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February 8, 2013
06:01 EDTMCO, UAL, PEUGY, MHP, DAL, GS, JBLU, NSANYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Board Governor Stein pointed to signs of overheating in some corners of the credit markets. He said there isn't an imminent threat to the wider financial system, but highlighted several markets—including junk bonds, mortgage real-estate investment trusts and commercial banks' securities holdings—as areas where potentially troubling developments are emerging, possibly as a result of the Fed's easy-money policies, the Wall Street Journal reports...For 20 years, Goldman Sachs (GS) has attracted clients to invest in its private-equity funds with the security blanket that the bank and its partners were in it too. But the looming "Volcker rule" is expected to sharply reduce the bank's investment in its own funds. That is forcing Goldman to make major changes in a $50B business. Goldman likely will have to shrink the size of its own investment in its funds to just 3% from as much as 37%, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: France would consider taking a stake in PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY), Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac said, hours after the struggling carmaker announced a $5.49B write down, Reuters reports...Nissan Motor (NSANY) has bucked the optimistic trend among Japanese carmakers reporting quarterly results, leaving its annual profit forecast unchanged as sluggish sales weighed on its bottom line while others got a boost from a weakening yen, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: U.S. airlines (DAL, UAL, JBLU) cancelled about 2,000 flights and braced for additional cancellations from a winter storm that threatens to drop as much as two feet of snow across parts of New England., Bloomberg reports...The Justice Department’s decision to sue Standard & Poor’s (MHP) has investors asking why Moody’s Investors Service (MCO) and Fitch Ratings weren’t targeted for awarding the same top grades to troubled mortgage bonds and other debt securities, Bloomberg reports.
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January 22, 2015
07:29 EDTMCOMoody's to hold a conference
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07:00 EDTGSGoldman Sachs making major investments despite Volcker Rule, NY Times says
Goldman Sachs has been making significant investments with its own money despite the Volcker Rule ,which many had assumed would prevent such deals, according to The New York Times. Goldman has managed to find ways to make major deals with its own funds without appearing to violate the law, even as its competitors avoid such transactions, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to lead $56M investment in Antuit Holdings, WSJ reports
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January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTNSANYLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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15:27 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:27 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
United Continental January weekly call option implied volatility is at 90, February is at 52, March is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 22.
13:53 EDTNSANYGoldman 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.
06:23 EDTUALUnited may switch Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to larger 777-300ERs, WSJ says
United Continental (UAL) is close to a deal to change at least 10 of its Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliners that are on order to 777-300ER jetliners, which are larger, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. The deal is in the process of being finalized, the sources say, and would help preserve Boeing's production rates and transition to the 777x. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
11:01 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees pricing pressure from decline in fuel prices
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10:50 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees capacity up 2%-3% in 2015
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10:25 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees Q1 CapEx approx. $700M
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10:19 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees Q1 revenue up 7%, consensus $9.24B
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09:11 EDTDALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:43 EDTDALDelta Air Lines up 3.6% after Q4 earnings report
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07:42 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees double-digit earnings growth in 2015
"Our 2014 performance – an industry-leading operation, superior customer service, and a 70 percent increase in profits – shows that Delta is focused on delivering growing value for its employees, customers and investors. As we begin 2015, we have a significant opportunity from lower fuel prices, which will drive more than $2B in fuel savings over 2014. Through our capacity discipline, pricing our product to demand, and the fuel savings, we expect to drive double-digit earnings growth, along with increased free cash flow and a higher return on invested capital in the upcoming year," said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. FY15 EPS consensus $4.88.
07:39 EDTDALDelta Air Lines sees year-over-year fuel benefit of $500M in Q1
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07:37 EDTDALDelta sees Q1 system capacity up about 5%, operating margin 11%-13%
For the March 2015 quarter, Delta Air Lines sees operating margin of 11%-13%; fuel price, including taxes, settled hedges and refinery impact, of $2.45-$2.50; consolidated unit costs, excluding fuel expense and profit sharing to be flat to up 2% compared to 1Q14; system capacity to be up about 5% compared to 1Q14; and system capacity excluding the impact of 2014 winter storms to be up about 3% compared to 1Q14.
07:33 EDTDALDelta Air Lines reports Q4 EPS ex-items 78c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $9.65B, consensus $9.58B. Q4 traffic increased 4.0% on a 3.7% increase in capacity. Delta's average fuel price was $2.62 per gallon for the December quarter, which includes $180M in settled hedge losses. At December 31, Delta had $925M in hedge margin posted with counterparties. Operations at the refinery produced a $105M profit for the December quarter, a $151M improvement year-over-year.
07:28 EDTGSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:39 EDTUAL, JBLU, DALU.S. airlines may buy back shares amid cheap oil, WSJ reports
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