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February 1, 2013
16:26 EDTBCOV, TM, GM, MRK, ABAX, FIATY, CVX, LTM, ADNC, F, XOMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on the day after the monthly jobs and manufacturing reports topped expectations, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 14,000 for the first time since October 2007... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the nonfarm payrolls report showed that 157K jobs were added in January and unemployment rose to 7.9%. This compared to expectations for 165K new jobs and for unemployment to hold steady at 7.8%. Notably, December payroll additions were revised up to 196K from 155K and November was raised to 247K from 161K. The University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for January came in at 73.8, versus the expected 71.5. The January ISM manufacturing index had a reading of 53.1, versus the expected reading of 50.7, while Markit's January U.S. PMI came in at 55.8, also beating expectations. Construction spending in the month of December rose 0.9%, versus the expected increase of 0.7%. In China, the government’s official PMI slid to 50.4 from 50.6 in December, while a similar PMI reading from HSBC rose to a two-year high of 52.3. In Europe, the euro zone PMI hit an 11-month high at 47.9, though that figure is still indicates contraction... COMPANY NEWS: Among Dow members reporting earnings before the bell were Merck (MRK), ExxonMobil (XOM), and Cevron (CVX). Merck, which reported in-line EPS and revenue was the average's laggard after the company announced it would delay its filing for approval of odanacatib, its investigational osteoporosis drug, and shares were down $1.42, or 3.28%, to $41.83. Shares of ExxonMobil were up slightly, adding 7c, or 0.08%, to $90.04, while shares of Chevron gained $1.35, or 1.17%, to $116.50... General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Chrysler (FIATY) and Toyota (TM) all reported double-digit sales increases in January... MAJOR MOVERS: Among those moving higher following earnings were Audience (ADNC), up $1.88, or 15.38%, to $14.10, and Abaxis (ABAX), up $5.57, or 14.39%, to $44.29 after earnings beat estimates and shares were upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Feltl with a $49 price target... Among noteworthy losers were shares of Brightcove (BCOV), down $2.31, or 27.43%, to $6.11 after the company cut its Q1 and FY13 guidance and shares were downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital with a $16 price target. Also lower were shares of Life Time Fitness (LTM), down $11.37, or 22.41%, to $39.36 after the company's preliminary Q4 results were lower that current estimates and the company cut its FY12 and FY13 EPS view, and shares were also downgraded by at least three firms... INDICES: The Dow was up 149.21, or 1.08%, to 14,009.79; the S&P 500 15.06, or 1.01%, to 1,513.17; the Nasdaq was up 36.97, or 1.18%, to 3,179.10.
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March 18, 2015
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08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
06:16 EDTXOMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTGM, FMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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09:13 EDTFMSFT announced several partnerships with industry leaders
At Microsoft Convergence 2015, Microsoft (MSFT) announced several new partnerships with industry leaders. Teaming up with Microsoft, Ford Motor (F) will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the Ford Service Delivery Network. Microsoft also announced several partnerships and collaboration agreements with leading companies in sales, field service, digital transaction management and analytics markets. Microsoft and InsideSales.com will offer its complete sales acceleration platform. Microsoft and FieldOne Systems announced their agreement to bring the FieldOne Sky field service management solution into the Microsoft Dynamics global independent software vendor program. DocuSign and Microsoft announced that the two companies will bring DocuSign's Digital Transaction Management platform to Microsoft Dynamics CRM users. Microsoft also announced the acquisition of intellectual property from Fusion Software which will add Voice of the Customer capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics.
08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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06:13 EDTTMToyota to offer biggest pay increase for workers in 13 years, WSJ reports
Toyota will raise wages for its workers by the most in 13 years, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a source, the automaker will raise the monthly pay for a unionized worker in Japan by about 3.2% on average beginning in April; workers will be offered a Y4,000 raise in monthly base pay and a Y7,300 raise in seniority pay, the source adds. Reference Link
March 16, 2015
15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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12:43 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
11:11 EDTXOM, CVXOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:29 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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10:07 EDTLTMHigh option volume stocks
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09:26 EDTCVXAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.
09:22 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness volatility flat into Leonard Green affiliates acquiring
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08:07 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness to be acquired by Leonard Green affiliates in $4B deal
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08:06 EDTCVXCB&I awarded technology and FEED contracts for coker unit
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