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March 25, 2014
12:28 EDTGM, MKC, CCL, HIMX, WAG, SONCOn 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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05:36 EDTCCLCarnival signs agreement with Port Authority of Barcelona for new terminal
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTGMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:50 EDTGMGeneral Motors technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:24 EDTGMEarnings Preview: General Motors down approximately 20% since Q1 report
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08:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:18 EDTGMAir bag aging poses threat to millions of U.S. drivers, NBC News reports
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July 21, 2015
12:01 EDTCCLRoyal Caribbean names Jim Berra Chief Marketing Officer
Royal Caribbean (RCL) has named Jim Berra Chief Marketing Officer. Jim will be responsible for all aspects of the cruise line's marketing program, including brand strategy and positioning, consumer and trade advertising, web and loyalty marketing, research, brand development and communications. Jim most recently served as senior vice president and Chief Marketing Office for Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) where he oversaw the company's advertising, public relations, customer marketing and digital efforts.
09:40 EDTGMJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
July 20, 2015
12:16 EDTGMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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July 16, 2015
13:52 EDTGMGM slips after Barclays downgrades auto sector on China downturnbw
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11:04 EDTCCLCarnival increases quarterly dividend by 20% to 30c
Carnival announced that it has increased its quarterly dividend to 30c per share. The company's board approved a record date for the quarterly dividend of August 21, 2015, and a payment date of September 11, 2015.
10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded the U.S. Autos and Auto Parts sector to Negative from Neutral and cut its rating on General Motors (GM) to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm sees further sector underperformance as China car sales continue to disappoint and Chinese production goes negative against a peak in the U.S. auto industry and a slow recovery in Europe. The firm sees few near-term catalysts for General Motors given is larger exposure to China and little that will change its perception by investors as a "value trap." Barclays lowered General Motors' price target to $36 from $44.
July 15, 2015
14:35 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls Sparks, Sonics over radio software issue
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06:14 EDTGMFiat Chrysler CEO has no plans for another GM offer, NYT reports
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July 14, 2015
16:05 EDTGMGM announces $1.4B plant investment related to SUV production
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10:01 EDTCCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:24 EDTCCLCarnival upgraded to Hold on China growth at Jefferies
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06:21 EDTCCLCarnival upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
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