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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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January 22, 2015
07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
06:24 EDTFEYEJPMorgan downgrades three in Software, FireEye a top pick
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTF, GMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTF, GMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
12:02 EDTHLFUBS reports 6.4% passive stake in Herbalife
06:52 EDTFRegulators deciding whether Ford should widen recall, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 19, 2015
12:39 EDTFEYEFireEye achieves certification within UK Cyber Essentials Scheme
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January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
08:14 EDTFFord to boost production at German assembly plants, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
06:08 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 15, 2015
06:30 EDTGM, FGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGMAlly Financial shares overreacted to GM news, says Citigroup
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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