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June 4, 2014
16:30 EDTUA, EBIX, NQ, COH, GMOn 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.
News For GM;NQ;UA;COH;EBIX From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
15:51 EDTUAUnder Armour to host special shareholder meeting
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06:46 EDTGMGM recalling 5,493 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles
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August 19, 2015
13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
07:34 EDTEBIXEbix announces new $100M share repurchase plan
Ebix announced that its board has approved a new $100M share repurchase plan. This new share repurchase plan is in addition to the previously authorized $100M share repurchase plan which is nearing full utilization.
August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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07:46 EDTCOHJefferies sees longer turnaround for Vera Bradley, cuts to Hold
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07:40 EDTCOHJefferies says Coach turnaround not being appreciated, ups to Buy
Jefferies analyst Randal Konik upgraded Coach (COH) to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for shares to $50 from $35. The stock closed yesterday up 8c to $32.02. Survey results show the handbag maker is starting to attract new customers at a faster rate while its remodel initiative should help drive a return to positive comps, Konik tells investors in a research note. He believes the company's turnaround is not being fully appreciated by the market. The analyst also added Coach to the Jefferies Franchise Picks List. He coupled the upgrade with a downgrade Vera Bradley (VRA) to Hold.
06:42 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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August 17, 2015
07:42 EDTGMNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
18:00 EDTUAUnder Armour provides update on class action lawsuit
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17:29 EDTGMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:17 EDTCOHPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:57 EDTGMSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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13:03 EDTGMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:37 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
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