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January 8, 2013
06:12 EDTGM, SHCAY, TM, REIS, HMC, INTC, NSANYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: India proposed major curbs on the import of technology products ranging from laptops to Wi-Fi devices to computer-network equipment. The proposed regulations would create a "Buy India" mandate requiring a large percentage of tech goods sold in the country to be manufactured there, the Wall Street Journal reports...Japanese car companies (TM, NSANY, HMC) are regaining their confidence in the Chinese market, setting strong growth targets for 2013 after last year's sales were disrupted by cross-border tensions, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Sharp Corp. (SHCAY) is considering new ways to shore up its finances but is not talking with Intel Corp. (INTC) now about any investment, according to a senior Sharp executive, Reuters reports...U.S. apartment vacancies dropped and rents climbed again in Q4, continuing a years-long trend that is likely to encourage more affluent renters to buy homes this year, according to real-estate research firm Reis Inc. (REIS), Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: GM (GM) will likely maintain its position in the U.S. after its market share fell to the lowest since 1924. GM may end this year with a 17.9% U.S. market share, in line with where it finished 2012, according to a survey of five analysts by Bloomberg...Japanese pension funds will more than double their gold holdings in the next two years as the new government pushes for a higher inflation target, Bloomberg reports.
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October 1, 2015
09:57 EDTNSANYNissan reports September U.S. sales up 18% to 121,782 units
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09:35 EDTGMActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTNSANYNissan reports September U.S. auto sales up 18%, Bloomberg says
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09:18 EDTGMGM sees six-month moving average for SAAR 17.6M units
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09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
General Motors' Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands sold 251,310 vehicles in the United States in September 2015. Retail deliveries climbed 17% compared with a year ago, which makes September the sixth month in a row that GM has increased retail market share year over year. Total sales were up 12%. GM's average transaction prices increased almost $800 per unit compared to August 2015, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates. Incentive spending in September was down 1 percentage point from August 2015, much greater than the industry's 0.2 percentage point decline. Year over year, spending was down 0.7 percentage points, while industry spending increased 0.9 percentage points. Commercial deliveries increased 10 percent year over year for the 23rd consecutive monthly increase. Consistent with GM's plan, total fleet sales were down 5 percent due to a 12 percent decline in rental deliveries.
09:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports September U.S. sales up 12% to 251,310 vehicles
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09:05 EDTHMC, GMGeneral Motors outlines plans on future of personal mobility
General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra and her leadership team outlined the company's plans to capitalize on the future of personal mobility. GM also said it plans to strengthen its core business through global growth initiatives and an aggressive product launch cadence. As a result, the company expects to increase its earnings per share and generate significant shareholder value. The company shared its plans with investors during a conference at its Milford Proving Ground. GM announced that late in 2016 it will add a fleet of 2017 Chevrolet Volts designed to drive autonomously within its renovated Warren Technical Center campus. GM also announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects, one in New York City operating today and one to come in first quarter next year in another U.S. city. In collaboration with Honda, it is developing a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell stack and hydrogen storage systems. GM confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. The company expects to grow its business over the next five years through key initiatives including a $5 billion investment in an all-new Chevrolet growth market vehicle family; maintaining a strong market position in China by enhancing its presence in SUV and luxury segments; expanding Cadillac's vehicle portfolio into growing luxury segments; continuing the growth of GM Financial through the expansion of services globally, and expanding aftersales and OnStar revenue opportunities globally. In the same timeframe, GM plans to introduce a large number of all-new or refreshed vehicles globally. In 2015, about 26 percent of GM's global sales volume has come from vehicles new or refreshed within the previous 18 months. This percentage is projected to be 39 percent in 2016, 40 percent in 2017, 31 percent in 2018, and reach 40 percent in 2019 and 2020. GM is also accelerating its efforts to drive further cost efficiencies across the value chain, with a focus on enhancing overall value for its customers. The company said it expects to generate benefits of approximately $5.5 billion in purchasing, manufacturing and administration expense between 2015 and 2018, more than offsetting increased investments in brand development and technology.
