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December 13, 2013
14:53 EDTCSCO, MA, LULU, BRCM, GMStocks poised to end week lower on tapering fears
Stocks are set to end the week significantly lower as investors renewed their worrying that the Fed will announce a reduction in its asset purchase program next week. MACRO NEWS: The market fell on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, after Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said on Monday that the central bank should start to reduce its bond purchases next week. Also on Monday, another Fed president, James Bulllard, said the chances of a reduction in asset purchases have increased because the labor market has improved... U.S. economic data was mixed, as the number of Americans filing for jobless claims last week was higher than expected but retail sales for November surpassed expectations... Congressional negotiators reached a two year budget deal, and the House passed the blueprint. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the plan next week. COMPANY NEWS: Athletic apparel maker lululemon (LULU) named a new CEO, announced that its chairman would step down, and provided weaker than expected fourth quarter guidance... Cisco (CSCO) reduced its long-term sales forecast, citing weaker demand from emerging markets and telecom companies... More positive news was announced by Broadcom (BRCM), which provided higher than expected fourth quarter revenue guidance... General Motors (GM) made headlines for two separate events: the Treasury announced the sale of its remaining stake in the automaker, which was followed by an announcement that Mary Barra, currently the company's executive VP in charge of product development and supply chain, will replace Dan Akerson as CEO effective January 15, 2014... MasterCard (MA) announced a 10-for-1 stock split, an 83% dividend increase, and a plan to repurchase $3.5B of its stock.
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April 11, 2014
06:03 EDTCSCOCisco issues advisory on Heartbleed bug
Cisco issued an advisory stating that a long list of products were either confirmed vulnerable or under investigation for the Heartbleed bug. Among the 16 products confirmed vulnerable are the Cisco Unified Communication Manager 10.0, Cisco MS200X Ethernet Access Switch and several Cisco Unified IP Phones. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:39 EDTGMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as selling pressure took hold early in the session and did not relent. The averages closed near their worst levels, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down more than 3%. With today's close, each of the major indexes is now lower for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. The the timing of Easter and Passover, as well as other seasonal factors, however, may have lead many to discount the figure. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn settled their proxy contest, with Icahn withdrawing both his two board nominees and his proposal for eBay to spin off its PayPal unit. As part of its agreement with Icahn, eBay will expand the number of independent directors on its board to 10 and add David Dorman to serve in that capacity. The online retail marketplace was among the many tech names suffering losses, closing the session down $1.81, or 3.24%, at $54.08... Ally Financial (ALLY), formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), lost $1.02, or 4.08%, to close at $23.98 in its first day of trade following its return to the public markets after having price its return offering at $25.00 per share... General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. The company also added ignition lock cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and said it expects to take a $1.3B charge in the first quarter due to recall-related repairs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 54c, or 8.44%, to $6.94 after reporting earnings and revenue and that beat expectations and giving a revenue outlook for its fiscal 2015 that came in above estimates. Also higher following a better than expected earnings report was casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which advanced 72c, or 12.08%, to $6.68. Among the noteworthy losers was data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), down $21.73, or 43.7%, to $28.00 which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook. Another name in computer security, FireEye (FEYE), was among a a number of so-called "momentum" stocks that fell during the session, sliding $6.64, or 11.77%, to $49.75. Other momentum stocks that fell included 3D Systems (DDD), down $5.90, or 10.79%, to $48.78, and Yelp (YELP), down $7.78, or 10.92%, to $63.47. INDEXES: The Dow was down 266.96, or 1.62%, to 16,170.22, the Nasdaq was down 129.79, or 3.1%, to 4,054.11, and the S&P 500 was down 39.10, or 2.09%, to 1,833.08.
16:21 EDTBRCMBroadcom initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group
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14:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors up more than 1% after announcing $1.3B recall-related charge
14:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to take $1.3B charge in Q1 on recall-related repairs
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12:25 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:08 EDTGMGM confirms two engineers placed on paid leave as part of ignition switch probe
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07:20 EDTGMGM fights against judge's request for 'park-it' order, Bloomberg says
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos asked GM to explain why she shouldn’t order the automaker to recommend that drivers of the recalled cars should cease driving them, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from the automotive company. GM feels it shouldn’t be obligated to tell vehicle owners to park the recalled models until they are fixed, because they’re safe to use if government-approved recall instructions are followed. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGMAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors requests NASA review in recalled vehicles, Detroit News says
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April 9, 2014
16:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
14:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares defended at Citigroup
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12:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:40 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Sanford Bernstein
Bernstein Analyst Ferragu hosts a conference call with Cisco's SVP Jiandani to discuss Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) on April 10 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:06 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTGMBofA/Merrill's US autos/auto parts analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:11 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:40 EDTGMCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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06:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded General Motors based on expectations the industry will be pressured by increasing technology capex needs. The analyst believes GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars which will pressure margins and earnings. The firm views valuation as fair but not on a relative basis vs. its coverage universe and assigned an Underweight rating on shares with a $33 price target.
06:00 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in Kentucky vote to allow strike, AP reports
GM's auto workers at its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant have voted to authorize a strike over safety concerns, the Associated Press reports. More than 90% of the eligible union workers voted to call a strike if necessary. Reference Link
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