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September 16, 2014
13:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add third shift, 750 jobs at Wentzville Assembly plant
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12:19 EDTGMGM ups U.S. mid-sized pickup production, Reuters says
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09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTGMGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:26 EDTGMUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMGM's Opel realigns Russian operations
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06:43 EDTGMNHTSA exec knocks GM for distorted recall protocol, Reuters says
The acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration David Friedman said that GM placed its own reputation before customer safety when it did not quickly report and recall vehicles that are now connected to at least 19 deaths, according to Reuters, citing comments from Friedman. Friedman said that he has been meeting with top worldwide car manufactures to develop a "new normal" for safety recall protocol. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGM Opel unit to reduce production in Russia, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGMNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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September 15, 2014
18:34 EDTAAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:39 EDTORCLOracle assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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16:17 EDTAAAlcoa announces proposed offering of 25M depositary shares
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11:14 EDTGMGM faulty switch connected to 19 confirmed deaths, WSJ says
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08:33 EDTFDXFedEx September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
FedEx September call option implied volatility is at 34, October is at 19, January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the market open on September 17.
07:40 EDTFDXFactors working in FedEx favor in first quarter of 'turnaround' year, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports August average daily market making volume of $22.6B
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx should report solid Q1 results, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its Q1 estimates for FedEx slightly above consensus levels, as the firm expects the company to benefit from strong consumer e-commerce sales, improving B2B package volumes, and continued margin expansion in Express. The firm raised its price target on the name to $172 from $168 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:19 EDTORCLSNIA to hold a conference
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September 14, 2014
20:25 EDTORCLOracle buys Front Porch Digital, terms undisclosed
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital's big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content.
September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTGISMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
14:08 EDTKCGKCG Holdings announces departure of CFO Steve Bisgay
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09:14 EDTONTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTONTYOncothyreon says Merck KGaA discontinues development of tecemotide in NSCLC
Oncothyreon (ONTY) disclosed earlier in a regulatory filing that Merck KGaA (MKGAY), which has world-wide rights for the development and commercialization of tecemotide under a license agreement with Oncothyreon, announced that its biopharmaceutical division will discontinue the clinical development program of the investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy as a monotherapy in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The decision to discontinue the current clinical program in NSCLC, which includes the Phase III START2 and INSPIRE studies, follows recent results from a planned analysis of EMR 63325-009, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I/II study in Japanese patients. Merck Serono has made the decision to discontinue all other Merck Serono-sponsored clinical trials with tecemotide in NSCLC worldwide. Those patients on active treatment with tecemotide can undergo an individual assessment by their treating physician and apply to receive further treatment outside of the studies. Merck Serono will continue to supply tecemotide for ongoing investigator-sponsored trials in other indications in accordance with their agreements with the sponsors of these studies. Shares of Oncothyreon are down 12% in pre-market trading following the news from its partner.
07:53 EDTFDXUPS squeezed by growth of e-commerce, power of Amazon, WSJ says
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06:22 EDTGMGeneral Motors issues 'stop delivery' order for new Corvettes, WSJ reports
A "stop delivery" order on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes has been ordered by General Motors, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to a spokesman, the automaker wants to fix two potential problems -- a parking brake issue and an air bag problem -- with the car before they leave the Bowling Green, KY plant or dealer lots. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:42 EDTGISWhiteWave seen having 50% chance of being acquired
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10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
09:01 EDTAAAlcoa signs multiyear supply contract with Boeing valued at over $1B
Alcoa (AA) has signed a long-term contract to supply aluminum sheet and plate products to Boeing (BA). The multiyear contract, valued at more than $1B, is the largest ever between the two companies. Notably, the agreement makes Alcoa sole supplier to Boeing for wing skins on all of its metallic structure airplanes. Alcoa plate products, used in applications such as wing ribs, wing skins or other structural parts of the aircraft, will also be on every Boeing platform, including the 787 Dreamliner. Finally, the agreement establishes a foundation for continued collaboration on new, high-strength and corrosion-resistant alloys, including aluminum-lithium that could be used for complex structural applications.
06:51 EDTGMGM to reveal 40 new vehicles in India, other countries, Reuters says
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
09:17 EDTGMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:02 EDTGMGM calls Canadian dealer 'ambush' allegations overblown, Globe & Mail reports
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07:35 EDTGISGeneral Mills September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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September 9, 2014
16:23 EDTGISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:43 EDTFDXFedEx September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:10 EDTGISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after opening in the red and trading in a narrow range throughout the morning. The domestic economic calendar only had two reports of consequence, and neither was particularly market moving. All eyes are on Cupertino, California, where Apple (AAPL) will shortly begin its much-anticipated product launch event. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism survey for August came in at 96.1, which was above the expected 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, showed job openings slipped 2K to about 4.67M in July. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were up 1% near noon ahead of the tech giant's latest product launch event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm ET. Expectations are for the company to introduce the iPhone 6, which has widely been speculated to be bigger than past members of the line-up and may come in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch sizes. The company is also expected to unveil a wearable device, likely a smartwatch, and a mobile payment system integrated with both... Shares of fast food giant McDonald’s (MCD) slid 1% after reporting its comparable sales were down 3.7% worldwide in August and that its China supplier issue will negatively impact its Q3 EPS by 15c-20c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Annies (BNNY), which surged 38% after prepared foods giant General Mills (GIS) last night said that it had agreed to buy the mac and cheese maker for $820M, or $46 per share in cash. Shares of a number of other natural food makers climbed after the deal, as WhiteWave (WWAV) rose nearly 3% and Boulder Brands (BDBD) jumped over 8%. Following the deal announcement, shares of General Mills slipped about 0.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which dropped 15% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and cuts its EPS view for the fiscal year. Also lower was MaxLinear (MXL), which fell 15% after the company said several of its cable and satellite customers have requested push-outs of shipments, resulting in the company lowering its Q3 revenue outlook and Needham downgrading the stock to Buy from Strong Buy. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 69.02, or 0.4%, to 17,042.40, the Nasdaq was down 14.93, or 0.33%, to 4,577.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.74, or 0.34%, to 1,994.80.
