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July 22, 2014
11:03 EDTLMT, FFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
Ford (F) announced today that Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and vice president, research and advanced engineering, has elected to retire after 32 years at Ford, effective October. 1. He is being succeeded by Ken Washington, who is named vice president, research and advanced engineering, effective August. 18. Washington most recently was vice president of the space technology advanced research & development daboratories at Lockheed Martinís (LMT) space systems company.
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
09:01 EDTFFord Ohio Assembly Plant adds Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab
Ford announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab. Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
07:59 EDTLMTLockheed Martin upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
06:01 EDTFIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
January 26, 2016
16:20 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
11:51 EDTFFord expands safety recall on vehicles with Takata airbag inflators
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11:43 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss January Sales Results will be held on February 2 at 10 am. Webcast Link
11:28 EDTLMTLockheed Martin expects F-35 fighter output to grow to 60 in 2016, 100 by 2018
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11:12 EDTLMTLockheed Martin expects 53 F-35 fighter jet deliveries in 2016
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11:09 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees new interest in search and rescue helicopters
11:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says increase in DoD budget shows need to respond in environment
11:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin plans to adjust financial outlook when spin-off closes
Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
11:01 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees 2017 and beyond sales growth rate to be higher
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07:10 EDTLMTLeidos confirms agreement to combine with Lockheed Martin units
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07:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q4 Aeronautics sales $4.38B
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07:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees FY16 EPS $11.45-$11.75
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07:04 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q4 EPS $3.01, consensus $2.92
Reports Q4 revenue $12.9B vs. $12.5B last year. Fourth quarter 2015 net earnings included a special charge for workforce reductions of $67 million, which decreased net earnings $44 million, or $0.14 per share; and non-recoverable transaction costs of $45 million associated with the acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the Corporation's strategic review of its government IT and technical services businesses, which decreased net earnings $28 million, or $0.09 per share. These costs were offset by the recognition of a full-year U.S. research and development tax credit resulting from the enactment of tax legislation in the fourth quarter of 2015, which increased net earnings $71 million, or $0.23 per share. Fourth quarter 2014 net earnings included a special charge for a non-cash goodwill impairment of $119 million, which decreased net earnings $107 million, or $0.33 per share, partially offset by the recognition of a full-year R&D tax credit due to the temporary reinstatement of the R&D tax credit in the fourth quarter of 2014, which increased earnings $45 million, or $0.14 per share.
07:03 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
Lockheed Martin (LMT) has entered into a definitive agreement to separate and combine its realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions business segment with Leidos (LDOS) in a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction, unlocking $5 billion in estimated enterprise value for Lockheed Martin stockholders. The agreement aims to align IS&GS's business with an industry leader in government IT and technical services, creating an enterprise capable of providing unparalleled solutions in industries from national security to health and life sciences. Subject to regulatory approvals, the $5B transaction includes a $1.8B one-time special cash payment to Lockheed Martin, which the Corporation intends to use to repay debt, pay dividends, and/or repurchase its stock. The cash payment is subject to adjustment on the terms set forth in the transaction documents. Lockheed Martin stockholders will receive approximately 50.5% of the outstanding equity of Leidos on a fully diluted basis with an estimated value of $3.2B. Leidos' existing shareholders will continue to hold the remaining approximately 49.5% of the outstanding shares of Leidos. The transaction structure, which is subject to market conditions, is currently contemplated to be a tax-efficient split-off transaction, which would result in a decrease in Lockheed Martin share count. The transaction is also subject to Leidos shareholder approval and completion of customary conditions, including receipt of opinions of tax counsel. The transaction is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2016. Until closing, IS&GS will continue to operate as a business segment of the Corporation.
07:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
06:29 EDTLMTPoland 'very likely' to cancel $3B Airbus deal, Reuters reports
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