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May 23, 2014
16:31 EDTT, HPQ, HD, CRM, PETM, CPB, DKS, GM, LOCK, LO, RAI, AGN, VRX, AZN, PFE, DTV, DLTRMarket ends week higher after Fed minutes, housing data
Stocks finished the week higher after Fed minutes revealed that the central bank does not see inflation as a near-term threat and several economic data points were better than expected. MACRO NEWS: The minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that committee members expect inflation to remain well below the central bank's 2% objective, adding that the Fed does not believe that it currently faces a trade-off between its employment and inflation objectives... Reports on existing home sales and new home sales in April both showed monthly gains, while a U.S. manufacturing index beat expectations. The index of leading indicators for April was in-line with expectations, while jobless claims were slightly worse than expected. An index of Chinese manufacturing, reported by HSBC, came in significantly above expectations and reached a five month high, despite still indicating contraction in the sector. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) confirmed last weekend that it had agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. Also last weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) stated that it would sweeten its previous bid for Allergan (AGN), but clarified that the new bid would not be an all-cash offer. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that cigarette maker Reynolds American (RAI) was in advanced talks to acquire its peer, Loriillard (LO)... Lifelock (LOCK), which provides identify theft protection services, tumbled after disclosing that it would temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application because it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards... General Motors (GM) shares fell after the company announced that it was recalling an additional 2.42M vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The automaker added $200M to the charge it expects to take in Q2 related to its recalls, bringing the total potential charge up to $400M... Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), Campbell Soup (CPB), and PetSmart (PETM) were among the companies that dropped after announcing their earnings results. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dollar Tree (DLTR) were among the companies whose shares rose following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.7% to 16,606.27, the S&P 500 was up 1.2% to 1,900.53, and the Nasdaq was up 2.33% to 4,185.81.
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September 8, 2014
13:26 EDTGMFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTGMAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
12:29 EDTHDHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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10:51 EDTTAT&T U-verse TV, Rural Media Group reach distribution agreement
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09:39 EDTCPBCampbell Soup continues to evaluate M&A targets
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09:12 EDTCPBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:07 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees stronger performance in Q1 than Q2 in FY15
Sees FY15 gross margin percentage "comparable" y/y.
08:48 EDTCPBCampbell Soup says long-term growth targets 'achievable'
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08:10 EDTCRMSalesforce.com allocates $100M to venture capital fund for app builders
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07:59 EDTGMMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:24 EDTCPBCampbell Soup likely not an acquisition target, WSJ reports
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07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY15 growth below long-term targets for sales, earnings
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07:17 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY15 EPS $2.45-$2.50, consensus $2.57
Sees FY15 net sales up 1%-2%, consensus $8.35B. Sees FY15 adjusted EBIT flat to up 2%.
07:16 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reports Q4 adjusted continuing ops EPS 49c, consensus 49c
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07:15 EDTPFEIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
07:14 EDTGMGM board slow to react on safety, NY Times says
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07:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces availability of Bydureon pen 2mg
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTTApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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20:02 EDTGMGM to introduce hands free Cadillac model in two years, Bloomberg says
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