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November 20, 2012
05:39 EDTF, GEGE to purchase 2,000 Ford C-Maxx Energi plug-in hybrids
Ford Motor Company (F) announces a collaboration with GE (GE), in which the company will purchase 2,000 Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet - Ford's largest-ever plug-in electrified vehicle fleet sale. Ford will also jointly market GE's alternative fuel infrastructure solutions. The addition of the Ford vehicles brings the number of alternative fuel vehicles in GE's fleet to more than 5,000 in its goal of 25,000 vehicles. C-MAX Energi has a 108 MPGe city EPA rating and a 620-mile single-tank range that will benefit GE's sales and service professionals - many who drive more mileage daily than average commuters. Ford will promote GE's WattStation charging station and CNG in a Box natural gas fueling station with its commercial buyers. Ford will also supply new alternative fuel vehicles for use at GE's Vehicle Innovation Center. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers to study GE employee driving and charging habits through innovative MyFord Mobile app to help optimize all-electric driving.
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January 26, 2016
09:20 EDTGEGE signs EUR40M agreement with PGE to modernize Polish power plant
GE's Power Services business announced it has secured orders valued approximately at EUR40M with PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. to upgrade generator and steam turbine assets at the Turow Power Plant. The upgrades will result in a combined 45-megawatt output increase, which is the equivalent of powering about 130,000 Polish households. Under the terms of the agreement with PGE GiEK S.A., GE will upgrade three 50WT20H-100 generators and three 13CK230 steam turbines to extend equipment lifetime by at least 150,000 hours-about 20 years-and increase the availability of the turbosets to 97 percent in the first year of operation and above 98 percent in the next year. The upgrade is expected to increase power output by 45 MW and improve power plant efficiency by approximately 1.4 percent. The upgrade of the generator rotors and the manufacturing of new rods will take place in GE's generator factory in Wroclaw, Poland. The steam turbine upgrade includes the delivery of new HP, IP and LP turbine inner modules, which will be manufactured in GE's turbine factory in Elblag, Poland. The upgrade is scheduled to begin with the shutdown of the first unit in April 2017, and the commissioning of the last unit is scheduled for January 2020.
January 25, 2016
06:30 EDTFFord to shutter operations in Japan, Indonesia, Reuters reports
Ford will shutter operations in Japan and Indonesia this year since it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" in the two nations, Reuters reports. The car maker will exit all areas of its business, including dealerships and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in the two countries, the report says, citing an email from Asia Pacific President Dave Schoch to all employees in the region. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGESamsung exec: Will consider M&A for home appliances unit, Reuters reports
Samsung (SSNLF) will mull all potential options to grow its home appliances unit including M&A, Reuters reports, citing comments from Samsung appliances head Suh Byung-sam in from of reporters at a company event. The executive said that Haier's (HRELY) acquisition of GE's (GE) appliances unit will have no serious effect on its business in the near term, the report says. Reference Link
January 24, 2016
15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric plans to request SIFI reconsideration in March, Bloomberg says
In a Bloomberg interview published Friday, General Electric CFO Jeff Bornstein said the company plans to request in March that its systemically important designation be removed, following the sale of its commercial lending assets and a Utah bank charter. Reference Link
11:02 EDTGEStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
January 22, 2016
12:32 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as they bid for their first two-day winning streak in what feels like a very long time amid a very tough start to 2016. The morning's strength was attributed to a continued rebound in oil prices and the prospects for economic stimulus in Japan, China and Europe. Oil prices remain higher by roughly 7% near noon and are holding solidly above $31 per barrel. As the first major winter storm bears down on the East coast, investor participation may slow down during the afternoon hours. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12% after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors, evidenced by Keefe Bruyette's downgrade of the stock as well as CNBC's David Faber reporting that ValueAct is no longer an American Express shareholder... Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid 2% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) gained nearly 5% after reporting earnings that topped expectations, approving a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and saying it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 41% after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Also higher was Canadian Pacific (CP), which gained 12% and was upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital following its quarterly results. In addition, Sprint (S) was 13% higher after saying it will release earnings on January 26, which was earlier than expected, and also after JPMorgan said that the company's 2016 cash burn fears are overdone. Among the noteworthy losers was Rockwell Collins (COL), which fell 3.5% after it reported quarterly earnings and issued fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. Also lower was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 33% and was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.77, or 0.83%, to 16,014.45, the Nasdaq was up 90.73, or 2.03%, to 4,562.79, and the S&P 500 was up 27.79, or 1.49%, to 1,896.78.
09:45 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees 'modest' gains in Q1 from restructuring
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09:35 EDTFFord to host fixed income call
Conference call to be held on January 28 at 11 am. Webcast Link
09:28 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT), up 12.5%... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says that Apple could rally over 50% by September... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), up 6.4% after announcing that it is suspending its quarterly preferred stock dividends... NephroGenex (NRX), up 27.3% after the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board recommendation to continue the Pyridorin study... Avon Products (AVP), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 6.7% after Reuters reports that Indonesia asked the company to set aside another $530M into an escrow account for the miner to extend its permit to export copper concentrate. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Express (AXP), down 6.9%... Starbucks (SBUX), down 2.6%... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), down 32.3%... GE (GE), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Barrick Gold (ABX), down 3.4% after giving fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 production guidance and announcing potential asset impairment charges of $1B-$1.2B.
09:18 EDTGEGE CEO says no major decline seen in emerging markets pricing
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08:33 EDTGEGE CEO says 'still enough business out there' to hit goals despite volatility
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07:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric sees 2016 free cash flow + dispositions of $29B-$32B
Now sees 2016 dispositions of $3B-$4B.
06:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q4 orders up 3% to $32.5B
Reports backlog of $315B. Reports Q4 Equipment orders up 2%, down (1%) organically, with strength in Gas Power Systems and Transportation with India rail order offsetting O&G market & Aviation comps. Reports Q4 Service orders up 5%, up 3% organically.
06:40 EDTGEGE reports Q4 industrial operating + Verticals EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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06:39 EDTGEGE reaffirms goals laid out for 2016
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06:37 EDTGEGE says GE Capital on track to submit application for SIFI de-designation in Q1
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06:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO: First few weeks of 2016 'especially volatile'
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06:36 EDTGEGE reaffirms FY16 industrial operating + Verticals EPS view $1.45-$1.55
Consensus is $1.51.
06:33 EDTGEGE reports Q4 industrial operating + Verticals EPS 52c, consensus 49c
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06:29 EDTGEGE rally 'a tad too energetic,' WSJ says
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