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February 3, 2014
12:16 EDTFIATY, MW, AKAM, GM, SNN, LVLT, RSH, F, BEAT, ARTC, AAPL, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday in the first trading day of February, which is opening with a downbeat session reminiscent of many seen last month. Reports showed that manufacturing activity slumped in January in both the U.S. and in China. Adding to the negative sentiment were reports from auto makers showing that sales dropped for most of them amid January's frigid weather. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ISM's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, for January plunged to 51.3. The decline was significantly worse than forecast by economists. A separate manufacturing PMI for January from Markit was unchanged from the preliminary 53.7 reading, though that was down 1.3 points from December's 55.0 figure. Construction spending inched up 0.1% in December, versus expectations for it to have remained flat. In China, data released over the weekend showed factory growth slumped to a six-month low in January, with the nation's official manufacturing PMI falling to 50.5 in January from 51 last month. China's official non-manufacturing PMI fell to 53.4 in January from 54.6 in December. The lone bright spot among the global manufacturing data releases came from Europe, where Markit's eurozone manufacturing sector PMI rose to a 32-month high of 54 points in January from 52.7 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) shares fell 3% after the company's U.S. sales declined 7% from a year ago to 154,644 vehicles in January. General Motors (GM) reported an even worse decline of nearly 12% in the month to 171,486 vehicles sold and its shares also slid 2%. Fiat-owned (FIATY) Chrysler was the only one of the "Big Three" to report a sales increase in the month, stating "the bad weather only seemed to affect our competitors' stores as we had a great January with sales up 8%." U.S. industry vehicle sales, which previously came in at a 15.6M unit pace in December and were expected to rise to a 15.7M unit rate, were estimated by GM to actually have declined to a 15.3M unit pace in the month. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of RadioShack (RSH) appeared to benefit from a positive reaction to the company's Super Bowl advertising, with the stock rising more than 9% near noon following last night's game. Another notable gainers was ArthroCare (ARTC), which rose 7% after the U.K.'s Smith & Nephew (SNN) agreed to buy the U.S. medical device maker in a $1.37B deal. Also higher was BioTelemetry (BEAT), which surged 22% after the company announced it achieved a victory in its patent infringement case against Mednet, which it subsequently agreed to acquire in an accretive transaction. Among the noteworthy losers was JoS. A. Bank (JOSB), which fell over 3% after The Wall Street Journal reported the company is in talks to buy sportswear retailer Eddie Bauer, which could complicate the ongoing takeover battle Jos. A. Bank has been having with Men's Wearhouse (MW). Also, Jos. A. Bank made public a letter it sent to Men's Wearhouse, saying the most recent buyout offer its peer made is inadequate. Also lower were shares of Akamai (AKAM), which fell 4% after a blog report claimed Apple (AAPL) has recently hired a number of employees as part of a new group assigned to build out a new content delivery network, or CDN. Apple has historically relied on CDN providers Akamai and Level 3 (LVLT), the Streaming Media report noted. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 232.90, or 1.48%, to 15,465.95, the Nasdaq was down 74.29, or 1.81%, to 4,029.59, and the S&P 500 was down 28.08, or 1.58%, to 1,754.51.
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06:04 EDTAAPLApple to publicly beta test iOS update, Re/code says
Apple plans to allow consumers to test the next update for its iOS mobile operating system, reports Re/code. The beta test will be available mid-March through the company's Apple Seed program. Reference Link
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor groupís proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the companyís long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:26 EDTRSHStandard General weighing bid to lead RadioShack out of bankruptcy, WSJ says
Hedge fund Standard General, which became the largest shareholder of now bankrupt RadioShack last year by taking a 9.9% stake, has discussed contributing about $75M toward a $200M bid for the new RadioShack, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The report noted that such a deal would essentially trade a rescue loan the fund arranged and contributed to last year for an ownership stake. Reference Link
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
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTAAPL, GMApple 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
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
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 GMís 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 GMís general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
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