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February 1, 2013
16:26 EDTMRK, BCOV, ABAX, ADNC, TM, FIATY, F, GM, CVX, XOM, LTMOn 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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September 17, 2014
07:37 EDTTM, GM, FIATY, FEU car registrations up 2.1% in August, up 5.6% in July
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported new passenger car registrations were up by 5.6% in July and by 2.1% in August. Eight months into the year, demand for new cars amounted to 8,336,159 units, or 6.0% more than in the same period last year, the group noted. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
07:26 EDTGMGM to cut supply, but not prices, as it seeks to revive Cadillac, WSJ says
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September 16, 2014
15:43 EDTF, TMCFPB to propose auto-lending supervision, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to propose supervising the largest nonbank auto lenders in a step that may impact the auto finance units of Toyota (TM), Ford (F), Honda (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY), says the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
13:40 EDTCVXChevron alternative fuel research unsuccessful, Bloomberg says
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13:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add third shift, 750 jobs at Wentzville Assembly plant
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12:19 EDTGMGM ups U.S. mid-sized pickup production, Reuters says
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11:36 EDTFIATYFiat CEO aims to skip road show, Bloomberg says
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10:54 EDTFFord, Automatic Labs working together on connected-car solutions
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10:47 EDTXOM, CVXBadri sees OPEC lowering oil output target at next meeting, Reuters says
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08:46 EDTF, GMGeneral Motors concerns about Ford's new F-Series are overdone, says Goldman
Goldman believes concerns about Ford's new F-Series impact on General Motors is overdone. The analyst said investors are underestimating F-150 capacity constraints if the launch is successful, which will limit General Motors share loss.
08:16 EDTFStrike at Lear plant that supplies Ford seats ends after one day, AP reports
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07:31 EDTMRKEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:26 EDTGM, F, TMUltima Media to hold a conference
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07:25 EDTMRKMerck price target raised to $72 from $62 at SunTrust
After meeting with Merck's CEO and head of clinical development, SunTrust increased its price target on the company as the firm thinks that it is ideally positioned across five of the fastest growing therapeutic classes. The firm believes that the company's EPS growth rates from 2015-2020 will be three percentage points above Street estimates, while it has a first-mover advantage in oncology. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:19 EDTXOMCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
07:08 EDTFIATY, TMToyota Lexus unit questioned regarding parts pricing, Reuters says
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06:54 EDTGMGM's Opel realigns Russian operations
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06:43 EDTGMNHTSA exec knocks GM for distorted recall protocol, Reuters says
The acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration David Friedman said that GM placed its own reputation before customer safety when it did not quickly report and recall vehicles that are now connected to at least 19 deaths, according to Reuters, citing comments from Friedman. Friedman said that he has been meeting with top worldwide car manufactures to develop a "new normal" for safety recall protocol. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGM Opel unit to reduce production in Russia, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTTM, GM, F, FIATYNHTSA chief calls for 'new normal' for recalls, Detroit News reports
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