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July 31, 2014
12:29 EDTEDAP, ILIAF, WFM, S, LLL, LPSN, GE, TMUS, AVP, OTEX, SYFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, following the lead of international markets that were also lower overnight after Argentina defaulted on its debt. The averages, which opened deep in the red, took another leg lower shortly after the open when the Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index came out well below expectations with a reading of 52.6, versus a 63.0 forecast. The Argentinian default and the U.S. data, coupled with concerns over the Fed tightening its monetary policy sooner than expected, have pushed buyers to the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s monthly jobs report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 23K to 302K in the week ended July 26 from a revised 279K figure for the prior week. The Chicago PMI dropped a surprising 10 points to 52.6 in July, making for its lowest print since June of 2013. Internationally, Argentina failed to head off its second default in the past 13 years, sending its stock and bond markets sharply lower and causing ripples throughout global debt and equity markets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of T-Mobile (TMUS) gained 5% after the company reported second quarter results that beat expectations and The Wall Street Journal reported that French mobile carrier Iliad (ILIAF) has made an offer to acquire the company. Following that report, Sprint (S), which has been widely seen as the most logical buyer of T-Mobile, fell nearly 4%... Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF), the North American Retail Finance business of GE Capital (GE) that is being spun off from the parent company, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 125M Synchrony shares priced at $23.00 per share and began trading at $23.00 per share. General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt stated afterward that the industrial giant continues to target completing its exit in late 2015 through a capital-efficient split-off transaction. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Open Text (OTEX), which rose 15%, and LivePerson (LPSN), which gained 18%, after both reported better than expected results and both were upgraded this morning at Credit Suisse. Also rising following their earnings reports were Avon (AVP), which advanced 3.7%, and Allstate (ALL), which moved 4.4% higher. Among the noteworthy losers was Whole Foods Market (WFM), which sunk 3% after the company cut its full-year guidance. Also lower was L-3 Communications (LLL), which dropped 16% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton after the company cuts its FY14 EPS outlook. Another loser in today's market was EDAP TMS (EDAP), which plunged 43% after an FDA panel voted against recommending approval for its Ablatherm-HIFU device. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 231.85, or 1.37%, to 16,648.51, the Nasdaq was down 88.96, or 1.99%, to 4,373.94, and the S&P 500 was down 32.24, or 1.64%, to 1,937.83.
News For TMUS;S;SYF;GE;WFM;OTEX;LPSN;ILIAF;AVP;LLL;EDAP From The Last 14 Days
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June 25, 2015
13:16 EDTTMUST-Mobile unveils ‘JUMP! On Demand’
In a press release earlier T-Mobile said, "The company kicked things off in a big way by amping up Un-carrier 2.0, its groundbreaking JUMP! program, and introducing the industry’s lowest monthly cost to get an iPhone 6 when you trade-in your smartphone. With T-Mobile’s new JUMP! On Demand, one low monthly phone payment covers the cost of a new smartphone and gives you the freedom to swap it for a new one absolutely anytime you like … at no extra cost. Which means you don’t pay a penny to walk out the door with your new smartphone today–not even sales tax, with qualifying credit. No fees to upgrade whenever you want, no waiting and no worries about paying off your old phone when you upgrade." “While the carriers are breaking every promise they’ve ever made with their knock-off upgrade programs, we’re racing full speed ahead, making one of our most popular moves even better,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “JUMP! On Demand is the best way to get a new smartphone whenever you want. Zero out the door. Zero at upgrade. Zero fees. Zero wait. Zero BS.” Shares of T-Mobile are up 1.52% to $39.63 in afternoon trading.
10:31 EDTGECA Technologies appoints Jeff DeMarrais as Chief Communications Officer
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06:37 EDTSInternet Patents subsidiary awarded $30M in damages against Sprint Spectrum
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06:15 EDTGEElectrolux CEO to step down 'on his own initiative,' Reuters reports
Electrolux (ELUXY) CEO Keith McLoughlin will step down from the company "on his own initiative," Reuters reports, citing comments from business daily Dagens Industri. Elextrolux says McLoughlin, who moved to the U.S. from Sweden a few years ago, has not yet resigned, but also noted that "all well-run public companies conduct succession planning." According to Dagens Industri, GE Appliances (GE) head Charles Blankenship would be the "top candidate" to succeed McLoughlin. Reference Link
June 24, 2015
18:16 EDTGEGoogle, GE, Airbus lead in sheer number of meetings with EU officials
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16:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric reaches preliminary labor agreements with union delegates
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15:53 EDTWFMSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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13:39 EDTWFMDCA reports 'systemic overcharging' for pre-packaged foods at Whole Foods
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10:31 EDTWFMNew York probing Whole Foods over alleged overcharging, Daily News reports
New York City has launched a probe of Whole Foods Markets after an investigation conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs found items for sale at its locations were labeled inaccurately, with many overcharging consumers, according to The Daily News. A Whole Foods spokesman said the company disagrees with the city's findings and is "vigorously defending" itself against the allegations, the report noted. Reference Link
09:09 EDTLLLBAE Systems orders aerostat systems for U.S. Army contract
BAE Systems (BAESY) has awarded Drone Aviation Holding's wholly owned subsidiary, Drone Aviation Corp., an order for parts and services related to enhancing and supporting two WASP aerostat systems owned and operated by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab for upcoming Department of Defense exercises. The upgrades and services are designed to integrate specialized wireless electronics, advanced optics and a communications package provided by L-3 Communication (LLL). Under the terms of an agreement between DAC and L-3 CS-West, a working group has commenced on a technical integration plan that includes integrating new technologies into the WASP and jointly marketing the integrated solution. The enhanced WASP systems and components are expected to be delivered to the U.S. Army in July.
June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTTMUST-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:43 EDTSSprint CTO Stephen Bye to depart July 24, FierceWireless says
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16:29 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:02 EDTGESumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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June 22, 2015
15:04 EDTTMUST-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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09:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric and Cascade announce multi-year joint development agreement
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08:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric 2018 EPS should surpass $2, says Bernstein
After meeting with GE's CFO, Bernstein predicts that the company's 2018 EPS will surpass the $2 it says is often cited as a target for the company. The firm says that synergies with Alstom appear to be progressing well, while its gross margin initiatives are also progressing. Bernstein says that GE is making progress on many fronts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:18 EDTGESuppliers worried about Airbus, Boeing production rate hike, Reuters reports
Major engine suppliers, including General Electric (GE) and Safran, are becoming worried that they may lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets from Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) that may prove unsustainable, Reuters reports. Airbus and Boeing have plans to raise production rates of their best selling single aisle planes by 25% to 50-52 a month in 2017-2018, the report says. Suppliers have said that they need to secure the start of a steep rise in output before making a commitment to even loftier targets, the report says. Reference Link
05:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric, unions reach tentative agreement on new contracts
General Electric reached tentative agreements on new labor contracts with national leaders of its two largest unions, the IUE-CWA and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, or UE, after three weeks of negotiations. The agreements are now subject to review by union negotiating committees and ratification by union members. GE’s existing four-year national contracts with the IUE-CWA and the UE expire at midnight. The four-year job packages provide improvements in healthcare, wages, pension and job and income security. The contract provisions will also be extended to additional unions that have local contracts with GE.
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