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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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July 23, 2014
07:02 EDTPEPPepsiCo raises FY14 core EPS growth to 8% from 7%, consensus $4.54
Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, the company currently expects foreign exchange translation to have an unfavorable impact of approximately 4 percentage points on full year core EPS growth in 2014. Excluding the impact of structural changes and foreign exchange translation, organic revenue in 2014 is expected to grow mid-single digits. For 2014, the company expects low-single digit commodity inflation and productivity savings of approximately $1B. The company expects higher interest expense driven by increased debt balances and a core effective tax rate of approximately 25%. The company is targeting over $10B in cash flow from operating activities and more than $7B in free cash flow. Net capital spending is expected to be approximately $3B in 2014, within the company's long-term capital spending target of less than or equal to 5 percent of net revenue.
07:01 EDTPEPPepsiCo reports core EPS $1.32, consensus $1.23
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July 22, 2014
16:08 EDTHSPHospira initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Target $53.
15:30 EDTPEPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
15:07 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Microsoft to report after Nadella makes big job cuts
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12:53 EDTZRealPage likely being presented with strategic alternatives, says Barrington
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10:38 EDTGMGM recalls 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500s, 3500s for power steering defect
GM is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured October 1, 2013 to June 6 and 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD vehicles manufactured September 30, 2013, to June 6. The power steering hose clamp may disconnect from the power steering pump or gear, causing a loss of power steering fluid. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the power steering hose clamps are properly secured, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August. Reference Link
08:14 EDTCSCOCisco to establish Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona
Cisco and Barcelona City Council announced plans to open a Cisco Global IoE Innovation Center in Barcelona. The Innovation Center will provide a platform for research, technological development and new market opportunities related to the Internet of Everything for smart cities. The new 1,720 SQM Cisco center will be located at Ca l'Alier, a 19th century heritage building at the core of the 22@Barcelona district, as part of the new Smart City Campus. Based on its current plans, from 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30M in the facilities' restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.
07:35 EDTPEPPepsiCo July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
PepsiCo July weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, August is at 15, October is at 13, January is at 12; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 23.
July 21, 2014
11:57 EDTGMChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
12:48 EDTZRealPage tumbles after reporting preliminary Q2 revenue miss
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12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
10:48 EDTHSPHigh option volume stocks
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July 17, 2014
07:46 EDTGMSenate Commerce & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance holds a hearing entitled, "Examining Accountability and Corporate Culture in Wake of the GM Recalls" with General Motors CEO Barra and EVP Milllikin and President & CEO O'Neal of Delphi Automotive on July 17 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGMGM deems some cars with same recalled switch 'safe', Reuters says
Even though GM issued a recall for millions of cars with defected ignition switches, the automobile manufacturer has concluded that over 2M other vehicles with the same switches are safe, according to Reuters, citing comments from GM spokesman Alan Adler. The car models which have not been recalled include fullsize crossovers such as the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Traverse manufactured from 2007 to the present. Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMGeneral Motors hires outside law firm to review litigation practices, WSJ says
General Motors has hired an outside law firm to review the way it handles litigation, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company's General Counsel Michael Millikin plans to say in a testimony at a Senate hearing Thursday that a "well-respected outside law firm" will conduct a "zero-based review" of his department. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAgilent initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Target $64.
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