05:56 EDTTM, GM, NSANY, HMCTrueCar boosts 2015 U.S. sales forecast to 17.4M from 17.2M
TrueCar (TRUE) raised its 2015 annual forecast by 200,000 units to 17.4 million as sales growth in the remaining months of 2015 is poised to remain vigorous. New auto sales in September, aided by a later-than-usual Labor Day, should expand by 12.6 percent from a year ago, while the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate should reach 17.7 million units. That strength underpins TrueCar's revised full-year industry forecast of 17.4 million units, the highest volume since 2000. Retail share of the total industry likely expanded a full point in September versus last year, indicating busier-than-average showrooms. Confident consumers are expected to push new vehicle revenue to a record $45 billion for the month, up 13.2 percent versus the same period last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM), Daimler (DDAIF) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). TrueCar EVP Larry Dominique commented, "Volkswagen's stop sell of diesel vehicles in the U.S. causes a noticeable hit to its September revenue, with a 7.7 percent decline. We expect sales to dip by at least by 5 percent and incentives to increase by $235 per unit, which will be essential to push non-impacted models off the lots."
September 30, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; September 30, 2015
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15:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors to hold a conference call
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10:49 EDTINTCWestern Digital surges on $3.78B investment from China's Unisplendour
Shares of Western Digital (WDC) surged in morning trading after the company said it Unisplendour will take a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital and Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, said they entered into a pact under which a Unis subsidiary will invest $3.78B in Western Digital, the companies said. Under the terms of the agreement, Unis will buy the shares at $92.50 each. Unisplendour will own 15% of Western Digital's outstanding shares after the purchase, and have the right to nominate one representative to Western Digital's board of directors, a right that terminates if Unis' ownership falls below 10%. Unis also agreed not to sell any of its Western Digital shares for five years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In July, the Wall Street Journal reported that Tsinghua Unigroup, which is majority-owned Tsinghua Holdings, offered to buy Micron Technology (MU) for $23B. After several talks and meetings over the matter, Reuters reported on August 28 that Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup, met with Micron in an attempt to revive takeover talks, but a deal did not come to fruition. Tsinghua Holdings chairman Jinghong Xu said that his company was open to a partnership with Micron if an acquisition deal could not be reached, dealReporter said. Separately, in May, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) announced that it would sell a 51% stake in its H3C business to Unisplendour for roughly $2.3B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Western Digital shares are up 16.06% to $79.91. OTHERS TO WATCH: Micron, which reports quarterly earnings on Thursday, is up 5.25% to $15.10, HP is up 2.56% to $25.28, SanDisk (SNDK) is up 9.2% to $53.63, Intel (INTC) is up 3.56% to $30.28, and Seagate (STX) is up 5.5% to $44.10.
09:59 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Navistar reach long-term commercial vehicle agreement
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September 29, 2015
09:03 EDTINTCHP updates entry-level workstation
HP (HPQ) announced the HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel (INTC) processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC. The Z240 is the latest update to the world's No. 1 ranked entry-level workstation, the HP Z230. As HP's most affordable workstation, the Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, MCAD/AEC, education, public sector and image viewing industries.
06:48 EDTINTCAMD stake sale talks with Silver Lake stalled, Bloomberg says
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a competitor of Intel (INTC), was in discussions to sell an approximate 25% stake to private equity firm Silver Lake Management before the talks were stalled, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The two sides have put talks on hold after they failed to reach an agreement over price and strategy, the report says. AMD is looking into other strategic options, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGMFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
September 28, 2015
18:51 EDTGMGM CEO plans increased focus on connectivity, autonomous driving, Reuters says
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10:50 EDTINTCAnalyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
07:39 EDTINTCIntel fundamentals improving, says Pacific Crest
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06:32 EDTSHCAYBanks holding $5B in Sharp want company to strike quick deal, WSJ reports
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