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June 3, 2014
12:26 EDTACHC, SSNLF, PF, PPC, KKD, IDCC, F, TSN, ZQK, FIATY, GM, HSHOn 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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March 22, 2015
14:59 EDTPFPinnacle Foods enters bidding for meatless food company Quorn, Telegraph says
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March 20, 2015
08:33 EDTACHCAcadia price target raised to $86 from $72 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target on Acadia to $86 from $72 citing expectations of its U.K. business doubling, potential for another large deal, and a view for double digit organic growth. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Acadia shares.
08:01 EDTF, GMStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 18, 2015
08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
March 17, 2015
19:42 EDTZQKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:22 EDTZQKQuiksilver sees FY15 revenue $1.38B-$1.45B, consensus $1.49B
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16:21 EDTZQKQuiksilver sees Q2 revenue $340M, consensus $368.57M
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16:20 EDTZQKQuiksilver reports Q1 continuing ops EPS (11c), consensus (14c)
Reports Q1 revenue $340.9M, consensus $337.37M. Gross margin decreased to 49.7% from 50.8%. The 110 basis point decline in gross margin reflects higher discounting, the unfavorable impact of currency exchange rates, and higher freight and distribution costs related to the West coast ports labor dispute, partially offset by the favorable impact of higher sales mix in direct to consumer channels.
14:13 EDTGM, FMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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05:57 EDTSSNLFChina vendors to ship 50M Androids with fingerprint sensors, DigiTimes reports
China vendors is expected to ship 50M Android (GOOG) smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies, Android smartphone vendors have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing compared to press-type sensors used by Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
March 16, 2015
16:25 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY15 EPS $3.30-$3.40, consensus $3.43
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11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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07:16 EDTTSNConsumer Analyst Group of Europe to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTSSNLFSamsung increases TV panel purchases to meet TV sales target, DigiTimes says
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March 15, 2015
16:14 EDTSSNLFBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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