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January 10, 2013
16:30 EDTBV, NOK, HLF, MCP, SVU, ELLI, ZLC, FOn 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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December 16, 2014
06:03 EDTHLFHerbalife insider trading case dismissed by SEC, NY Post reports
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTFUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
10:00 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
06:55 EDTFTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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06:53 EDTFFord downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank cut its rating on Ford Motor shares to Hold with the stock near its price target of $16. Deutsche says it is more cautious about investing in U.S. auto names with the market entering its sixth year of recovery. Shares of the car maker closed Friday down 29c to $14.99.
December 12, 2014
13:08 EDTFFord CEO sees "breakthrough" year in 2015, Automotive News says
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December 11, 2014
15:56 EDTFAutomaker lending arms probed by NYDFS, NY Post reports
The New York Department of Financial Services has subpoenaed the financing arms of Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Hyundai, Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), as well as Banco Santander (SAN) and TD Bank (TD), said the New York Post, citing a source familiar with the investigation. Reference Link
13:19 EDTFMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
11:42 EDTFStocks with call strike movement; DOW F
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09:35 EDTHLFHerbalife says product claims have 'strict rules and guidelines'
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09:34 EDTHLFVideo entitled 'Harmful Promises' posted to Ackman's Herbalife website
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09:33 EDTELLIEllie Mae management to meet with Needham
Meetings to be held in San Diego/Los Angeles on December 18 hosted by Needham.
December 9, 2014
10:44 EDTELLIEllie Mae management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:23 EDTSVUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTSVUSupervalu downgraded after share outperformance at Oppenheimer
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05:54 EDTSVUSupervalu downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTFVolkswagen 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).
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
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