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January 6, 2014
06:12 EDTNVDA, VLKAY, TM, DTV, QCOM, GM, VZ, AAPL, INTC, SSNLF, CMCSA, DISH, TWC, NFLX, DIS, JPMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Aggressive investors were a driving force behind a number of deals at big companies in 2013. According to FactSet SharkWatch, there were 10 instances in 2013 in which a U.S. company agreed to break itself up or sell or exit businesses after an investor pushed it to make such changes, even if the moves didn't always satisfy the activist, the Wall Street Journal reports...U.S. prosecutors and regulators are expected to announce this week that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will pay over $2B in penalties for alleged failures to warn about Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers are increasingly using to watch TV (NFLX, DISH, DIS, TWC, DTV, CMCSA, VZ), Reuters reports...Toyota Motor (TM) and its two local joint-venture partners sold more than 900,000 vehicles in China last year, according to two executives, beating its annual sales target after tensions eased in a territorial row between Japan and China, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Samsung (SSNLF), which sells almost one of every three smartphones, wants to parlay that technology into automotive navigation and entertainment systems for an industry that makes more than 80M vehicles a year (GM, VLKAY, TM, INTC, QCOM, NVDA), Bloomberg reports...Apple (AAPL), facing behind-the-scenes pressure from some shareholders to add more female directors and executives, has taken a step to address the criticism and diversify its board, Bloomberg reports.
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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,Ē 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 itís 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.
09:52 EDTDTVKimberly-Clark names DirecTV CEO Michael White to board of directors
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09:40 EDTINTC, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporationís (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:09 EDTAAPLMasimo receives CE Mark for MightySat Rx pulse oximeter
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07:46 EDTAAPLApple CEO: Chinese consumer tastes weighed in product designs, Bloomberg says
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07:39 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $950 on business momentum at BTIG
BTIG raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $950 from $600 citing business model momentum. The firm's analyst believes Netflix can grow substantially beyond 50M domestic subs. In addition, as the MVPD bundle unravels, BTIG expects consumers will have money to spend on Netflix and other SVOD services. As the price/value of Netflix grows, the firm believes there is substantial upside potential to its ARPU estimates. BTIG expects Worldwide streaming subs to expand to over 108M by 2017, up from 101M, compared to 57M at year-end 2014. Furthermore, BTIG believes Netflix could reach 140M global subscribers by 2020.
06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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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 EDTTM, GMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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05:59 EDTAAPLApple developing in-house TDDI solutions, DigiTimes reports
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05:55 EDTAAPLApple changes tune over music streaming royalties, Financial Times says
Apple has agreed to pay for all the music carried on its new streaming music service during free trials, reports the Financial Times. The company signaled the climbdown after singer Taylor Sift released an open letter Sunday that denounced Apple Music as "shocking" and "disappointing.", adding that her views were shared by "every artist, writer and producer" in her social circles. The company will now pay for the music it streams during free trials, though it would pay less for each stream than it will when a user has taken a full subscription. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTDIS, CMCSARealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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17:34 EDTVLKAYVolkswagen U.S. chief sees limited growth in near-term, Reuters says
In a Reuters interview at the company's U.S. headquarters, Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn remarked that the company sees "limited growth" in the U.S. over the next two years. Horn added that the company is planning a quicker pace for its SUV releases. Regarding the company's touted sales target of 800,000 annual vehicle sales by 2018, Horn said the 2018 goal "is still a relevant objective... But on the other hand, if you just focus on one year and one number you would do crazy things, so the most important thing is to have a long-term strategy." Reference Link
16:32 EDTINTCAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
16:21 EDTCMCSA, DISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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15:17 EDTVLKAYGestamp plans Tennessee plant to supply Volkswagen, WSJ says
Gestamp plans to open a pressing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to supply Volkswagen, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. The report notes that Gestamp will create 500 new jobs at the facility, which will help produce Volkswagen's CrossBlue midsize SUV. Reference Link
14:44 EDTSSNLFFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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