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January 10, 2013
12:25 EDTURBN, F, ARO, NOK, WMT, MCP, SVUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as a slightly worse than expected weekly jobless claims report in the U.S. was balanced by strong export data from China. With the earnings season not set to begin in earnest until next week, and no sign of urgency from lawmakers to pick up their debate on the impending debt ceiling until the last minute again, the market may be range-bound in the near term... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims rose 4K to 371K, versus expectations for 362K claims. Wholesale inventories increased 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The Job Openings & Labor Turnover survey showed advertised job openings climbed 11,000 in November to 3.67M, which was about 12% more than in the same month a year ago. In Europe, the ECB kept its main interest rate unchanged. The Bank of England also voted, as expected, to keep its main interest rate unchanged and not to buy more government bonds. China's trade surplus rose to $31.6B in December from $19.6B in November, as exports increased 14.1% compared with the same period a year earlier, widely beating expectations for a 4.5% increase. Imports gained 6%, compared to expectations for a 2.6% increase... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) shares slid nearly 1% after two Congressmen suggested that the company's current CEO knew as early as 2005 about bribery allegations against the retailer in Mexico... Ford (F) rose 2.5% after the company doubled its quarterly dividend to 10c per share... Supervalu (SVU) rose almost 13% after the company reported a quarterly profit on sales that were roughly in-line with expectations, but more importantly agreed to sell its Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market chains to a Cerberus-led consortium in a transaction valued at $3.3B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nokia (NOK), which surged over 18% after announcing its Mobile Phones business unit and Lumia portfolio delivered better than expected results in Q4 and operating expenses were lower than expected. Also higher were shares of Urban Outfitters (URBN), up 4% after it reported a 9% increase in comparable retail segment net sales during the holiday season and research firm Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the shares. Among the noteworthy losers were Molycorp (MCP), down 21% after forecasting lower than expected 2013 revenue and cash flow, and Aeropostale (ARO), down 6% after cutting its Q4 profit view and having shares downgraded to Hold at Brean Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 14.49, or 0.11%, to 13,405.00; the Nasdaq was down 0.40, or 0.01%, to 3,105.41; and the S&P 500 was up 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,464.87.
News For WMT;F;SVU;NOK;URBN;MCP;ARO From The Last 14 Days
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June 22, 2015
16:02 EDTWMTGreen Dot to remain program manager for Walmart
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11:04 EDTNOKNokia says HERE expanding real-time traffic service to 50 countries
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09:40 EDTFActive equity options trading on open
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07:17 EDTNOKRegulators to decide by July 27 on Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters reports
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05:53 EDTMCPStocks with implied volatility movement; MCP NCR
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Molycorp (MCP) 536, NCR Corp. (NCR) 41 according to iVolatility.
June 19, 2015
14:42 EDTAROAeropostale slumps after EVP Emilia Fabricant to leave company
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10:50 EDTFEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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08:22 EDTWMTChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
19:08 EDTNOKNokia CEO confirms plan to launch new smartphone line, BGR says
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08:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart holds ‘at least’ $76B in overseas tax havens, NY Post reports
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June 17, 2015
18:39 EDTNOKNokia looks to German carmakers as it seeks $4B for map unit, Bloomberg says
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13:05 EDTFJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
11:03 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent say DOJ permits companies to proceed with combination
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has granted early termination of the U.S. antitrust waiting period for the combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, permitting the transaction to proceed. The parties said they continue to make good progress with the regulatory approval processes in the remaining relevant jurisdictions, with the parties having already obtained antitrust clearances in Brazil and Serbia. The transaction remains subject to approval by Nokia shareholders, Nokia holding over 50% of the share capital of Alcatel-Lucent on a fully diluted basis upon completion of the public exchange offer, receipt of other regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2016.
June 16, 2015
19:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart ranks high among millenials, Ad Age says
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13:48 EDTNOKNokia CEO says may decide not to sell HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Says the strategic analysis of HERE unit is still going on and no decision has been made, added Bloomberg.
06:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart accused of using charity to increase expansion, NYT reports
Several community and labor organizations are accusing Wal-Mart of inappropriately using its nonprofit Wal-Mart Foundation to reduce local opposition to expansion efforts in places such as Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, the New York Times reports. The group of organizations claimed in a complaint with the IRS that the Wal-Mart Foundation violated the terms of its tax-exempt status by targeting millions of dollars in donations that would directly benefit the retailer, the report says. The complaint alleges that the foundation donated over $200,000 to organizations in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, but raised that figure to $1.4M in 2011, right as the company planned to open a store in that area. When the store was opened in 2013, donations fell to roughly $230,000, the report says. In a statement, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said that the Wal-Mart Foundation took tax code and regulations "very seriously" and that the allegations had no merit. Reference Link
05:51 EDTNOKNokia, LG Electronics agree on smartphone patent license
LG Electronics has agreed to take a royalty-bearing smartphone patent license from Nokia Technologies (NOK). The Korean company is the latest of more than 60 licensees for Nokia's 2G, 3G and 4G mobile communication technologies and the first major smartphone manufacturer to join the licensing program since Nokia divested its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) in 2014. The detailed royalty payment obligations will be subject to commercial arbitration, expected to conclude within a 1-2 year timeframe. Other terms of the agreement remain confidential between the two companies.
June 15, 2015
15:14 EDTFAuto union to start formal negotiations with carmakers in July, Bloomberg says
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15:05 EDTFDetroit Economic Club to hold a meeting
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09:08 EDTMCPMolycorp to take advantage of grace period on interest due on certain notes
Molycorp announced that it has elected to take advantage of the 30-day grace period with respect to the approximately $3.36M semi-annual interest payment due June 15 on its 3.25% Senior Unsecured Convertible Notes due 2016, as provided for in the indenture governing the notes. "This election by the company will not trigger any cross-default provisions in other outstanding company debt prior to the end of the grace period and should not affect current operations. As previously disclosed, the company has retained financial and legal advisors to assist the company in restructuring its debt. The company will use the grace period to continue to evaluate different options related to such debt restructuring," Molycorp stated.
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