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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.
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November 19, 2014
06:51 EDTGMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
November 17, 2014
11:35 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; GNW FLSR
Genworth (GNW) March 11 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 53, First Solar (FSLR) March 55 call option implied volatility increased 12% to 51 according to IVolatility.
09:59 EDTFSLRFirst Solar calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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09:46 EDTFSLRRumor: First Solar strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
10:44 EDTFSLROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2014
11:06 EDTCOHStocks with call strike movement; COH CF
Coach (COH) May 40 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30, CF Industries (CF) February 295 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 28 according to IVolatility.
08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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06:35 EDTFSLRU.S., China reach carbon emissions deal, NY Times says
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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11:40 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR GMCR
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09:10 EDTNQNQ Mobile reaches agreement with Mobile Telesystems OSJC
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08:01 EDTCOHMichael Kors promotions picked up in November, says Jefferies
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07:49 EDTCOHBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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November 10, 2014
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
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