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December 27, 2012
16:15 EDTTM, BCDS, DIOD, VVUS, QCOR, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent almost the entire session in negative territory but the averages recovered most of their losses in the last hour of trading. Headlines from Washington late in the trading day indicated the House of Representatives plans a session for Sunday evening to discuss the fiscal cliff. After opening lower the averages fell to their worst levels just after midday and were trading near those levels before moving sharply higher, and eventually erasing almost all of their losses, during the final 90 minutes of trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 12,000 to 350,000, compared to expectations for claims to remain relatively flat with the prior week. Sales of new homes rose 4.4% in November from October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 377,000, beating expectations. Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since August with a 65.1 reading for December, versus expectations for a 70.0 figure. This morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned that there may not be enough time left to reach a budget deal and that the U.S. appears destined to head over the fiscal cliff. However, late day optimism took hold based on plans for the House to reconvene this weekend... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) gained $2.18, or 2.41%, to $92.54 after the company agreed to a settlement valued over $1B related to previous recalls over claims of accelerator pedal problems... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BCD Semiconductor (BCDS), which rose $3.43, or 86.18%, to $7.41 after agreeing to be acquired by Diodes (DIOD) for $8.00 per U.S. listed share. Shares of Diodes also gained 23c, or 1.36%, to $17.14. Also higher were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up 51c, or 3.88%, to $13.67 after the company's CEO was quoted by Financial Times as saying he foresees the potential for using direct-to-consumer advertising and a larger scale sales force to market its Qsymia weight-loss drug. Among the noteworthy losers was Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR), down $2.12, or 7.09%, to $27.78 after the circulation of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan document related to coverage of the company's Acthar Gel. Also lower were shares of and J.C. Penney (JCP), down $1.23, or 5.93%, to $19.52 after being mentioned by The Wall Street Journal as a retailer that may face a particularly challenging and important year in 2013... INDICES: The Dow was down 18.28, or 0.14%, to 13,096.31; the Nasdaq was down 4.25, or 0.14%, to 2,985.91; and the S&P 500 was down 1.74, or 0.12%, to 1,418.09.
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September 11, 2014
13:30 EDTTMToyota to recall 130,000 Tundra pickups due to air bag problem
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12:42 EDTVVUSOrexigen falls after FDA requires warnings on Contrave label
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10:59 EDTVVUSArena competition picks up after Contrave approval, says Piper Jaffray
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08:01 EDTVVUSOrexigen Contrave could have stronger launch than peers, says Wells Fargo
After the FDA approved Orexigen's (OREX) Contrave as a treatment option for chronic weight management, Wells Fargo does not believe the label included any significant surprises. The firm thinks multiple factors increase the chances that Contrave's launch will be stronger than two other weight loss drugs that were launched in recent years by VIVUS and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Orexigen.
September 10, 2014
15:27 EDTTMToyota searching for Mexico assembly plant site, Bloomberg reports
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11:43 EDTJCPLand's End soars after better than expected Q2 results
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10:00 EDTDIODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTTMChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:32 EDTDIODDiodes downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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September 9, 2014
18:31 EDTDIODOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:27 EDTDIODDiodes raises Q3 revenue view to $230M-$238M from $228M-$238M, consensus $233.6M
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12:46 EDTVVUSNovo Nordisk weight loss drug helped people get thinner, Bloomberg reports
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10:57 EDTTMMobileye climbs after analyst says GM, Tesla using technology
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09:28 EDTTMMobileye price target raised to $62 from $48 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Mobileye (MBLY) shares to $62 saying it left day one of the ITS World Congress feeling better about its thesis regarding the company landing Toyota (TM) as a client. Citi says Toyota is one of few remaining large OEMs that has yet to enter production with Mobileye. It believes Toyota recognizes Mobileye’s distinct technological advantages and expects to source more ADAS suppliers over the medium-term. William Blair this morning said it believes Tesla (TSLA) and GM (GM) are using Mobileye for their automated highway driving assist technology while Morgan Stanley upped its price target for shares to $65. The stock is trading up 6% to $56.23 in pre-market trading.
07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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06:09 EDTTMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
13:04 EDTTMAugust 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
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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07:34 EDTTMU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:51 EDTTMTesla head says 'not surprised' if Toyota deal happens, Reuters says
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