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March 21, 2014
16:56 EDTGM, TSLA, FDX, SCTY, NKE, FSLRStocks close the week higher, Fed continues taper
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week higher after tensions appeared to ease somewhat regarding the situation in Ukraine, as the Federal Reserve announced it would taper its monthly rate of asset purchases by another $10B. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve further reduced its pace of asset purchases by $10B per month, as it did at its previous two meetings, while also keeping benchmark interest rates between 0%-0.25%. In her first press conference as Fed Chair on Wednesday afternoon, Janet Yellen suggested that the Fed could begin to increase interest rates six months after it concludes asset purchases, which spooked markets and sent the indexes to their worst daily performance of the week... Earlier this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no intention of invading other parts of Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea, which aided in the indexes enjoying something of a relief rally early in the week... U.S. economic data reported this week, including industrial production and weekly jobless claims for February, came in better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) started the week with an announcement of new recalls involving about 1.5M vehicles, which would result in a $300M charge in the carmaker's first quarter. Despite the negative headlines, shares of GM closed the week up about 2.5% to close at $35.01... Two solar names, First Solar (FSLR) and Solar City (SCTY), saw shares go in different directions for the week. First Solar gave profit and sales outlooks for its fiscal years 2014 through 2016 at an analyst day presentation, and shares of the company finished the week up more than 30% to $73.37. Solar City, which is chaired by Tesla Motors (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, saw its shares tumble after its first quarter outlook disappointed and the company said certain of its prior financial statement should no longer be relied upon... Dow member Nike (NKE) reported earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines, but the athletic footwear and apparel maker said the devaluation in some emerging market currencies is likely to impact its reported sales, gross margin, and profit in its fiscal 2015, and shares of the company fell about 5% following the news. FedEx (FDX) also reported earnings earlier this week, with the shipping major's third quarter results missing analysts' expectations as the company said severe winter weather impacted results. INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.5% to 16,302.77, the S&P 500 was up 0.8% to 1,866.52, and the Nasdaq was up 1.4% to 4,276.79.
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January 22, 2015
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
14:14 EDTFDXFedEx Freight drivers reject Teamsters in W. Va
FedEx Freight announced that union representation elections were held at its locations in Parkersburg and Charleston, West Virginia, last week resulting in two more losses for the union. Drivers in both locations voted against representation by the Teamsters union and in favor of continuing their direct relationship with FedEx Freight. The Teamsters union also withdrew another election petition the day before the scheduled vote, this time at the Clarksburg, West Virginia, location. “We are proud of our drivers in West Virginia for making informed decisions,” said Pat Reed, executive vice president and chief operating officer, FedEx Freight. “We continue to work with our team to ensure that FedEx Freight remains a great place to work.”
11:31 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA BABA
Tesla (TSLA) February 230 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 58, Alibaba (BABA) February 115 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 42 according to IVolatility.
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
05:58 EDTSCTYSolarCity implied volatility of 51 at lower end of index mean range
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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
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.
09:16 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTTSLATesla faces risks from Musk ambition, says Morgan Stanley
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January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTTSLASpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
16:34 EDTTSLASpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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11:03 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR NE
First Solar (FSLR) January call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48, Noble Corp. (NE) June 18 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 53 according to IVolatility.
10:21 EDTTSLATesla slips, levels to watch
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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07:39 EDTFDXUPS FedEx to benefit from lower oil prices, says Bernstein
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTTSLAGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTTSLAGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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