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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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April 9, 2014
06:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded General Motors based on expectations the industry will be pressured by increasing technology capex needs. The analyst believes GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars which will pressure margins and earnings. The firm views valuation as fair but not on a relative basis vs. its coverage universe and assigned an Underweight rating on shares with a $33 price target.
06:00 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in Kentucky vote to allow strike, AP reports
GM's auto workers at its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant have voted to authorize a strike over safety concerns, the Associated Press reports. More than 90% of the eligible union workers voted to call a strike if necessary. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
18:56 EDTGMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
18:23 EDTGMGeneral Motors planning lower-priced Chevy Volt, Reuters says
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17:14 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA for timeliness of response to inquiry
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17:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors fined $28,000 by NHTSA, reports CNBC
12:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $449M in support of electric vehicles
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09:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors appears oversold, says RBC Capital
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07:31 EDTGMGM workers in Bowling Green to hold vote on strike, AP reports
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07:17 EDTGMChina car sales up 9% as curbs spark early purchases, Bloomberg says
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07:14 EDTGMGM SUVs earn top scores among rivals in crash test, Bloomberg says
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said GM's (GM) Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned the highest scores among mid-size sport-utility cars in a test made to simulate one of the deadliest kinds of front-end crashes, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from IIHS's Chief Research Officer David Zuby. Toyota's (TM) Highlander earned an "acceptable" rating, while the other six cars that were tested were given a "marginal" or "poor" rating. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
17:25 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $450M in electric cars, WSJ says
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14:16 EDTGMGroup says General Motors' Impala could have air bag defect, Bloomberg reports
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11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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06:35 EDTGMGM investors keep faith as recall reduces $3B in value, Bloomberg says
A variety of institutional investors in GM say they still feel confident in the stock after the recall crisis reduced more than $3B in shareholders’ value over four weeks, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors considers range of options for victim-compensation, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTONTYOncothyreon announces Merck KGaA initiation of Phase 3 START2 study
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April 6, 2014
18:12 EDTGMGM to begin fixing faulty ignition switches, WSJ says
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16:07 EDTGMGM's Opel brand planning compact electric car by 2017, Reuters says
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14:53 EDTGMMcCaskill says GM ignition case could lead to criminal charges, Reuters says
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