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November 23, 2012
06:10 EDTALU, EADSY, F, GE, BX, GS, DDAIF, WMTOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Ford (F) expects to increase its total number of dealers in China to about 490 nationwide, after adding about 115 in 2012. Ford has said it planned to introduce 15 new vehicles and 20 advanced powertrains in the country by 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports...Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) India unit suspended a few "associates" as part of a bribery probe, a major setback as the retailer prepares to expand its presence in India, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Blackstone Group (BX) and China agribusiness company New Hope Group are in the final round of bidding for Australia's largest poultry producer Inghams Enterprises, a deal that could be worth up to $1.5B, sources say, Reuters reports...Germany plans to buy a 3% stake in EADS (EADSY) from France as the two governments move to take equal stakes in the Airbus parent, according to the daily Handelsblatt. That means Germany will acquire fewer EADS shares from Daimler (DDAIF) than expected, forcing the carmaker to sell shares in the open market, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: GE (GE) is in talks to acquire Italian defense company Avio SpA from buyout firm Cinven Ltd., which rejected a previous offer from two private-equity funds, sources say, Bloomberg reports...Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) is in talks with Goldman Sachs (GS) about obtaining a loan to strengthen the unprofitable network equipment vendorís balance sheet, sources say, Bloomberg reports.
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February 24, 2015
07:21 EDTGSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTEADSYAirbus told suppliers to prepare for increase in A320 production, Reuters says
Airbus (EADSY) has told suppliers that it is considering increasing the number of A320 jets it produces to 50 per month as early as 2017, according to Reuters. The company, which is looking to make 48 A320 jets per month by the second quarter of 2016, currently manufactures 42 of the jets per month and had previously planned to produce 46 of them monthly by the second quarter of 2016, the news service noted. Boeing (BA) competes with Airbus in international commercial plane markets. Reference Link
06:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico announces retirement of CFO Rafael Matute
Wal-Mart de Mexico announces that its board approved Rafael Matute's decision to retire from the company, after having served for 17 years as CFO, and the appointment of Pedro Farah as the new CFO. The changes will be effective June 1 and Matute will stay until July 31 to help with the transition. Farah is currently CFO of Walmart Latin America.
06:15 EDTGSBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
05:09 EDTFFord launches training program at Kansas City plant to support F-150 production
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February 23, 2015
12:07 EDTGEEU opens probe in GE's proposed acquisition of Alstom's energy business
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric's (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY) is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissionís preliminary investigation indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines which are mainly used in gas-fired power plants. The transaction would bring together the activities of GE, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty gas turbines, with those of Alstom, eliminating one of the three main global competitors to GE in this market. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 8 July, to take a final decision. Reference Link
10:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host 2015 Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting
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08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fundís $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstoneís energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
06:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sees $3B in possible legal costs above reserves
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February 22, 2015
15:31 EDTWMTMcDonald's under pressure to raise hourly pay as Wal-Mart sets bar, Reuters says
According to labor experts McDonald's (MCD) and its franchisees may be under pressure to raise hourly wages as the improved economic landscape increases competition for good workers and as retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) raises its hourly pay, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTWMTDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTWMTOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:20 EDTWMTAnalysts divided on Wal-Mart after results, pay raise announcement
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) this morning after the world's largest retailer reported its quarterly results and gave forward looking guidance yesterday. However, research firm Janney Capital wrote in a note to investors that it believes shares of Wal-Mart will probably outperform going forward, as other retailers are likely to implement wage hikes similar to the one that the giant discounter announced. BACKGROUND: Yesterday Wal-Mart announced that it would raise the wages of all of its employees to at least $10 per hour by February 2016. The company also reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits, excluding certain items, but its Q4 revenue came in below expectations. Moreover, the retailer provided lower than expected profit guidance for its fiscal 2016 and lowered its fiscal 2016 sales growth guidance to 1%-2% from its previous outlook of 2%-4%. Wal-Mart's stock fell significantly yesterday after the quarterly report. ANALYST REACTION: Barclays lowered its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst David Strasser said Wal-Mart's stock dropped because of worries about the company's spending and the hit the company took from negative foreign exchange trends. However, other retailers are likely to implement similar wage hikes, causing the entire sector to come under pressure and enabling Wal-Mart's stock to outperform going forward, according to Strasser. Additionally, Wal-Mart is likely to continue to benefit from higher gas prices in Q1, wrote the analyst, who kept an $89 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Wal-Mart added 0.5% to $83.94.
10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart can outperform as peers follow suit on wages, says Janney Capital
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08:26 EDTGEArc Logistics to acquire all membership interests Joliet Bulk for $216M
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07:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:02 EDTEADSYAirbus in talks with Indian firms to produce military helicopters, Reuters says
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05:50 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays cut its rating on Wal-Mart to Equal Weight from Overweight and dropped its price target for shares to $85 from $90. The firm says the retailer's investments to improve the shopping experience at its U.S. stores will continue into FY17 and are unlikely to produce near-term benefits. It believes Wal-Mart's Q4 domestic comps were aided by lower gas prices and easy weather comparisons, and notes that weather is unlikely to help in FY16. The stock closed yesterday down $2.77 to $83.52 after Wal-Mart reported Q4 results.
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