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December 24, 2012
06:08 EDTPC, AMZN, GM, PEUGY, GRPN, ZNGA, FB, SHCAY, SNE, GOOGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Japan's struggling consumer-electronics companies (PC, SNE, SHCAY) are putting aside years of resistance to get serious about shedding nonessential assets and streamlining their operations. But this may be hindered by what they are willing to sell and what potential buyers want, the Wall Street Journal reports...Now that Facebook (FB), Zynga (ZNGA) and Groupon (GRPN) have fizzled in their first year on the stock market, the hype over social, local and mobile has subsided. For many of the still-private Web startups that rode the wave up, that now means grappling with the downside of the cycle, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUGY) has ruled out a merger with General Motors' (GM) Opel division as part of their alliance, Autogazette reported, citing a Peugeot manager, Reuters reports...The rivalry between Amazon.com (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) will escalate in 2013 as their areas of rivalry grow, from online advertising and retail to mobile gadgets and cloud computing, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Americans investors have missed out on nearly $200B of stock gains as they drained money from the market in the past four years, a result of the financial crisis, Bloomberg reports...Investors reduced bullish commodity bets to the lowest in almost six months as U.S. budget talks stalled, increasing concern that lawmakers’ failure to reach an agreement with push the U.S. economy back into a recession, Bloomberg reports.
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07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle has upward bias to estimates, says Credit Suisse
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07:14 EDTGMElectric cars share of total U.S. market stalled, LA Times reports
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06:40 EDTGOOGApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTGOOGIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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06:16 EDTGOOGLuxottica's returning CEO says 'embarrassed’ by Google Glass, FT reports
Luxottica's (LUX) founder and returning CEO Leonardo Del Vecchio told the Financial Times earlier this week that he has not used Google Glass (GOOG) and that it would "embarrass [him] going around with that on my face." Luxottica signed a deal with Google earlier this year to develop the $1,500 interactive headset. Reference Link
06:02 EDTGMGM supplier Magna begins construction on new Tennessee facility
Magna International (MGA) yesterday announced that it has started construction on a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The 122,500-square-foot facility will manufacture complete seat assemblies supplying General Motors' (GM) Spring Hill Assembly Plant. The plant will be fully operational in January 2015. The new facility becomes Magna's fifth location in Tennessee and is expected to employ approximately 75 people when it begins production next year.
September 3, 2014
13:52 EDTFBSamsung collaborates with Oculus to introduce the Gear VR
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13:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com slips lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1% to $338.94. At that price next support is at $337.55, the session low. Resistance is at $340, an intraday pivot high.
13:02 EDTGOOGAbbVie, Calico announce collaboration
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12:33 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:08 EDTGOOGAppeals court upholds Google win in patent suit brought by buySAFE
A district court previously ruled that patent claims asserted by buySAFE were invalid because they cover subject matter ineligible for patenting. An appeals court agreed that the district court’s holding is correct and Google did not infringe. Reference Link
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 units
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09:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 vehicles
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the company’s business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
07:18 EDTSNETime Warner pursues Sony exec for Turner post, NY Post says
Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting is pursuing Sony Pictures TV (SNE) executive Zack Van Amburg to become the unit's new entertainment chief after the departure of Steve Koonin, said the New York Post, citing sources. Reference Link
06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors looking to fend off ignition-switch recall review, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle satellite exec Greg Wyler leaves company, sources say, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle, UCSB partner on hardware initiative
Google yesterday said it is backing a project to design and build "new quantum information processors" with researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Google comments, "With an integrated hardware group the Quantum AI team will now be able to implement and test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as our learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture. We will continue to collaborate with D-Wave scientists and to experiment with the 'Vesuvius' machine at NASA Ames which will be upgraded to a 1000 qubit 'Washington' processor." Reference Link
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