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March 7, 2014
16:54 EDTRSH, SWY, F, SPLS, TMUkraine, U.S. jobs dominate headlines as markets log gains
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a week that saw instability in Ukraine dominate headlines early, with a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report finishing the week. MACRO NEWS: Global markets started the week lower on concerns regarding the situation in Ukraine, and while the flow of news coming out of the region did not slow during the week, it appeared to weigh less prominently on investors as the week wore on... On Monday, China's final Markit/HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for February fell for the third straight month to a seven-month low of 48.5... The U.S. non-farm jobs report for February showed the economy added 175,000 jobs, exceeding economists' expectations for 150,000. Despite the better-than-expected job gains, the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7% from last month's 6.6% level... The Federal Reserve released its latest Beige Book report of economic activity on Wednesday, which showed that economic activity in eight of the central bank's twelve districts saw modest to moderate improvements since the last survey. The report showed, however, that the severe winter weather has weighed on retail sales. COMPANY NEWS: Auto sales fell for major US and Japanese brands, including Ford, which saw sales slide 6% and Toyota (TM), which saw sales slide 4% for February... Legacy big box retailers RadioShack (RSH) and Staples (SPLS) both reported earnings this week that disappointed and announced plans to close stores. RadioShack announced it would close 1,100 stores and said it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy, while Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America and said it will no longer provide annual sales or earnings guidance. Shares of both retailers fell more than 15% during the week... Safeway (SWY) announced a deal Thursday night to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital, in a deal that values the grocer at about $40 per share. Shares of Safeway lost about 2% after the deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, was formally announced. Shares of Safeway, however, have gained about 60% over the 52-week period ended with today's trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.8% to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1% to 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq was up 0.6% to 4,336.22.
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August 25, 2015
06:32 EDTTMToyota tests possible alternatives to Takata air bag inflators, Reuters reports
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTFOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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13:42 EDTTMToyota to halt Prius production in Thailand, Nikkei Asian Review reports
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August 23, 2015
17:32 EDTTMToyota extends Tianjin production shutdown through August 26, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
06:14 EDTTMToyota to purchase air bag inflators from Nippon Kayaku, Reuters reports
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August 20, 2015
10:14 EDTFFord reports Europe sales up 5.3% in July
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06:38 EDTTMToyota to ask parts makers for price cuts, Nikkei reports
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August 19, 2015
13:30 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:40 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q3 non-GAAP EPS 33c-36c, consensus 36c
Sees Q3 revenue to decrease compared to 3Q14, consensus $5.73B. The company's guidance reflects a sequential increase in the unfavorable impact of the stronger U.S. dollar on sales and earnings. The company's earnings guidance excludes any potential impact related to restructuring and other related activities or costs related to the company's planned acquisition of Office Depot. For the full year 2015, the company expects to generate more than $600 million of free cash flow.
06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 North American stores and online sales $2.11B
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06:01 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 12c, consensus 12c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.94B, consensus $4.96B
August 18, 2015
14:51 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:26 EDTSPLSStaples August 14 straddle priced for 5.8% movement into Q2
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12:11 EDTFSEC joins German probe of Ford's alleged bribery, Reuters reports
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12:05 EDTFFord recalls roughly 26,400 vehicles in NA for seat belt malfunction
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08:10 EDTSPLSStaples August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 17, 2015
12:12 EDTSPLSFTC announces resignation of Commissioner Joshua Wright
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07:42 EDTTM, FNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
August 16, 2015
14:30 EDTTMToyota pauses three Chinese production lines, Bloomberg says
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