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February 14, 2013
16:27 EDTZ, PEP, AAMRQ, STZ, HSP, CSCO, BRK.A, LCC, CTL, GM, HNZ, BUDOn 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, Japan’s 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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April 10, 2014
14:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to take $1.3B charge in Q1 on recall-related repairs
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12:25 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:06 EDTZZillow volatility elevated on tight price movement
Zillow April call option implied volatility is at 60, May is at 71, August is at 57; above its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
09:09 EDTPEPBNY Mellon appoints Monique Herena as Chief Human Resources Officer
BNY Mellon (BK) has appointed Monique Herena senior executive VP and chief human resources officer for the company, effective April 28. Herena will report to CEO Gerald L. Hassell and serve on the Executive Committee, succeeding Lisa Peters, who is retiring after 32 years with the company. Herena joins BNY Mellon from PepsiCo (PEP) where she had an equivalent position.
08:08 EDTGMGM confirms two engineers placed on paid leave as part of ignition switch probe
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07:20 EDTGMGM fights against judge's request for 'park-it' order, Bloomberg says
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos asked GM to explain why she shouldn’t order the automaker to recommend that drivers of the recalled cars should cease driving them, according to Bloomberg, citing a statement from the automotive company. GM feels it shouldn’t be obligated to tell vehicle owners to park the recalled models until they are fixed, because they’re safe to use if government-approved recall instructions are followed. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGMAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors requests NASA review in recalled vehicles, Detroit News says
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April 9, 2014
16:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
14:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares defended at Citigroup
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12:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:40 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Sanford Bernstein
Bernstein Analyst Ferragu hosts a conference call with Cisco's SVP Jiandani to discuss Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) on April 10 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:06 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTGMBofA/Merrill's US autos/auto parts analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:11 EDTPEP, GMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTPEPKellogg speculated as Berkshire target amid volatile trading, Bloomberg says
Kellogg (K) shares have surged over last week amid speculation the company may be a takeover target for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, which noted that Kellogg fits the financial criteria for the types of acquisitions Buffet has made in the past. Kellogg could also appeal to another food company, like PepsiCo (PEP) or Nestle (NSRGY), the report added. Reference Link
06:40 EDTGMCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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06:32 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded General Motors based on expectations the industry will be pressured by increasing technology capex needs. The analyst believes GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars which will pressure margins and earnings. The firm views valuation as fair but not on a relative basis vs. its coverage universe and assigned an Underweight rating on shares with a $33 price target.
06:00 EDTGMGeneral Motors workers in Kentucky vote to allow strike, AP reports
GM's auto workers at its Bowling Green, Kentucky plant have voted to authorize a strike over safety concerns, the Associated Press reports. More than 90% of the eligible union workers voted to call a strike if necessary. Reference Link
05:26 EDTPEPSenomyx enters into research agreement with PepsiCo, terms not disclosed
Senomyx (SNMX) announced that it has entered into a new collaborative agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) related to Senomyx's Salt Taste Program. The new collaboration will support Senomyx's continued work to identify flavors with modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt. Under the new agreement, PepsiCo will provide research funding for the Salt Taste Program for 2014 and has options to extend the research funding period. PepsiCo will have non-exclusive rights to salt flavor modifiers discovered during the research funding period. In addition, Senomyx will have the right to supply these flavor ingredients directly to PepsiCo. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
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