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January 3, 2014
12:40 EDTKEYW, F, QLYS, FEYE, GM, PFPT, HLFOn 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.
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March 17, 2015
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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March 16, 2015
11:17 EDTFEYEFireEye call activity attributed to takeover chatter
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11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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11:02 EDTFEYERumor: FireEye strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are moving higher on speculation Cisco (CSCO) may acquire the company.
05:50 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; FIG HLF
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTGMStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:24 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:00 EDTHLFGlobal Strategy Group says not subject of federal investigation, Forbes reports
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12:33 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operator’s quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
11:32 EDTHLFPershing Square says not aware of making any untrue statements about Herbalife
Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman disclosed a letter to Pershing Square investors in response to yesterday’s article in The Wall Street Journal regarding Herbalife. In the letter, Ackman states: "Since our initial presentation on Herbalife, Herbalife has been petitioning the government to investigate Pershing Square in connection with our short position in the company. We are not aware of any statements that we have made that are untrue, nor are we aware of any unlawful conduct on our part or by any consultants that we have hired...At no time have I or Pershing Square intentionally made any false or misleading statements about Herbalife...We have also voluntarily provided additional information about Herbalife to various U.S. authorities. It is Pershing Square’s long-standing policy to cooperate fully with any requests from any government agency for documents or for interviews."
11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors settles suit over death that triggered recalls, Bloomberg says
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09:25 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
09:12 EDTQLYS, PFPT, FEYEVista exploring sale of cybersecurity company Websense, Bloomberg says
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08:16 EDTHLFAckman says not trading around Herbalife position
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:10 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife CEO has 'disappeared' the last two years
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08:07 EDTHLFAckman reiterates Herbalife is a pyramid scheme
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08:05 EDTHLFAckman says spending on Herbalife investigation less than $50M
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:05 EDTHLFAckman says received no subpoenas over Herbalife
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07:20 EDTHLFAckman says 'puzzled' by Herbalife manipulation story, CNBC reports
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05:27 EDTFFord starts production of 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant
Ford marks the official start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the F-150. This means Ford has expanded production of the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers. The all-new F-150 is off to a strong start. In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004 – Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7 percent in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots – well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.
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