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January 28, 2015
14:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and sales guidance
General Motors February weekly call option implied volatility is at 36, February and March is at 28, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 4.
08:25 EDTKCGKCG Holdings to sell KCG Hotspot for $365M in cash
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08:19 EDTKCGBATS Global Markets to acquire Hotspot FX in cash deal valued at $365M
BATS Global Markets announced a definitive agreement with KCG Holdings (KCG) to acquire Hotspot FX, an institutional spot foreign exchange market, in a cash transaction valued at $365M. Closing is expected in the first half of 2015.
07:54 EDTGMGM considering new rugged SUV to compete with Jeep Wrangler, WSJ says
GM (GM) is considering adding a rugged SUV to its GMC lineup allowing it to compete with Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) Jeep Wrangler, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing several people briefed on the matter. GM executives told dealers the hypothetical vehicle would borrow cues from Hummer. GM has not green-lit the project yet and the car is still in discussion stages. Reference Link
05:57 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL NPSP
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January 27, 2015
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
07:21 EDTGMDEA using license-plate readers to spy on cars, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been running a license-plate tracking program that has built a national database that enables it and other law enforcement agencies to track the movement of vehicles around the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former officials and government documents. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:00 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL NPSP
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Oracle (ORCL) 17, NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) 2 according to iVolatility.
January 26, 2015
11:05 EDTORCLPension funds urge Oracle to improve governance, Bloomberg says
Two pension funds that own Oracle stock sent a letter to Oracle's board urging the company to allow shareholders to nominate their own candidates for directors, change the compensation of executives, and make the company easier to communicate with, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
08:33 EDTBTHBlyth's candles division products available in Turkey
Blyth announced that products sold by its PartyLite division, the world's largest direct-seller of candles, candle accessories and premium home fragrance products, are available in Turkey.
06:09 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Oracle (ORCL) 17, Netflix (NFLX) 31 according to iVolatility.
05:33 EDTFDXUPS downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded UPS (UPS) to Equal Weight citing a lack of earnings growth following the company's negative preannouncement. The firm says competition with FedEx (FDX) is driving lower prices and profitability. It dropped its price target for UPS shares to $105 from $116.
January 25, 2015
17:32 EDTORCLOracle shares could climb over 20%, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:32 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:12 EDTAAJPMorgan Chase reports 5.6% passive stake in Alcoa
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12:33 EDTFDXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The futures dipped this morning after UPS (UPS) pre-announced that its quarterly earnings would miss Street estimates. The earnings miss dragged other transportation names lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's preliminary January manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 from 53.9 previously, versus expectations for a reading of 54.0. Existing home sales rebounded 2.4% to a 5.04M rate in December, which was below the consensus forecast for a 3% increase. The leading indicators rose 0.5% to 121.1 in December, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of UPS plunged over 9% after the shipping giant warned that its Q4 adjusted EPS is now expected to be $1.25, below the consensus forecast of $1.47. "UPS invested heavily to ensure we would provide excellent service during peak when deliveries more than double. Though customers enjoyed high quality service, it came at a cost to UPS. Going forward, we will reduce operating costs and implement new pricing strategies during peak season,” said CEO David Abney. Subsequently, its peer, FedEx (FDX), reaffirmed its FY15 EPS forecast of $8.50-$9.00. The outlook compares to a consensus forecast of $8.97. FedEx shares, which were briefly halted for the announcement, are down 2% afterward... Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) slid about 1% near noon after its earnings miss, though the world’s largest restaurant chain's same-store sales declined less than analysts expected. Same-store sales in the company's fiscal fourth quarter declined 0.9%, versus the Consensus Metrix analysts' estimate for a 1.5% drop. Of note, McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales had their first monthly gain in more than a year in December, having risen 0.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Starbucks (SBUX), which rose 6.5% and had several research firms issue upbeat notes after the company reported in-line results last night. At least three firms responded to the report by raising their price targets on the shares. Also higher was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which jumped 38% after announcing that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon Products (AVP), which dropped 11% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform after shares rallied yesterday over 14% following a report that the company has held talks with TPG Capital about a possible deal. Wells says it leveraged buyout math suggests a takeout of the entire company is unlikely. Also lower was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which fell 9% after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and cut about 500 jobs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 42.58, or 0.24%, to 17,771.40, the Nasdaq was up 9.68, or 0.2%, to 4,760.08, and the S&P 500 was down 3.40, or 0.16%, to 2,059.75.
