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June 30, 2014
12:30 EDTGM, YHOO, BABA, FOLD, MNKD, TWGP, MBIOn 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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October 15, 2014
16:22 EDTYHOOYahoo amendment to credit agreement extended to October 8, 2015
On October 9, Yahoo! Inc. entered into Amendment No. 2 to its Credit Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 10, 2013, with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time. Amendment No. 2, among other things, extends the termination date of the Credit Agreement from October 9, 2014 to October 8, 2015. The Credit Agreement, as amended, continues to provide for a $750M unsecured revolving credit facility, subject to increase by up to $250M in accordance with its terms. There are no borrowings currently outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
13:27 EDTGMGM faces $10B suit due to recalls, Bloomberg says
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10:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q3 worldwide sales up 2% to 2.45M units
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06:40 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Kevin Gentzel as head of N.A. ad sales, CNet reports
Yahoo has hired Kevin Gentzel, the Washington Post's former chief revenue officer, as its new head of North American advertising sales, CNet reports. Gentzel will report to Ned Brody, the company's head of Americas. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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10:19 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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10:05 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility flat as shares trend to post IPO lows
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10:01 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
07:12 EDTBABAAlibaba initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $100.
06:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed General Motors from the Conviction Buy List and lowered estimates to to cuts in North American and European production and a difficult pricing environment. The firm maintains its Buy rating and views risk/reward as favorable and expects reasonably strong comps over then next two quarters. Price target lowered to $47 from $48.
05:58 EDTBABACostco debuts in China through Alibaba Tmall platform
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October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
08:16 EDTBABAAlibaba to invest about $1.6B in rural expansion, Marbridge Daily says
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06:44 EDTGMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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