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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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April 23, 2015
07:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors CFO says earnings miss due to South America, taxes
General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens said "about half" of its earnings miss was driven by difficulties in South America and that its tax rate was also a contributing factor. Stevens is speaking on CNBC.
07:41 EDTGMGeneral Motors drops 3% to $35.90 after Q1 results miss estimates
Shares of GM (GM) peer Ford (F) are down 1% while Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) is down 2%.
07:39 EDTGMGeneral Motors says Q1 headline EPS of 56c included $500M of items
General Motors said its Q1 EPS 56c included special items of $0.4B related to the decision to change the company’s business model in Russia and $0.1B for an adjustment to the estimated costs of the ignition switch compensation program.
07:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors ended Q1 with $34.2B in total automotive liquidity
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07:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors Q1 automotive cash flow $0 vs. $2B last year
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07:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors reaffirms outlook for 2015
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07:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q1 EPS ex-items 86c, consensus 97c
Reports Q1 revenue $35.7B, consensus $37.61B.
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTBABANokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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15:50 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:54 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors sentiment positive ahead of Q1 report
General Motors Company (GM) is expected to report first quarter earnings on Wednesday, April 23 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. General Motors is a global designer and builder of cars, trucks and automobile parts. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $37.61B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 85c-$1.07 on revenue of $35.71B-$39.36B. LAST QUARTER: GM reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of $1.19 against estimates for 83c on revenue of $40.5B against estimates for $40.12B. In Q4, GM reported the following: Retail vehicle sales of 2.55M units; Total U.S. retail vehicle sales of 727K units and total North America retail vehicle sales of 854K units; Europe retail sales of 298K units; APMEA retail sales of 1.165M units; South America retail vehicle sales of 236K units; Total worldwide automotive market share of 11.4%, with total U.S. market share of 17.4%; Total Europe share of 6.3% and total APMEA share of 10.5%; North America capacity utilization of 98.9%. GM announced it intends to increase the second quarter dividend on its common stock by 20% to 36c per share. On March 9, GM announced a $5B share repurchase program. On April 22, GM said it sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to GM’s Q1 earnings report. On February 5, Craig-Hallum upgraded General Motors to Buy from Hold. The analyst said the company's Q4 report was superb and expects a very strong year ahead given recall issues that are mostly behind it and a continuation of impressive truck/SUV sales. Additionally, Craig-Hallum expects more shareholder-friendly actions following the announcement of a 20% common dividend increase. They raised their price target on the shares to $44 from $34. On March 10, Citigroup raised its price target for shares of General Motors to $50 from $49 saying the car maker's "earnings and overlooked progress" should hold more weight now that its capital allocation is in place. The firm continues to believe shares will trade at premium to Ford (F) by the end of 2015. It thinks the GM bears have "run out of excuses" and kept a Buy rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: GM shares have gained approximately 8% since Q4 results were released and notched a 52-week high of $38.99 in March. In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's Q1 report, GM shares are down 0.4%.
12:55 EDTBABAAlibaba said to plan online literature business, Bloomberg reports
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12:43 EDTYHOOYahoo may face difficulties in Japan exit, WSJ says
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11:51 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; CSX YHOO
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11:33 EDTBABA, YHOOYahoo should seek go-private offer after spins, says BGC Financial
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09:01 EDTYHOOYahoo launches new video ad formats for advertisers and developers
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06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $48 from $56 at Barclays
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $54 from $60 at Piper Jaffray
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors says sold 2.4M vehicles globally in Q1, up 2% from last year
General Motors sold 2.4 million vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago. Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. Opel/Vauxhall increased its sales by 3% in Europe. “The momentum our brands are building in China, the U.S. and Western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “We are in the early days of a very aggressive onslaught of new products and customer-driven innovation,” she said. “Already, the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado are redefining segments in the United States, Cadillac is growing rapidly in China and establishing a new formula for prestige sedans with the CT6 and Opel’s revitalization is accelerating across Europe. At the same time, we are deploying OnStar with 4G LTE in North America, Europe and China to give our customers the best connectivity experience in the industry.”
05:58 EDTMNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; MNKD GMCR
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05:32 EDTBABAAlibaba announces collaborative relationships with luxury car companies
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