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March 25, 2014
12:28 EDTGM, HIMX, WAG, SONC, MKC, CCLOn 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 Board’s 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 analysts’ 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.
News For WAG;CCL;SONC;HIMX;MKC;GM From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
08:11 EDTSONCSonic reports Q2 SSS up approximately 11.5%
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February 27, 2015
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors to discontinue vehicle production at Bekasi, Indonesia plant
As part of its ongoing focus on strengthening the performance of its global operations, General Motors announced that it will transition to a national sales company in Indonesia and will discontinue vehicle production at its Bekasi manufacturing plant near Jakarta by the end of June. GM Indonesia will retain its local presence by providing customers with Chevrolet products such as the Orlando, Captiva and Trailblazer through its committed dealer network. Several factors contributed to GM’s decision, including high material costs and reduced potential to utilize the local supplier base due to limited scale.As a result of the company’s actions, approximately 500 positions will be impacted at the Bekasi plant, which is 16 km east of Jakarta. The plant, which is wholly owned by GM Indonesia, opened in 1995. It was reactivated in May 2013 after a suspension of production in 2005. The Bekasi plant currently produces the Chevrolet Spin for Indonesia and other ASEAN markets. GM also announced that GM Indonesia President Michael Dunne has decided to leave the company at the end of February to start his own business and focus on his previous domain of expertise. Dunne’s decision has been known to GM for some time. GM has identified a new executive to lead the NSC, who will be announced shortly. GM Indonesia CFO Pranav Bhatt will serve as interim president until the permanent replacement is named.
February 26, 2015
13:06 EDTGMGM reaches agreement with Brazil factory union, Reuters says
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10:39 EDTGMOrbital ATK selected by 10 automakers to investigate Takata airbags
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06:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors to stop making cars in Indonesia, Reuters says
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February 24, 2015
13:13 EDTGMTesla Model S named 'best overall' by Consumer Reports
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February 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGMGM ignition-switch deaths increase to 57, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to legally challenge worker strike in Brazil, WSJ reports
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February 22, 2015
14:20 EDTGMUAW chief says GM buyback proposal too much, premature, Reuters says
Dennis Williams, the president of the UAW, said that an investor group’s proposal that GM buy back $8B of its stock is premature, and the amount too high for the company’s long-term health, says Reuters. The UAW indirectly controls the largest single block of General Motors shares, added Reuters. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
08:07 EDTMKCMcCormick agrees to acquire Drogheria & Alimentari for $97M
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07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 19, 2015
10:00 EDTMKCMcCormick says products not involved in recent peanut contamination of cumin
McCormick & Company released the following statement in response to the FDA Consumer Advisory regarding the recent episodes of peanut contamination of cumin. "Due to the FDA Consumer Advisory and increased attention surrounding peanut contamination of cumin in the marketplace, we want to assure the public that no McCormick products are involved. This includes all ground cumin, cumin seed, and seasonings that contain cumin like Taco Seasoning Mix and Chili Powder."
February 18, 2015
12:09 EDTCCLCarnival plans $85M port in Dominican Republic
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06:38 EDTGMCar sales rose in Europe last month, NY Times says
European car sales increased 6.7% in January, versus the same period a year earlier, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association indicates, according to The New York Times. January was the 17th straight month that European car sales have increased, but they remain well below the levels they reached before the financial crisis, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTGMPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:57 EDTGMGM in court Tuesday over bankruptcy shield, WSJ says
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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