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February 3, 2014
12:16 EDTARTC, AAPL, JOSB, FIATY, MW, AKAM, GM, SNN, LVLT, RSH, F, 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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April 4, 2014
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:18 EDTAAPLApple June quarter results likely to miss expectations, says BMO Capital
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07:55 EDTF, GMFord outpacing rivals in China on strength of SUVs, WSJ says
Thanks in large part to a rising demand in China for sport-utility vehicles, Ford's (F) China deliveries jumped past Toyota (TM) in 2013 and the U.S. automaker also gained on General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), who it has similarly trailed in China for years, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:38 EDTFIATY, GMGM ups truck discounts in April, Reuters says
GM (GM) again increased discounts on its full-size Chevrolet Silverado pickups after being outsold in March by Chrysler's Ram 1500, according to Reuters, citing GM's details of the discount on the company's consumer website. Chrysler is a unit of Fiat (FIATY). Reference Link
06:49 EDTGMNHTSA still receiving answers, documentation from GM, WSJ reports
GM says it has submitted 200,000 pages of records and answered more than 65% of the 107 questions the NHTSA has asked about the events leading to the ignition switch recall, though a timetable has not been released on when the information will be made public, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLApple acquires Novauris, terms not disclosed, Re/code reports
Apple has confirmed that it has acquired Novauris Technologies, a speech technology company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
05:42 EDTFIATYFiat upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
April 3, 2014
17:25 EDTGMGeneral Motors expects $400M pre-tax charge on currency adjustment
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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12:57 EDTGMCourt may order GM to tell customers to stop driving cars, Bloomberg reports
A court will hold a hearing tomorrow on whether to order GM to tell owners of 2.59M of its small cars to refrain from driving them, Bloomberg reported this morning. Reference Link
10:43 EDTGMGM retains Jeff Eller to consult on crisis communications, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTLVLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTF, AAPLApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:03 EDTLVLTLevel 3 downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli
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07:41 EDTGMGM CEO grilled, pushed for faster change by senators, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTAAPLApple bulls bet new products to prompt stock revival, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTGMGM accused of 'criminal deception' due to switch defect, Bloomberg says
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07:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors recall not likely to have a long-term impact, says UBS
UBS said automotive industry forecaster, IHS Automotive, has not seen a large change in General Motors production schedules following news of the recall. Based on prior recalls at at Toyota and Ford, the analyst does not expect GM to experience a long-term impact. Shares are Buy rated.
06:57 EDTGMDelphi's role in GM recall could be put to test, Reuters says
Delphi Automotive's (DLPH) name does not appear on the outside of the 2.6M vehicles recalled by GM (GM) since February, but the company is getting drawn into an increasing wave of litigation for its role in making the faulty ignition switch which sparked the recalls, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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