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June 30, 2015
15:26 EDTGISNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:52 EDTGISGeneral Mills technical notes before results
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10:49 EDTGM, NAVGM, 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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10:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors slips to session lows, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
08:18 EDTAAAlcoa volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
Alcoa July call option implied volatility is at 28, August is at 26, October is 27; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 48, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 8.
06:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into downgrade to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
General Motors July call option implied volatility is at 17, August and September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 38, suggesting decreasing price movement into Goldman downgrade to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum.
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded General Motors (GM) to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum. The firm's recent dealer visits in China indicate increased promotional activity and net price deterioration to support Shanghai GM JV product sales. Goldman said this, combined with margin pressure, will likely lead to a reduction in China guidance. For North America, the firm said Q1 carryover product pressure has extended into Q2 and could be pressured further with full availability of Ford's (F) F-150 heading into 2H 2015.
June 23, 2015
17:44 EDTGMGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
15:21 EDTAAAlcoa slides after analyst downgrades shares due to lack of catalysts
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12:41 EDTGMHyundai nearing sponsorship agreement with NFL, Bloomberg reports
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11:15 EDTGMGM activists not interested in merger with Fiat Chrysler, Financial Times says
General Motors (GM) activist holders have said they will not push for a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), reports the Financial Times. According to four people familiar with the matter, the activist contingent, which controls about 1.5% of GM shares, is more interested in cutting costs than embarking on a complicated merger transaction. One person close to the hedge funds said the investors believe consolidation makes sense but are unsure "that this particular consolidation makes sense." Reference Link
11:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $245M at Orion Assembly plant
General Motors said it will invest $245M and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program. "Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before." Investment in Orion totals $962M since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010, the automaker announced in a statement. Today's announcement is a part of the $5.4B GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1B of the $5.4B has been identified, leaving $2.3B to be announced by year end.
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTGISGeneral Mills Cereals to remove artificial flavors and colors
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08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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08:16 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded on lack of catalysts, risk/reward at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:39 EDTFDXFedEx management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:24 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTFDX, ORCLStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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10:50 EDTNAV, GMEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTORCLFortinet adds Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judith Sim to board
Fortinet (FTNT) announced that Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle (ORCL), is joining Fortinet's board, effective June 22.
June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGM, ORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:05 EDTORCLOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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12:34 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
12:04 EDTORCLActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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10:33 EDTFDXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said investors should be buying Oracle on weakness following its missed Q4 results. The firm cited its cloud revenue and bookings, which beat expectations, and the company's guidance for cloud revenue acceleration. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
08:16 EDTFDXFedEx pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says Citi
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx setback is temporary, says UBS
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07:29 EDTORCLOracle cloud growth positive over the long-term, says Wells Fargo
After Oracle reported weaker than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo says that the rapid growth in Oracle's cloud subscriptions is probably pressuring the company's financial results, but that the trend should ultimately improve its results over the longer term. The firm expects estimates for the company's performance over the next two years to be cut, but it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:05 EDTORCLOracle building strong growth foundation, says Cantor
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06:57 EDTNAVMay Class 8 retail sales rose 12%, says JPMorgan
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06:05 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG AA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; National Bank of Greece (NBG) 237, Alcoa (AA) 32 according to iVolatility.
June 17, 2015
18:26 EDTFDXFedEx could gain 35%, Barron's says
FedEx (FDX) shares are less expensive than UPS (UPS) and shares could gain 35%, Barron's contends in its 'Barron's Take' article. Reference Link
17:37 EDTGMGM hires advisers as Fiat Chrysler tries to force merger talks, Reuters says
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17:28 EDTORCLOracle says Cloud business outpacing competition
17:24 EDTORCLOracle sees becoming world's largest Enterprise Cloud company
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17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 adjusted Software, Cloud revenue up 6%-8%
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17:22 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 SaaS, PaaS revenue growing 39%-43%
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17:21 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 EPS in constant currency 56c-59c, consensus 61c
Sees Q1 constant currency revenue growth up 5%-8%, consensus $8.62B. Comments from Q4 earnings conference call.
17:19 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:35 EDTORCLOracle drops over 5% after reporting Q4 financial results
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16:13 EDTORCLOracle: Q4 SaaS and PaaS revenues grew at a 34% constant currency rate
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16:12 EDTORCLCrossroads Systems updates on patent litigation after Markman hearing
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16:10 EDTORCLOracle sees $1.5B-$2B new Saas, Paas business in fiscal year
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q4 EPS 78c, consensus 87c
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15:16 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:16 EDTORCLOptions with increasing volume
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14:46 EDTORCLOracle June 45 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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14:42 EDTORCLOption volume leaders
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13:50 EDTORCLOracle technical comments before earnings
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13:08 EDTORCLEarnings Watch: Analysts expect cloud to help Oracle beat 'modest' expectations
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13:05 EDTGMJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
12:23 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:39 EDTFDXFedEx sees 2017 CapEx to be at high end of target range
FedEx said its thinks 2017 will be "another year that's going to be a little bit on the high end" of its preferred range for capital spending to be about 6%-8% of revenue. Citing its aircraft delivery schedule, FedEx said it "looks like 2017 will be a little bit higher than that, maybe 9%-9.5%" The company added that it is going to continue to make long-term investments to improve its productivity and drive cash flows, whether they're acquisitions or CapEx.
