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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.
News For GM;KING;MU;GLUU;MBI;TWGP From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
07:21 EDTGMDEA using license-plate readers to spy on cars, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Administration has been running a license-plate tracking program that has built a national database that enables it and other law enforcement agencies to track the movement of vehicles around the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal, citing current and former officials and government documents. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
January 25, 2015
17:30 EDTMUDelta Air Lines, Ford, four others could shine this year, Barron's says
Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ford (F), Discover (DFS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Lam Research (LRCX), and Micron Technology (MU) could all provide growth at a reasonable price this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
January 23, 2015
10:54 EDTGMGoodyear Tire recalls 48,500 SUV tires after finding small tread cracks, AP says
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07:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors has too much capital on balance sheet, Bass says
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January 22, 2015
13:03 EDTMUAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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10:07 EDTGMGM invests $300M to upgrade plant for new Cadillac sedan, Reuters reports
GM has invested $300M to upgrade and automate its Detroit-Hamtramck plant ahead of the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, reports Reuters. The investment includes the construction of a new body shop equipped with 205 robots and designed to use advanced manufacturing techniques as aluminum laser welding. Reference Link
07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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17:50 EDTMUSanDisk reverses in after hours to down 6% after guidance
SanDisk peer Micron is trading down over 1% in the after hours.
13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
January 20, 2015
10:58 EDTKINGCandy Crush Saga creator leaving King Digital, VentureBeat reports
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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08:25 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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06:47 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTMUMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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09:37 EDTMUActive equity options trading
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
06:30 EDTGMGoogle in talks with major automakers on driverless cars, Reuters reports
Google (GOOG) is in talks with many of the top automakers in the world, including Toyota (TM), GM (GM) and Ford (F), about developing driveless vehicles, the director of Google's self-driving car project said yesterday, according to Reuters. The tech giant has also hired a group of "traditional and nontraditional suppliers" to bolster its efforts, with Nvidia (NVDA) one of the latter group, the news service quoted the executive as saying. Google aims to bring driverless vehicles to the market by 2020, the executive said, Reuters reported. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGMAlly Financial shares overreacted to GM news, says Citigroup
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