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May 20, 2014
12:24 EDTURBN, OPHT, GM, ARX, SPLS, CAT, TJX, NVS, DKS, HDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. With the economic calendar quiet again and earnings season just about to wind down, there was little to bring investors off the sidelines and reverse the trend. Among the many retailers that reported earnings last night and this morning, a number, including Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), Staples (SPLS), Urban Outfitters (URBN) and TJX (TJX), missed Wall Street estimates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released for the second day in a row. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) led all advancers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, rising more than 2.5%, after the company's earnings narrowly beat expectations and it raised its FY14 EPS view to come in-line with analyst consensus estimate. Caterpillar (CAT) was the weakest Dow member, sliding 2%, after it reported April dealer retail sales trends that weakened relative to March... General Motors (GM) shares fell 1.5% near noon after the company announced it is recalling an additional 2.42M vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The automaker added $200M to the charge it expects to take in Q2 related to its recalls, bringing the total potential charge up to $400M. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aeroflex (ARX), which rose 25% after Cobham plc agreed to acquire the company for $10.50 per share in cash. Also higher was Ophthotech (OPHT), which gained 21% after it signed a licensing and commercialization agreement for its Fovista drug outside of the U.S. with Novartis (NVS). Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were sporting goods retailer Dick's, which slumped 17%, and office supplier Staples, which dropped 13%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.32, or 0.55%, to 16,420.54, the Nasdaq was down 19.57, or 0.47%, to 4,106.25, and the S&P 500 was down 8.89, or 0.47%, to 1,876.19.
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January 23, 2015
07:36 EDTNVSIncyte earns $25M milestone payment from Novartis for Jakavi
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07:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors has too much capital on balance sheet, Bass says
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07:25 EDTNVSNovartis drug Jakavi recommended by CHMP for EU approval
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January 22, 2015
10:07 EDTGMGM invests $300M to upgrade plant for new Cadillac sedan, Reuters reports
GM has invested $300M to upgrade and automate its Detroit-Hamtramck plant ahead of the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, reports Reuters. The investment includes the construction of a new body shop equipped with 205 robots and designed to use advanced manufacturing techniques as aluminum laser welding. Reference Link
07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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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.
12:35 EDTNVSNovartis confirms FDA approval for Cosentyx
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12:33 EDTNVSFDA approves Novartis psoriasis drug Cosentyx
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12:12 EDTHDBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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10:26 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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07:43 EDTCATCaterpillar guidance expected to disappoint, says UBS
UBS sees many headwinds for Caterpillar, including lower oil prices, slowing construction activity, and foreign currency headwinds. Although the firm feels the risks are already priced into the stock, they lowered estimates and expect forward guidance to be disappointing. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating but lowered its price target to $84 from $104 on Caterpillar shares.
January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTSPLSSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTSPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTSPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTSPLSActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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08:59 EDTSPLSStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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07:57 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $120 from $100 at Credit Suisse
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