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February 4, 2014
05:45 EDTGE, KMB, RCL, EMN, SBUX, XRXCompanies face increased pressure to keep prices down, WSJ reports
American firms are having a tough time as falling prices for a number of their key products is affected by intense competition and pressure from cost conscious customers, reports the Wall Street Journal. Firms are from a number of industry sectors who say some prices slipped in the last three months of the year, and sometimes significantly. That puts a damper on revenue growth. Reference Link
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October 15, 2014
09:03 EDTGEGE unit arranges $200M senior debt facility
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07:55 EDTSBUXStarbucks checks refute bear case, says Bernstein
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October 14, 2014
11:20 EDTXRXXerox upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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09:46 EDTGEGE signs contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment in Iraq
GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the governmentís goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region. Through its regional partnerships, GEís turbines support more than 90% of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day. The Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk plants, powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, produce more than 3,000 MW, the equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help deliver power to an additional 750,000 households.
October 13, 2014
09:02 EDTGEGE receives order from BAE Systems for 3U VPX rugged systems
GEís Intelligent Platforms business (GE) announced at AUSA that it had received a $2.6M order from BAE Systems Platforms and Services (BAESY) for a quantity of its latest generation 3U VPX COTS Rugged Systems that deliver an advanced HPEC capability. The COTS Rugged Systems will be deployed as part of the US Armyís CETU which sees in-vehicle training and simulation incorporated into the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
09:01 EDTGEGE Capital Aviation to acquire Milestone Aviation for $1.775B
GE Capital Aviation Services, the aircraft leasing unit of GE, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775B. The acquisition is in line with GE Capitalís strategic plan of growing and enhancing value in core areas aligned with GEís industrial domains including energy, aviation, oil & gas and healthcare, while reducing the overall size of GE Capital through the disposition of non-strategic assets such as the recently executed IPO and planned split-off of our North American Retail Finance business and the sale of our consumer banks in the Nordics. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is targeted to close in 2015. Richard T. Santulli, chairman and CEO, Milestone Aviation Group, will serve as chairman of the helicopter leasing business and will become an officer of GE.
07:45 EDTEMNU.S. chemical company declines an overreaction to macro outlook, says UBS
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October 12, 2014
17:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric could return 25%, Barron's says
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17:20 EDTGEGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
18:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric negotiating deal to buy Milestone Aviation, WSJ reports
General Electric's finance unit is negotiating a deal to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, and the purchase price could be more than $2.5B, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
07:16 EDTKMBAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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07:59 EDTSBUXKen Langone discusses new position in Starbucks
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
08:32 EDTKMBKimberly Clark raises 2014 share repurchase target in spin-off completion
Kimberly-Clark announced the record date, distribution date and distribution ratio for the previously announced tax-free spin-off of its health care business. The spin-off will form the new publicly traded company, Halyard Health. Kimberly-Clark also increased its 2014 share repurchase program to take into account expected proceeds as a result of the spin-off. Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive one share of Halyard Health common stock for every eight shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock held as of the close of trading on Oct. 23, 2014, the record date for the spin-off. Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive cash in lieu of any fractional shares. The spin-off is expected to be effective as of the end of the day on Oct. 31, 2014, the distribution date for the spin-off, with 100 percent of the shares of Halyard Health distributed to Kimberly-Clark shareholders. Before completion of the spin-off, Halyard Health expects to make a one-time cash payment to Kimberly-Clark. As a result, Kimberly-Clark is increasing its 2014 share repurchase target to $2B, up from its previous plan of $1.3 to $1.5 billion.
October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTXRXHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:19 EDTGEGeneral Electric names John Flannery as GE Healthcare president and CEO
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt announced the appointment of John Flannery as president and CEO of GE Healthcare succeeding John Dineen, who is leaving GE. The appointment is effective immediately. Flannery most recently was SVP of business development for GE.
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