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March 21, 2014
16:56 EDTTSLA, FDX, SCTY, NKE, FSLR, GMStocks 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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May 21, 2015
12:01 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires 103-MW Georgia solar project
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power acquired the 103-megawatt Butler solar facility from Community Energy in Georgia. The project, which was initially developed by Community Energy was selected by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. The facility, which will be located on approximately 1,070 acres in Taylor County, Georgia, is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016. Construction is slated to begin in September 2015, with First Solar (FSLR) managing the building, operations and maintenance of the facility. The Butler solar facility is expected to consist of more than 1 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold under a 30-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, which will have the option to keep or sell the RECs, for the benefit of its customers or renewable energy programs.
11:21 EDTTSLAApple considers expansion into San Jose, Silicon Valley Business Journal says
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09:58 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alibaba (BABA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alkermes (ALKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Burlington Stores (BURL) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley... Darling (DAR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Overweight, $450 target at Barclays... Johnson Matthey (JMPLY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... RTI Surgical (RTIX) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... TeleNav (TNAV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Trevena (TRVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Vectrus (VEC) initiated with a Hold at Stifel.
05:52 EDTTSLATesla batteries may surpass $1B in sales faster than iPhone, Economic Times says
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05:44 EDTNKENike initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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May 20, 2015
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
06:00 EDTGMTakata to widen airbag recall to nearly 34M, enters Consent Order
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May 19, 2015
14:31 EDTGMCovisint expands strategic relationship with Cisco, General Motors
Covisint (COVS) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Cisco (CSCO) to use the Covisint platform to power General Motors (GM) OnStar and SupplyPower through 2020. Under the terms of this five-year, non-cancelable contract, GM will materially increase their use of the Covisint platform to support growth in these solutions. This economically favorable transaction is a major milestone in the strategic partnership with Cisco, and a win for General Motors, Cisco and Covisint.
13:20 EDTGMTakata expected to recall 33.8M vehicles, Detroit News reports
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07:36 EDTGMAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:27 EDTNKESkechers moves into second place in U.S. sports footwear market, WSJ says
Skechers (SKX) moved past Adidas (ADDYY) and into second place, behind Nike (NKE), in the U.S. athletic footwear market, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:22 EDTFDXUPS having success with pickup points, WSJ says
Driven by the increase in e-commerce deliveries, UPS (UPS) has been combatting failed deliveries by using package pickup points, called UPS Access Points, like local drug stores, reports the Wall Street Journal. As a result UPS, FedEx (FDX), and DHL are investing in new systems aimed at having e-commerce customers collect orders from these pickup points, the Journal adds. Reference Link
07:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees maintaining profitability goals in China, WSJ reports
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May 18, 2015
15:25 EDTSCTYSolarCity management to meet with JPMorgan
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15:12 EDTTSLAModel S has higher than average rate of door problems, Consumer Reports says
Consumer Reports said the driver-side door handle failed on the $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D it was testing after just 27 days and just over 2,300 miles of ownership, adding that its car reliability survey showed that the Model S has "far higher than average" rates of such door handle problems. Reference Link
11:45 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; TSLA AAL
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09:54 EDTGMNHTSA looks to accelerate V2V rollout by automakers, Motor Authority says
Automakers have been notified that initial proposals for the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology will be outlined by before January 1, 2016, which would be a full year ahead of schedule, according to Motor Authority. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Mobileye (MBLY) makes chips utilized in advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTTSLA, TSLATesla challenges remain in China at CLSA
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06:26 EDTGMStudy shows Toyota and Honda leads in best supplier relations, Reuters says
A new study revealed that Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) led automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, reports Reuters. According to the study led by Planning Perspectives President John Henke, Toyota led Honda while Ford (F) was a distant third and Nissan (NSANY) came in fourth. General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) were last on the list. Reference Link
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