10:54 EDTGMGoodyear Tire recalls 48,500 SUV tires after finding small tread cracks, AP says
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10:35 EDTFDXFedEx resumes, down 2.3% after reaffirming FY15 outlook
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10:28 EDTFDXFedEx backs FY15 outlook after UPS issues profit warning
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10:24 EDTFDXFedEx backs FY15 EPS 8.50-$9.00, consensus $8.97
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10:02 EDTKCGOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading
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09:12 EDTKCGKCG Holdings initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti
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07:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors has too much capital on balance sheet, Bass says
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05:57 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL ARNA
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January 22, 2015
17:05 EDTORCLOracle to host educational webcast
"Executive Access for Investors" educational webcast to be held on January 28 at 12 pm.Webcast Link
14:14 EDTFDXFedEx Freight drivers reject Teamsters in W. Va
FedEx Freight announced that union representation elections were held at its locations in Parkersburg and Charleston, West Virginia, last week resulting in two more losses for the union. Drivers in both locations voted against representation by the Teamsters union and in favor of continuing their direct relationship with FedEx Freight. The Teamsters union also withdrew another election petition the day before the scheduled vote, this time at the Clarksburg, West Virginia, location. “We are proud of our drivers in West Virginia for making informed decisions,” said Pat Reed, executive vice president and chief operating officer, FedEx Freight. “We continue to work with our team to ensure that FedEx Freight remains a great place to work.”
11:32 EDTORCLF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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10:07 EDTGMGM invests $300M to upgrade plant for new Cadillac sedan, Reuters reports
GM has invested $300M to upgrade and automate its Detroit-Hamtramck plant ahead of the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, reports Reuters. The investment includes the construction of a new body shop equipped with 205 robots and designed to use advanced manufacturing techniques as aluminum laser welding. Reference Link
10:03 EDTNAVOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:57 EDTORCLIxia slides after Oracle unveils Virtual Compute Appliance X5
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07:55 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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17:00 EDTORCLCisco down 1.4% after Oracle's Ellison says VCA cheaper than Cisco product
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16:58 EDTORCLOracle introduces Virtual Compute Appliance, Bloomberg reports
Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison says Virtual Compute Appliance is half the price of equivalent Cisco (CSCO) hardware, added Bloomberg, citing comments from an event at Oracle headquarters.
16:26 EDTNAVNavistar downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
07:46 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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January 20, 2015
09:37 EDTBTHBlyth to shut down PartyLite manufacturing site in U.K.
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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08:36 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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07:39 EDTFDXUPS FedEx to benefit from lower oil prices, says Bernstein
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January 16, 2015
15:21 EDTKCGKCG in talks to sell FX trading platform to BATS Global, Reuters says
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15:02 EDTKCGBATS in talks to buy Hotspot from KCG Holdings for almost $400M, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
10:54 EDTAAAlcoa CEO says all three business groups 'performing very well'
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07:36 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports December trade volumes
KCG Holdings released trade volumes for the month of December 2014. In Market Making, KCG averaged $30.1B dollar volume traded, 5.1 billion shares traded, and 3.9 million trades per day in U.S. equities. In Global Execution Services: KCG electronic execution averaged 332.6 million shares traded per day in U.S. equities; KCG Hotspot averaged $27.7B per day in notional foreign exchange dollar volume; KCG BondPoint averaged $138.6M per day in fixed income par value. As for the overall market conditions in December, consolidated U.S. equity volume averaged $283.5B in dollar volume and 7.0 billion shares traded per day. The realized volatility for the S&P 500 was 15.7.
06:30 EDTGMGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGMAlly Financial shares overreacted to GM news, says Citigroup
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06:04 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL ARNA
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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15:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports 2014 deliveries up 2% to 9.92M vehicles
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10:38 EDTAAAlcoa heads lower with other metals stocks, levels to watch
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09:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors says pricing 'quite aggresively' to offset forex in Russia
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09:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says 'confident' in ability to raise dividends in future
General Motors' Stevens says "mindful" of potential need to use significant cash in 2015 on legal matters and that its planning keeps that potential in mind. General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens is speaking at the Deutsche Bank Auto Industry Conference.
09:16 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to increase CapEx to $9B in 2015
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08:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets
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08:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees adjusted EBIT and EBIT-adjusted margin to increase in 2015
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07:34 EDTGMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
2015 Global Auto Industry Conference is being held in Detroit on January 13-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 14 at 7:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:03 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL ARNA
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