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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, 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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July 14, 2014
08:14 EDTGMFord should beat Q2 estimates while General Motors will miss, says UBS
UBS believes Ford (F) will beat Q2 estimates while General Motors (GM) will miss due to recall costs. Were it not for the recall charges, UBS thinks GM would post solid underlying results. UBS, which thinks Ford is likely to see a strong second half as product launch costs are already factored into guidance, raised its price target on the stock to $22 from $18. UBS increased its GM price target to $54 from $49. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
07:19 EDTGMProsecutors centering GM suit around deceptive statements, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTGMGeneral Motors CEO to appear before Senate subcomittee this week, WSJ says
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July 13, 2014
15:52 EDTGMSouth Africa strike continues with impact on GM output, WSJ says
The National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa has rejected employers concessions and will continue to strike, says the Wall Street Journal. The strike has affected vehicle production at General Motors and BMW facilities in the country, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
15:00 EDTCTLChance of Rackspace strategic buyer lower if CenturyLink out, says Wells Fargo
After BrightWire said that CenturyLink's (CTL) interest in Raxspace (RAX) had faded, Wells Fargo cautioned that it is difficult to judge the validity of sources in "articles such as this." However, Wells added that if CenturyLink is actually out, that the possibility of Raxspace finding a strategic buyer could be "meaningfully" lower. The firm keeps it Outperform rating on Raxspace, citing its fundamentals.
14:08 EDTCTLRackspace drawing 'tepid' interest from potential buyers, BrightWire says
Rackspace (RAX) is receiving a "tepid" response from potential buyers, according to BrightWire, citing three sources familiar with the matter. One industry source said CenturyLink (CTL) made an initial overture, but a banking source said the interest was only casual and soon faded, according to the report. Reference Link
10:35 EDTGMCadillac confirms Johan de Nysschen as president
General Motors (GM) announced the appointment of Johan de Nysschen as President – Cadillac. de Nysschen will be responsible for all aspects of Cadillac globally including sales, pricing and network development, strategic brand development and marketing and product portfolio planning, including critical input for product engineering and design. de Nysschen joins the GM executive leadership team as an executive vice president of the company beginning September 1 and reports to GM President Dan Ammann. de Nysschen spent the last two years as head of the Infiniti (NSANY) brand worldwide.
09:11 EDTGMFormer head of Infiniti taking over Cadillac, CNBC reports
Johan de Nysschen, the former head of Infiniti and Audi USA, will be taking over General Motors' Cadillac division, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTCTLWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:02 EDTCTLCenturyLink wins 10-year NH colocation contract
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:47 EDTGMNew car sales in India rose 15% in June, WSJ reports
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09:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors, Manchester United debut sponsored shirt for 2014-15 season
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09:21 EDTGMDelphi CEO to testify about GM ignition switches, Automotive News says
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07:52 EDTGMJapan leading drive for fuel cell vehicles, FT says
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07:14 EDTCSCOTech Data announces U.S. distribution agreement with Cisco
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06:28 EDTGMGM Korea employees approve strike amid stalled wage discussions, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTGMGM CEO, general counsel to testify before Senate subcommittee, WSJ reports
Mary Barry, the CEO of General Motors (GM), and the company's general counsel, Mike Millikin, have been called to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee looking at why it took the automaker almost 11 years to recall older cars equipped with a faulty ignition switch, the Wall Street Journal reports. Delphi Automotive (DLPH) CEO Rodney O'Neal and Kenneth Feinberg have also been called as witnesses. Reference Link
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