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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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September 8, 2014
13:04 EDTGMAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
11:51 EDTZ, TRLAZillow, Trulia move lower ahead of short-seller presentation
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10:00 EDTFBFacebook may soon enter China, DoNews reports
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTLTMHG Vora reports 5.1% passive stake in Life Time Fitness
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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06:34 EDTFBFacebook's Zuckerberg sees WhatsApp reaching up to 3B users, WSJ reports
Speaking at an event in Mexico City, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says messaging service WhatsApp could reach two to three billion users through a tie-up with Facebook, though WhatsApp will stay an independent service, the Wall Street Journal reports. Facebook agreed to pay $19B for WhatsApp earlier this year. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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14:24 EDTFBFacebook CEO ready to spend billions to spread internet access, Bloomberg says
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September 5, 2014
18:56 EDTGMGM to install vehicle to vehicle communication to help prevent crashes, WSJ says
General Motors has plans to install vehicle to vehicle communications systems in some car models by 2016, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes as regulators and auto manufacturers push to introduce technology that can help prevent vehicle crashes without human intervention. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, plans to announce the company's move toward vehicle to vehicle communications systems on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal added, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
13:13 EDTGMU.S. judge dismisses General Motors shareholder lawsuit over IPO, Reuters says
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12:57 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:42 EDTGMStocks with increasing options volume
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12:39 EDTGMGM recalls 2002-2004 Saturn Vues due to ignition defect
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11:51 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; VALE FB
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness holder Marcato supports REIT, sees $70 per share possible
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07:06 EDTFBFacebook rolls out three-step privacy check up to all users, WSJ reports
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06:12 EDTGMMichigan among the states investigating GM recall, Detroit News reports
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