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December 27, 2012
16:15 EDTJCP, DIOD, QCOR, BCDS, VVUS, TMOn 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.
News For TM;BCDS;DIOD;VVUS;QCOR;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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November 28, 2014
06:55 EDTTMToyota recalls 57K vehicles for dangerous Takata air bags, Reuters reports
Toyota said it would recall 57,000 vehicles globally to replace potentially deadly air bags made by Takata, reports Reuters. Toyota is recalling Vitz subcompacts and RAV4 crossover models made between December 2002 and March 2004. Toyota said it was not aware of any injury or death related to the recall. Reference Link
November 26, 2014
07:19 EDTVVUSVIVUS issued two patents for Qsymia
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November 25, 2014
06:35 EDTTMJapanese ministry urging automakers to speed up air bag recalls, Reuters says
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November 24, 2014
13:32 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney director discloses 100K share purchase at $7.28
J.C. Penney director Javier Teruel disclosed in a filing late Friday the purchase of 100K shares at $7.28 on Nov. 19. Shares of JCP are up 5.5% in early afternoon trading.
November 21, 2014
10:32 EDTTMToyota to recall 422K Lexus models for possible fuel leak, Reuters reports
Toyota is recalling 422.5K Lexus models due to possible fuel leaks that increase the risk of fire, Reuters reports. The models include 2007-2010 Lexus LS, 2006-2011 GS and 2006-2011 IS. Reference Link
08:14 EDTTMHonda warned Takata on airbags years before recalls, WSJ reports
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November 20, 2014
07:57 EDTTMIIHS crash tests results for minivans 'one of the worst', CNBC says
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07:11 EDTTMBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 19, 2014
10:25 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:51 EDTTMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTTMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
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06:46 EDTTMToyota to sell fuel cell car in Japan in December, Reuters says
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November 17, 2014
14:21 EDTJCPEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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12:59 EDTTMToyota experimenting with driverless car technology, Nikkei reports
Toyota is working on driverless car technology at its U.S. research centers in a move to develop "self-judging" vehicles that can avoid traffic accidents, the Nikkei reports. Reference Link
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November 16, 2014
19:58 EDTTMJapan's GDP contracts 1.6% in third quarter, WSJ says
Japan's economy has slumped into a recession in the third quarter as a sales tax increase resulted in firms cutting inventory and capital investment, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Japan's real GDP in Q3 retreated 1.6% on an annualized basis against a median forecast for a 2.25% expansion. The setback in the country's growth will likely result in Prime Minster Shinzo Abe postponing a second sales tax increase, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link

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