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January 10, 2013
16:30 EDTHLF, F, SVU, NOK, ZLC, MCP, BV, ELLIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished higher after U.S. weekly jobless claims came in slightly worse than expected, while export data from China beat expectations. In spite of the data, released last night and this morning, the markets drifted near the flat-line for much of the session before running higher into the close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims rose 4K to 371K, versus expectations for 362K claims. Wholesale inventories increased 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The Job Openings & Labor Turnover survey showed advertised job openings climbed 11,000 in November to 3.67M, which was about 12% more than in the same month a year ago. In Europe, the ECB kept its main interest rate unchanged. The Bank of England also voted, as expected, to keep its main interest rate unchanged and not to buy more government bonds. China's trade surplus rose to $31.6B in December from $19.6B in November, as exports increased 14.1% compared with the same period a year earlier, widely beating expectations for a 4.5% increase. Imports gained 6%, compared to expectations for a 2.6% increase... COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) made a lengthy presentation to defend itself following Bill Ackman's own lengthy presentation in which he laid out his short thesis and called the company a pyramid scheme. Herbalife shares briefly traded higher as the investor event was ongoing, but finished the day down 71c, or 1.78%, at $39.24... Ford (F) shares rose 36c, or 2.67%, to $13.83 after the company doubled its quarterly dividend to 10c per share... Supervalu (SVU) gained $43c, or 14.14%, to $3.47 after the company agreed to sell its Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market chains to a Cerberus-led consortium in a transaction valued at $3.3B. The company also reported a quarterly profit on sales that were roughly in-line with expectations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nokia (NOK), up 70c, or 18.67%, to $4.45 after announcing its Mobile Phones business unit and Lumia portfolio delivered better than expected results in Q4 and operating expenses were lower than expected. Also higher was Zale (ZLC), up 49c, or 11.69%, to $4.68 after reporting holiday period SSS up 2.3% and saying that it expects positive net income for FY13. Among the noteworthy losers was Molycorp (MCP), down $2.45, or 22.71%, to $8.34 after forecasting lower than expected 2013 revenue and cash flow, and Bazaarvoice (BV), which fell sharply and settled down $1.41, or 15.84%, to $7.49 after the Department of Justice said it was filing an antitrust lawsuit against the company related to its June acquisition of PowerReviews. Also lower were shares of Ellie Mae (ELLI), down $2.26, or 8.21%, to $25.26 after the Consumer Finance Protection Agency said it would introduce new eligibility requirements for mortgages... INDICES: The Dow was up 80.71, or 0.60%, to 13,471.22; the Nasdaq was up 15.95, or 0.51%, to 3,121.76; and the S&P 500 was up 11.10, or 0.76%, to 1,472.12.
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September 11, 2014
17:00 EDTMCPMolycorp announces closing of $400M financing arrangement
Molycorp, Inc. announced the successful close of its previously announced $400M financing arrangement with certain investment vehicles affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Under the arrangement, Oaktree will provide Molycorp and certain of the company's subsidiaries with up to $400M in secured financing through credit facilities and the sale and leaseback of certain equipment at the company's Mountain Pass facility. $250M of the financings has now been funded, with the remaining $150M available until April 30, 2016 if Molycorp achieves consolidated adjusted EBITDA of not less than $20.0M per quarter for two consecutive fiscal quarters, and production volume at its Mountain Pass facility of at least 4,000 metric tons per quarter for two consecutive fiscal quarters.
13:35 EDTFFord's Lincoln to launch Navigator marketing push, Automotive News says
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September 10, 2014
13:15 EDTNOKMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
09:17 EDTFChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:33 EDTNOKW.P. Carey completes sale-leaseback with Nokia in Poland for $13M
W. P. Carey's (WPC) managed non-traded REIT CPA:17 – Global has completed a sale-leaseback with Nokia Solutions and Networks, a subsidiary of Nokia (NOK). The office/R&D facility is located in Krakow, Poland and was acquired for approximately $13M.
September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTNOK, FThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTFVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
17:47 EDTFFord downgrade a buying opportunity, Barron's says
Ford's downgrade at Morgan Stanley is a buying opportunity and investors should buy the dip, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
13:26 EDTFFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTFAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
10:06 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:12 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTFMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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06:29 EDTFFord downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Ford two notches to Underweight from Overweight and lowered its price target to $16 from $17. The firm recommends reducing positions due to competitive pressures, cycle maturity, high expectations, and execution risk to the new truck changeover.
September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTMCPOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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12:42 EDTMCPStocks with increasing options volume
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10:58 EDTFFord China venture recalls 191K cars over fuel leak chance, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFFord China reports August sales up 9% to 77,506
Ford China sales are up 30% in the year to date, with 717,537 vehicles sold compared with 551,738 in the first eight months of 2013. In August this year alone, Ford sold 77,506 vehicles in China, up 9% from 71,183 sold in August last year. Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, sold 522,394 vehicles in the first eight months of 2014, up 33% from 394,017 sold during the same period last year. August sales for CAF reached 60,306 vehicles, up 13% from August 2013. Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, sold 171,169 vehicles in the year to date, up 19% from 143,322 vehicles sold during the same period last year. JMC’s monthly sales were steady, with 16,200 vehicles sold in August compared with 16,549 vehicles in August 2013.
09:10 EDTHLFHerbalife distributor claims fired for web sales, Seeking Alpha contributor says
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September 4, 2014
09:06 EDTBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 9%... Verifone (PAY), up 3.8%... Methode Electronics (MEI), up 13%... Bazaarvoice (BV), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 35.7% after Teledyne (TDY) agrees to acquire the company for $22 per share in cash... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 58% after USAA lawsuit settlement... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 7% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Stereotaxis (STXS), up 22% after receiving FDA clearance for Vdrive with V-Loop system... NewLink (NLNK), up 3.4% after reporting FDA approval for Phase 1 clinical studies of Ebola vaccine. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), down 3%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1%... Matrix Service (MTRX), down 11%... Mobileye (MBLY), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.8% after updating third quarter China division same-store sales guidance... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.9% after downgraded at Pacific Crest... GoPro (GPRO), down 3.5% after downgraded at JPMorgan... Shanda Games (GAME), down 4% after announcing reconstitution of special committee.
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