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December 19, 2012
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.
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16:57 EDTFDXFedEx Freight says Teamsters withdraw election petition
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December 9, 2014
07:44 EDTONTYAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
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December 5, 2014
14:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors ticks key resistance at the $34 area
The $34 level played a role as major support through the year until the breakdown in share price in September. Today the stock is ticking that level once again. Powering through this level would be bullish, while a failure at $34 would be bearish. Resistance is at $35.14. Support is at $33.24.
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10:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon pickups, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTATUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTATUActuant downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
As previously reported, KeyBanc downgraded Actuant to Hold from Buy. The firm cut shares based on expectations for lower oil and gas CapEx level forecasts and exposure to lower levels of demand by Industrial companies.
07:17 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and margin outlook
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06:50 EDTATUActuant downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
06:27 EDTGMGM looking to sell 500K Cadillacs annually by 2020, Reuters reports
GM plans to increase global annual sales of its Cadillac brand to over 500,000 cars by 2020, Reuters quoted Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen as saying. Reference Link
December 4, 2014
18:34 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees FY15 EPS 66c-70c, consensus 89c
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16:13 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees Q3 EPS 9c-11c, may not compare to consensus 20c
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16:12 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson reports Q2 EPS 9c, consensus 7c
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15:18 EDTSWHCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cooper Companies (COO), consensus $2.03; ULTA Salon (ULTA), consensus 84c; American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), consensus 22c; Five Below (FIVE), consensus 6c; Ambarella (AMBA), consensus 54c; Finisar (FNSR), consensus 25c; Smith & Wesson (SWHC), consensus 7c.
12:39 EDTFDXFedEx December volatility up, shares near record high into Q2 and outlook
FedEx December call option implied volatility is at 24, January is at 21, April is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on December 17.
08:14 EDTFDXFedEx price target raised to $200 from $175 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer thinks that FedEx's risk/reward ratio is positive, as it believes the company has a number of positive macro catalysts, including lower fuel prices, strong e-commerce, and upbeat U.S. economic trends. The firm is also upbeat on the company's profit improvement plan and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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