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November 9, 2012
12:21 EDTLMT, GEDefense Department notifies Congress of potential $6.7B foreign sale
Department of Defense's Defense Security Cooperation Agency unit said it notified Congress on Nov. 8 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 20 C-130J-30 Aircraft and 5 KC-130J Air Refueling Aircraft, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $6.7B. The prime contractors will be Lockheed-Martin (LMT), General Electric Aviation Systems (GE), and Rolls Royce, the agency said.
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January 26, 2016
16:20 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
11:28 EDTLMTLockheed Martin expects F-35 fighter output to grow to 60 in 2016, 100 by 2018
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11:12 EDTLMTLockheed Martin expects 53 F-35 fighter jet deliveries in 2016
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11:09 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees new interest in search and rescue helicopters
11:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says increase in DoD budget shows need to respond in environment
11:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin plans to adjust financial outlook when spin-off closes
Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
11:01 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees 2017 and beyond sales growth rate to be higher
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09:20 EDTGEGE signs EUR40M agreement with PGE to modernize Polish power plant
GE's Power Services business announced it has secured orders valued approximately at EUR40M with PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. to upgrade generator and steam turbine assets at the Turow Power Plant. The upgrades will result in a combined 45-megawatt output increase, which is the equivalent of powering about 130,000 Polish households. Under the terms of the agreement with PGE GiEK S.A., GE will upgrade three 50WT20H-100 generators and three 13CK230 steam turbines to extend equipment lifetime by at least 150,000 hours-about 20 years-and increase the availability of the turbosets to 97 percent in the first year of operation and above 98 percent in the next year. The upgrade is expected to increase power output by 45 MW and improve power plant efficiency by approximately 1.4 percent. The upgrade of the generator rotors and the manufacturing of new rods will take place in GE's generator factory in Wroclaw, Poland. The steam turbine upgrade includes the delivery of new HP, IP and LP turbine inner modules, which will be manufactured in GE's turbine factory in Elblag, Poland. The upgrade is scheduled to begin with the shutdown of the first unit in April 2017, and the commissioning of the last unit is scheduled for January 2020.
07:10 EDTLMTLeidos confirms agreement to combine with Lockheed Martin units
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07:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q4 Aeronautics sales $4.38B
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07:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin sees FY16 EPS $11.45-$11.75
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07:04 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q4 EPS $3.01, consensus $2.92
Reports Q4 revenue $12.9B vs. $12.5B last year. Fourth quarter 2015 net earnings included a special charge for workforce reductions of $67 million, which decreased net earnings $44 million, or $0.14 per share; and non-recoverable transaction costs of $45 million associated with the acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the Corporation's strategic review of its government IT and technical services businesses, which decreased net earnings $28 million, or $0.09 per share. These costs were offset by the recognition of a full-year U.S. research and development tax credit resulting from the enactment of tax legislation in the fourth quarter of 2015, which increased net earnings $71 million, or $0.23 per share. Fourth quarter 2014 net earnings included a special charge for a non-cash goodwill impairment of $119 million, which decreased net earnings $107 million, or $0.33 per share, partially offset by the recognition of a full-year R&D tax credit due to the temporary reinstatement of the R&D tax credit in the fourth quarter of 2014, which increased earnings $45 million, or $0.14 per share.
07:03 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
Lockheed Martin (LMT) has entered into a definitive agreement to separate and combine its realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions business segment with Leidos (LDOS) in a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction, unlocking $5 billion in estimated enterprise value for Lockheed Martin stockholders. The agreement aims to align IS&GS's business with an industry leader in government IT and technical services, creating an enterprise capable of providing unparalleled solutions in industries from national security to health and life sciences. Subject to regulatory approvals, the $5B transaction includes a $1.8B one-time special cash payment to Lockheed Martin, which the Corporation intends to use to repay debt, pay dividends, and/or repurchase its stock. The cash payment is subject to adjustment on the terms set forth in the transaction documents. Lockheed Martin stockholders will receive approximately 50.5% of the outstanding equity of Leidos on a fully diluted basis with an estimated value of $3.2B. Leidos' existing shareholders will continue to hold the remaining approximately 49.5% of the outstanding shares of Leidos. The transaction structure, which is subject to market conditions, is currently contemplated to be a tax-efficient split-off transaction, which would result in a decrease in Lockheed Martin share count. The transaction is also subject to Leidos shareholder approval and completion of customary conditions, including receipt of opinions of tax counsel. The transaction is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2016. Until closing, IS&GS will continue to operate as a business segment of the Corporation.
07:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
06:29 EDTLMTPoland 'very likely' to cancel $3B Airbus deal, Reuters reports
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January 25, 2016
14:29 EDTLMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
Lockheed Martin February call option implied volatility is at 23, March is at 22; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 33, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
06:15 EDTGESamsung exec: Will consider M&A for home appliances unit, Reuters reports
Samsung (SSNLF) will mull all potential options to grow its home appliances unit including M&A, Reuters reports, citing comments from Samsung appliances head Suh Byung-sam in from of reporters at a company event. The executive said that Haier's (HRELY) acquisition of GE's (GE) appliances unit will have no serious effect on its business in the near term, the report says. Reference Link
January 24, 2016
15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric plans to request SIFI reconsideration in March, Bloomberg says
In a Bloomberg interview published Friday, General Electric CFO Jeff Bornstein said the company plans to request in March that its systemically important designation be removed, following the sale of its commercial lending assets and a Utah bank charter. Reference Link
11:02 EDTGEStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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