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December 3, 2012
16:19 EDTHMA, DELL, GM, F, QIHU, SVU, QLGCOn 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 managersí 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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07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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July 21, 2014
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.
06:21 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
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
08:45 EDTQIHUDefined mobile strategy could serve as catalyst for Qihoo 360, says UBS
UBS is optimistic about Qihoo 360's growth momentum in search and mobile, but believes a better defined mobile strategy could serve as a catalyst for the shares. The firm sees a margin squeeze in Q2 but an anticipated pickup in search monetization should support margin recovery. UBS has a Buy rating with a $155 price target on Qihoo.
July 17, 2014
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
05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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July 16, 2014
13:05 EDTGMGM sold 2.5M vehicles worldwide in Q2
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11:28 EDTSVULeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
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11:16 EDTSVUCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
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09:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into testimony at Senate hearing
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08:00 EDTFFord added to US Key Calls List at UBS
UBS added Ford to its Key Calls List after its recent survey raised its confidence in the success of the F-150 product launch. The survey showed good reception and that buyers were willing to pay a premium above the firm's estimates. UBS said shares are trading well below its long-term OEM average multiple and maintains its Buy rating and $23 price target on Ford.
06:31 EDTGMDocuments show GM hid defect from regulators, NY Times reports
Documents indicate that GM knew at least three fatal crashes were caused by its faulty ignition switches, but failed to tell regulators that when asked about the cause of the accidents, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMSenators turn scrutiny towards GM General Counsel, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTF, GMFord, GM, Chrysler not interested in Tesla patents, Detroit News says
Ford (F), General Motors (GM), and Chrysler (FIATY) either have little interest in Tesla's (TSLA) EV patents or the companies are not sharing their plans, reports the Detroit News. Reference Link
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