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December 19, 2012
16:30 EDTHLF, GM, ALTE, MKL, AIR, ONTY, PLXT, IDTIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower after a session that saw the averages trade on either side of the flat line. News out of Washington continued to dominate the headlines. House Speaker Boehner, speaking in the afternoon, said that it was time for President Obama to "get serious" on the budget, which sent the averages to their lows... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts slid 3.0% in November to a 861,000 start rate, versus the expected 872,000. However, building permits rose 3.6% month over month to a 899,000 rate, versus the expected 875,000... COMPANY NEWS: CNBC's Kate Kelly reported that activist investor Bill Ackman has taken a "major" short position in Herbalife (HLF). The report said that Ackman considers Herbalife a "pyramid scheme" and will disclose his position, taken after several months of research, at an investor event tomorrow. Shares of Herbalife were halted for volatility following the report and finished the day down $2.28, or 5.36%, at $40.22... General Motors (GM) announced plans to buy back 200M shares held by the U.S. Treasury in a first step toward the government's full exit from its holding within the next 12 to 15 months. GM will pay $27.50 a share, or $5.5B total, and expects to close the deal to reduce the government's stake in the company to 19% from 26.5% by the end of this year. GM shares rose $1.69, or 6.63%, to $27.18 after the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AAR Corp. (AIR), up $2.23, or 13.32%, to $18.97 after reporting earnings that beat Street estimates, raising its FY13 EPS view, and seeing its price target raised to $24 from $22 at DA Davidson. Also higher were shares of Alterra Capital (ALTE), up $5.03, or 21.73%, to $28.18 following its deal to be acquired by Markel (MKL) for $31 per share in stock and cash. Shares of Markel lost $49.81, or 10.25%, to close at $436.24. Among other noteworthy losers was Oncothyreon (ONTY), down $2.31, or 51.33%, to $2.19 after its lung cancer drug missed its endpoint in a study. Also lower were shares of PLX Technology (PLXT), down 80c, or 17.78%, to $3.70 after news the FTC would seek to block the company's planned merger with Integrated Device Technology (IDTI). Conversely, shares of Integrated Device rose 16c, or 2.31%, to $7.08... INDICES: The Dow was down 98.99, or 0.74%, to 13,251.97; the Nasdaq was down 10.17, or 0.33%, to 3,044.36; and the S&P 500 was down 10.98, or 0.76%, to 1,435.81.
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September 12, 2014
09:14 EDTONTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTONTYOncothyreon says Merck KGaA discontinues development of tecemotide in NSCLC
Oncothyreon (ONTY) disclosed earlier in a regulatory filing that Merck KGaA (MKGAY), which has world-wide rights for the development and commercialization of tecemotide under a license agreement with Oncothyreon, announced that its biopharmaceutical division will discontinue the clinical development program of the investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy as a monotherapy in Stage III non-small cell lung cancer, or NSCLC. The decision to discontinue the current clinical program in NSCLC, which includes the Phase III START2 and INSPIRE studies, follows recent results from a planned analysis of EMR 63325-009, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I/II study in Japanese patients. Merck Serono has made the decision to discontinue all other Merck Serono-sponsored clinical trials with tecemotide in NSCLC worldwide. Those patients on active treatment with tecemotide can undergo an individual assessment by their treating physician and apply to receive further treatment outside of the studies. Merck Serono will continue to supply tecemotide for ongoing investigator-sponsored trials in other indications in accordance with their agreements with the sponsors of these studies. Shares of Oncothyreon are down 12% in pre-market trading following the news from its partner.
06:22 EDTGMGeneral Motors issues 'stop delivery' order for new Corvettes, WSJ reports
A "stop delivery" order on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes has been ordered by General Motors, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to a spokesman, the automaker wants to fix two potential problems -- a parking brake issue and an air bag problem -- with the car before they leave the Bowling Green, KY plant or dealer lots. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
06:51 EDTGMGM to reveal 40 new vehicles in India, other countries, Reuters says
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
09:17 EDTGMChina 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
08:02 EDTGMGM calls Canadian dealer 'ambush' allegations overblown, Globe & Mail reports
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September 9, 2014
14:12 EDTIDTIApple confirms wireless charging for Apple Watch
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10:57 EDTGMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:16 EDTGMMobileye technology being used by GM, Tesla, says William Blair
William Blair believes both General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA) are using Mobileye (MBLY) technology for their announced self-driving capabilities. The firm notes that over the past two days, GM and Tesla noted their intentions of offering vehicles with autonomous driving capability in the next 24-36 months. William Blair says the recent announcements confirm its bullish outlook on Mobileye's market opportunity. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Mobileye are rallying 5%, or $2.61, to $55.62 in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley also upped its price target this morning on the name to $65 from $46.
08:51 EDTIDTIIntegrated Device says 'working closely' with Intel on wireless charging
Integrated Device Technology (IDTI) announced earlier at the Intel Developer Forum that it is working closely with Intel (INTC) on the development of wireless charging solutions to accelerate the delivery and adoption of the technology. The two companies, both board members of the Alliance for Wireless Power, will define, design and manufacture solutions that comply with the A4WP magnetic resonance standard. The new technology will offer the ability to charge both lower and higher power devices, from wearables and phones to tablets and PCs. The companies expect to have their technology in products in 2015, IDT stated.
07:10 EDTAIRGabelli to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTGMGM JV in China recalls over 38K Cadillac sedans, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTGMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
13:26 EDTGMFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTGMAugust 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
09:29 EDTIDTICraig-Hallum says Integrated Device likely in Apple iWatch
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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September 7, 2014
20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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