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June 4, 2014
16:30 EDTGM, NQ, UA, COH, EBIXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the S&P 500 managing to close at a record high despite a relatively quiet trading day. Stocks began the session in negative territory following disappointing data job growth, the trade deficit, and non-farm productivity. The opening losses were moderate and were stemmed when the ISM services report came out slightly above expectations. The averages drifted towards the flat line and eventually crossed over into positive ground but there was little in the way of a catalyst to propel the market higher. The averages found a level near midday, from which they barely moved for the remainder of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit widened to $47.2B in April from $44.2B in March. ADP reported private payrolls increased 179k in May, which was below the consensus forecast for 210K job additions. Q1 productivity growth was revised lower to (3.2%), versus (1.7%) initially and expectations for a reduction to (3.1%.). Markit's services PMI rose to 58.1 in May from 55.0 in April, while ISM's services index rose to 56.3 in May from a reading of 55.2 last month. In its latest Beige Book report, the Federal Reserve said that all twelve of its districts reported that economic activity expanded during the recent period, with the pace of growth described as either "moderate" or "modest" in all of the regions. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) shares advanced $1.26, or 3.57%, to $36.52 after the company confirmed it will provide an update on its ignition switch recall investigation tomorrow, followed by a press conference hosted by CEO Mary Barra. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NQ Mobile (NQ), which jumped $2.36, or 30.93%, to $9.99 after the company reported that investigators it appointed had found no evidence that the company had committed fraud as alleged by the short-selling blog Muddy Waters. Also higher was athletic apparel maker Under Armour (UA), which rose $2.52, or 4.93%, to $53.62 after research firm Jefferies upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was Ebix (EBIX), which fell $2.17, or 14.56%, to $12.73 after it updated on its acquisition strategy and said it is looking to secure a new credit facility with additional flexibility and improved pricing to fund any acquisitions beyond its current allowance under its existing credit agreement. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which slipped $1.03, or 2.58%, to $38.99 after research firm Sterne Agee lowered its rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy. INDEXES: The Dow was up 15.19, or 0.09%, to 16,737.53, the Nasdaq was up 17.56, or 0.41%, to 4,251.64, and the S&P 500 was up 3.64, or 0.19%, to 1,927.88.
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July 24, 2014
07:07 EDTUAUnder Armour reports Q2 EPS 8c, consensus 7c
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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
15:09 EDTUAUnder Armour July weekly 60.5 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q2
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14:02 EDTGMEarnings Preview: Ford approaches 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 36c on revenue of $36.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for earnings per share is 31c-43c on revenue of $34.65B-$39.42B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 25c against estimates for 31c on revenue of $35.9B against estimates for $34.06B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company said its plan for FY14 automotive revenue to be about equal to FY13's $139.4B is on track. It said FY14 operating margin and operating related cash flow plans are on track as well. The company maintained its view for U.S. and China industry volumes, but increased its view for EU 20 industry volume this year to 14M-15M from 13.5M-14.5M. The company expects second quarter production to be 1.7M units, up 32,000 units from a year ago, more than explained by higher volume in Asia Pacific. Compared with the first quarter, second quarter production is up 87,000 units. On its Q1 earnings conference call, Ford said it expects the remaining quarters of year to be 'substantially better' than Q1. On May 1, Ford announced CEO Alan Mulally was retiring and would be replaced by Mark Fields, effective July 1. On May 7, Ford announced a $1.8B stock repurchase plan. On June 24, Ford's Americas Chief Joe Hinrichs said the company was on schedule for its aluminum bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Fords's Q2 earnings report. On April 28, Craig-Hallum upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold based on balance sheet, earnings profitability and dividend yield, and the upcoming 2015 F-Series launch. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $21 from $16. On May 15, Buckingham said Ford shares should be sold. Buckingham recommended buying GM's (GM) shares aggressively and selling Ford's stock. The firm reported that GM's performance in May had significantly outpaced that of Ford, while GM's full-size pickup sales had risen year-over-year. The firm kept a Buy rating on GM and a Sell rating on Ford. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares have traded 13% higher since its Q1 report and are approaching their 52-week high of $18.08. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, Ford is up about 0.4% to $17.90.
13:45 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
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13:30 EDTGMGM announces six new recalls totaling 717,950 vehicles
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08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile and A Wireless partner for device security solution
NQ Mobile (NQ) and A Wireless, one of the largest Verizon (VZ) Wireless Premium Retailers, announced the availability of a comprehensive, bundled security solution that ensures the safety of subscribers' devices and the valuable data they hold. The solution is available at over 200 A Wireless stores across the US. The new package combines physical device insurance with NQ Mobile's security protection for both iOS and Android.
07:53 EDTGMWider group of engineers at GM knew about switch issues, WSJ says
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July 22, 2014
10:38 EDTGMGM recalls 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s for power steering defect
GM is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6 and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August. Reference Link
07:22 EDTUACanaccord sees Q2 upside for Under Armour
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05:55 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility movement; NQ HPQ
Stocks with implied volatility movement; NQ Mobile (NQ) 169, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) 28 according to iVolatility.
July 21, 2014
11:57 EDTGMChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:45 EDTCOHJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
09:48 EDTNQActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:24 EDTNQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:10 EDTNQNQ Mobile engages Marcum Berstein & Pinchuk as independent auditor
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