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May 16, 2014
16:33 EDTNYT, M, KO, GMCR, WMT, JCP, VRX, JWN, IBM, RDEN, RAX, AGN, DE, GM, CSCOMarket finishes week slightly lower after weak retail sales growth
The market finished the week lower after several economic data points missed expectations and a number of notable companies reported soft results. MACRO NEWS: Retail sales and industrial production for April, a housing market index, and a measure of consumer confidence in May were all worse than expected. On the other hand, jobless claims fell more than expected and reached a seven year low... Overseas, the euro zone's GDP increased only 0.2% last quarter, versus the 0.4% growth forecast by economists. The trend of poor economic news also extended to China, whose April industrial output came in below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Among the companies that reported weaker than expected results were Wal-Mart (WMT) and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN). Also, IBM (IBM) and farm equipment maker Deere (DE) fell after providing guidance that disappointed investors. Conversely, Cisco (CSCO), Nordstrom (JWN), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Macy's (M) climbed after their earnings surpassed expectations... Allergan (AGN) officially rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Valeant (VRX), which indicated that it would raise its bid... GM (GM) retreated after the company announced five new recalls covering about 2.7M vehicles and agreed to pay a record $35M civil penalty levied by the DOT... The New York Times (NYT) slumped after abruptly announcing that it had dismissed the executive editor at its namesake newspaper, effective immediately... Cloud computing services provider Rackspace (RAX) announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) advanced after Coca-Cola (KO) confirmed plans to exercise its option to raise its stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.55% to 16,491.31, the S&P 500 was down 0.03% to 1,877.86, and the Nasdaq was up 0.46% to 4,090.59.
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05:58 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 81,000 Malibus, Pontiacs due to power steering issue
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05:52 EDTCSCOSony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link
04:58 EDTM, JWNNordstrom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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04:54 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
Barclays started shares of Macy's with an Underweight rating saying it expects comps to remain under 2% as the retailer lacks exposure to the growing off-price segment. The firm put a $55 price target on shares. Shares of Macy's closed Friday down 34c to $64.32.
February 16, 2015
17:24 EDTIBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
12:50 EDTGMGM claims for ignition switch defects rises to 4,312, Reuters says
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February 15, 2015
14:18 EDTGMGM recalls 69,633 U.S. vehicles on concerns about their electric power steering
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx vehicles manufactured April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2006, and 2006-2007 Pontiac G6 vehicles manufactured April 18, 2006, to June 30, 2006. In the affected vehicles, there may be a sudden loss of electric power steering, EPS, assist that could occur at any time while driving. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
16:35 EDTKO, GMS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
16:15 EDTJWNNordstrom raises quarterly dividend 12% to 37c per share
The dividend is payable on March 13 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 27.
13:50 EDTKO, GMCRKeurig Green Mountain moves higher after Coke raises stake
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13:42 EDTKO, GMCRCoca-Cola raises stake in Keurig Green Mountain to 16%
On February 11, Credit Suisse delivered to the Coca-Cola's (KO) Atlantic Industries about 6.38M shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) common stock pursuant to a previously disclosed letter agreement, dated as of May 12, 2014, between Atlantic and CS for a total acquisition cost of about $830.37M. All such purchases were made using Atlantic's cash on hand, a regulatory filing showed.
11:29 EDTGMCRJ.M. Smucker trades higher despite cautious comments on Q4, FY15
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10:00 EDTRDENOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ametek (AME) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Cytokinetics (CYTK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Great-West Lifeco (GWLIF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Medical Properties upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Microchip (MCHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stage Stores (SSI) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Watsco (WSO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart shares remain overvalued, says Wolfe Research
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08:37 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden upgraded to Outperform with $20 target at BMO Capital
BMO Capital upgraded Elizabeth Arden to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target for shares to $20 from $15. Following the company's Q2 results last week, BMO believes Arden is in the "early stages of a revival."
08:19 EDTGMAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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07:31 EDTWMTMexico forms alliance with Wal-Mart to improve farmworker lives, LA Times says
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06:28 EDTVRXSources: Shire takes initial steps towards Salix bid, Reuters reports
According to sources, Shire (SHPG) is beginning to take steps towards a bid for Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), including evaluating how to secure financing for a potential bid, Reuters reports. Bloomberg previously reported that Valeant (VRX) is weighing a bid of over $150 per share for Salix. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGMGM worried about impact to credit rating by proposed buyback, WSJ reports
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05:53 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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