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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.
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January 21, 2015
14:35 EDTYHOOYahoo unlikely to announce spin-out with earnings, says BGC Financial
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
13:41 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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13:38 EDTBABAEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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06:38 EDTBABAAlibaba looking to buy stake in New China Life Insurance, Reuters reports
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) intends to buy shares in state-run New China Life Insurance Co, Shanghai Securities News reported today, according to Reuters. The newspaper did not provide details about the size of the stake that Alibaba is looking to buy, but said that state-owned Central Huijin Investment, plans to sell shares to Alibaba, Reuters added. The investment company has a stake of over 31% in New china Life, Reuters quoted the newspaper as saying. Reference Link
05:59 EDTBABAAlibaba implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
January 20, 2015
11:56 EDTMNKDStocks with call strike movement; RIG MNKD
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo to announce Alibaba plans on or before January 27, AP says
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06:01 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
05:36 EDTBABAAlibaba invests in Visualead
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January 18, 2015
15:30 EDTBABAAlibaba backed discount website Meituan raises $700M in funding, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
16:00 EDTMNKDOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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11:02 EDTBABABofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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10:56 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; AAL YHOO
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06:40 EDTBABAAlibaba to help U.S. retailers penetrate Chinese market, Reuters says
Alibaba intends to help U.S. retailers sell their products to Chinese consumers, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed sources close to the company. The e-commerce giant hopes to use the initiative to gain a foothold in the U.S. market, the news service added. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's Prashant Fuloria to oversee all ad products, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO Mayer may be giving Flurry execs more power, Re/code reports
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