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February 3, 2014
12:16 EDTF, FIATY, SNN, ARTC, MW, LVLT, AAPL, AKAM, RSH, JOSB, GM, BEATOn 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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July 14, 2014
12:40 EDTGMDelphi confirms that it is not focus of investigation, Detroit News reports
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12:36 EDTGMDelphi not target of DOJ's switch investigation, Reuters reports
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12:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:18 EDTAAPLGT Advanced retreats after downgrade citing production concerns
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
09:14 EDTAAPLApple's iCloud Mail experiencing an outage for some users
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08:14 EDTF, GMFord should beat Q2 estimates while General Motors will miss, says UBS
UBS believes Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thinks GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thinks Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
08:04 EDTAAPLInvenSense should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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07:55 EDTFToyota halts production at South African plant, Bloomberg reports
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07:41 EDTAAPL, AAPLGT Advanced 's 2014 guidance at risk, says CLSA
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may not release 5.5-inch 'phablet' iPhone this year, Apple Insider reports
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24 from $1.18, vs. consensus of $1.22 and 2015 EPS estimate to $2.33 from $2.25, 11% above consensus. The analyst added iWatch estimates into its model and sees unit sales in the 30M-60M range for the firm 12 months. Shares are rated Overweight with a $110 price target, up from $98.57.
07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTFFord ceases production at South African facility, Reuters says
Ford announced that it has temporarily ceased production at one of its South African facilities due to a strike at some of its suppliers, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ford spokeswoman Alicia Chetty. Chetty said that only Ford's Pretoria facility was affected while its other plant in Port Elizabeth was operating as usual. Reference Link
06:40 EDTAAPLApple responds to China broadcaster's privacy charges, China Daily says
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06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTAAPL, FABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
05:44 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded its rating on Apple (AAPL) shares to Overweight citing its channel checks which indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share. Barclays raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The stock closed Friday at $95.22.
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