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February 14, 2013
16:27 EDTSTZ, CTL, Z, CSCO, GM, PEP, BRK.A, HNZ, AAMRQ, LCC, BUD, HSPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed after weekly U.S. jobless claims, global economic data, and a number of M&A announcements sent the market mixed signals. The averages spent much of the session drifting in a narrow range, with the Dow the only major average unable to cross back into positive ground at the close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 27K from the prior week to 341K, versus expectations for 360K claims. In Europe, the euro zone's 0.6% contraction in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter was the steepest for the bloc since early 2009. In Asia, Japanís real gross domestic product contracted for the third straight quarter, shrinking 0.1% in the final three months of last year... COMPANY NEWS: M&A dominated the day's headlines. Anhesuer-Busch InBev (BUD) and Constellation Brands (STZ) announced that the terms of their deal had been revised, granting Constellation perpetual rights to distribute Corona and other Modelo brands in the U.S. Shares of Constellation gained $11.87, or 37.23%, to $43.75 after the news. AB InBev shares also gained $4.50, or 5.1%, to $92.76 as Constellation CEO Rob Sands said on a conference call he believes this revised agreement should satisfy competitive concerns raised by the lawsuit brought by Department of Justice... The long-anticipated merger between bankrupt American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) and US Airways (LCC) was finalized, creating the world's largest airline. AMR's creditors will own a 72% stake in the new airline, while US Airways will hold the other 28%. Shares of US Airways, which have run-up in anticipation of this deal, fell 67c, or 4.57%, to $13.99 following the news... Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), along with partner 3G Capital, agreed to buy H.J. Heinz (HNZ) for $72.50 per share, a 20% premium over Heinz's closing price on Wednesday. Heinz shares gained $12.02, or 19.87%, to $72.50, while Berkshire class A shares rose 1.01% to $149,240... MAJOR MOVERS: Among major companies reporting earnings, PepsiCo (PEP) gained 78c, or 1.09%, to $72.28, General Motors (GM) lost 92c, or 3.21%, to $27.75, and Dow member Cisco (CSCO) lost 14c, or 0.66%, to $21.00. Another notable gainers was Zillow (Z), which rose $3.33, or 8.55%, to $42.30 after the company's Q4 report beat estimates, the company announced a search agreement with Google (GOOG), and Citigroup raised its price target on shares to $50 from $35. A noteworthy loser was CenturyLink (CTL), which fell $9.42, or 22.6%, to $32.27 after the company announced Q4 results, cut its dividend, and the stock was downgraded by at least six analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Hospira (HSP), down $2.60, or 7.96%, to $30.05 after the company withdrew its 2013 guidance after the FDA expanded the Symbiq import alert originally issued in November of last year... INDICES: The Dow was down 9.52, or 0.07%, to 13,973.39; the Nasdaq was up 1.78, or 0.06%, to 3,198.66; and the S&P 500 was up 1.05, or 0.07%, to 1,521.38.
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September 15, 2014
06:53 EDTCTLRackspace downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Rackspace (RAX) to Neutral citing a balanced risk/reward following last week's rally in shares. The firm is skeptical of a potential takeover by CenturyLink (CTL) and keeps a $37 price target for the stock. JPMorgan says the current valuation already assumes a deal happens.
06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 12, 2014
16:44 EDTCTLMarket ends week lower as investors fret over Fed statement
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14:03 EDTAKeysight enters into manufacturing test license agreement with Broadcom
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06:22 EDTGMGeneral Motors issues 'stop delivery' order for new Corvettes, WSJ reports
A "stop delivery" order on 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes has been ordered by General Motors, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to a spokesman, the automaker wants to fix two potential problems -- a parking brake issue and an air bag problem -- with the car before they leave the Bowling Green, KY plant or dealer lots. Reference Link
06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
06:51 EDTGMGM to reveal 40 new vehicles in India, other countries, Reuters says
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06:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors to roll out OnStar in Europe, Re/code reports
General Motors (GM) is planning to roll out its OnStar service beyond the U.S. and Canada to parts of Europe, Re/code reports. The service is powered by AT&T (T). Reference Link
September 10, 2014
09:17 EDTGMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:02 EDTGMGM calls Canadian dealer 'ambush' allegations overblown, Globe & Mail reports
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September 9, 2014
12:15 EDTHSPHospira expects 2015 to be a turnaround year for pump business
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11:57 EDTHSPHospira says it has appealed court's adverse decision relating to Precedex
The argument for appeal has been set for October 27. Comments taken from Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference.
10:57 EDTGMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:16 EDTGMMobileye technology being used by GM, Tesla, says William Blair
William Blair believes both General Motors (GM) and Tesla (TSLA) are using Mobileye (MBLY) technology for their announced self-driving capabilities. The firm notes that over the past two days, GM and Tesla noted their intentions of offering vehicles with autonomous driving capability in the next 24-36 months. William Blair says the recent announcements confirm its bullish outlook on Mobileye's market opportunity. The firm has an Outperform rating on the stock. Shares of Mobileye are rallying 5%, or $2.61, to $55.62 in pre-market trading. Morgan Stanley also upped its price target this morning on the name to $65 from $46.
08:27 EDTCTLCenturyLink could buy Rackspace for under $50/share, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes CenturyLink (CTL) could "financially digest" a potential acquisition of Rackspace (RAX) under $50 per share, using up to 50% in cash. Citi says that based on its initial basis, it would take a neutral view for a possible buyout under $40 per share, while adding that CenturyLink could trade lower if it were to pay more than $50 for Rackspace. Citi has a Neutral rating on CenturyLink with a $40 price target.
07:52 EDTCTLCenturyLink could be interested in Rackspace at right price, says UBS
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07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTGMGM JV in China recalls over 38K Cadillac sedans, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTGMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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