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January 10, 2013
16:30 EDTMCP, SVU, ELLI, ZLC, F, BV, NOK, HLFOn 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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April 26, 2015
16:37 EDTNOKNokia says no current plans to manufacture consumer handsets
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April 25, 2015
14:36 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss April U.S. sales will be held on May 1 at 10 am. Webcast Link
April 24, 2015
17:38 EDTFFord issues recall for Fiesta, Fusion, MKZ due to door latch issue
Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for approximately 390,000 2012-2014 Ford Fiesta and 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for a door latch issue. The door latch in these vehicles may experience a broken pawl spring tab, which typically results in a condition where the door will not latch. If a customer is then able to latch the door, there is potential the door may unlatch while driving, increasing the risk of injury.Ford is aware of two allegations of soreness resulting from an unlatched door bouncing back when the customer attempted to close it, and one accident allegation when an unlatched door swung open and struck an adjacent vehicle as the driver was pulling into a parking space. Reference Link
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09:20 EDTMCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
09:04 EDTMCPLynas: China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand, Bloomberg says
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April 23, 2015
15:44 EDTFFord to cut shift in Michigan factory, Detroit News says
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11:08 EDTHLFHerbalife confirms to Bloomberg 2% price increase in U.S.
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09:18 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTNOKBaidu mulling bid for Nokia maps unit, Bloomberg reports
07:41 EDTHLFHerbalife price target raised to $50 from $42 at Canaccord
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07:41 EDTFGeneral 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%.
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTNOKNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:55 EDTNOKNokia looks for $3.2B for its Maps business, Bloomberg says
13:54 EDTFEarnings 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%.
10:02 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:18 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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08:37 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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08:35 EDTNOKNokia upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein
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06:24 EDTNOKNokia upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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