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January 30, 2013
06:01 EDTTM, RDS.A, F, DELLOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Small investors are back in the market after abandoning it during the financial crisis. The return by individual investors is a big reason why the Dow Jones Industrial Average is moving toward an all-time high. The Dow has jumped 850 points in January, a 6.5% gain, marking its best start to a new year since 1989, the Wall Street Journal reports...The Fed could be charting a course that leaves the highly profitable central bank with no extra income to hand over to the Treasury for several years. That's what five Fed staff economists who examined how the central bank's bond-buying programs will affect its profitability over the long run, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Toyota Motor (TM) will recall 1.1M cars worldwide for defects, including 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles in the U.S. to fix airbags that could be deployed inadvertently, Reuters reports...A Dutch court ruled today that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) can be held partially responsible for pollution in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, saying the company should have prevented sabotage at one of its facilities, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: A widening loss in Europe sent Fordís (F) shares down the most in seven months, taking the marketís attention from Q4 earnings that beat estimates. Shares for Ford slid 4.6% to $13.14 yesterday, the biggest one-day drop since June 29 and wiped out most of their gains this year, Bloomberg reports...Michael Dell is seeking majority control of Dell (DELL) in a buyout that would combine his 15.7% stake in the company with as much as $1B of his personal funds, sources say, Bloomberg reports.
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September 12, 2014
10:30 EDTFFord recalls Escapes, Focus Sts due to engine wiring defect
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09:41 EDTFFord recalls 74,000 hybrids to fix stalling problem, AP reports
Ford is recalling 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a staling problem that causes electronics to overheat, reports the Associated Press. The recall covers Ford Escapes from 2005 through 2008 and Mercury Mariners from 2006-2008. Reference Link
September 11, 2014
13:35 EDTFFord's Lincoln to launch Navigator marketing push, Automotive News says
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September 10, 2014
09:17 EDTFChina 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
September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTFThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTFVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
17:47 EDTFFord downgrade a buying opportunity, Barron's says
Ford's downgrade at Morgan Stanley is a buying opportunity and investors should buy the dip, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
13:26 EDTFFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTFAugust 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
10:06 EDTAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
10:06 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:12 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTFMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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07:35 EDTAAgilent initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:29 EDTFFord downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Ford two notches to Underweight from Overweight and lowered its price target to $16 from $17. The firm recommends reducing positions due to competitive pressures, cycle maturity, high expectations, and execution risk to the new truck changeover.
September 5, 2014
10:58 EDTFFord China venture recalls 191K cars over fuel leak chance, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFFord China reports August sales up 9% to 77,506
Ford China sales are up 30% in the year to date, with 717,537 vehicles sold compared with 551,738 in the first eight months of 2013. In August this year alone, Ford sold 77,506 vehicles in China, up 9% from 71,183 sold in August last year. Changan Ford, Fordís passenger car joint venture, sold 522,394 vehicles in the first eight months of 2014, up 33% from 394,017 sold during the same period last year. August sales for CAF reached 60,306 vehicles, up 13% from August 2013. Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, sold 171,169 vehicles in the year to date, up 19% from 143,322 vehicles sold during the same period last year. JMCís monthly sales were steady, with 16,200 vehicles sold in August compared with 16,549 vehicles in August 2013.
September 3, 2014
12:33 EDTFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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