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November 23, 2012
06:10 EDTGE, BX, GS, DDAIF, WMT, ALU, EADSY, FOn 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 vendor’s balance sheet, sources say, Bloomberg reports.
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January 22, 2015
06:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to lead $56M investment in Antuit Holdings, WSJ reports
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05:45 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTFLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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16:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric initiated with a Buy at UBS
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13:53 EDTFGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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12:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTEADSYEmirates to buy 100 Airbus A380 if engine receives upgrade, Bloomberg says
Emirates has committed to buying 100 more Airbus A380 planes on the condition that the company upgrades its engines, reports Bloomberg. The offer comes as new A380 orders crawled to a halt in 2014 and Airbus focuses on its new A350 wide-body. The development of the new "Neo" engines would cut seat-mile costs by 10%-13%. Reference Link
06:52 EDTFRegulators deciding whether Ford should widen recall, Reuters says
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06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
17:26 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $325M government contract
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13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
11:23 EDTGEEU to decide on GE, Alstom deal by February 23, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the European Union will decide by February 23 whether to approve General Electric's (GE) planned acquisition of most of Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment unit, Reuters reports. French authorities have already approved the planned deal after GE agreed to create jobs and form an energy joint venture with Alstom. Reference Link
10:27 EDTBXSources: Blackstone to buy 36 apartment properties for $1.7B, Bloomberg reports
According to two sources, Blackstone will acquire 36 apartment properties across the U.S. that are being sold by Praedium Group for about $1.7B, Bloomberg reports. The properties, which contain about 11,000 apartments, are located in Washington, D.C., Boston, California and other cities. Reference Link
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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07:28 EDTGSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:48 EDTGEGE financing A350 jet with Rolls-Royce engine, Reuters reports
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05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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