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December 27, 2012
16:15 EDTDIOD, QCOR, BCDS, VVUS, TM, 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.
News For TM;BCDS;DIOD;VVUS;QCOR;JCP From The Last 14 Days
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April 15, 2015
19:34 EDTVVUSVIVUS files patent infringement lawsuit against Teva
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11:21 EDTTMMobileye rises after Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank hike price targets
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11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
09:08 EDTTMToyota to realign North American manufacturing operations
As reported, Toyota plans to invest in a new plant will be built in Guanajuato, Mexico, to support improved competitiveness in North America. The plant will produce Corolla taking into consideration forecasted steady, mid and long-term growth in North America. Building this plant will be one of Toyota's efforts to realign its North American manufacturing operations and begin a new approach to plant building; featuring new work processes, including Toyota New Global Architecture production engineering innovations, and will be a model for global manufacturing. To more efficiently supply high-quality and attractive vehicles, Toyota will continue regional consolidation of North American production based on vehicle body type and size. In 2019, production of the Corolla will be shifted from the plant in Cambridge Ontario, Canada to the newly opened plant in Mexico and the plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi will continue to produce the Corolla; consolidating compact vehicle production to the Southern U.S. and Mexico. TMMC will then focus its production on mid-sized vehicles of higher value, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
09:06 EDTTMToyota to build new plant in Mexico, expand Chinese joint venture
Toyota announced that it will build a new plant in Mexico and expand its joint venture, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., in China. These investments are grounded on its plans to construct production lines that are more competitive, with greatly reduced initial investment, improved efficiency, flexibility, environmental performance and safety, the company said. The new plant in Mexico and the expansion in China will be designed to accelerate innovation by implementing new technologies into real production lines. These "simple and slim" production lines can be easily lengthened or shortened depending on demand, with over-head conveyance devices eliminated, compact equipment installed on top of the plant floors, and paint-booths that are smaller. Toyota had previously suspended construction of new plants in order to improve capacity utilization of existing plants and plan for reduced model change-over and new plant construction investment. Currently, total capacity utilization is more than 90% and the initial portion of new simple and slim plant costs, including structure and equipment, is expected to be approximately 40% lower when compared to 2008. Production at the new plant in Mexico is scheduled to start in 2019 and the investment will be approximately $1B. Production at the new plant in China is to start as needed after completion of new line 3 in 2017 and Toyota plans to invest about Y52.5B.
April 14, 2015
12:23 EDTTMFord likely to announce $2.5B investment in Mexico this week, Reuters reports
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11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
07:10 EDTVVUSVIVUS says CVOT 'unlikely to initiate' in 2015
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06:23 EDTTMToyota to spend $1B to build factory in Mexico, Reuters reports
According to two sources, Toyota will announce plans on Wednesday to invest $1B to build a car factory in Mexico, Reuters reports. The factory, which would be in Guanajuato, is expected to produce about 200,000 cars per year and create about 2,400 direct jobs, one source says. Reuters previously reported that the factory would produce the Corolla car starting in the summer of 2019. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
April 12, 2015
19:46 EDTTMToyota plans to build new Chinese factory by 2018, AFP says
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTJCPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 7, 2015
10:05 EDTTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:38 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
April 6, 2015
05:54 EDTTMToyota to open plants in Mexico and China, Financial Times reports
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