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10:57 EDTGMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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10:12 EDTGISNatural food makers rise following Annies acquisition
Shares of a number of natural food makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Annies (BNNY), announced last night that it agreed to be acquired by General Mills (GIS). In a note to investors today, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that the deal should cause the valuations of two natural food makers, Boulder Brands (BDBD) and WhiteWave (WWAV), to rise in the near-term. WHAT'S NEW: General Mills last night said that it had agreed to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash, or $820M. Annies' stock closed yesterday at $33.51. General Mills expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in the first 12 months following the completion of the deal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh wrote that the acquisition of Annie's could cause the valuations of stocks in the natural foods sector to rise significantly. The terms of the acquisition of Annies imply a nearly 40x P/E multiple to consensus FY15 forecasts for the company, according to Parikh. The shares of Boulder Brands and WhiteWave should advance in the near-term, added the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both names PRICE ACTION: In early trading, WhiteWave rose 3.9% to $37.10, while Boulder Brands jumped 7.6% to $14.25. Another stock in the sector, Hain Celestial (HAIN), advanced 3.5% to $101.17, while Annies surged 37% to $46 and General Mills slipped 0.5% to $53.26.
10:10 EDTAAOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) initiated with a Hold at Topek... AMRI (AMRI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alumina (AWC) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Catalent (CTLT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Delta Air Lines (DAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Enbridge Energy (EEP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Endocyte (ECYT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... EnerNOC (ENOC) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Good Times Restaurants (GTIM) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... JetBlue (JBLU) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... ONEOK Partners (OKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TC PipeLines (TCP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... United Continental (UAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at T.H. Capital... Williams Partners (WPZ) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital.
09:16 EDTGMMobileye technology being used by GM, Tesla, says William Blair
William Blair believes both General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA) are using Mobileye (MBLY) technology for their announced self-driving capabilities. The firm notes that over the past two days, GM and Tesla noted their intentions of offering vehicles with autonomous driving capability in the next 24-36 months. William Blair says the recent announcements confirm its bullish outlook on Mobileye's market opportunity. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Mobileye are rallying 5%, or $2.61, to $55.62 in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley also upped its price target this morning on the name to $65 from $46.
09:12 EDTGISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:10 EDTAAAlcoainitiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
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08:02 EDTGISBoulder Brands WhiteWave Foods could be lifted by Annie's deal, says Oppenheimer
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07:17 EDTORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTGMGM JV in China recalls over 38K Cadillac sedans, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTGISAnnie's volatility expected to move on being acquired by General Mills for $820M
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06:10 EDTGISGeneral Mills acquisition a logical long-term move, says Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTGMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTGISOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
17:50 EDTGISFood product stocks higher after General Mills acquires Annie's
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17:31 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees Annie's acquisition accretive in 12 months after completion
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17:17 EDTGISAnnie's up over 37% after General Mills to buy company for $46 per share
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17:05 EDTGISGeneral Mills to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash
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17:02 EDTGISGeneral Mills to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash
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13:26 EDTGMFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTGMAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
10:34 EDTKCGKCG Holdings to sell certain assets of KCG Futures to Wedbush
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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September 7, 2014
20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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September 5, 2014
18:56 EDTGMGM to install vehicle to vehicle communication to help prevent crashes, WSJ says
General Motors has plans to install vehicle to vehicle communications systems in some car models by 2016, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move comes as regulators and auto manufacturers push to introduce technology that can help prevent vehicle crashes without human intervention. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, plans to announce the company's move toward vehicle to vehicle communications systems on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal added, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
13:13 EDTGMU.S. judge dismisses General Motors shareholder lawsuit over IPO, Reuters says
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12:39 EDTGMGM recalls 2002-2004 Saturn Vues due to ignition defect
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12:14 EDTBTHGabelli raises stake in Blyth to 5.84% from 5.06%, seeks board seat
Mario Gabelli sent a letter to Robert Goergen, the chairman of Blyth's board, seeking a seat on the Blyth board, citing a "lack of shareholder communication... inconsistent with good corporate governance."
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08:09 EDTKCGAnonymous letter warns KCG of employee 'rebellion,' WSJ says
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06:12 EDTGMMichigan among the states investigating GM recall, Detroit News reports
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September 4, 2014
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09:10 EDTORCLBarclays' top ideas in U.S. Software for 2H 2014
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08:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors and General Motors Financial enter into support agreement
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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.
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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September 2, 2014
19:01 EDTBTHViSalus stockholders to exchange their Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock
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16:33 EDTORCLConcur explores sale, talks to SAP and Oracle, Bloomberg says
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15:37 EDTNAVNavistar September weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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15:32 EDTNAVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Toll Brothers (TOL), consensus 45c; Navistar (NAV), consensus (66c); G-III Apparel (GIII), consensus 16c; Vince Holding (VNCE), consensus 24c; Dorian LPG (LPG), consensus 1c.
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