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June 4, 2014
12:36 EDTCOH, FSLR, FCEL, GM, NQOn 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.
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April 17, 2015
09:37 EDTFCELFuelCell initiated with a Buy at Dougherty
Target $2.45.
April 16, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:05 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires California solar project
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06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
05:55 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
09:55 EDTGMBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:52 EDTFSLRJapanese judge blocks relaunch of nuclear plants, NY Times says
A Japanese judge yesterday blocked the country's government from restarting two nuclear power plants, according to The New York Times. None of Japan's 48 reactors has been operating since the Fukushima disaster, and the judge's decision is potentially significant because it directly challenges the government's new nuclear safety standards, the newspaper stated, adding that the two affected reactors may not reopen for months or even years. Cameco (CCJ) develops uranium used by nuclear plants. Solar energy companies whose products may be used to supplement nuclear power in Japan include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motors’ new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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April 13, 2015
17:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors confirms raising quarterly dividend to 36c from 30c per share
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13:59 EDTFSLRChina looking to deploy solar power station in space, Business Insider says
China intends to deploy a solar power station in space in 2020, according to Business Insider. Expected to orbit Earth, the station is supposed to utilize over six square kilometers of solar panels, the website stated. However, a few logistical problems must be solved, including the fact that current rockets do not have nearly enough power to propel a station of that magnitude into space, Business Insider added. Publicly traded Chinese solar companies include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), JA Solar (JASO), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
13:31 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 84, WSJ reports
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12:58 EDTGMGM says it has resolved Bolt's technical challenges, Financial Times reports
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12:44 EDTGMFiat Chrysler interested in partnering with GM, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler 9FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to make a "mega deal" before stepping down in early 2019 and has shown "particular interest" in partnering with GM(GM), according to Reuters. GM is strong in Asia, an area of weakness for Fiat Chrysler, while GM is looking to expand in Europe, the news service stated. Reference Link
07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
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