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June 30, 2014
12:30 EDTTWGP, BABA, MNKD, YHOO, MBI, FOLD, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as they have been for most of the session. There were short stretches this morning when the averages were either all positive or all negative, but they all remained in a narrow trading range following the worse than expected Chicago-area manufacturing report and the better than expected pending home sales data. Investors are already on watch for the monthly jobs report, which is scheduled for release on Thursday due to the holiday-shortened calendar. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago ISM manufacturing index dipped more than expected to 62.6 in June from the seven-month high reading of 65.5 it hit last month. An index of pending home sales in May climbed 6.1%, soundly beating expectations and representing its biggest advance in more than four years. In Europe, the shared currency zone's annual rate of inflation was unchanged at 0.5% in June, while bank lending to the private sector, including both households and businesses, declined in May. COMPANY NEWS: Compensation expert Ken Feinberg unveiled the awaited settlement plan to compensate victims in accidents involving General Motors vehicles with defective ignition switches. Under the program, Feinberg will provide compensation ranging from $20,000 to several million dollars to anyone who can show they were hurt in a crash involving cars GM has recalled, with no limit, but a key condition is that the claimants show the vehicle's air bags didn't deploy in the crash... Yahoo (YHOO) rose 2% after Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Overweight from Neutral saying the company's stake in Alibaba (BABA) is undervalued at current levels. Munster expects shares to move higher as Alibaba's initial public offering nears and raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $43 from $37. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which jumped 25% after the company provided updates and detailed the statistical analysis plan for its second Phase 3 study of its potential monotherapy for Fabry patients and its stock was upgraded to Overweight at JPMorgan. Also higher was MannKind (MNKD), which rose 11% to regain all of the 5.5% that it had lost Friday after the FDA approved its Afrezza inhalation powder to treat diabetes but required the drug to have a Boxed Warning and required the company to conduct several post-marketing studies on the drug. RBC Capital thinks most of the label, including its warnings, are as expected, while Brinson Patrick raised its price target for MannKind shares to $15 and said the labeling, REMS program, and post-marketing requirements exceeded its expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Tower Group (TWGP), which dropped 11% after disclosing that representatives of ACP Re have suggested that an unwaived insolvency event has or may have occurred under the companies' merger agreement, though Tower said it does not believe that any such event has occurred. Also lower were shares of MBIA (MBI), which fell 4% after the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 10.23, or 0.06%, to 16,841.61, the Nasdaq was up 11.30, or 0.26%, to 4,409.23, and the S&P 500 was up 0.67, or 0.03%, to 1,961.63.
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December 17, 2014
06:12 EDTBABABaidu to take stake in Uber, Reuters reports
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTGMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
11:16 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; AMZN BABA
RT Options Scanner shows Amazon.com (AMZN) January 350 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 38, Alibaba (BABA) January 117 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39 according to IVolatility.
06:55 EDTGMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 12, 2014
08:01 EDTMNKDPiper predicts two large-cap biotechs could be acquired in 2015
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTYHOOCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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09:22 EDTBABAAlibaba to buy $50M of Momo shares in IPO, 58.com to buy $10M
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08:09 EDTYHOOGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics to submit EU MAA for migalastat HCl
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December 10, 2014
14:30 EDTBABAAlibaba said to have flaws that could expose user data, LA Times says
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12:09 EDTBABAYouku Tudou rises slightly in down market after Credit Suisse upgrade
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08:36 EDTBABAAlibaba can obtain higher share of Chinese imports, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI predicts that the share of manufactured goods imported to China and ordered through Alibaba will rise to about 9% over the next five years, up from 4% now. The firm says that the increase would boost the company's 2020 GMV by 6%..Evercore raised its estimates for Alibaba and increased its price target on the name to $130 from $125. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
06:54 EDTBABAMobile payments way up at Alipay, Reuters reports
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05:50 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility movement; AVNR MNKD
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