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March 25, 2014
12:28 EDTGM, WAG, SONC, MKC, CCL, HIMXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq lagging the other major indexes for a second session in a row. Stock index futures were higher during pre-market trading, leading to a higher open for the broader market. The averages began to slip about an hour into trading and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was the first to fall into negative territory. Despite a consumer confidence reading that hit its highest level in about six years, the benchmark S&P 500 is little changed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Conference Boardís index of consumer confidence rose to 82.3 in March from 78.3 a month earlier, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since the beginning of 2008. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 13.2% from the prior year in January. New home sales dropped 3.3% to a 440K rate in February. Analysts had forecast a 4.9% decrease in the month. The Richmond Fed's business activity survey for March came in at -7, marking its second negative reading in a row. COMPANY NEWS: Walgreen (WAG) shares climbed 3% despite a headline earnings miss after the company said it plans to close 76 drugstores and expects more synergies from its Alliance Boots acquisition... Shares of cruise line operator Carnival (CCL) declined over 5% after the company narrowed its full-year profit forecast, citing higher costs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drive-in restaurant operator Sonic (SONC), which rose more than 9% after its quarterly earnings beat analystsí consensus estimate. Also higher following its earnings report was spice maker McCormick (MKC), which advanced 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax Technologies (HIMX), which fell 15% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower were shares of General Motors (GM), which slid 2.5% amid more press reports regarding its botched recall of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The New York Times said GM lied about the evidence it had regarding defects in its cars, while Reuters reported that two GM customers filed an emergency motion seeking to compel the carmaker to warn owners to immediately stop driving the 1.6M vehicles that have been recalled over the switch issues. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 35.13, or 0.22%, to 16,311.82, the Nasdaq was down 19.32, or 0.46%, to 4,207.06, and the S&P 500 was up 0.34, or 0.02%, to 1,857.78.
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10:00 EDTHIMXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:26 EDTHIMXHimax upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt
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May 19, 2015
14:31 EDTGMCovisint expands strategic relationship with Cisco, General Motors
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07:36 EDTGMAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
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May 18, 2015
09:54 EDTGMNHTSA looks to accelerate V2V rollout by automakers, Motor Authority says
Automakers have been notified that initial proposals for the implementation of vehicle-to-vehicle technology will be outlined by before January 1, 2016, which would be a full year ahead of schedule, according to Motor Authority. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Mobileye (MBLY) makes chips utilized in advanced driver assistance systems. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGMStudy shows Toyota and Honda leads in best supplier relations, Reuters says
A new study revealed that Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) led automakers with U.S. plants in supplier relations, reports Reuters. According to the study led by Planning Perspectives President John Henke, Toyota led Honda while Ford (F) was a distant third and Nissan (NSANY) came in fourth. General Motors (GM) and Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) were last on the list. Reference Link
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11:43 EDTGMU.S. appeals court dismisses UAW retiree benefit suit, Reuters reports
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09:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $1B in Warren Technical Center campus
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05:38 EDTHIMXHimax expects to feel pressure in Q2 due to weak China smartphone demand
The company expects Q2 revenue is unlikely to enjoy its usual rebound from the first quarter. Thus, the Company anticipates gross margin will decline during the quarter. Two additional factors that will impact gross margin negatively in the second quarter are a slight decline of non-driver products as a percentage of Himax's total revenue and lower NRE income. Himax expects non-driver sales percentage to rise again in the second half of the year. Compared to the previous quarter, the company's small and medium-sized driver segment will decline high single digit in the quarter sequentially. Himax is seeing gross margin pressure in driver ICs used in all panel sizes. However, the Company remains focused on margin expansion and continue to work on diversifying its products and customer base to achieve this.
05:35 EDTHIMXHimax sees Q2 non-GAAP EPS 4.3c-5.3c, consensus 7c
Sees Q2 revenue to be down 5%-9%, consensus $195.01M. Sees Q2 gross margin to be down approximately 2% sequentially.
05:34 EDTHIMXHimax reports Q1 non-GAAP EPS 7.6c, consensus 7c
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