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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTMCD, GE, IBM, DELL, BX, HPQ, VRTX, CMG, AIRMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow, which had lagged behind the other equity indices for much of the session, crossed into positive territory during the final hour of trading. Earnings from McDonald's (MCD), General Electric (GE), and IBM (IBM) weighed on the index, while the Nasdaq and S&P advanced through the session as much of the nation's attention focused on the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., earnings were in focus as little impactful economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: IBM missed expectations on the top and bottom line and the most-heavily weighted stock in the Dow lost $17.15, or 8.28%, to $190.00. However, Citigroup attributed the Q1 miss to deal slippage and said the pullback was a buying opportunity, maintaining its $250 price target on IBM shares... Shares of Dell (DELL) fell 55c, or 3.94%, to $13.40 after private equity firm Blackstone (BX) withdrew its takeover bid for Dell citing concerns over declining PC sales. Dell peer Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) also lost 65c, or 3.22%, to $19.56 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which added $32.49, or 61.45%, to $85.36 after new data from a trial of a cystic fibrosis drug candidate prompted at least two analyst upgrades and a number of increased price targets on the stock. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), up $37.89, or 11.54%, to $366.25 after its first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among noteworthy losers were Dow members General Electric, down 92c, or 4.06%, to $21.75, and McDonald's, down $1.99, or 1.95%, to $99.92, which both slipped after their earnings reports. Also lower was Air Methods (AIRM), down $6.14, or 13.38%, to $39.76 after warning it expects to report losses for its first quarter. INDICES: The Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 14,547.51; the Nasdaq was up 39.70, or 1.25%, to 3,206.06; the S&P 500 was up 13.64, or 0.88%, to 1,555.25.
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Caterpillar (CAT) has fallen far behind in the race to offer a locomotive that meets stricter emission standards taking effect next year, with its Electro-Motive Diesel unit stating that its freight trains probably won't be available until 2017, while General Electric (GE) is already testing trains that comply with the new rules, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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July 13, 2014
11:40 EDTGEAmerican selects CFM engine to power A320 in order valued $2.6B
American Airlines (AAL) has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 100 Airbus (EADSY) A320neo family aircraft. CFM values the engine order at $2.6B U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was originally announced in July 2011 and American will begin taking delivery in 2017. American also has orders for LEAP-1B engines to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are also scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2017. American has been a CFM customer since 1996 and the airline’s fleet includes 375 Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran and General Electric (GE).
July 12, 2014
18:08 EDTGEeasyJet said to choose GE-Safran engine for Airbus jets, WSJ says
easyJet (ESYJY) is set to order engines from a partnership of General Electric (GE) and France's Safran to power 100 Airbus Group (EADSY) NV A320neo jets, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney was also aggressively competing for the order. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
08:49 EDTHPQJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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08:05 EDTGEGE Capital increases credit facility for OraMetrix
GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced that it is the sole lender on a $10M senior secured term loan for OraMetrix. This transaction refinances the company’s previous $7.5M multi-draw senior secured term loan facility and provides it with an additional $2.5M. The funds will be used for working capital and growth initiatives.
08:03 EDTGEGE Capital provides MerchSource with $130M credit facility
GE Capital announced it is providing MerchSource with a $130M senior credit facility providing working capital for the company’s operations in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
07:45 EDTGEWith Alstom agreement settled, attention on GE turns to earnings, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
10:27 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill August volatility increases into Q2
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09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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08:02 EDTVRTXVertex announces retirement of Chief Scientific Officer Mueller
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07:47 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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