09:11 EDTFDXFedEx sees FY16 to be peak year for investment in Ground
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09:08 EDTFDXFedEx says properly identified delivery people an 'important issue'
FedEx (FDX) executives, responding to a question about "a prominent user of parcel services," likely referring to Amazon.com (AMZN), reportedly exploring its own solutions for delivery, said that "what a lot of people lose in this conversation" is that setting up a transportation network is extremely capital intensive, requires very sophisticated information technology and takes a very long time to build out to scale. FedEx also said that "research has indicated time and time again that a uniformed person with proper identification showing up at your doorstep is an important issue for customers" and that the consistency of customer experience is very critical. FedEx noted that it will continue to monitor these situations, but that it feels "pretty comfortable in terms of our strategy going forward and our ability to serve the e-commerce market and our customers."
09:02 EDTFDXFedEx says B2B volume a 'bit soft' for last nine months
Remarking on a question about business-to-business, or B2B, trends, FedEx said volume for B2B for "probably the last nine months" has been a "little bit on the soft side," but added that it is "not seeing anything that would suggest that there's anything going on here." There clearly were some inventory disruptions with the port situation on the West Coast last year, as manifested mainly at peak, but the company thinks "most of that is flushed out now" and FedEx expects fairly normal business levels going forward.
08:58 EDTFDXFedEx says below-consensus Q1 view factored into FY16 EPS guidance
Earlier, FedEx projected FY16 adjusted earnings to be $10.60-$11.10 per diluted share before year-end mark-to-market pension accounting adjustments. On its Q4 call, the company said it expects year-over-year growth in Q1 to be "less than the current consensus" due to higher annual incentive compensation accruals in 1Q16 compared to 15, but noted that the Q1 view is factored into its annual guidance.
08:51 EDTFDXFedEx sees Q1 year-over-year profit growth to be below current consensus
Q1 EPS consensus $2.67. FedEx CFO Alan Graf, said on the company's Q4 earnings call: "Although we don't give quarterly guidance, I'm going to give a little bit for the first quarter here." The company projects "much stronger" profitability growth in the second half of the year, citing the profit improvement initiatives at Express continuing to gain traction throughout the year, Graf said. However, the company expects year-over-year growth in Q1 to be "less than the current consensus" due to higher annual incentive compensation accruals in 1Q16 compared to 15. Capital expenditures are going to increase in FY16 to approximately $4.6B, Graf noted, stating that the increase from FY15 is largely due to a higher investment and continued expansion of the Ground network. "Given Ground's historical high ROIC, investing in network expansion fits our financial objectives as well as our operational objectives," Graf said.
08:41 EDTFDXFedEx lowers U.S. GDP growth view to 2.3% in 2015, 2.9% in 2016
On its Q4 earnings call, FedEx said its annual U.S. GDP forecast is for 2.3% growth in calendar 2015 and for 2.9% growth in calendar 2016. The company expects industrial production growth of 2.2% this year and 3.2% in calendar 2016. FedEx now expects global growth of 2.5% in calendar 2015 and 3% for calendar 2016. On its Q3 earnings call, FedEx said its annual U.S. GDP forecast was 3.1% growth for both calendar 2015 and 2016 and said it expected global growth of 2.8% in calendar 2015 and 3.1% in calendar 2016.
08:38 EDTFDXFedEx Chairman says profit improvement plan on schedule
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08:37 EDTAABofA/Merrill metals strategist holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:35 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q4 Freight segment revenue $1.57B
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07:34 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q4 Ground segment revenue $3.57B
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07:33 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q4 Express segment revenue $6.7B
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07:33 EDTFDXFedEx to increase mandatory retirement age for directors to 75 from 72
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.66, consensus $2.43
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07:31 EDTFDXFedEx sees FY16 adjusted EPS $10.60-$11.10, consensus $10.88
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07:30 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q4 EPS $2.66, consensus $2.43
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06:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors uses old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power IT building
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06:01 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG AA
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June 16, 2015
15:01 EDTFDXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:20 EDTFDXFedEx June 182.5 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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13:49 EDTFDXFedEx technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:22 EDTFDXFedEx June volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
FedEx June call option implied volatility of 39, July is at 21, October is at 20; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results before the market open on June 17.
11:26 EDTFDXAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, WSJ reports
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11:03 EDTFDXAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, DJ reports
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09:22 EDTGISFDA gives food makers three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils
The FDA announced it has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that PHOs could no longer be considered GRAS and is finalizing that determination after considering public comments. The FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow companies to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs. Following the compliance period, no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA. Publicly traded food manufacturers include Mondelez (MDLZ), Kraft Foods (KRFT), General Mills (GIS), Hershey (HSY), PepsiCo (PEP), Kellogg (K), ConAgra (CAG) and Campbell Soup (CPB).
08:31 EDTNAVNavistar and AICM enter into manufacturing agreement
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07:21 EDTGMDana Holding could win key GM deal, says RBC Capital
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05:53 EDTAAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWTR AA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 32, Alcoa (AA) 32 according to iVolatility.
05:29 EDTGMAlly Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Ally Financial (ALLY) to Buy saying the company's balance sheet restructuring is being undervalued at current share levels. Goldman believes the loss of the General Motors (GM) business is being overly discounted in the valuation and raised its price target for shares to $27 from $24.50. The firm calls Ally one of the most attractive value investments in financials.
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