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March 12, 2012
12:08 EDTXOM, PCBC, KUTV, TZYM, ZOLL, RENN, MTU, DANG, YOKU, TUDO, DISOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at mid-day, with the Dow higher and the Nasdaq lower, but neither by a wide margin. The Dow is being led by the shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM), which are up more than 1.3% despite oil being down more than $1.00 a barrel. The averages have moved in a narrow range in a low-volatility, low-volume session. Investors are looking to tomorrow's FOMC meeting for clues as to any change in the Fed's strategy... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light today, but will be heavier the rest of the week, with reports due on retail sales, consumer sentiment and small business optimism along with a rate meeting for the FOMC. With little domestic data, investors focused on international news, most notably China's February trade deficit of $31.5B, which was its largest in over 20 years... MARKET NEWS: Disney's (DIS) expensive sci-fi film "John Carter" opened to disappointing domestic grosses, as widely expected... Tudou Holdings (TUDO) jumped almost 150% following its acquisition by Youku.com (YOKU), which also saw its shares rise about 18%. Other Chinese media and tech names also traded higher following the news, with Renren (RENN), Ku6 Media (KUTV), and Dangdang (DANG) among those advancing... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ZOLL Medical (ZOLL), after agreeing to a $93 per share buyout offer from Asahi Kasei, and Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC), which agreed to be acquired for $46 per share by UnionBanCal, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU). Noteworthy losers included Tranzyme (TZYM), after saying a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs failed to meet its endpoints, and Anthera Pharmaceuticals (ANTH), following downgrades at Citigroup and Cowen after one of its trials was halted due to the lack of the drug's efficacy... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 14.15, or 0.11%, to 12,936.17; the Nasdaq was down 11.15, or 0.37%, to 2,977.19; and the S&P 500 was down 3.34, or 0.24%, to 1,367.53.
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March 2, 2015
05:44 EDTRENNRenren becomes lead investor in China used car e-business Cheyipai
Cheyipai announced that it has completed a new round of financing valued at $110M. Renren was the lead investor of this D-round financing with secondary investors Sequoia Capital, Matrix China, Morningside Ventures and CITIC Capital. The sole financial adviser was Hina Group.
March 1, 2015
18:12 EDTXOMIraq's oil minister sees barrel of crude selling at around $65, Reuters says
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February 27, 2015
10:20 EDTXOMExxon Mobil to host analyst meeting with a conference call hookup
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06:47 EDTXOMExxon Mobil settles New Jersey lawsuit for $250M, NY Times reports
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06:07 EDTDISTiVo, RPX buy Aereo assets, WSJ says
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February 26, 2015
13:52 EDTXOMExxon Mobil says max exposure to loss from Russia JVs at Dec. 31 is $1B
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12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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February 25, 2015
13:56 EDTXOMSaudi Arabia aims to become second-largest refined oil exporter, WSJ says
Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi said Wednesday it plans to become the world's second-largest refined oil product exporter by 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements given at a conference. Two new refineries in Saudi Arabia will add 800,000 BPD this year, and a planned 2017 refinery in Jazan will bring the kingdom's total capacity to over 3M BPD. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
06:45 EDTXOMSaudi minister says demand for oil rising, Reuters reports
The price for Brent oil was little changed around $59 per barrel early this morning after Saudi Arbaia's energy minister said that demand for petroleum was increasing, according to Reuters. The minister added that oil markets "are calm now, Reuters added. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 24, 2015
06:06 EDTXOMApple's market cap hits nearly $775B, CNBC reports
Apple's (AAPL) market cap has reached nearly $775B after the stock closed at a record on Monday, up over 2.7% to $133, CNBC reports. Exxon Mobil (XOM) has a market cap of about $377B. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
13:45 EDTXOMOpec may call emergency meeting if crude continues slide, FT says
According to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's oil minister, Opec members have discussed holding an emergency meeting if crude prices continue to tumble, says the Financial Times. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT).
12:46 EDTMTUMitsubishi UFJ to reconfigure securities unit, Nikkei reports
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11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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09:01 EDTXOMExxon Mobil says 2014 reserves replacement totals 104%
Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that it replaced 104% of its 2014 production by adding proved oil and gas reserves totaling 1.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels, including a 162% replacement ratio for crude oil and other liquids. At year-end 2014, ExxonMobil's proved reserves totaled 25.3 billion oil-equivalent barrels, which was made up of 54% liquids, up from 53% in 2013, and 46% natural gas. Liquid additions during 2014 totaled more than 1.2 billion barrels, or 162% of production, and natural gas additions totaled approximately 300 million oil-equivalent barrels for a 42% replacement ratio. Excluding the impact of asset sales, reserves additions during 2014 replaced 111% of production. During 2014, ExxonMobil added 3.2 billion oil-equivalent barrels to its resource base, driven primarily by resource additions in Argentina, Canada, Nigeria, Tanzania and the U.S.
February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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11:59 EDTXOMUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
17:09 EDTXOMExxon Mobil awarded $1.01B government contract for aviation turbine fuel
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February 19, 2015
06:58 EDTXOMU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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