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June 30, 2014
16:22 EDTTWGP, MU, MBI, KING, GLUU, GMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed with the Nasdaq the lone index to notch a gain for the session. Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way for most of the session, with the major averages trading in a narrow range. The volume was light, as is typical for a holiday shortened week. Investors are already on watch for the monthly jobs report, which will be released on Thursday before the market opens. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago ISM manufacturing index dipped more than expected to 62.6 in June from the seven-month high reading of 65.5 it hit last month. An index of pending home sales in May climbed 6.1%, soundly beating expectations and representing its biggest advance in more than four years. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) fell 32c, or 0.87%, to $36.30 after the company announced it will conduct six new safety recalls in the U.S. involving about 7.6M vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years. GM said it expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2B in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs, which includes a previously disclosed $700M charge for recalls that have already been announced previously. The District Attorney of Orange County, California, filed a civil lawsuit against the carmaker, accusing it of endangering the public through deception regarding vehicle safety and reliability. Earlier in the day, compensation expert Ken Feinberg unveiled the awaited settlement plan to compensate victims in accidents involving GM recalled vehicles. Under the program, Feinberg will provide compensation ranging from $20,000 to several million dollars to anyone who can show they were hurt in a crash involving cars GM has recalled, with no limit, but a key condition is that the claimants show the vehicle's air bags didn't deploy in the crash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was King Digital (KING), which rose $2.70, or 15.13%, to $20.55 after Cowen said in a note to investors that fears over competition in the mobile gaming space are overdone and kept its Outperform ratings on King and another stock in the space, Gluu Mobile (GLUU). Also higher was Micron (MU), which jumped $1.44, or 4.57%, to $32.95 after Credit Suisse added the stock to its Focus List, citing the company's diversification efforts and gross margin expansion opportunities. Among the noteworthy losers was Tower Group (TWGP), which dropped 23c, or 11.11%, to $1.80 after disclosing that representatives of ACP Re have suggested that an unwaived insolvency event has or may have occurred under the companies' merger agreement, though Tower said it does not believe that any such event has occurred. Also lower were shares of MBIA (MBI), which fell 45c, or 3.92%, to $11.04 after the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG. INDEXES: The Dow fell 28.16, or 0.17%, to 16,823.68, the Nasdaq rose 10.25, or 0.23%, to 4,408.18, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.73, or 0.04%, to 1,960.23.
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December 19, 2014
15:11 EDTGMGM considering options if Takata recall expands, Reuters reports
General Motors (GM) is developing back-up plans on the chance that Takata's (TKTDY) air bag recall expands, according to Reuters. General Motors has asked Takata to share air bag specifications with rivals TRW (TRW) and Autoliv (ALV), so that replacements can be readily available, the company told Reuters. Reference Link
11:54 EDTMUMicron January volatility elevated at 46 into Q1 and outlook
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08:14 EDTKINGKing Digital volatility at high end of historic range
King Digital January and February call option implied volatility is at 72, May is at 64; compared to its 26-week average of 57 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on January 6.
07:57 EDTMUMicron January volatility elevated at 46 into Q1 and outlook
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07:42 EDTMUEPAM, WisdomTree added to Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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December 18, 2014
11:33 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; GM EWZ
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08:23 EDTGMSeveral automakers halt Russia car sales due to ruble, Bloomberg reports
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTGMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website 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
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
07:50 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile Q4 guidance may prove conservative, says Canaccord
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06:55 EDTGMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 12, 2014
06:13 EDTMUMicron in talks to revise supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes reports
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December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
06:25 EDTMUMicron attempt to renegotiate supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:42 EDTGLUUGlu Mobile director buys 274K shares of company stock
Lorne Abony, a director of Glu Mobile disclosed in a filing this morning the purchase of 274,050 shares of company stock on December 4 and 5. shares of Glu Mobile are higher by over 7% in morning trading.
07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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