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January 2, 2013
06:05 EDTCALX, VZ, FIATY, BA, LMT, CMCSA, GOOG, GM, GD, CHTR, TWC, TM, F, NOCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The recovering U.S. auto industry (F, GM, FIATY, TM) should hit its stride this year as new vehicle offerings, pickup truck demand and a stable economy push sales above 15M, the Wall Street Journal reports...Growth in broadband revenue has helped cable operators offset a stagnant pay-TV market, but the industry (GOOG, VZ, TWC, CMCSA, CALX, CHTR) is resisting pressure from local governments, businesses and universities to offer ultrafast Internet service, opening the door to new competitors, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. stocks are poised for gains to begin the year after passage of a bill to avoid harsh tax hikes that would have hit most Americans and crimped economic growth, Reuters reports...U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth (LMT, NOC, GD, BA) amid regional security uncertainty, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Middle East and North Africa equities are set to outperform emerging markets as higher dividends and state-funded expansion attract investors looking for better returns, says Franklin Templeton Investment Management, Bloomberg reports...Oil increased to the highest level in over 10 weeks in New York--as much as 1.1%--after lawmakers reached a deal to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts that threatened growth in the U.S. economy, Bloomberg reports.
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February 23, 2015
08:33 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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06:51 EDTBAAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:42 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to pay $62M to settle retirement plan lawsuit, WSJ says
Lockheed Martin will pay $62M to settle a civil suit alleging its 401(k) plan charged unreasonable fees, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing legal filings and company statements. As part of the settlement, Lockheed will also have to submit monthly evaluations of certain aspects of its plan, offer new low-cost funds, and solicit bids from at least three large firms to serve as administrative managers of the company's retirement plans. Reference Link
06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks – not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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08:48 EDTBABoeing price target raised to $196 from $164 at Sterne Agee
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08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:42 EDTGOOGFDA authorizes 23andMe to market genetic testing for Bloom Syndrome
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized for marketing Google-backed 23andMe’s Bloom Syndrome carrier test, a direct-to-consumer genetic test to determine whether a healthy person has a variant in a gene that could lead to their offspring inheriting the serious disorder. Along with this authorization, the FDA is also classifying carrier screening tests as class II. In addition, the FDA intends to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review. The agency plans to issue a notice that announces the intent to exempt these tests and that provides a 30-day period for public comment.
07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube to release stand-alone app for kids, WSJ says
Google's YouTube is planning to release a smartphone and tablet app for kids featuring original episodes of television shows including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sesame Street," as well as content from existing YouTube kids channels, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The app -- slated for an official reveal Monday at the Kidscreen Summit -- will initially only be available for Android devices. The source said the inclusion of ads is "under discussion." Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
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