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February 14, 2013
12:25 EDTWFM, Z, CSCO, AAMRQ, STZ, ULTA, VCLK, PEP, LCC, BRK.A, WTW, ANGI, GM, BUD, HNZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed at midday in spite of fewer than expected weekly jobless claims and a flurry of mergers and acquisitions announcements. The domestic news was offset by worse than expected economic growth data from Europe and Japan, leaving the major averages mixed near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 27K from the prior week to 341K, versus expectations for 360K claims. In Europe, the euro zone's 0.6% contraction in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter was the steepest for the bloc since early 2009. The zone's two biggest economies shrank more than expected, as Germany's economy contracted 0.6% and France's shrunk 0.3%. In Asia, Japanís real gross domestic product contracted for the third straight quarter, shrinking 0.1% in the final three months of last year... COMPANY NEWS: M&A news stole the headlines, as household names Heinz (HNZ), US Airways (LCC), American Airlines (AAMRQ) and Anheuser-Busch (BUD) were all involved in high-profile deals. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), along with partner 3G Capital, agreed to buy H.J. Heinz for $72.50 in cash per share, sending the stock of the ketchup maker up 20%. Constellation Brands (STZ) soared more than 35% after the terms of its deal with AB InBev were revised, granting Constellation perpetual rights to distribute Corona and other Modelo brands in the U.S. AB InBev shares also gained over 4% following the modification, which the company hopes will end its fight with the DOJ over its intention to acquire Grupo Modelo. US Airways shares fell 7% after it agreed to merge with bankrupt AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, in a deal that will create the world's biggest air carrier... Almost overshadowed among the M&A news were earnings reports from giants General Motors (GM), PepsiCo (PEP) and Dow component Cisco (CSCO). Of the three, only Pepsi traded higher following its results and outlook... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Angie's List (ANGI), up 24%, ValueClick (VCLK), up 16%, and Zillow (Z), up 12%. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were Weight Watchers (WTW), down 16%, Ulta Salon (ULTA), down 12%, and Whole Foods Market (WFM), down over 9%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 9.40, or 0.07%, to 13,973.51; the Nasdaq was up 0.31, or 0.01%, to 3,197.19; and the S&P 500 was up 0.14, or 0.01%, to 1,520.47.
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February 2, 2016
12:22 EDTGMEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on General Motors ahead of Q4 report
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12:03 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Wall Street began the session in negative territory and the averages have remained there throughout the day as oil once again weighs on stocks. The price of oil has slid another 4%, giving the commodity a roughly 10% loss over the past two trading sessions. The market's late day rally yesterday gave hope for a decoupling between equities and oil prices, but that appears to be a one day reprieve as the stocks are back in lock-step with crude prices. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 5% in the wake of its report of better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, pushing Google's parent company to overtake Apple (AAPL) as the world's most valuable publicly-traded company in the process... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.5% amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8% in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but forecast 2016 revenue and earnings below analysts' estimates, pushing its shares down fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 4.5% after Bloomberg reported that ChemChina was close to a deal to buy the company for nearly $43B. Also higher were Mattel (MAT), Michael Kors (KORS), and Fabrinet (FN), which gained 12%, 22%, and 12.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Twitter (TWTR), which fell 8% after it was downgraded to Sell at Stifel and following a report claimed that tweets on the service are down 50% from their peak. Also lower were AGCO (AGCO), Harris (HRS), and Pitney Bowes (PBI), which were down 10%, 9.5%, and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) lost 4% and 3.6%, respectively, after reporting U.S. sales for the month of January. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 239.86, or 1.46%, to 16,209.32, the Nasdaq was down 64.83, or 1.4%, to 4,555.54, and the S&P 500 was down 27.87, or 1.44%, to 1,911.51.
10:26 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active
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10:18 EDTCSCOCisco could be interested in FireEye, dealReporter says citing sources
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
General Motors said dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January, up 0.5% compared to last year. GM's retail sales rose 9%. The carmaker estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate for light vehicles in January was 17.5M units. GM ended the month with 74 days supply, or 629,878 vehicles, compared to 630,950 units at the previous month end. GM said, "We believe industry fundamentals such as the age of the vehicle fleet, well managed inventory levels, firm used car pricing, good credit availability and low fuel prices will support higher industry sales in 2016."
09:31 EDTGMGM reports January U.S. sales up 0.5% to 203,745 vehicles
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07:09 EDTGMTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:28 EDTGMGM waiting on credit from investors, WSJ says
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February 1, 2016
19:38 EDTZZillow CEO hunting for real estate websites, software makers, PSBJ says
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18:46 EDTGMAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTWTWS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
11:02 EDTPEPPepsiCo unveils new hospitality venture with launch of Kola House
Pepsi (PEP) announces its plans to launch Kola House, the first experimental kola bar, restaurant, lounge and event space to open in the U.S. market. This first-of-its-kind hospitality venture is set to open its doors in spring 2016, with its flagship location in New York City's Meatpacking District. The flagship location will also serve as an event space for pop culture moments in music, art, style, film, sports and more. Pepsi is leveraging its partnership with Live Nation (LYV) to help build out a special music series, Live at the Kola House, which will serve as tent pole moments throughout its year-long programming. Each of the intimate, stripped down performances will bring fans up-close to the artists both visually and acoustically for the once-in-a-lifetime shows.
06:07 EDTPEPPepsi making foray into restaurant business with Kola House, NY Times says
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January 28, 2016
16:50 EDTCSCOCisco says Chief Development Officer Pankaj Patel to step down
Cisco disclosed in a regulatory filing that, on January 25, Pankaj Patel, EVP and Chief Development Officer, Global Engineering of Cisco Systems notified the company of his decision to step down from his current position during 2H16.
12:32 EDTGMGM, Lithia Motors settle FTC actions alleging inadequate car inspection programs
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10:05 EDTANGIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Neutral at Roth Capital... Bio Blast Pharma (ORPN) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... British American Tobacco (BTI) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Instructure (INST) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Nektar (NKTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Par Pacific (PARR) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
08:20 EDTANGIAngie's List initiated with a Neutral at Roth Capital
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06:09 EDTGMGM's Opel unit, watchdog recalling undisclosed number of models, Reuters reports
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05:50 EDTBUDAB InBev cancels $42.5B of acquisition facilities following recent bond issue
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