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January 15, 2013
06:08 EDTFIATY, WMT, KMB, WFC, USB, SNE, F, MCD, PG, BAC, JPM, TM, GM, JCP, C, MS, GSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Chairman Bernanke said he still wasn't satisfied with the economy's progress and indicated that he plans to stick with the unconventional programs the central bank is using to lift output. The Fed has said that continuing these programs—such as an $85B-a-month bond-buying effort—depends on progress in the U.S. job market, the Wall Street Journal reports...American workers are opening their first paychecks of the year and finding an unpleasant surprise: The government's take has gone up. That consumers remain tentative threatens to put a drag on economic growth. The effect for companies is that this will likely cement a frugal attitude that led consumers to cut back on eating out and shift to less-expensive store brands, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) plans to hire over 100,000 veterans in the U.S. over the next five years, Reuters reports...The message from automotive CEOs at the opening of the 2013 Detroit auto show: Sportscars are hot, electrics are not, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Wall Street investment banks, loathed by investors in 2011 and hurt by weak trading last year, are poised for a return to the spotlight. Investment-banking and trading revenue likely surged 44% in the period from a year earlier, according to estimates by Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg reports...Bond risk for Japan’s major companies, from Toyota (TM) to Sony (SNE), fell to a 10- month low as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s $116B stimulus plan added fuel to the longest stock-market rally since 1989, Bloomberg reports.
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGM, TM, FVolkswagen 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).
10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:08 EDTMCDMcDonald's falls on weak November sales, levels to watch
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10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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10:00 EDTUSB, WFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTMCDMarket begins lower, averages turns mixed in early trade
Stock futures trade below fair value throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The Dow finished last week at an all-time high and just slightly below its next milestone level of 18,000, but it continues to be weighed on during early trading from McDonald's (MCD), which is down over 3% following its November sales report. In early trading, the Dow is down 17 points, the Nasdaq is up 7 points and the S&P is down 1 point.
09:38 EDTMCDMcDonald's sees Q4 margins 'significantly pressured' by top-line performance
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09:21 EDTSNESony Pictures called the cyberattack 'unprecedented in nature', Re/code reports
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09:20 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports November global comparable sales decreased 2.2%
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07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:42 EDTMCDMcDonald's coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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06:35 EDTMS, C, GS, USB, WFC, BAC, JPMValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:24 EDTSNENorth Korea denies role in recent Sony hacking, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTMS, C, JPMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony PlayStation store may have suffered possible cyberattack, AP reports
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05:59 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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