F, SVU, GM, QIHUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower as some mixed economic data from the U.S. and abroad tempered investor enthusiasm. After a moderately higher open, fueled by positive news from China, the market drifted steadily lower through the session. Late day reports broke of a counter-offer being made by House Republicans regarding the fiscal cliff, though the news didn't move the averages as sharply as similar news has in recent days... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM November manufacturing purchasing managers’ index, or PMI, slid to 49.5, reflecting contraction, versus expectations for a 51.4 reading. Construction spending for the month of October increased 1.4%, versus an expected 0.5% rise. In Asia, the final reading of the HSBC China manufacturing PMI for November rose to 50.5 and a similar survey from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics rose to a seven-month high of 50.6. In Europe, manufacturing activity contracted again but at a slower pace, as Markit's final November euro-zone PMI rose to 46.2 from 45.4 in October... COMPANY NEWS: Dell (DELL) shares opened sharply higher after Goldman upgraded the stock two notches, from Sell to Buy, though shares lost a little steam during the session. Dell finished the day up 42c, or 4.36%, to $10.06... November auto sales rose to what may be their highest annualized rate since February 2008, though General Motors' (GM) 3.4% increase missed expectations. Meanwhile, Ford's (F) November sales rose a better than expected 6.5%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Qihoo 360 (QIHU), up $2.45, or 9.80%, to $27.44 after Stifel Nicolaus said the company launched a music and a map vertical search engine. Also higher were shares of Supervalu (SVU), up 30c, or 12.61%, to $2.68 after a weekend report from the Wall Street Journal said Cerberus Capital would explore multiple options in its bid for the company. Among noteworthy losers was QLogic (QLGC), down 73c, or 7.70%, to $8.75 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman. Also lower were shares of Health Management (HMA), down 45c, or 5.66%, to $7.50 after a negative mention in a "60 Minutes" report and a downgrade at CRT Capital, though the stock was defended or recommended by at least four other firms... INDICES: The Dow was down 59.98, or 0.46%, to 12,965.60; the Nasdaq was down 8.04, or 0.27%, to 3,002.20; and the S&P 500 was down 6.72, or 0.47%, to 1,409.46.
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February 24, 2015
11:36 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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05:09 EDTFFord launches training program at Kansas City plant to support F-150 production
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February 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 18, 2015
10:05 EDTQIHUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:36 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 downgraded on web game weakness at Jefferies
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06:38 EDTGM, FCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTQIHU, GMPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:11 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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11:00 EDTFFord hires John Casesa to lead global strategy
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06:57 EDTGMGM in court Tuesday over bankruptcy shield, WSJ says
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06:05 EDTFFord recalls 17,875 Falcons and Territories in Australia
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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February 16, 2015
12:50 EDTGMGM claims for ignition switch defects rises to 4,312, Reuters says
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February 15, 2015
14:18 EDTGMGM recalls 69,633 U.S. vehicles on concerns about their electric power steering
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering, EPS, assist that could occur at any time while driving. Reference Link
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