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June 30, 2014
12:30 EDTMBI, FOLD, GM, TWGP, BABA, MNKD, YHOOOn 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.
News For GM;YHOO;BABA;FOLD;MNKD;TWGP;MBI From The Last 14 Days
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June 24, 2015
05:12 EDTBABAAlibaba, IPCC strengthen collaboration by signing MoU
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June 23, 2015
17:44 EDTGMGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
06:12 EDTBABAAlibaba to sell 11 Main to OpenSky in stock-swap deal, WSJ reports
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05:14 EDTBABAAlibaba, Ant Financial announce local services JV
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
12:41 EDTGMHyundai nearing sponsorship agreement with NFL, Bloomberg reports
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11:15 EDTGMGM activists not interested in merger with Fiat Chrysler, Financial Times says
General Motors (GM) activist holders have said they will not push for a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), reports the Financial Times. According to four people familiar with the matter, the activist contingent, which controls about 1.5% of GM shares, is more interested in cutting costs than embarking on a complicated merger transaction. One person close to the hedge funds said the investors believe consolidation makes sense but are unsure "that this particular consolidation makes sense." Reference Link
11:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $245M at Orion Assembly plant
General Motors said it will invest $245M and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program. "Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before." Investment in Orion totals $962M since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010, the automaker announced in a statement. Today's announcement is a part of the $5.4B GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1B of the $5.4B has been identified, leaving $2.3B to be announced by year end.
10:22 EDTBABAAlibaba June weekly calls active
Alibaba June weekly 87 and 87.5 calls are active on total call volume of 27K contracts (7K puts). June weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, July is at 24, September is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 49. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:06 EDTBABAAnt Financial valued at $45B-$50B after fundraising, Financial Times reports
Alibaba's online payments affiliate Ant Financial has completed a fundraising that values the company at $45B-$50B, reports the Financial Times, citing people close to Alibaba. the valuation would place Ant Financial among the world's most valuable private technology companies. Reference Link
06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:09 EDTBABAHK opens door to Alibaba and others to to return 'home', Financial Times says
Hong Kong's stock exchange has opened the door to Alibaba (BABA) listing on its home market, reports the Financial Times. The xchange said it would re-examine its current bar on China-based companies having a secondary listing of their shares in the city. The move could permit groups like Alibaba, Baidu (BIDU), and JD.com (JD) to return "home" via secondary listings." Reference Link
06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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June 19, 2015
16:37 EDTYHOOLocal receives notice of termination from Yahoo
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16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
10:58 EDTBABAStocks with call strike movement; LUV BABA
Southwest (LUV) September 40 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31, Alibaba (BABA) September 95 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:50 EDTGMEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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08:22 EDTBABAChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
06:29 EDTBABAMorgan Stanley invests in Alibaba-backed online insurer, WSJ reports
A group of investors including Morgan Stanley (MS) has invested $934M in China’s first online-only insurer backed by Alibaba (BABA) called Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Company, valuing the venture at $8B, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, the report says. Reference Link
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