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December 3, 2012
12:13 EDTTPCG, FIATY, GM, HMA, VRSN, TM, DELL, IOSP, DECK, FOn 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 managers’ 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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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTTM, FIATY, F, GMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTTM, GM, FGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
07:50 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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06:52 EDTFRegulators deciding whether Ford should widen recall, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor recent pullback overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup views the 18% pullback in shares of Deckers Outdoor since mid-December as overdone. Citi continues to believe UGG is better positioned versus fashion footwear peers. It lowered its price target for shares to $95 from $105 to reflect reduced multiples in the space as well as currency headwinds. Citi keeps a Buy rating on Deckers.
05:05 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor appoints David Lafitte as COO
Deckers Brands announced the appointment of David Lafitte to COO, effective February 2. Lafitte previously served as the company's general counsel. He replaces Zohar Ziv, who retired from the company on January 16.
January 20, 2015
12:51 EDTTMToyota sees 2015 global sales dropping to about 10.15M units, Nikkei says
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11:23 EDTDECKFollow-up: Deckers Outdoor downgraded at Buckingham
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11:16 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
10:47 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor down 5.3% to $81.88
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
08:14 EDTFFord to boost production at German assembly plants, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFIATYEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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January 15, 2015
08:30 EDTFIATYEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:30 EDTGM, TM, FGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGMAlly Financial shares overreacted to GM news, says Citigroup
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