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April 4, 2012
12:10 EDTVIAS, PPO, IBM, WBMD, DDIC, YHOO, SNDK, GM, GEOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at mid-day, as the slide that began after yesterday's release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes deepened. The comments which sank the market revolved around the lack of additional stimulus unless the economy faltered, ruling out at least for the time being any semblance of further quantitative easing. Though Fed Chairman Bernanke said as much last month, the market reacted strongly late yesterday and again today after digesting the implications further. The economic data released today was generally in line with expectations but did little to improve the dour tone of the market... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said the private sector added 209K jobs in March, just exceeding forecasts for the addition of 206K jobs. The ISM non-manufacturing index had a reading of 56.0, versus expectations for 56.8. Crude oil inventories built up by much more than expected, growing by 9M barrels. In Europe, Spain's bond yields rose following the country's first auction after its new austerity budget had been announced. Also, the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 1.0%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM (IBM) shares were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch, which cited valuation and limited earnings upside in the near-term, though the firm did raise its price target on the stock to $215 from $205... Moody's downgraded the debt ratings of General Electric (GE) and its finance unit, General Electric Capital Corporation... Yahoo! (YHOO) confirmed that it will cut about 2,000 jobs as part of a restructuring that its new CEO Scott Thompson said will result in a "smaller, nimbler, more profitable" company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Polypore (PPO), after William Blair said General Motor's (GM) decision to restart Volt production earlier than planned could be a positive for the battery component supplier, and DDi Corp. (DDIC), on news it will be acquired by Viasystems Group (VIAS) for $13 per share. Noteworthy losers included SanDisk (SNDK), after the company lowered its Q1 revenue guidance, and WebMD (WBMD), after the company said it expects to acquire about 5.77M shares of its common stock at a price of $26.00 per share pursuant to its completed modified "Dutch auction" tender offer... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 145.95, or 1.11%, to 13,053.60; the Nasdaq was down 53.46, or 1.72%, to 3,060.11; and the S&P 500 was down 15.89, or 1.12%, to 1,397.49.
News For IBM;GE;YHOO;PPO;GM;DDIC;VIAS;SNDK;WBMD From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTGEGE unveils $100M-plus washer investment in Louisville plant
GE announced an investment of $100M-plus in a new top load washer design and expanded manufacturing capability at its laundry plant in Louisville. This marks the largest laundry launch for GE in 20 years and is another example of the company's continued commitment to U.S. manufacturing.
09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
August 17, 2015
19:29 EDTYHOOFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
13:34 EDTYHOOBuzzFeed and Yahoo Japan in JV, FT reports
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11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
08:02 EDTGEGE Healthcare wins FDA approval for low dose CT lung cancer screening
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07:42 EDTGMNew 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%.
07:39 EDTIBMTMC to hold a conference
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August 16, 2015
15:44 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest 'several million' in historic factory renovation
General Motors announced that the "historic" Durant-Dort Factory One will be converted into an archive and research center as part of a renovation project. GM will invest several million dollars to create a modern archive to house the automotive collection currently located at Kettering University. The archive and research center will occupy the first floor of the east wing of Factory One. GM plans to develop the second floor of the east wing into a meeting area for GM, community and educational groups to conduct STEM-related classes, seminars and, potentially, research. The high-bay area in the west wing of the facility will be renovated to house classic vehicles and other historical artifacts. Once plans are finalized and a general contractor is selected, work on the archive and other interior projects could begin in early 2016 with the project completed in 2017, according to GM. Reference Link
13:59 EDTIBMIBM product development strategy leaves cause for concern, Barron's says
IBM's hefty dividend and buyback programs have expended upward of 80% of operating cash flow in the past three years, and the company's "thin" R&D investments should give investors a "reason to be concerned," Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
17:29 EDTGMGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:57 EDTGMSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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16:13 EDTGEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session with modest losses despite a calm overnight trading session for the Chinese yuan. The U.S. economic data that was released prior to the open were generally in-line with expectations leaving little for investors to key in on during the market hours. As a result, the averages drifted several times across the flat line until finally moving higher in the afternoon. Even the price of crude was fairly stale throughout the session, but it still closed toward its low of the day. The market received a slight boost toward the end of the session when headlines out of Europe said the area's finance ministers agreed to implement the Greek bailout with a couple of additional measures. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report was unchanged from last week at 884 rigs. COMPANY NEWS: Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management disclosed a new 7.08% stake in food distributor Sysco Corporation (SYY), and is engaged in discussions with the company including board representation for Trian. Sysco rose 7.4% to $41.38 after the disclosure of the Trian stake... General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Additionally, Reuters reported that General Electric was expected to win EU antitrust approval for its proposed EUR12.4B acquisition of Alstom's (ALSMY) power unit, according to two people familiar with the matter. GE rose 1.1% to $26.08 on the day. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 4.3% and 5.6%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 6.15%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 20.7% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 20.7% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." INDEXES: The Dow rose 69.15, or 0.4%, to 17,477.40, the Nasdaq gained 14.68, or 0.29%, to 5,048.23, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.15, or 0.39%, to 2,091.54.
13:03 EDTIBM, GMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:50 EDTGEGE likely to gain EU approval for Alstom unit buy, Reuters reports
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12:37 EDTGM, GEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
12:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric likely to gain EU approval for Alstom unit buy, Reuters says
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