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December 19, 2012
16:30 EDTONTY, ALTE, IDTI, AIR, GM, PLXT, MKL, HLFOn 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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10:48 EDTHLFHerbalife critics seek meetings with Icahn, Soros, NY Post reports
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09:33 EDTAIRAAR Corp. downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
Sidoti downgraded AAR Corp to Neutral based on valuation.
07:46 EDTAIRAAR Corp. coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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05:44 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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10:19 EDTIDTIIntegrated Device management to meet with Craig Hallum
Meetings to be held in Canada on February 24, in Chicago on February 25 and in San Francisco on February 26 hosted by Craig Hallum.
08:49 EDTAIRAAR Corp. to hold a conference call
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08:11 EDTAIRAAR Corp. expects to report pre-tax gain of $200M from TransDigm transaction
AAR (AIR) announced it has agreed to sell its Telair Cargo Group to TransDigm (TDG) for a purchase price of $725M in cash, subject to adjustments. The Telair Cargo Group is comprised of Telair International, Telair U.S., and Nordisk Aviation Products. AAR will report its Telair Cargo Group as discontinued operations beginning in the third quarter of FY 2015 and the sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter ending May 31, 2015, subject to regulatory approval. When the sale closes, AAR expects to report a pre-tax gain of approximately $200 million after expenses and fees. AAR further announced its intention to sell its unprofitable Precision Systems Manufacturing business and will report it as a discontinued operation and record an impairment charge of approximately $40 million in the third quarter of FY 2015. The company also announced today that its third-quarter results will be less than expected due to fewer flying positions in its Airlift operation, costs associated with this transaction, and bid costs for large government contracts.
08:06 EDTAIRTransDigm to acquire Telair Cargo Group from AAR Corp. for $725M
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor groupís proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the companyís long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
14:04 EDTHLFHerbalife February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GMís regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GMís general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
05:13 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ARCP
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February 19, 2015
05:31 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ANF
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