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June 4, 2014
12:36 EDTGM, FSLR, NQ, FCEL, COHOn 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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August 12, 2014
09:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares washed out, says Sterne Agee
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors to streamline international business model, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTFSLRFirst Solar added to Focus List, SunPower removed at Citigroup
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August 11, 2014
15:23 EDTGMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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14:29 EDTFCELNRG Energy reports 6.6% FuelCell stake after financing agreements
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12:01 EDTCOHStocks with call strike movement; COH AAL
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06:38 EDTGMGM's ignition switch fund receives 63 death case claims, AP reports
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06:18 EDTCOHCitigroup comments on Coach takeover speculation
Citigroup notes Coach shares moved higher Friday amid speculation Kering could be interested in acquiring the company. Citi says Kering's stated acquisition strategy does not seem consistent with a potential takeover of Coach. Further, Citi believes Kering is unlikely to be able to finance such a large deal. It keeps a Neutral rating on Coach and a Buy rating on Kering.
06:07 EDTGMGM's Lansing plant to halt Cadillac production temporarily, Detroit News reports
General Motors will halt Cadillac production at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for three weeks, effective August 18, the Detroit News reports. According to sources, the halt is due to lower than expected demand for the cars. Reference Link
05:54 EDTCOHStocks with implied volatility movement; COH TKMR
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August 9, 2014
15:40 EDTGMGM loses attempt to dismiss revived ignition-death lawsuit, Bloomberg says
A Georgia judge rejected General Motors' attempt to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of woman that precipitated the recall of 2.59M cars over faulty ignition switches, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOHMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
14:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces 269K vehicle recall
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11:23 EDTCOHCoach tests top of recent trading range, levels to watch
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10:27 EDTCOHCoach August calls active
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10:24 EDTCOHRumor: Coach strength attributed to takeover speculation
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06:47 EDTGMGM aims to unveil new Volt hybrid in six months, Reuters says
GM said that it plans to showcase its newest model of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle in six months, reported Reuters. Company officials did not explain details on the pricing or driving range of the 2016 model, but said the car will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show. Reference Link
06:33 EDTFSLRChina's solar energy capacity growth accelerated, Xinhua reports
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August 7, 2014
08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile's Music Radar technology integrated into China Unicom phones
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06:18 EDTGMGM issues recall for certain model year SAABs, Trailblazer EXTs, others
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