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March 14, 2014
16:43 EDTJOSB, HLF, CALL, PLUG, MW, GM, KKD, AMZN, BA, FCELMarket finishes week lower as China, Ukraine weigh on shares
Stocks ended the week lower as investors worried about the impact of slowing growth in China and the situation in Ukraine. MACRO NEWS: China reported weaker than expected retail sales and urban fixed asset investment for the two month period ended February 28. The data exacerbated fears about a potential significant Chinese economic slowdown... Also fanning fears on Wall Street was the standoff in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Russia would face consequences if it continued to occupy Ukraine on Monday. Kerry's statement fueled concerns about a potential escalation of the standoff... U.S. economic data was mixed as February retail sales and jobless claims were better than expected, but an index of consumer sentiment missed expectations. COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation stated that they would investigate General Motors' (GM) handling of problems with the ignition on some of its vehicles... The government is also probing Herbalife (HLF), as the FTC disclosed that it was launching an investigation of the multi-level marketer... Another American company that found itself facing new difficulties was Boeing (BA), which disclosed that it had found cracks in some wings of its 787 Dreamliner planes. As a result, the delivery of some of the aircraft will be delayed.... Menswear retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash... Amazon.com (AMZN) raised the price of its Prime service by 25% for most of its customer base... In earnings news, VoIP phone service provider magicJack (CALL) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and providing higher than expected revenue guidance, and doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme (KKD) climbed after reporting slightly weaker than expected results but raising its full-year EPS guidance and increasing its share repurchase allocation. On the other hand, fuel cell maker Plug Power (PLUG) finished the week lower after the company reported an in-line EPS loss, but research firms Roth Capital and Cowen downgraded the stock. Another company in the sector, FuelCell (FCEL), also ended the week lower after reporting in-line results. Both stocks had jumped by large amounts in previous weeks.
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February 17, 2015
06:57 EDTGMGM in court Tuesday over bankruptcy shield, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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February 16, 2015
12:50 EDTGMGM claims for ignition switch defects rises to 4,312, Reuters says
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February 15, 2015
16:45 EDTAMZNFAA proposes new rules for commercial operation of drones in U.S
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Publicly traded companies in the space include General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), AeroVironment (AVAV), SAIC (SAIC), Textron (TXT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and GoPro (GPRO). Reference Link
14:18 EDTGMGM recalls 69,633 U.S. vehicles on concerns about their electric power steering
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering, EPS, assist that could occur at any time while driving. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
18:02 EDTBABoeing awarded $402.78M government contract modification
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16:35 EDTGMS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
13:10 EDTHLFAckman: 'Shocked' if something with Herbalife, regulators doesn't happen in 2015
Pershing Square's Bill Ackman is speaking on Fox Business News.
09:25 EDTAMZNUBS software analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Microsoft expert, author and blogger Mary Jo Foley, discuss Microsoft and whether the commercial slowdown is permanent, with AWS (Amazon Web Services) dropping prices and Microsoft matching, how will they make money in the cloud on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 13 at 11 am.
08:19 EDTGMAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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06:19 EDTGMGM worried about impact to credit rating by proposed buyback, WSJ reports
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February 12, 2015
11:52 EDTGMGM working with Morgan, Goldman amid activist pressure, Reuters reports
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11:37 EDTGMGM working with Morgan Stanley, Goldman amid activist pressure, Reuters says
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09:50 EDTGMGM's Chevrolet says production of Bolt EV to be built at Orion facility
Chevrolet has confirmed production of its next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept. It will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit. GM North America President Alan Batey made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. The Bolt EV concept was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Start of production and additional details will be announced later.
09:06 EDTPLUGGevo appoints Plug Power CEO Marsh to board
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Sling TV, Fox Sports GO now available on Fire TV
Amazon (AMZN) announced that Fire TV’s selection is up 5x since its launch in April, with 2015 best-of-CES Sling TV (DISH) now available for download as well as other popular services and games such as FOX Sports GO (FOXA), TED, WSJ Live, Crossy Road, and Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series.
08:33 EDTBABoeing and Transavia announce order for up to 20 next-generation 737-800s
Boeing (BA) and Transavia Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France KLM (AFLYY), announced an order for 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, including options for three additional airplanes. The order, valued at $1.6B at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. The order will significantly support the growth of Transavia's operations from France and the Netherlands. The airline currently has a combined all-Boeing fleet of 45 Next-Generation 737s.
07:28 EDTBABoeing not looking to bring back 757 with new engines, Reuters says
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06:59 EDTBABoeing to send more work to plant in South Carolina, Reuters says
Boeing's new Propulsion South Carolina plant will receive more work from the company than originally announced. The plant will work on 737 MAX engine coverings as well as designing engine parts for the 777X, reports Reuters. Reference Link
05:42 EDTBABoeing and Korean Air announce order for five 777 freighters
Boeing and Korean Air finalized an order for five 777 Freighters. The order, valued at more than $1.5B at current list prices, will add further efficiency and reliability to Korean Air's all-Boeing freighter fleet. Korean Air currently operates an all-Boeing freighter fleet of 26 airplanes that includes 17 747-400 Freighters, five 747-8 Freighters and four 777 Freighters.
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