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February 4, 2014
05:45 EDTSBUX, KMB, EMN, GE, XRX, RCLCompanies 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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August 25, 2015
08:23 EDTRCLCarnival, Royal Caribbean estimates raised at William Blair
William Blair analyst Sharon Zackfia raised her estimates for both Carnival (CCL, CUK) and Royal Caribbean (RCL) citing recent declines in fuel prices and the weaker dollar. Zackfia said that she continues to prefer Royal Caribbean, on which the firm has an Outperform rating, to Carnival, but added that she is encouraged by the improvement in trends this year at the latter.
07:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks CEO tells workers to be nice to stock-stressed customers, Fusion says
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06:28 EDTGEGE eyes compensation for Polish forex loan conversion, Reuters says
General Electric is eyeing compensation for losses incurred by its Polish unit Bank BPH due to the planned conversion of Swiss-franc denominated mortgages into zlotys, Reuters reports, citing a letter sent from GE Capital CEO Keith Sherin to Polish authorities. According to the letter, GE saw further possible damage to BPH, following a 10% decline in BPH shares on the day the bill on the conversion was preemptively passed by the lower house of parliament. Reference Link
August 24, 2015
19:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric to eliminate Lufkin oil 262 jobs in TX, Reuters says
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10:01 EDTXRXXerox to acquire RSA Medical, terms not disclosed
Xerox announced a definitive agreement to acquire RSA Medical. The acquisition, once closed, will expand Xerox's portfolio of healthcare service offerings to payers and life insurers using predictive analytics to enhance member outreach services aimed at improving overall population health. The RSA Medical management team and its employees will remain with the company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
August 23, 2015
14:06 EDTRCLCruise industry headed for jump in profits, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
17:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. Sponsor Finance Business to CPPIB
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August 20, 2015
08:01 EDTGEGE to provide CESP with 30MW battery energy storage system
GE announced it will provide Coachella Energy Storage Partners with a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of CESP's supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District. Representing GE's largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California's Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the IID network by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black start capability for an adjacent gas turbine. GE will provide CESP with an integrated energy storage solution, configured using GE's Mark* VI plant controls, GE Brilliance MW inverters, GE Prolec transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and advanced lithium ion batteries housed in a GE purpose-built enclosure. The plant will be operated by ZGlobal, an engineering collaborator with CESP, for the first 18 months, after which control will transfer to the IID. The deal marks GE's third project using lithium ion battery technology since expanding its portfolio in recent months. GE anticipates project construction will begin early next year, with commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTEMNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:30 EDTEMNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:45 EDTEMNRayonier Advanced Materials says legal position 'correct one and will be upheld'
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12:24 EDTEMNRayonier Advanced Materials downgraded to Hold at Vertical Research (earlier)
Vertical Research analyst Chip Dillon earlier today downgraded Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) to Hold from Buy with a $12 price target. Dillon sees increased uncertainty as the company battles its top customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) in court over a contract. Shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials are halted for news pending after declining 55% to $6.12.
12:20 EDTEMNRayonier Advanced sinks amid court battle with top customer Eastman
Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) disclosed earlier today that on August 13, it filed a declaratory judgment action against Eastman Chemical (EMN) in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia regarding the company's chemical cellulose specialty products contract with Eastman. Eastman was served with this action on August 14. The company's filing asks the court to confirm the meaning of certain "meet or release" pricing and volume provisions in the agreement that require the company, under certain circumstances, to respond to offers made to Eastman by other suppliers. Rayonier Advanced Materials seeks a declaration that these provisions apply to a maximum of 7,500 metric tons of product per year. In addition, the company has asked the court to confirm the meaning of certain contract provisions relating to pricing in future contract years. On the evening of August 12, the company learned that Eastman had filed a similar declaratory judgment action on August 4 in the Chancery Court for Sullivan County, Tennessee, concerning the same contract "meet or release" provisions. Eastman's filing seeks a declaration that all of its contracted volume is subject to the meet or release provision or, in the absence of such interpretation, that the contract is invalid. Rayonier Advanced Materials was served with that action on August 13. It believes that the "contract is valid and enforceable in accordance with its terms as to both price and volume requirements, and that the meet or release provisions should be enforced in accordance with the Company's position." Rayonier Advanced Materials sank 55%, or $7.51, to $6.12 in today's trading before being halted for news pending.
08:05 EDTGEGE Capital unit selected by Bush Hog for financing solutions
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06:12 EDTSBUXStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
09:32 EDTGEGE unveils $100M-plus washer investment in Louisville plant
GE announced an investment of $100M-plus in a new top load washer design and expanded manufacturing capability at its laundry plant in Louisville. This marks the largest laundry launch for GE in 20 years and is another example of the company's continued commitment to U.S. manufacturing.
06:23 EDTXRXXerox volatility elevated
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06:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks to start selling wine, beer at some stores this week, USA Today says
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August 17, 2015
08:02 EDTGEGE Healthcare wins FDA approval for low dose CT lung cancer screening
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August 16, 2015
12:23 EDTKMBTrouble ahead for Procter & Gamble, others as Chinese yuan falls, Barron's says
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