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February 14, 2013
16:27 EDTCTL, GM, HNZ, BUD, Z, PEP, AAMRQ, STZ, HSP, CSCO, BRK.A, LCCOn 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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10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
07:40 EDTZZillow Group impact minimal from ListHub, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Zillow will see little disruption from ListHub not sending its listings after the company won its legal battle against Trulia. News Corp. (NWSA) owned ListHub will stop sending the listings in April, but Canaccord believes the combined Zillow/Trulia guidance may hold some positive surprises and expects 2016 to be a breakout year for the company. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Zillow shares.
07:32 EDTCSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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March 15, 2015
17:57 EDTPEPPepsiCo to invest $500M in Egypt in 2015, Reuters says
PepsiCo's business unit manager for North East Africa Ahmed El Sheikh told Reuters at an investment conference in Sharm El-Sheikhwill that the company will invest $500M in Egypt this year to expand production. Reference Link
March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTGMStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors settles suit over death that triggered recalls, Bloomberg says
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09:49 EDTAUBS life science tools/diagnostics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTCTLBofA/Merrill media/telecom analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Media & Telecom Analyst Reif-Cohen and Barden, along with Matthew Brill, Pratner at Latham & Watkins LLP, discuss the FCC Open Internet Order on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 13 at 11 am.
06:03 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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March 12, 2015
17:53 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall about 64,000 2011-2013 Chevy Volts, Auto News says
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14:59 EDTZListhub announces settlement with Trulia, Bloomberg reports
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13:49 EDTZTrulia denied preliminary injunction in fight with ListHub
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13:17 EDTZJudge tentatively denies injunction sought by Trulia, Bloomberg says
A judge in San Francisco tentatively denied Trulia's attempt to be granted a preliminary injection that would keep ListHub's listings on its website, according to Bloomberg. ListHub is owned by a News Corp. (NWSA) subsidiary. Trulia is part of Zillow Group (Z).
10:48 EDTGMGM to cut Chevy, GMC powertrain warranty to 60K miles, Automotive News reports
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06:41 EDTGMGM repurchase, dividend plan may delay credit upgrade, Reuters says
General Motors' (GM) $5B share repurchase plan as well as its planned dividend boost may delay its pursuit of a single A credit rating, reports Reuters, citing officials with Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and Moody's (MCO) Investor Service. S&P credit analyst Nishit Madlani stated that it was previously considering GM for an upgrade in 2016, but "upside ratings... [are now] unlikely in the next two years." Moody's SVP Bruce Clark stated a positive rating change is now "probably not going to happen until '16." Reference Link
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