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January 3, 2014
12:40 EDTPFPT, HLF, KEYW, F, QLYS, FEYE, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with only the Dow hanging on to its early session gains. The market opened in positive territory and looked set to recapture some of its losses from yesterday. As the morning progressed, however, the averages weakened and eventually turned mixed. The Nasdaq was the first index to fall into negative territory and the S&P fell into the red as well right before noon. The volume remains light, as many market participants remain on the sidelines given the mid-week holiday and the storm that hit the Northeast. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York ISM fell to 63.8 in December from a prior reading of 69.5. Crude oil inventories fell by more than projected last week, drawing down by about 7M barrels. COMPANY NEWS: Auto makers released their U.S. sales data for December. General Motors (GM) reported its sales fell by over 6% during the month compared to last year and its stock declined over 3% following the announcement, while Ford (F) shares rose fractionally after the company's December sales grew by almost 2%... Shares of computer-security firm FireEye (FEYE) jumped over 31% after the company announced last night that it had bought privately held cybersecurity firm Mandiant in a deal valued at $1 billion. Separately, FireEye raised its revenue outlook and analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan increased their price targets on its shares. Other stock in the cybersecurity industry advanced as well following the deal, with KEYW (KEYW), Proofpoint (PFPT) and Qualys (QLYS) all trading higher. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese travel search website operator Qunar (QUNR), which rose nearly 10% after the company said that it achieved a single-day record for air ticket bookings, with more than 60K over the New Year holiday. Also higher was Delta (DAL), which jumped 4% after reporting its Passenger Revenue per Available Seat Mile, or PRASM, was up 10% in December compared to the prior year. Among the noteworthy losers was RF Industries (RFIL), which dropped 21% after reporting preliminary Q4 earnings and revenue that were down from the prior year. Also lower were shares of Herbalife (HLF), which fell more than 4% after the Federal Trade Commission announced it will hold a press conference next Tuesday to announce an initiative against "deceptive advertising of weight-loss products," though the FTC did not name the products or manufacturers it will target. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 26.91, or 0.16%, to 16,468.26, the Nasdaq was down 13.69, or 0.33%, to 4,129.38, and the S&P 500 was down 0.41, or 0.02%, to 1,831.57.
News For GM;F;HLF;FEYE;KEYW;PFPT;QLYS From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
10:14 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 5.3% in July
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August 19, 2015
13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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10:00 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTFEYE, PFPTFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
05:29 EDTFEYEFireEye upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Kim raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. The cybersecurity provider closed yesterday up 64c to $43.65.
August 17, 2015
14:27 EDTQLYS, FEYE, PFPTIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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07:42 EDTF, GMNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTGMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:57 EDTGMSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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13:03 EDTGMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:37 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
07:59 EDTPFPT, FEYEAnalysts recommend cybersecurity stocks after recent underperformance
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07:00 EDTFEYE, PFPTSecurity stocks underperformed despite 'solid' results, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says the security stocks he covers have underperformed the Nasdaq composite despite delivering "solid beat-and-raise" results. With the exception of Fortinet (FTNT) and Imperva (IMPV), the remaining security stocks within Nowinski's security coverage universe have all underperformed the Nasdaq. Symantec (SYMC) has underperformed by 0.7%, CyberArk by 1.6%, Proofpoint (PFPT) by 5.3%, Palo Alto by 7.4%, FireEye (FEYE) by 8.4% and Barracuda by 36.7%, Nowinski tells investors this morning in a research note. Investors remain concerned with the potential for a moderation in spending, the analyst believes. However, his channel checks with resellers suggest demand should remain strong for the next 12 months. Nowinski views the recent pullback in the sector as an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), CyberArk Software (CYBR), Fortinet (FTNT) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Nowinski writes. Wells Fargo this morning upgraded shares of CyberArk to Outperform.
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