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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.
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November 14, 2014
16:39 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:10 EDTHIMXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:32 EDTGMHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
14:50 EDTWAGLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTWAGLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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10:44 EDTHIMXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:24 EDTGMHeidrick & Struggles picked by GM to find new general counsel, WSJ reports
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05:48 EDTHIMXHimax sees FY14 EPS 42.6c-44.3c, consensus 47c
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05:47 EDTHIMXHimax sees Q4 EPS 7.8c-9.5c, consensus 12c
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05:45 EDTHIMXHimax reports Q3 EPS 11c, consensus 11c
Reports Q3 revenue $222.3M, consensus $225.18M.
November 12, 2014
08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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November 10, 2014
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
11:59 EDTGMSenators ask U.S. DOJ to review Takata as airbag worries increase, Reuters says
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November 6, 2014
08:56 EDTGMMaxwell awarded U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium $2.68M contract
Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) has been awarded a $2.68M cost-shared technology development contract by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium to develop a high-performance hybrid ultracapacitor/lithium-ion battery for stop-start idle-elimination microhybrid autos. USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC, the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group Ford (F) and General Motors (GM). With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC's mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles.
06:55 EDTGMGM says not responsible for pre-bankruptcy vehicle allegations, Reuters says
A filing from a Manhattan bankruptcy court revealed that GM said it should not be required to go up-against cases based on safety problems in vehicles manufactured prior to its bankruptcy 5 years ago, including a defected ignition switch that prompted the automobile firm to recall 2.6M cars earlier in FY14, according to Reuters, citing the filing. Reference Link
06:40 EDTGMTakata cautions of larger FY loss, cancels dividend for now, Reuters says
After its faulty airbags have been connected to four deaths in the U.S., Takata cautioned of a larger loss this year and canceled its dividend at this time, according to Reuters, citing comments from Takata CFO Yoichiro Nomura. Car companies who utilized Takata airbags include Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC), Mazda (MZDAF), BMW (BAMXY), Nissan (NSANY), Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM). Reference Link
06:31 EDTGMWestern Europe's auto sales increased 5.5% last month, Reuters says
Auto sales in Western Europe increased 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, according to Reuters, which cited industry data. Demand for vehicles rose in all of the region's major markets except France, the news service quoted consulting firm LMC Automotive. as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Now trades under FCAU (FIATY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:06 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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05:16 EDTCCLCarnival to increase fleet capacity by nearly 10% through FY16
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