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December 3, 2012
12:13 EDTDELL, IOSP, TPCG, VRSN, DECK, FIATY, TM, F, GM, HMAOn 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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April 10, 2014
06:32 EDTFIATY, F, TM, GMAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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06:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors requests NASA review in recalled vehicles, Detroit News says
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03:19 EDTTMToyota targets annual Chinese car sales of 2M units by 2025, Nikkei reports
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April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTTMToyota targets annual Chinese car sales of 2M units by 2025, Nikkei reports
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16:23 EDTGM, TMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:09 EDTVRSNVeriSign reports internet grows to 271M domain names in Q4
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14:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares defended at Citigroup
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12:18 EDTTM, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:06 EDTGM, TMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTF, GMBofA/Merrill's US autos/auto parts analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:11 EDTTM, GMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTFFord price target lowred to $17 from $20 at Morgan Stanley
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08:57 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:40 EDTTM, F, GMCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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06:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded General Motors based on expectations the industry will be pressured by increasing technology capex needs. The analyst believes GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars which will pressure margins and earnings. The firm views valuation as fair but not on a relative basis vs. its coverage universe and assigned an Underweight rating on shares with a $33 price target.
06:31 EDTTMToyota volatility expected to move on recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide
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06:00 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in Kentucky vote to allow strike, AP reports
GM's auto workers at its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant have voted to authorize a strike over safety concerns, the Associated Press reports. More than 90% of the eligible union workers voted to call a strike if necessary. Reference Link
05:57 EDTTMToyota announces recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide
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05:24 EDTFFord Focus retains best-selling vehicle title in 2013
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