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December 3, 2012
12:13 EDTHMA, VRSN, TM, DELL, IOSP, DECK, F, TPCG, FIATY, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as were the global manufacturing reports. Chinese manufacturing returned to growth in November for the first time in over a year and the deep downturn in euro zone factories eased. However, the U.S. manufacturing data for November was below expectations, leading the market to pare its early session gains... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM November manufacturing purchasing managersí index, or PMI, slid to 49.5, reflecting contraction, from a 51.7 prior reading. Analysts expected a reading of 51.4, which reflects expansion. 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 rose to 50.5 in November, the first time since October 2011 that it had topped the line that separates growth from contraction. A similar survey out Saturday from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics rose to a seven-month high of 50.6. In Europe, manufacturing activity contracted for the ninth consecutive month in November, but at a slower pace. Markit's final euro-zone PMI rose to 46.2 from 45.4 in October, unchanged from its preliminary reading... COMPANY NEWS: Dell (DELL) shares jumped nearly 6% after Goldman upgraded the stock two notches, from a Sell rating to a Buy, citing lowered expectations that the company may outperform and its strong cash position... November auto sales rose to what may be the highest annual sales rate since February 2008. General Motors (GM) sold 186,505 vehicles, up 3.4%, while Ford (F) sales rose 6.5% to 177,673 units, Toyota Motor (TM) U.S. sales increased 17% to 161,695 units and Chrysler (FIATY) sales gained 14% to 122,565 units... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Deckers Outdoor (DECK), up 7% following an upgrade to Buy at Sterne Agee, and VeriSign (VRSN), up over 6% after a positive mention in this weekend's Barron's. Among the noteworthy losers was TPC Group (TPCG), which fell about 7% after Innospec (IOSP) withdrew its acquisition proposal. Also lower were shares of Health Management (HMA), down almost 5% after a negative mention in a "60 Minutes" report and a downgrade at CRT Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 10.26, or 0.08%, to 13,015.32; the Nasdaq was up 6.26, or 0.21%, to 3,016.50; and the S&P 500 was up 1.25, or 0.09%, to 1,417.43.
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:10 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into downgrade to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
General Motors July call option implied volatility is at 17, August and September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 38, suggesting decreasing price movement into Goldman downgrade to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum.
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded General Motors (GM) to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum. The firm's recent dealer visits in China indicate increased promotional activity and net price deterioration to support Shanghai GM JV product sales. Goldman said this, combined with margin pressure, will likely lead to a reduction in China guidance. For North America, the firm said Q1 carryover product pressure has extended into Q2 and could be pressured further with full availability of Ford's (F) F-150 heading into 2H 2015.
06:26 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Ford to Buy and increased its price target to $19 from $18. The firm expects earnings momentum to accelerate in 2H and into 2016 driven by full production of the new F-150 and further market share gains following the launch of the Super Duty. Goldman expects positive pricing and low levels of relative incentives with its refreshed products. Further, Goldman expects Ford's position in China to continue to improve given strong product launch tempo.
05:40 EDTFFord launches car-share business in six U.S. cities, London, CNBC says
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June 23, 2015
17:44 EDTGM, FGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:27 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
12:05 EDTFFord seeks to migrate driver-assist technologies over product lineup over 5 yrs
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10:57 EDTTMReport: Toyota offices raided by police, Globe and Mail says
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07:41 EDTDELLRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
June 22, 2015
12:41 EDTGMHyundai nearing sponsorship agreement with NFL, Bloomberg reports
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11:15 EDTGMGM activists not interested in merger with Fiat Chrysler, Financial Times says
General Motors (GM) activist holders have said they will not push for a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), reports the Financial Times. According to four people familiar with the matter, the activist contingent, which controls about 1.5% of GM shares, is more interested in cutting costs than embarking on a complicated merger transaction. One person close to the hedge funds said the investors believe consolidation makes sense but are unsure "that this particular consolidation makes sense." Reference Link
11:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $245M at Orion Assembly plant
General Motors said it will invest $245M and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program. "Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,Ē said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something itís never seen before." Investment in Orion totals $962M since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010, the automaker announced in a statement. Today's announcement is a part of the $5.4B GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1B of the $5.4B has been identified, leaving $2.3B to be announced by year end.
09:40 EDTFActive equity options trading on open
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06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:08 EDTTM, GMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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June 19, 2015
10:50 EDTTM, GM, FEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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06:04 EDTTMToyota CEO to stand by arrested US executive Julie Hamp, Financial Times says
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized for the arrest of the company's first female western senior executive although it vowed to stand by her for now, reports the Financial Times. Toyoda commented, "Julie Hamp is an invaluable colleague... What I can do now is to believe in my colleague and co-operate fully with the investigation." Hamp was arrested on suspicion of illegally importing a prescription drug from the U.S. Reference Link
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