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July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTFB, GM, SODA, Z, TRLA, ANGI, LTM, DHIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum during the day. The market barely reacted to the much better than expected weekly jobless claims data, as the Labor Department explained that this time of the year is typically volatile for the data. The new home sales report for June had the opposite effect, as sales were worse than expected and the previous month was also revised down. The number put a lid on the averages, which moved throughout the afternoon as if summer doldrums had set in. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) achieved a new all-time high during the session and closed up $3.69, or 5.18%, to $74.98 after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors (GM) declined $1.67, or 4.46%, to $35.74 after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Trulia (TRLA), which surged $13.16, or 32.43%, to $53.74 after Bloomberg said the company is in talks to be acquired by rival real estate website operator Zillow (Z). Zillow shares also gained $19.29, or 15.25%, to $145.76 after the news service said it could tie-up with its peer in a deal that could value Trulia as much as $2B. Also higher was SodaStream (SODA), which jumped $2.73, or 9.45%, to $31.63 after Bloomberg said the home soda machine maker is holding talks with an investment firm about taking itself private at a valuation of about $828M, or $40 per share. However, an analyst at Stifel called that scenario "highly improbable to impossible." Among the noteworthy losers was Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged $1.96, or 19.27%, to $8.21 after reporting second quarter results that were worse than expected, prompting at least seven downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. Also lower were Life Time Fitness (LTM), which lowered its FY14 earnings view and fell $6.00, or 12.7%, to $41.26 and D.R. Horton (DHI), which dropped $2.86, or 11.53%, to $21.94 after its quarterly profits missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 2.83, or 0.02%, to 17,083.80, the Nasdaq dropped 1.59, or 0.04%, to 4,472.11, and the S&P 500 gained 0.97, or 0.05%, to 1,987.98.
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October 7, 2014
12:56 EDTGMGM recalls Chevrolet Caprices due to transmission selector lever defect
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12:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors trades sharply lower, nearing 52-week low
The stock has been trading down since the open, last at $32.18 and just above the 52-week low at $31.67. If the shares break down through the 52-week low, next support would be at $30.50. Resistance is at $32.87.
12:09 EDTSODAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:55 EDTSODASodaStream downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital
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11:25 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; SLV GM
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10:56 EDTSODAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:16 EDTSODASodaStream plunges after warning of weaker sales, levels to watch
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10:08 EDTSODASodaStream sinks after Q3 profit warning
Shares of SodaStream International (SODA) are sinking this morning after the company warned that revenue for the third quarter of 2014 will come in well below Wall Street estimates. SodaStream develops, manufactures and markets home beverage carbonation systems and related products. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SodaStream reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $125M, significantly missing analysts' consensus estimate of about $154M. The company said it expects operating income of about $8.5M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Birnbaum cited an underperformance in the U.S. market as the primary driver of the quarterly shortfall, and said the results are an indication that the company must alter its course and improve its execution. Birnbaum said in a statement that the company is "very disappointed" by its recent performance, noting that it has "not succeeded in attracting new consumers to our home carbonation system at the rate we believe should be achieved." Birnbaum said the company has started a strategic shift towards health and wellness, mostly in the U.S., where he believes the message "will resonate more strongly" with customers. In addition, SodaStream is developing a growth plan, and more details are expected when Q3 results are reported later this month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The carbonated beverage machine company has been the subject of buyout rumors for months. In July, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks to go private for around $40 per share. In September, Israel's TheMarker said SodaStream was in talks to sell itself to a British investment fund for $840M, or $40 per share. SodaStream has also been rumored as an acquisition target for beverage makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Diageo (DEO) or private equity group KKR (KKR), The Independent reported last month. In July, SodaStream cut its fiscal year 2014 revenue growth view to 5% from 15% and cut its FY14 net income expectations to a 5% decrease from a 3% increase. At that time, the company said it believed sales trends for sodamakers would remain challenging in the U.S. in the second half of the year. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream shares dropped $5.72, or 21%, to $21.85.
09:14 EDTSODAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 290,241 Cadillac SRX, SAAB 9-4X vehicles
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08:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 10,005 Cadillac CTS-V, STS-V vehicles
General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material. If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
08:26 EDTGMGM recalls 46,873 vehicles from 2008-2013, including Chevrolet Caprice
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08:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors estimates lowered, price target to $27 at Morgan Stanley
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08:08 EDTSODASodaStream down 13% in pre market trade after Q3 revenue warning
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07:56 EDTSODASodaStream trading to resume at 8:00 am ET
07:54 EDTSODASodaStream volatility expected to move on preliminary Q3 revenue miss
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07:32 EDTSODASodaStream CEO: We are disappointed in our recent performance
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07:31 EDTSODASodaStream reports Q3 preliminary revenue $125M, consensus $154.12M
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07:11 EDTSODASodaStream trading halted, pending news
06:43 EDTGM, FBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
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