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June 4, 2014
16:30 EDTCOH, GM, UA, EBIX, NQOn 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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April 17, 2015
07:34 EDTUAUnder Armour golf business accelerating after Spieth win, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy says shore checks show Under Armour's golf business is seeing accelerating momentum since Jordan Spieth's Masters win last weekend. Murphy believes golf sales for Under Armour can double and reach more than $400M in the next few years. She raised her price target for shares to $93 from $90 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name ahead of the company's Q1 results on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank this morning also raised its price target for Under Armour shares to $93. The stock closed yesterday up $1.50 to $85.71.
07:20 EDTUAUnder Armour price target raised to $93 from $85 at Deutsche Bank
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April 16, 2015
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
05:55 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
09:55 EDTGMBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motors’ new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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08:21 EDTUAUnder Armour one of best growth stories in retail, says Canaccord
Canaccord called Under Armour one of the best growth stories in retail and said it expects solid Q1 results from the company on April 21. The firm sees a robust sales growth trajectory, led by footwear, international, and women's products. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $97 price target on Under Armour shares.
April 13, 2015
17:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors confirms raising quarterly dividend to 36c from 30c per share
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13:31 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 84, WSJ reports
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12:58 EDTGMGM says it has resolved Bolt's technical challenges, Financial Times reports
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12:44 EDTGMFiat Chrysler interested in partnering with GM, Reuters says
Fiat Chrysler 9FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking to make a "mega deal" before stepping down in early 2019 and has shown "particular interest" in partnering with GM(GM), according to Reuters. GM is strong in Asia, an area of weakness for Fiat Chrysler, while GM is looking to expand in Europe, the news service stated. Reference Link
08:32 EDTUAUnder Armour rises after Spieth brings attention to golf gear
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07:16 EDTGMTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
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