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News For ONTY;AA;NAV;KCG;GIS;GM;BTH;ORCL;RMCF;FDX From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2014
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:25 EDTAAFutures suggest a bounce at the open
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October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
12:56 EDTGMGM recalls Chevrolet Caprices due to transmission selector lever defect
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12:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors trades sharply lower, nearing 52-week low
The stock has been trading down since the open, last at $32.18 and just above the 52-week low at $31.67. If the shares break down through the 52-week low, next support would be at $30.50. Resistance is at $32.87.
11:25 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; SLV GM
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08:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 290,241 Cadillac SRX, SAAB 9-4X vehicles
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08:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 10,005 Cadillac CTS-V, STS-V vehicles
General Motors is recalling 10,005 model year 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V vehicles manufactured October 6, 2003, to March 15, 2007, and 2006-2007 Cadillac STS-V vehicles manufactured June 23, 2005, to March 15, 2007. In the affected vehicles, the electrical terminals of the fuel pump module may overheat resulting in the melting of the flange material. If the flange melts, a hole may be created allowing the fuel pump to leak fuel, causing the vehicle to stall, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, leaking fuel in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
08:26 EDTGMGM recalls 46,873 vehicles from 2008-2013, including Chevrolet Caprice
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08:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors estimates lowered, price target to $27 at Morgan Stanley
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06:43 EDTGMGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
17:01 EDTGISGeneral Mills confirms antitrust clearance for Annie's acquisition
General Mills (GIS) announced that on October 3, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission granted early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. With the receipt of this clearance, the condition of the announced tender offer for all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Annie's (BNNY) at a price of $46.00 per share with respect to clearance under applicable antitrust and competition laws has been completely satisfied. The Offer remains subject to the satisfaction of certain other conditions. The Offer is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on Monday, October 20, unless extended.
16:49 EDTGISGeneral Mills receives antitrust clearance for acquisition of Annie's
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16:44 EDTGMMoody's downgrades General Motors credit facility to Baa3; Outlook stable
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10:07 EDTAAAlcoa October volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Alcoa October weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, October is at 43, November is at 32, December is at 31, January and April is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results in early October 8.
10:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Chevrolet Sparks due to hood latch defect
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07:53 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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07:12 EDTFDXThe MedTech Conference holds a conference
AdvaMed 2014 is being held in Chicago on October 6-8.
06:30 EDTFDXFedEx confirms, responds to Kansas Supreme Court decision
FexEx confirmed the Kansas Supreme Court issued a decision finding that a class of mostly former contractors in the state of Kansas should be considered employees under the Kansas Wage Payment Act, contrary to previous rulings by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The decision applies to those independent contractors operating in Kansas from 1998-2007. The model that the court reviewed is no longer in use. FedEx said, "We fundamentally disagree with this ruling and are committed to protecting the rights of thousands of independent business owners to continue owning and operating their own businesses. More than 100 state and federal decisions – including that of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – have upheld our contractual relationships with independent businesses. At this time we are considering available options in response to the court’s decision."
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