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June 4, 2014
12:36 EDTFCEL, GM, NQ, COH, FSLROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite a number of disappointing economic reports. Payroll provider ADP estimated that 179K new jobs were added last month, but that was below expectations. The trade balance report showed that the U.S. had its largest deficit in two years during April as exports slowed and imports surged. Non-farm productivity for the first quarter was also downwardly revised by more than expected. The lone bright spot were non-manufacturing reports from ISM and Markit. Despite all the negative data points, the market has drifted its way back into positive territory and was just north of the flat line near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported private payrolls increased 179k in May, which was below the consensus forecast for 210K job additions. The U.S. trade deficit widened to $47.2B in April from $44.2B in March. Q1 productivity growth was revised lower to (3.2%), versus (1.7%) initially and expectations for a reduction to (3.1%.). Markit's services PMI rose to 58.1 in May from 55.0 in April, while ISM's services index rose to 56.3 in May from a reading of 55.2 last month. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) shares were up about 4% near noon after the company confirmed it will provide an update on its ignition switch recall investigation, followed by a press conference hosted by CEO Mary Barra, tomorrow. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NQ Mobile (NQ), which jumped 38% after the company reported that its special committee's independent investigation did not find any evidence that the company had engaged in the fraudulent conduct alleged by Muddy Waters. Carson Block of Muddy Waters said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg that NQ Mobile is "unequivocally a fraud" and the company's press release today was "whitewash." Also higher was First Solar (FSLR), which rose 6% amid a number of headlines. The Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in a countervailing duty investigation of imports of certain solar power products from China, which Credit Suisse called positive for U.S. developers, the company agreed to buy Europe's skytron-energy, and a hearing on First Solar's challenge of an Indian government dumping determination was reportedly deferred to July. Among the noteworthy losers was FuelCell (FCEL), which dropped 8% after the company reported second quarter losses and revenue that were worse than analysts' consensus estimate. Also lower were shares of luxury products retailer Coach (COH), which slipped 2% after research firm Sterne Agee lowered its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors earlier today. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.04, or 0.04%, to 16,729.38, the Nasdaq was up 17.68, or 0.42%, to 4,251.76, and the S&P 500 was up 2.75, or 0.14%, to 1,926.99.
News For GM;FSLR;NQ;FCEL;COH From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
17:22 EDTCOHCoach moves Q2 earnings release to January 29
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15:48 EDTCOHCoach technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a wide range, but a well-defined base, since the late summer of last year. The range is largely bound by $33.50 at the low and $38 at the high. A breakout above the top of the range would be bullish, with the prospect of putting the stock back on a more bullish path. A move above the $40 level in particular would break the prevailing downtrend. The $40 level is where the stock broke to the base low in the late summer of 2014. If the low of the range were tested without breaking, then the current range would likely remain intact. A breakdown below the low of the range would find next support at the 52-week low at $32.72.
15:40 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:50 EDTFSLRSolar names rise after Obama pledges U.S. help for Indian solar push
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10:28 EDTFSLRIndia's Mahnidra to add 500 MW of solar energy, Reuters says
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06:48 EDTFSLRTax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 23, 2015
10:54 EDTGMGoodyear Tire recalls 48,500 SUV tires after finding small tread cracks, AP says
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07:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors has too much capital on balance sheet, Bass says
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06:09 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 22, 2015
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
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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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.
January 20, 2015
11:03 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR NE
First Solar (FSLR) January call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48, Noble Corp. (NE) June 18 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 53 according to IVolatility.
08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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January 16, 2015
10:45 EDTCOHCoach January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
08:43 EDTCOHCoach sales activity below plan, says Goldman
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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
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