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April 1, 2014
12:29 EDTGM, ISRG, RBCN, MDCO, HSP, ARWR, MDROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the second quarter began with the S&P 500 index hitting a record high. The Nasdaq, however, was the early leader and remains the session's best performer with an advance of about 1%. Manufacturing data from around the globe pointed to expansion in the U.S. and Europe last month, though the picture in China was clouded by conflicting surveys. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final print for the March manufacturing PMI held steady at 55.5, which was down from February's 57.1 reading and below expectations for it to have been bumped up to 56.0. ISM's manufacturing PMI for March inched up to 53.7 from February's 53.2 reading, though that was a hair below the consensus 53.9 forecast. Construction spending rose 0.1% in February, as expected. In Asia, China's official manufacturing PMI climbed to 50.3 in March, beating expectations for a modest decline to 50.1. Markit and HSBC's PMI reading, however, fell to an eight-month low of 48.0. In Europe, the final euro zone manufacturing PMI for the month was unchanged from a flash estimate of 53.0, extending the recovery in the regionís manufacturing sector to a ninth straight month. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM), which has been a constant source of headlines of late due to its ongoing recall problems, reported that its March U.S. sales report has been delayed due to a computer systems issue that impacted dealer reporting. The company, whose CEO Mary Barra is on Capitol Hill today to give testimony about the automaker's handling of ignition switch issues linked to 13 deaths, said it expects to report its sales this afternoon before the close of business... Shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) advanced 9% near noon after the company announced the FDA cleared the U.S introduction of its new da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Analysts at JPMorgan responded to the news by raising Intuitive Surgical's price target to $500 from $475, saying the new system is a significant positive with the potential to both drive a replacement cycle and further increase penetration and utilization of the company's products within hospitals. Leerink also sees today's news as a positive, but said it is uncertain exactly how many incremental system sales the da Vinci XI Surgical system will fuel and whether the features of Intuitive's new robot will lead to increased utilization into new surgery areas. The firm kept its Market Perform rating on Intuitive. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rubicon (RBCN), which rose 13% after the stock was upgraded to Overweight at JPMorgan citing a pick-up in demand for LEDs and sapphire covers. Also higher was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which rose 12% after the company announced that the first cohort of 8 patients has been fully enrolled and dosed in a Phase 2a clinical trial of its RNAi therapeutic for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection. Among the noteworthy losers was The Medicines Co. (MDCO), which slid 15% after a court ruled that the company failed to prove that Hospira's (HSP) generic Angiomax product infringed its patents. Also lower was McDermott (MDR), which slid 7% after warning that its first quarter results may differ "substantially" from the company's current expectation and filing to sell 10M tangible equity units. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.69, or 0.37%, to 16,518.35, the Nasdaq was up 45.98, or 1.1%, to 4,244.98, and the S&P 500 was up 7.07, or 0.38%, to 1,879.41.
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August 26, 2014
06:05 EDTGMGM's compensation fund receives 100 claims for deaths, Detroit News reports
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August 25, 2014
07:02 EDTMDRMcDermott names Stuart Spence as CFO, effective August 23
McDermott International (MDR) announced that Stuart Spence has been appointed EVP and CFO following the departure of Perry L. Elders, SVP and CFO, effective August 23. Elders will be pursuing other opportunities. Immediately prior to joining McDermott, Spence served as Vice President, Artificial Lift for Halliburton Company (HAL), where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for Halliburtonís artificial lift product and service line.
August 24, 2014
17:07 EDTGMGM considers delay in expansion of Russian plant, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
11:04 EDTGMGM assessing timing of facility development in Russia, Reuters says
GM said that it was assessing the timing of the planned development of its Russian facility close to St Petersburg due to a decline in the automobile market in the country, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesman. The spokesman said, "In view of the current business situation in Russia and the lower sales volumes since the start of the year, we are taking a close look at our plans. Reference Link
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06:54 EDTGMChrysler to not replace Ram steel body panels until 2020, Reuters says
Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler is aiming to redesign its full-size Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in three years, but the car manufacturer has no definitive goals to follow competitors GM (GM) and Ford (F) in using aluminum body panels instead of steal until a finalized overhaul happens after 2020, according to Reuters, citing industry sources. Reference Link
06:07 EDTGMProsecutors investigating GM's legal department, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
13:52 EDTGMCadillac mulls expanding offices to Manhattan, Reuters says
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13:00 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical receives FireFly FDA clearance for Vinci Xi system
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07:18 EDTGMChina considering new anti-trust rules for auto sector, China Daily says
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06:21 EDTGMGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTGMGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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August 20, 2014
11:50 EDTHSPJudge rules generic Precedex FDA approval postponed, WSJ says
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August 19, 2014
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09:41 EDTGMGM recalls Silverados, Sierras equipped with auxiliary battery
GM is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 18, 2007, to June 22, 2011, and GMC Sierra HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 21, 2011, and equipped with an auxiliary battery. Owners may unknowingly draw too much current through the vehicle's trailer harness resulting in the melting of fusible link for the auxiliary battery. If the fusible link melts it may come into contact with adjacent components, damage the electrical center cover, the nearby wiring harness conduit and other vehicle components, increasing the risk of a fire. GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the jumper harness with one that includes a 40 amp inline fuse, and provide the owner with supplemental Owner Manual information, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Reference Link
09:38 EDTGMGM recalls cars equipped with Calix oil pan, block heater
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09:09 EDTHSPHospira discloses it filed lawsuit against FDA regarding Precedex
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09:08 EDTHSPHospira backs FY14 EPS $2.30-$2.50, consensus $2.43
08:02 EDTGMBorgWarner supplies solenoid technology for General Motors' GF6
BorgWarner (BWA) supplies its mini direct-acting variable force solenoid for General Motors' (GM) global front-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission program, or GF6.
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