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February 14, 2014
08:48 EDTVRSN, GRPN, EQIX, GM, NWSA, CAM, AGU, MDLZ, CPRT, JNPR, QEP, WAG, SIRIJana Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Mondelez (MDLZ), Cameron (CAM), and Juniper (JNPR). INCREASED STAKES: Walgreens (WAG), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), and Equinix (EQIX). DECREASED STAKES: Groupon (GRPN), Safeway (SWY), and URS Corporation (URS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Agrium (AGU), VeriSign (VRSN), News Corp. (NWSA), and Copart (CPRT).
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October 1, 2015
09:18 EDTGMGM sees six-month moving average for SAAR 17.6M units
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09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
General Motors' Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 251,310 vehicles in the United States in September 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 17% compared with a year ago, which makes September the sixth month in a row that GM has increased retail market share year over year. Total sales were up 12%. GM's average transaction prices increased almost $800 per unit compared to August 2015, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. Incentive spending in September was down 1 percentage point from August 2015, much greater than the industry's 0.2 percentage point decline. Year over year, spending was down 0.7 percentage points, while industry spending increased 0.9 percentage points. Commercial deliveries increased 10 percent year over year for the 23rd consecutive monthly increase. Consistent with GM's plan, total fleet sales were down 5 percent due to a 12 percent decline in rental deliveries.
09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors outlines plans on future of personal mobility
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra and her leadership team outlined the company's plans to capitalize on the future of personal mobility. GM also said it plans to strengthen its core business through global growth initiatives and an aggressive product launch cadence. As a result, the company expects to increase its earnings per share and generate significant shareholder value. The company shared its plans with investors during a conference at its Milford Proving Ground. GM announced that late in 2016 it will add a fleet of 2017 Chevrolet Volts designed to drive autonomously within its renovated Warren Technical Center campus. GM also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects, one in New York City operating today and one to come in first quarter next year in another U.S. city. In collaboration with Honda, it is developing a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage systems. GM confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. The company expects to grow its business over the next five years through key initiatives including a $5 billion investment in an all-new Chevrolet growth market vehicle family; maintaining a strong market position in China by enhancing its presence in SUV and luxury segments; expanding Cadillac's vehicle portfolio into growing luxury segments; continuing the growth of GM Financial through the expansion of services globally, and expanding aftersales and OnStar revenue opportunities globally. In the same timeframe, GM plans to introduce a large number of all-new or refreshed vehicles globally. In 2015, about 26 percent of GM's global sales volume has come from vehicles new or refreshed within the previous 18 months. This percentage is projected to be 39 percent in 2016, 40 percent in 2017, 31 percent in 2018, and reach 40 percent in 2019 and 2020. GM is also accelerating its efforts to drive further cost efficiencies across the value chain, with a focus on enhancing overall value for its customers. The company said it expects to generate benefits of approximately $5.5 billion in purchasing, manufacturing and administration expense between 2015 and 2018, more than offsetting increased investments in brand development and technology.
05:56 EDTGMTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
September 30, 2015
19:51 EDTSIRISirius XM blames T-Mobile towers for signal loss, WSJ says
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17:42 EDTNWSANews Corp sells Amplify digital education businesses, terms not disclosed
News Corp (NWS, NWSA) announced that it has sold its Amplify Insight and Learning businesses to a management team supported by a group of private investors. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. As a result of the sale, beginning in First Quarter of Fiscal 2016, News Corp will reflect the results of its Digital Education segment as discontinued operations.
15:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors to hold a conference call
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09:21 EDTGRPNOrderUp updates iPhone app to include Apple Pay
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Navistar reach long-term commercial vehicle agreement
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September 29, 2015
06:17 EDTGMFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 28, 2015
18:51 EDTGMGM CEO plans increased focus on connectivity, autonomous driving, Reuters says
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16:17 EDTEQIXEquinix declares special distribution ot $10.95 per share
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September 25, 2015
16:35 EDTGRPNStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated
General Motors October weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, October and November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement.
08:08 EDTMDLZMondelez shares could reach $70, says Bernstein
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06:34 EDTGMGM CEO again rejects idea of merger with Fiat Chrysler, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTEQIXEU to decide on Equinix, Telecity deal by October 29, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM CEO says pursuing profit margins, not market share, WSJ reports
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