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May 9, 2012
12:38 EDTDTEGY, CPWM, M, DVAX, PCS, SODA, DIS, CQB, BBBY, TMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but the major averages were well off the lows seen about an hour into trading. The market is down for the sixth consecutive session, its longest losing string of the year. The weakness is being attributed to concern about the fate of the euro zone as a new leader takes over in France and Greece struggles to form a government and may need to hold another round of elections. The past several sessions have seen the market open lower but rally during the later hours of the session to reduce the day's losses. So far today that trend is continuing as the averages have recovered significantly from their worst levels... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.3% in March, versus the expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and more reports indicated that efforts to form a new government in Greece were expected to fail, putting the country's bailout deal in doubt and renewing concerns about Greece intentionally exiting or being forced off the euro. A Reuters report, citing EU sources, said the EU is more likely than not to agree to the latest EUR 5.2B bailout payment due tomorrow to Greece from the EFSF bailout fund, which may have contributed to a late morning rally seen here in the States... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained over 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid more than 3% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Toyota (TM) reported a surge in its Q4 net income and forecast a doubling of profits in the current fiscal year, sending its stock up more than 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SodaStream (SODA), up over 26%, after it reported much stronger than expected results and boosted its 2012 guidance, and Cost Plus (CPWM), up about 22%, after agreeing to be acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) for $22 per share. Also higher were shares of MetroPCS (PCS), up about 19%, after Bloomberg reported Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was said to be in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down 32%, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Dynavax (DVAX), down more than 22%, after pricing 17.5M shares at $4.25 in a secondary stock offering... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 98.05, or 0.76%, to 12,834.04; the Nasdaq was down 17.19, or 0.58%, to 2,929.08; and the S&P 500 was down 9.58, or 0.70%, to 1,354.14.
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July 24, 2015
07:24 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:45 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst Danlela Nedlalkova downgraded Macy's to Underweight with a $64 price target based on expectations of weaker topline trends. Nedlalkova said recent industry commentary and data and global tourist spending decline will likely weigh on Q2 results. The analyst believes annual comp guidance of 2% is likely optimistic with Q1 comps at (0.1%) and expectations for about a flat comp in Q2, indicating 2H comps need to accelerate to 3%-4% to meet guidance. Nedlalkova said shares have been supported by speculation of real estate monetization, but with shares at historic levels, the analyst expects weaker operating results to pressure the stock.
06:13 EDTDISDisney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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July 23, 2015
05:59 EDTDISEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
12:27 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO lands sports commentator Bill Simmons
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12:21 EDTDISTime Warner's HBO announces multiyear deal with Bill Simmons
Bill Simmons left Disney's (DIS) ESPN earlier this year.
08:38 EDTMNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:17 EDTDVAXDynavax 4.55M share Spot Secondary priced at $27.50
Cowen, RBC Capital and William Blair acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
07:18 EDTTMAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
20:08 EDTDTEGYSky criticizes 'highly damaging' proposal to merge BT Group, EE
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18:33 EDTTMToyota to delay building Lexus brand in China, Reuters reports
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16:02 EDTDVAXDynavax files to sell common stock, no amount given
Dynavax anticipates using the net proceeds from the proposed offering to fund activities associated with completing the ongoing Phase 3 HBV-23 study of HEPLISAV-B(TM), seeking regulatory approval of HEPLISAV-B in the United States, and preparing for the anticipated U.S. commercial launch of HEPLISAV-B, should HEPLISAV-B gain approval by the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, net proceeds from the offering will support continuing the clinical development of our investigational cancer immunotherapeutic product candidate, SD-101, and for other general corporate purposes, including working capital. Cowen and Company, RBC Capital Markets and William Blair are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.
12:43 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Analysts expect GoPro to beat expectations in Q2
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12:22 EDTTMFormer Toyota exec plans to make supplier more competitive, Bloomberg says
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11:05 EDTTMAfter Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi
After Jeep hacked, analyst predicts cybersecurity boosts for Harman, Delphi The shares of Harman (HAR) and Delphi Automotive (DLPH) are rising after Wells Fargo predicted that the companies would benefit from the increasing need to protect cars from cybersecurity attacks after Wired reported on hackers discovering methods that can be used to take control of vehicles. BACKGROUND: Two computer hacking researchers showed that they could seize control of a Jeep Cherokee, made by Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), using a technique called a zero-day exploit, Wired reported today. Using the same technique, the hackers can control "any of thousands of vehicles," the website reported. In the past, they have demonstrated how they were able to take control of a Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Wired. The hackers' technique involves taking control of vehicles' entertainment systems and sending commands to the vehicles' dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission through their those systems, the website stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst David Lim responded to Wired's article by saying that cybersecurity has become a significant concern for automakers. Automotive technology suppliers such as Harman (HAR) and Delphi (DLPH) should benefit from auto makers' efforts to protect their vehicles from cyberattacks, Kwas believes. He reiterated Outperform ratings on Harman and Delphi. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Harman climbed about 2% to $108 and Delphi rose fractionally to $78.15. This version of the story replaces an earlier one to correct the lead analyst to David Lim.
09:40 EDTTMJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
July 20, 2015
14:33 EDTTMGoPro, Toyota partner to put camera mount in Tacoma, Wired says
GoPro (GPRO) and Toyota (TM) are partnering to place a a GoPro camera mount on the roofline of every new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a first for a carmaker, says Wired. Toyota will not supply the camera, added Wired. Shares of GoPro are up 6.5% while Toyota is up fractionally. Reference Link
13:46 EDTMAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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12:16 EDTTMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
08:08 EDTMMacy's price target to $78 on likelihood of a REIT transaction at BofA/Merrill
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