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February 14, 2014
12:19 EDTAMH, TPX, VOD, KMI, JCP, RNWK, NMI, RESI, HLF, HRG, NSM, MSFT, GMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: General Motors (GM)... Kinder Morgan (KMI)... Altisource Residential (RESI)... Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM)... NMI Holdings (NMI). INCREASED STAKES: Vodafone (VOD)... NRG Energy (NRG)... RealNetworks (RNWK). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF)... J.C. Penney (JCP)... Microsoft (MSFT)... Tempur Sealy (TPX)... American Homes 4 Rent (AMH).
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October 1, 2015
10:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors unveils car-sharing program in New York
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMFW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded on valuation, catlysts at Bernstein... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... (JD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Kirby (KEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Outperform ahead of earnings turn at Telsey Advisory... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at CL King... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded on transaction, valuation, momentum at Argus... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:35 EDTGMActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTGMGM sees six-month moving average for SAAR 17.6M units
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09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
General Motors' Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 251,310 vehicles in the United States in September 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 17% compared with a year ago, which makes September the sixth month in a row that GM has increased retail market share year over year. Total sales were up 12%. GM's average transaction prices increased almost $800 per unit compared to August 2015, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. Incentive spending in September was down 1 percentage point from August 2015, much greater than the industry's 0.2 percentage point decline. Year over year, spending was down 0.7 percentage points, while industry spending increased 0.9 percentage points. Commercial deliveries increased 10 percent year over year for the 23rd consecutive monthly increase. Consistent with GM's plan, total fleet sales were down 5 percent due to a 12 percent decline in rental deliveries.
09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlines plans on future of personal mobility
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra and her leadership team outlined the company's plans to capitalize on the future of personal mobility. GM also said it plans to strengthen its core business through global growth initiatives and an aggressive product launch cadence. As a result, the company expects to increase its earnings per share and generate significant shareholder value. The company shared its plans with investors during a conference at its Milford Proving Ground. GM announced that late in 2016 it will add a fleet of 2017 Chevrolet Volts designed to drive autonomously within its renovated Warren Technical Center campus. GM also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects, one in New York City operating today and one to come in first quarter next year in another U.S. city. In collaboration with Honda, it is developing a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage systems. GM confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. The company expects to grow its business over the next five years through key initiatives including a $5 billion investment in an all-new Chevrolet growth market vehicle family; maintaining a strong market position in China by enhancing its presence in SUV and luxury segments; expanding Cadillac's vehicle portfolio into growing luxury segments; continuing the growth of GM Financial through the expansion of services globally, and expanding aftersales and OnStar revenue opportunities globally. In the same timeframe, GM plans to introduce a large number of all-new or refreshed vehicles globally. In 2015, about 26 percent of GM's global sales volume has come from vehicles new or refreshed within the previous 18 months. This percentage is projected to be 39 percent in 2016, 40 percent in 2017, 31 percent in 2018, and reach 40 percent in 2019 and 2020. GM is also accelerating its efforts to drive further cost efficiencies across the value chain, with a focus on enhancing overall value for its customers. The company said it expects to generate benefits of approximately $5.5 billion in purchasing, manufacturing and administration expense between 2015 and 2018, more than offsetting increased investments in brand development and technology.
06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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05:56 EDTGMTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
05:30 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P HLF
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September 30, 2015
19:12 EDTVODU.K. minister downplays need for BT split, FT says
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16:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Google agree to end patent feud over phones, Xbox, Bloomberg says
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15:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors to hold a conference call
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11:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to open flagship stores in Manhattan, Syndey
Microsoft announced that it plans to open a flagship store in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue and 53rd Avenue on October 26 and one at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall on November 12. On the company's blog, it said the flagship stores have been in the making for six years. Reference Link
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Navistar reach long-term commercial vehicle agreement
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08:45 EDTMSFTNVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:14 EDTMSFTRackspace expected to partner with Amazon, WSJ reports
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is expected to partner with Amazon (AMZN) to make it easier for corporate customers to move computing operations to Amazon Web Services from their own facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to two sources, the partnership, which is similar to an agreement Rackspace signed with Microsoft (MSFT) in July, will be announced at a conference for AWS users next week. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
13:42 EDTKMIKinder Morgan announces additional gas capacity commitments to NED project
Kinder Morgan announced that its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, has executed agreements with producers, local distribution companies and a New York end-use market participant totaling 627,000 dekatherms per day for the Supply Path component of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. The agreements will provide a direct supply link from abundant natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to existing and future Northeast and New England markets, and firm transport of incremental supplies for delivery at or near Wright, New York. From the Wright area, shippers can deliver into the Market Path component of the NED project for transport to Dracut, Massachusetts, or into TGP's existing pipeline system or into the Iroquois Gas Transmission system. The incremental gas supplies will help meet New York and New England's growing consumer and industrial gas needs, as well as helping to bolster electric reliability in the region. TGP is continuing to negotiate with additional potential shippers on the NED project, including LDCs and others, and expects to announce these commitments and others at a later date. NED's Supply Path component, from northeastern Pennsylvania to Wright, New York, is scalable up to 1.2 billion cubic feet per day, and its Market Path component is scalable up to 1.3 Bcf/d. The NED project, including the Supply Path and Market Path components, has a planned in-service date of November 2018, subject to regulatory approvals. Additionally, the NED Supply Path component and associated agreements are subject to approval by the Kinder Morgan board of directors.
06:17 EDTGMFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to host conference call
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