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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.
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September 4, 2014
07:53 EDTNAVAugust Class 8 truck orders bwlow consensus, says Morgan Stanley
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07:20 EDTNAVAugsut truck orders well ahead of expectations, says Jefferies
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07:14 EDTGMElectric cars share of total U.S. market stalled, LA Times reports
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06:56 EDTNAVNavistar head says largest divestitures in past, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTFDXFedEx Q1 estimate raised above consensus at Citigroup
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06:02 EDTGMGM supplier Magna begins construction on new Tennessee facility
Magna International (MGA) yesterday announced that it has started construction on a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The 122,500-square-foot facility will manufacture complete seat assemblies supplying General Motors' (GM) Spring Hill Assembly Plant. The plant will be fully operational in January 2015. The new facility becomes Magna's fifth location in Tennessee and is expected to employ approximately 75 people when it begins production next year.
05:24 EDTNAVAugust Class 8 truck orders below expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes that ACT Research reported August Class 5-8 truck orders were up 14% year-over-year but declined 6% from July. Class 8 net orders were 25,400, up 30% year-over-year and down 16% sequentially from July, below Wells' expectation of 27,000-30,000. The firm says Class 8 orders remained strong, however. Wells believes the modest Class 8 truck backlog decline may be a short-term neutral to negative for truck-related stocks, such as Cummins (CMI), Navistar (NAV) and PACCAR (PCAR).
September 3, 2014
13:03 EDTORCLConcur advances after report says acquisition being explored
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12:33 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:07 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:43 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson repeats FY15 revenue view $530M-$540M, consensus $532.06M
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 units
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09:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 vehicles
09:20 EDTNAVPower Solutions deal a major win, says Roth Capital
After Navistar (NAV) announced plans to use Power Solutions' (PSIX) 8.8L propane engine in school buses, Roth Capital thinks the deal provides validation for Power Solutions' engines. The firm expects the stock to rise in the near-term and reiterates a $90 price target and Buy rating on the stock.
09:15 EDTNAV, ORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:48 EDTORCLConcur a highly desirable M&A target, says UBS
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07:24 EDTNAVNavistar expects to finish FY14 with $300M in structural cost savings
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07:23 EDTNAVNavistar: Q3 results reflect increased production, cost reductions
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07:22 EDTNAVNavistar reports Q3 EPS (2c), consensus (67c)
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06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors looking to fend off ignition-switch recall review, WSJ reports
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