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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 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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November 24, 2015
08:54 EDTVRSNVeriSign says increased domain volume largely from China
VeriSign last night stated in a regulatory filing, "As noted on Verisign's third quarter earnings call on October 22, 2015, there was a higher volume of gross additions, during the third quarter, in international markets, particularly Asia. Verisign discloses the updated domain name base for the .com and .net registries at least daily on its website, This publicly available information reflects that this increased volume of domain name registrations has continued in October 2015 and in November 2015. As of November 22, 2015 Verisign's domain name base totaled 139.3 million, up 4.1 million from September 30, 2015. While there continues to be demand for domain names globally, the recent increased volume for Verisign's top level domains, as well as top level domains of other registries, during the fourth quarter is coming largely through registrars in China. In the past, Verisign has discussed many factors that affect the demand for domain names, including, but not limited to economic, social, and regulatory conditions, Internet adoption, Internet penetration, and increasing e-commerce. In addition to these factors affecting demand, Verisign is also evaluating additional potential factors unique to China that may also be responsible for the recent increased volume of new registrations in China. In no particular order, these potential factors, or combination of factors, could include, but may not be limited to, government initiatives in China to develop their online economy such as 'Internet Plus;' registry and registrar regulatory requirements; cultural influences such as the popularity of numeric domain names; increasing competition amongst Chinese registrars; potential increases in domain name investment activity; and recent capital markets volatility and access to capital in China. Verisign cannot predict if or how long this increased pace of gross additions will continue and we cannot at this time predict what the renewal rate for these domain names will be. Verisign has noted in the past that renewal rates for domain names registered in emerging markets, such as China, have historically been lower than those registered in more developed markets."
November 23, 2015
10:37 EDTF, TMFord no longer using Takata air bag inflators in future cars, AP reports
Ford (F) will stop using air bag inflators manufactured by Takata (TKTDY) in future vehicles, the Associated Press reports. The company joins Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), and Nissan (NSANY) in choosing not to put the inflators in vehicles currently under development, the report says. Reference Link
10:33 EDTFFord recalls roughly 451,000 midsize vehicles in NA for potential fuel leak
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06:24 EDTGMGM uses KBB to offer targeted incentives, Automotive News reports
General Motors has turned to Kelley Blue Book's website to offer targeted incentives to customers, Automotive News reports. Reference Link
05:41 EDTVRSNVeriSign shares pricing in a lot of good news, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty says shares of VeriSign are pricing in a lot of good news after rallying 28% quarter-to-date. The recent surge in .com/.net names being registered is likely coming from domain name investors in China, which is not a consistent long-term source of growth, Auty tells investors in a research note titled ".Com Growth May Not Be Sustainable." He upped his price target for VeriSign shares to $84 from $74 and keeps an Underweight rating on the name.
November 22, 2015
18:46 EDTGMUAW union ratifies General Motors agreement
The United Auto Workers announced that its international executive board has formally ratified the national labor agreement with General Motors. The union explained that, after its proposed agreement with GM was blocked by the union's skilled trades members, it held meetings with those members and subsequently presented their concerns to both union leadership and GM itself. Following those discussions, the parties agreed to changes that "protect core trades classifications and seniority rights," according to UAW. Reference Link
18:32 EDTFUAW union members ratify Ford agreement
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November 19, 2015
08:32 EDTFFord to hold a discussion
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07:55 EDTGMGM's Reuss: Company 'deeply committed' to EVs, FT says
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06:11 EDTFFord-UAW contract headed for rejection, Reuters says
A proposed four-year labor deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers union seems headed for rejection after Chicago plant workers voted against the deal by a margin of over 2-to-1, Reuters reports. UAW leaders warned other members that rejecting the contract could jeopardize investments that would maintain U.S. factory jobs and believe that the proposed pact with Ford would be the richest in history, the report says. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTFOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
09:32 EDTGM, TMThe House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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07:57 EDTGMBarclays to hold a conference
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06:32 EDTTMToyota's Mirai gaining traction in California, Reuters says
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November 17, 2015
08:00 EDTFFord says launching new Escape
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November 16, 2015
12:56 EDTFFord faces trial over allegedly exaggerated MPG estimates, Bloomberg says
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09:59 EDTGMOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
08:20 EDTFFord sold remaining interest in Mazda, Nikkei reports
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07:36 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
November 15, 2015
17:25 EDTGMUAW union in talks with General Motors regarding proposed agreement
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