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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 Pilgrim’s 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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February 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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08:57 EDTSSNLFT-Mobile releases teaser image of Samsung Galaxy S6, The Verge says
T-Mobile (TMUS) CEO John Legere released a teaser image of Samsung's (SSNLF) upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone and also confirmed the carrier will offer the S6, reports The Verge, citing tweets and a T-Mobile website. The teaser image suggest a metal backing and curved screen edges on both sides of the phone. An official reveal is expected March 1. Reference Link
07:00 EDTSSNLFUnconfirmed price leak shows Samsung SUHD TVs starting at $2,499, CNet says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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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 group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
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 GM’s 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 GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 19, 2015
14:38 EDTTSN, PPCGovernment panel continues to recommend lean meat, Bloomberg says
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09:51 EDTSSNLFSamsung sees LoopPay tech built into smartphone hardware, TechCrunch says
Samsung will work to incorporate its recently-acquired LoopPay mobile payment technology directly into smartphone hardware, reports TechCrunch, citing statements by EVP and head of Samsung Mobile Injong Rhee. Rhee added that LoopPay is "compelling because of its coverage," as its technology allows it to work with roughly 90% of existing card payment terminals in U.S. stores. Samsung Innovation Center EVP David Eun noted the company will release new products incorporating the technology "in the near future" and hinted at the possibility of features like loyalty programs. Reference Link
08:19 EDTIDCCInterDigital sees Q1 revenue $107M-$110M, consensus $91.25M
08:18 EDTIDCCInterDigital reports Q4 EPS 36c, consensus 36c
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February 18, 2015
15:43 EDTSSNLFSamsung to acquire digitial wallet start-up LoopPay
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11:29 EDTIDCCInterDigital says likely to pursue avenues for review after CAFC rejects appeal
InterDigital reacted to the decision by the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit to reject the company's appeal of the U.S. International Trade Commission's decision in the 337-TA-800 investigation, with CEO William Merritt stating, "We are disappointed by the Federal Circuit's decision, and will in all likelihood pursue the avenues for review that exist. Most importantly, our '613 ITC case where we previously prevailed at the Federal Circuit, and our active cases in Delaware involving ZTE and Microsoft, are based on different patents and are not controlled by this decision. We remain very confident in the strength of our portfolio, and in our ability to continue to grow our licensing program."
10:22 EDTIDCCInterDigital drops, levels to watch
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10:18 EDTIDCCInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
09:09 EDTSSNLFLionsgate and Samsung launch exclusive virtual reality experience
Lionsgate (LGF) and Samsung (SSNLF) have teamed up to create the exclusive virtual reality experience "Insurgent- Shatter Reality". The four-minute visual work of art is a fully-immersive, 360-degree narrative experience set in the world of the upcoming feature film The Divergent Series: Insurgent.
06:38 EDTFIATY, GM, FCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:20 EDTSSNLFApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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