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December 19, 2012
12:58 EDTONTY, MKL, NAV, FDX, RGR, ALTE, ATU, GM, BTH, SWHC, GIS, ORCLOn 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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November 20, 2014
16:53 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $41.
14:47 EDTGMMobileye sinks despite better than expected revenue, outlook
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09:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors sued by Arizona over recalls, NY Times says
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07:57 EDTGMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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07:11 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 19, 2014
09:01 EDTNAVCleveland Research is more cautious on Navistar
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07:23 EDTFDXFedEx, UPS preparing for earlier holiday rush after last year, WSJ says
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06:51 EDTGMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:48 EDTGISGeneral Mills to remove '100% Natural' from Nature Valley products, WSJ says
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November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
16:07 EDTNAVCompass Minerals names Matthew Foulston new CFO
Compass Minerals (CMP) announced that Matthew J. Foulston will join the company as CFO effective Dec. 2. Foulston comes to Compass Minerals from Navistar International (NAV) in Chicago where he was the senior vice president of operations and corporate finance. Previously, he was the vice president and chief financial officer at Navistar Truck. He also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Mazda North America and held several leadership positions at Ford Motor Company in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.
November 17, 2014
06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:58 EDTFDXThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:12 EDTORCLSAP to pay Oracle $359M to settle legal battle, WSJ reports
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November 13, 2014
14:31 EDTBTHGabelli raises stake in Blyth to 6.85% from 5.84%
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07:12 EDTORCLOracle to hold a meeting
2014 OAGi Plenary Meeting is being held in Redwood City, California on November 13-14.
06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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