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December 14, 2012
16:25 EDTBBY, RIGL, GE, ARIA, PAY, QUAD, ADBEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower after the averages sat just below the flat line for much of the session. Stocks moved lower during the final ninety minutes of trading, leaving each of the major averages down on the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report showed consumer prices declined 0.3% in November, mainly because of falling gasoline costs. When food and energy are removed from the equation, "core" prices increased 0.1%, versus expectations for them to rise 0.2%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing PMI improved to 54.2 in December, versus the 52.8 final reading for November. Industrial production beat expectations with a 1.1% increase in November, versus expectations for a rise of 0.3%. Industrial production capacity utilization rose to 78.4%, which was a bit more than an expected move up to 78.0%. In China, Markit's flash China PMI rose to a 14-month high reading of 50.9, beating expectations for a 50.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's flash PMI hit an 8-month high with a 50.2 reading... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) boosted its dividend by 12% to 19c per share and increased its existing share repurchase authorization by $10B... Among companies reporting earnings last night, Adobe (ADBE) shares rose $2.05, or 5.77%, to $37.58, while shares of VeriFone (PAY) declined $3.63, or 10.92%, to $29.60... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL), up $1.01, or 18.33%, to $6.52 after Leerink called the recent pullback a "temporary dislocation" and maintained an Outperform rating in the name. Also higher were shares of Quad/Graphics (QUAD), up $2.40, or 14.36%, to $19.11 after the company increased its quarterly dividend by 20% and declared a $2.00 per share special dividend. Among noteworthy losers was Aria Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), down $4.95, or 20.73%, to $18.93 after announcing that its leukemia treatment was approved by the FDA, though the regulator required that the drug include a "Boxed Warning." Shares of Best Buy (BBY) also slid $2.07, or 14.66%, to $12.05 after the company's board extended the deadline for founder Richard Schulze to deliver a potential buy-out bid... INDICES: The Dow was down 35.71, or 0.27%, to 13,135.01; the Nasdaq was down 20.83, or 0.70%, to 2,971.33; the S&P 500 was down 5.87, or 0.41%, to 1,413.58.
News For GE;ADBE;PAY;RIGL;QUAD;ARIA;BBY From The Last 14 Days
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June 28, 2015
16:20 EDTGEGE requests July 2 hearing in EU to defend Alstom bid, Reuters says
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16:15 EDTGEElement Financial nears deal for GE fleet management unit, Reuters says
Element Financial is nearing a deal for a large portion of General Electric's fleet-management unit, Reuters reported Friday, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The agreement could be sealed as soon as late June, said the sources, who added that Element is mostly targeting the North American portion of the fleet business. Reference Link
June 26, 2015
06:12 EDTGEGeneral Electric to invest in Austrailan windfarm
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June 25, 2015
14:27 EDTGECapital One, Apollo, Ares, Ventas bid for GE healthcare lender, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTGECA Technologies appoints Jeff DeMarrais as Chief Communications Officer
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06:15 EDTGEElectrolux CEO to step down 'on his own initiative,' Reuters reports
Electrolux (ELUXY) CEO Keith McLoughlin will step down from the company "on his own initiative," Reuters reports, citing comments from business daily Dagens Industri. Elextrolux says McLoughlin, who moved to the U.S. from Sweden a few years ago, has not yet resigned, but also noted that "all well-run public companies conduct succession planning." According to Dagens Industri, GE Appliances (GE) head Charles Blankenship would be the "top candidate" to succeed McLoughlin. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTGEGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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16:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric reaches preliminary labor agreements with union delegates
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15:53 EDTBBYSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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11:11 EDTBBYAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Streetís appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
07:27 EDTBBYBest Buy recommended ahead of 2H margin gains at B. Riley
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June 23, 2015
13:02 EDTGESumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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June 22, 2015
09:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric and Cascade announce multi-year joint development agreement
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08:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric 2018 EPS should surpass $2, says Bernstein
After meeting with GE's CFO, Bernstein predicts that the company's 2018 EPS will surpass the $2 it says is often cited as a target for the company. The firm says that synergies with Alstom appear to be progressing well, while its gross margin initiatives are also progressing. Bernstein says that GE is making progress on many fronts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:18 EDTGESuppliers worried about Airbus, Boeing production rate hike, Reuters reports
Major engine suppliers, including General Electric (GE) and Safran, are becoming worried that they may lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets from Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) that may prove unsustainable, Reuters reports. Airbus and Boeing have plans to raise production rates of their best selling single aisle planes by 25% to 50-52 a month in 2017-2018, the report says. Suppliers have said that they need to secure the start of a steep rise in output before making a commitment to even loftier targets, the report says. Reference Link
06:05 EDTADBEAdobe implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
05:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric, unions reach tentative agreement on new contracts
General Electric reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts with national leaders of its two largest unions, the IUE-CWA and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, or UE, after three weeks of negotiations. The agreements are now subject to review by union negotiating committees and ratification by union members. GEís existing four-year national contracts with the IUE-CWA and the UE expire at midnight. The four-year job packages provide improvements in healthcare, wages, pension and job and income security. The contract provisions will also be extended to additional unions that have local contracts with GE.
June 19, 2015
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07:00 EDTGEGE Capital Aviation Services launches Boeing 737-800NG program
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