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June 3, 2014
12:26 EDTPPC, KKD, IDCC, F, TSN, ZQK, FIATY, GM, HSH, ACHC, SSNLF, PFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and spent most of the morning there. At one point the averages turned mixed with the Dow and S&P in positive ground while the Nasdaq continued to lag, but all three slipped back into the red before long, which is where they stood near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 0.7% in April from the revised March figure, topping the consensus forecast for a 0.5% increase. In China, the government's official services purchasing managers' index hit a 6-month high, rising to 55.5 in May from 54.8 in April. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH) jumped 9% to trade above $58 as the bidding war for the meat producer continues. Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) confirmed that it submitted a revised proposal to acquire Hillshire for $55.00 per share in cash, which is up from its prior offer of $45 and tops a rival bid of $50 per share that was made by Tyson Foods (TSN). For its part, Hillshire said its board has agreed to provide information to, and conduct separate talks with Pilgrimís Pride and Tyson about their recent unsolicited proposals, but Hillshire cautioned that it does not have the right to terminate its Pinnacle Foods (PF) merger agreement on the basis of either of the two companies' takeover proposals... Despite its recall woes, General Motors (GM) reported that its U.S. sales grew 12.6% from the prior year in May. Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler unit also reported a double-digit percentage increase in its U.S. sales last month, while Ford (F) reported that its retail sales grew 3%, powering the company to its strongest May result since 2004. Despite the strong sales reports, shares of both GM and Ford were up just a fraction of a percent near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterDigital (IDCC), which advanced over 19% after the company announced a patent license agreement with Samsung (SSNLF) and increased its Q2 revenue guidance. Also higher was Acadia Healthcare (ACHC), which rose nearly 15% after it agreed to acquire Partnerships in Care in a deal that analysts at Wells Fargo expect to be "meaningfully accretive." Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports and guidance were surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding apparel retailer Quiksilver (ZQK), which plunged 40%, and doughnut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), which fell over 14%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 24.33, or 0.15%, to 16,719.30, the Nasdaq was down 8.13, or 0.19%, to 4,229.07, and the S&P 500 was down 1.97, or 0.1%, to 1,923.00.
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August 21, 2015
06:46 EDTGMGM recalling 5,493 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles
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06:01 EDTSSNLFABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung TV production capacity reduced in 1H15, DigiTimes says
Samsung reduced TV production capacity globally by 10M units in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. Citing Korea media reports in Money Today, Samsung reduced capacity to 21.36M in 1H15. It also plans to decrease production capacity by another 10M units in 2H15 for a total of 42M units. Reference Link
06:01 EDTIDCCInterDigital sued by Microsoft for violating antitrust law, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) has filed a lawsuit against InterDigital (IDCC), accusing the company of violating U.S. antitrust law by unfairly licensing its technology, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, is the latest move in the companies' fight over patent licensing. The ITC is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft's smartphones infringe two of InterDigital patents and should be banned from being imported into the U.S. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTTSNRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
10:14 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 5.3% in July
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06:07 EDTSSNLFSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTSSNLFTop electric car makers largely choosing SDI, Panasonic for batteries, WSJ says
Large auto makers in the U.S., Europe and Asia are favoring Samsung's (SSNLF) SDI unit, Panasonic (PCRFY) and LG to supply advanced batteries for their electric cars following several years of failed technology bets among suppliers, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to Lux Research battery expert Cosmin Laslau, five years from now, "We are looking at Panasonic, LG and Samsung SDI making up about 80% of the market." Reference Link
August 19, 2015
19:13 EDTSSNLFSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
18:40 EDTSSNLFAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
09:25 EDTPPCBB&T to hold a conference
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06:03 EDTSSNLFSamsung begins to market Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ in Taiwan, DigiTimes reports
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August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: Global mobile DRAM revenue up 7.7% in Q2, DigiTimes reports
Global sales of mobile DRAM increased 7.7% sequentially to $3.85B while global sales of overall DRAM decreased 4.8% to $11.4B in Q2, reports DigiTimes, citing DRAMeXchange. Mobile DRAM prices were less affected by falling prices for PC DRAM chips when compared to other types of DRAM. Prices for PC DRAM chips, which fell 15% in July, are forecast to drop an overall 30% in the third quarter of 2015. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
07:42 EDTGM, FNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
06:38 EDTSSNLFApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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