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News For GM;FDX;ORCL;GIS;RMCF;BTH;KCG;NAV;AA;ONTY From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
14:52 EDTGISGeneral Mills technical notes before results
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10:49 EDTNAV, GMGM, Navistar may announce commercial truck venture, Forbes reports
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08:34 EDTAAAlcoa to close Pocos smelter in Brazil
Alcoa announced that it will permanently close its Poços de Caldas primary aluminum smelter in Brazil on June 30, 2015. The smelter has been curtailed since May 2014 and the underlying market conditions that led to the curtailment have not improved. “The closure of the Poços smelter permanently removes a high-cost smelting facility from the Alcoa system and is another step in creating a more profitable Primary Metals business,” said Alcoa Global Primary Products President Bob Wilt. Once the Poços smelter is closed, Alcoa’s total global smelting capacity will be reduced by 96,000 metric tons, to 3.4 million metric tons. The Poços mine, refinery, aluminum powder plant and casthouse will continue normal operations. As a result of the closure, Alcoa expects to record restructuring-related charges in second quarter 2015 between $100M-$110M after-tax, or 8c-9c per share, of which approximately 60 percent is non-cash.
05:59 EDTORCLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
15:51 EDTGMHyundai Motor becomes NFL sponsor, replacing GM
Hyundai (HYMLF) announced that it is now an official automotive sponsor of the National Football League. As part of the new sponsorship, Hyundai will have use of NFL trademarks across various marketing channels, including branded content, advertising and promotional materials. Note that General Motors (GM) was the previous automotive sponsor of the NFL.
10:54 EDTORCLGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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09:04 EDTAAAlcoa estimates cut due to low regional premiums at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley lowered Alcoa 2015-17 EBITDA estimates to reflect declines in regional premiums. The firm lowered Q2 EPS to 21c from 22, below consensus of 23c, but sees drivers in place for a 2H recovery in shares. Morgan Stanley said all-in aluminum prices, including regional premiums, are near six year lows, and expects upstream performance to near a trough at current prices, and for earnings to bottom in Q3. The firm rates shares an Overweight with a lowered price target of $16.
07:40 EDTAAAlcoa estimates lowered below consensus at Stifel
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June 26, 2015
18:40 EDTFDXFedEx solicits EU approval for TNT bid, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTGISMcDonald’s says child customers drinking less soda, eating more fruit
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06:17 EDTORCLConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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June 25, 2015
11:49 EDTGMGM to take $600M charge to devalue Venezuelan ops, Detroit News reports
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10:01 EDTGMTrueCar Tprjects retail auto sales to consumers up 7.9% in June
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09:37 EDTGISGeneral Mills expects to eliminate 675-725 positions in restructuring plan
In a regulatory filing, General Mills disclosed that it plans to eliminate 675-725 positions. In the first quarter, General Mills approved Project Compass, a restructuring plan designed to enable our International segment to accelerate long-term growth through increased organizational effectiveness and reduced administrative expense. In connection with this initiative, the company expects to eliminate approximately 675 to 725 positions. The company will record total restructuring charges of approximately $57M-$62M pre-tax, primarily reflecting one-time employee termination benefits, of which approximately $54M-$57M will be recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The company expects approximately $54M-$59M of the total expense will result in future cash expenditures. These restructuring actions are expected to be completed by early fiscal 2017. The company expects that these actions will generate annual cost savings of approximately $45M-$50M, with approximately $25M-$30M of cost savings being realized in fiscal 2016.
09:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors expects FY15 ETR-Adj. to be in mid-20% range
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07:55 EDTGISGeneral Mills volatility low into Q4 and outlook
General Mills July and August option implied volatility is at 15; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 23, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 release on July 1.
07:37 EDTNAVExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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07:23 EDTGMHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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June 24, 2015
18:57 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO 'very far' from pressuring GM investors, Reuters says
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11:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors to host conference call
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