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June 5, 2014
12:28 EDTAXAS, HPQ, VRA, JOY, PVH, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks began the session in quiet fashion as they got little help from the day’s economic reports which included the weekly jobless claims data and the monthly Challenger Job Cuts report. The relatively benign numbers lifted the futures above fair value but gave it little momentum once the market opened. The averages drifted in a narrow range and pushed the S&P to a new all-time high. The market may continue to drift this afternoon as investors move to the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose slightly, up 8,000 to 312,000, in the week of May 31. The Challenger Job-Cut Report for May came in at 52,961, an increase partially caused by a 16,000 employee layoff at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) released the results of an internal investigation into the company’s delayed recall of defective ignition switches, with CEO Mary Barra saying the saga was "riddled with failure, leading to tragic results for many." Fifteen employees were fired for misconduct, incompetence or failure to act. MAJOR MOVERS: Joy Global (JOY) is up 6.31% after reporting Q2 earnings results and backing its FY14 guidance. Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) is up 11.38% after raising its FY14 production guidance last night after the close. Abraxas was also upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust this morning. PVH Corp (PVH) is down 6.66% after reporting Q1 earnings results and lowering its FY14 EPS view. Vera Bradley (VRA) is down 3.6% after reporting Q1 earnings results and giving Q2 and FY15 guidance that did not meet analyst expectations. INDEXES: The Dow is up 97.10, or 0.58%, to 16,834.63; the Nasdaq is up 37.88, or 0.89%, to 4,289.52; and the S&P 500 is up 11.06, or 0.57%, to 1,938.96.
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June 25, 2015
11:49 EDTGMGM to take $600M charge to devalue Venezuelan ops, Detroit News reports
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10:01 EDTGMTrueCar Tprjects retail auto sales to consumers up 7.9% in June
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09:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors expects FY15 ETR-Adj. to be in mid-20% range
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07:27 EDTPVHPVH Corp. remains top softlines pick, says UBS
UBS said PVH Corp. remains its top softlines pick, citing improving Q2 trends, confidence that the company will report a beat and raise quarter and multiple sources of earnings upside and multiple expansion that will drive stock performance. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $132 price target on PVH Corp.
07:23 EDTGMHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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June 24, 2015
18:57 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO 'very far' from pressuring GM investors, Reuters says
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11:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors to host conference call
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10:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors slips to session lows, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
06:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into downgrade to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
General Motors July call option implied volatility is at 17, August and September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 38, suggesting decreasing price movement into Goldman downgrade to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum.
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded General Motors (GM) to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum. The firm's recent dealer visits in China indicate increased promotional activity and net price deterioration to support Shanghai GM JV product sales. Goldman said this, combined with margin pressure, will likely lead to a reduction in China guidance. For North America, the firm said Q1 carryover product pressure has extended into Q2 and could be pressured further with full availability of Ford's (F) F-150 heading into 2H 2015.
June 23, 2015
17:44 EDTGMGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
12:54 EDTHPQPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
12:41 EDTGMHyundai nearing sponsorship agreement with NFL, Bloomberg reports
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11:15 EDTGMGM activists not interested in merger with Fiat Chrysler, Financial Times says
General Motors (GM) activist holders have said they will not push for a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), reports the Financial Times. According to four people familiar with the matter, the activist contingent, which controls about 1.5% of GM shares, is more interested in cutting costs than embarking on a complicated merger transaction. One person close to the hedge funds said the investors believe consolidation makes sense but are unsure "that this particular consolidation makes sense." Reference Link
11:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $245M at Orion Assembly plant
General Motors said it will invest $245M and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program. "Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something it’s never seen before." Investment in Orion totals $962M since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010, the automaker announced in a statement. Today's announcement is a part of the $5.4B GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1B of the $5.4B has been identified, leaving $2.3B to be announced by year end.
06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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