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December 19, 2012
12:58 EDTGM, ONTY, RGR, SWHC, MKL, ALTE, GIS, NAV, ATU, ORCL, FDX, BTHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq a bit higher and the Dow and S&P modestly lower. The averages remained in a narrow trading range this morning, as investors await movement in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, with Obama continuing to take an oppositional but hopeful tone in a press conference this afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts slid 3.0% in November to a 861,000 start rate, versus the expected 872,000. However, building permits rose 3.6% month over month to a 899,000 rate, versus the expected 875,000. In Europe, German business confidence increased for a second month in December, as indicated by the Ifo Business Climate Index climbing to 102.4 from 101.4 in November. Also, S&P raised its rating on Greece to B-minus from selective default late Tuesday. In Asia, the World Bank forecast China’s economy to grow 7.9% this year but rebound to a growth rate of 8.4% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: General Motors' (GM) stock rose about 8% after the company announced plans to buy back 200M shares held by the U.S. Treasury in a first step toward the government's full exit from its holding within the next 12 to 15 months. GM will pay $27.50 a share, or $5.5B total, and expects to close the deal to reduce the government's stake in the company to 19% from 26.5% by the end of this year... Among notable companies reporting earnings after the close last night or before today's open, Oracle (ORCL) advanced over 4% and FedEx (FDX) rose about 3%, while Actuant (ATU) declined more than 6%, Navistar (NAV) fell over 5% and General Mills (GIS) slid nearly 1%... UBS (UBS) agreed to pay about $1.5B in a settlement reached with American and British regulators over charges its traders conspired to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alterra Capital (ALTE), up 24% following its deal to be acquired by Markel (MKL) for $31 per share in stock and cash. Also higher were shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 9%, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), up over 6%, after President Obama promised to pursue 'real reforms' to gun control laws but also defended the right to bear arms as granted by the 2nd amendment. Among the noteworthy losers was Oncothyreon (ONTY), down over 54% after its lung cancer drug missed its endpoint in a study. Also lower were shares of Blyth (BTH), which rose early in the session but then reversed to be down 9% near midday after increasing its ownership in ViSalus to more than 80%... INDICES: In early afternoon trading, the Dow was down 22.33, or 0.17%, to 13,328.63; the Nasdaq was up 4.39, or 0.14%, to 3,058.92; and the S&P 500 was down 1.40, or 0.10%, to 1,445.39.
News For GM;FDX;ORCL;ATU;NAV;GIS;ALTE;MKL;SWHC;RGR;ONTY;BTH From The Last 14 Days
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September 17, 2014
06:57 EDTGISGeneral Mills reports Q1 adjusted EPS 61c, consensus 69c
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06:46 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded at Societe Generale
As previously reported, Societe Generale downgraded General Mills to Sell from Hold. The firm said General Mills' FY high single digit EPS growth target relies on the core U.S. retail unit accelerating significantly from here, which will be difficult given structural challenges Price target lowered to $50 from $53.
06:32 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
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September 16, 2014
17:02 EDTFDXFedEx subsidiaries to increase shipping rates in 2015
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16:00 EDTFDXFedEx technical comments ahead of results
Shares have outperformed in the last three months, trading up over 10%. The trading range in the same period has been contained between $146 at the low and $155 at the top, the latter being close to the life high. On stronger than expected news, the shares could easily top life highs, opening up a range of $156 to $165 depending on the degree of positive surprise. Without resistance, there may be room for an upside surprise in price. If the shares break the low at $146, the technical picture for the stock could change considerably. A break below $145 would put the current uptrend in jeopardy. Additional supports below are at $140.27 and $135.49 on an extreme move lower.
15:14 EDTGIS, FDXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:40 EDTGISGeneral Mills September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
General Mills September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 17, January is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the market open on September 17.
14:39 EDTFDXFedEx September 155 straddle priced for 3% move into Q1
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13:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add third shift, 750 jobs at Wentzville Assembly plant
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12:19 EDTGMGM ups U.S. mid-sized pickup production, Reuters says
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09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
08:46 EDTGMGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:30 EDTSWHCCRT Capital to hold a conference
2nd Annual Investor Conference to be held in Greenwich, CT on September 16.
07:26 EDTGMUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMGM's Opel realigns Russian operations
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06:43 EDTGMNHTSA exec knocks GM for distorted recall protocol, Reuters says
The acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration David Friedman said that GM placed its own reputation before customer safety when it did not quickly report and recall vehicles that are now connected to at least 19 deaths, according to Reuters, citing comments from Friedman. Friedman said that he has been meeting with top worldwide car manufactures to develop a "new normal" for safety recall protocol. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGM Opel unit to reduce production in Russia, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGMNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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