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January 10, 2013
12:25 EDTWMT, F, SVU, NOK, URBN, MCP, AROOn 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.
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July 24, 2014
06:44 EDTFFord Credit sees FY14 pre-tax profit to be higher than 2013
Ford Credit also now expects year-end managed receivables of $112 billion to $115 billion, up from prior guidance of about $110 billion. Ford Credit continues to expect managed leverage in the range of 8:1 to 9:1, and distributions to its parent of about $250 million.
06:43 EDTFFord Credit reports Q2 pre-tax profit of $434M, net income $264M
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06:42 EDTFFord reports Q2 Total Automotive wholesale volume down 1%, revenue down 2%
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06:42 EDTFFord 'on track' for a solid year, 'higher volumes, revenues in 2015 and beyond'
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06:41 EDTFFord sees FY14 North America pre-tax profit to be lower than 2013
Sees North America operating margin in 8%-9% range. The company’s guidance includes 13 weeks of production downtime this year for the launch of the new F-150, including the summer shutdown at Ford’s Dearborn and Kansas City plants. Ford expects South America to incur a larger loss in FY14 than previously guided. It now expects the rest of the year for South America to be about breakeven to a loss due to lower-than-expected industry volumes and weaker currencies. The volatility in the region, including potential currency devaluations, adds uncertainty to short-term projections. Ford sees Q2 Europe pre-tax profit of $14M, due to lower costs and favorable exchange. Restructuring costs were lower than a year ago, primarily due to a reserve release this quarter associated with its Cologne investment agreement and non-recurrence of a facility write-off in Genk last year. Ford’s full-year guidance for Europe remains unchanged, with the region expected to improve pre-tax results compared with 2013. Ford expects Europe’s second half loss to be higher than the first half loss of $180 million. Lower second half wholesale volumes of about 100,000 units include the effect of summer shutdowns in the third quarter and year-end shutdowns in the fourth quarter. Ford’s full-year guidance for Middle East & Africa remains unchanged, with the region expected to be about breakeven with quarterly variability driven by factors such as the timing of production, mix of vehicles and long shipping times. Asia Pacific reported a second quarter pre-tax profit of $159M. For the full year, Ford continues to expect Asia Pacific to earn a higher pre-tax profit than a year ago. Ford expects full year results will be strong for the region, with third and fourth quarter results down from second quarter.
06:36 EDTFFord backs FY14 pre-tax profit guidance of $7B-$8B
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05:39 EDTNOKNokia reports Q2 Non-IFRS EPS EUR 0.06 vs. EUR 0.05 last year
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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Ford (F), consensus 36c; General Motors (GM), consensus 58c; Potash (POT), consensus 46c; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.91; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.43; Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), consensus 44c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 65c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 89c; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.35; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.59; Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 79c; Hershey (HSY), consensus 76c; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 61c; Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 19c; JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 19c.
15:02 EDTFFord July weekly 18 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q2
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14:56 EDTFFord technical commentary ahead of results
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14:02 EDTFEarnings Preview: Ford approaches 52-week high ahead of Q2 report
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 24, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 36c on revenue of $36.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for earnings per share is 31c-43c on revenue of $34.65B-$39.42B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 25c against estimates for 31c on revenue of $35.9B against estimates for $34.06B. On its Q1 earnings report, the company said its plan for FY14 automotive revenue to be about equal to FY13's $139.4B is on track. It said FY14 operating margin and operating related cash flow plans are on track as well. The company maintained its view for U.S. and China industry volumes, but increased its view for EU 20 industry volume this year to 14M-15M from 13.5M-14.5M. The company expects second quarter production to be 1.7M units, up 32,000 units from a year ago, more than explained by higher volume in Asia Pacific. Compared with the first quarter, second quarter production is up 87,000 units. On its Q1 earnings conference call, Ford said it expects the remaining quarters of year to be 'substantially better' than Q1. On May 1, Ford announced CEO Alan Mulally was retiring and would be replaced by Mark Fields, effective July 1. On May 7, Ford announced a $1.8B stock repurchase plan. On June 24, Ford's Americas Chief Joe Hinrichs said the company was on schedule for its aluminum bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Fords's Q2 earnings report. On April 28, Craig-Hallum upgraded Ford to Buy from Hold based on balance sheet, earnings profitability and dividend yield, and the upcoming 2015 F-Series launch. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $21 from $16. On May 15, Buckingham said Ford shares should be sold. Buckingham recommended buying GM's (GM) shares aggressively and selling Ford's stock. The firm reported that GM's performance in May had significantly outpaced that of Ford, while GM's full-size pickup sales had risen year-over-year. The firm kept a Buy rating on GM and a Sell rating on Ford. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares have traded 13% higher since its Q1 report and are approaching their 52-week high of $18.08. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, Ford is up about 0.4% to $17.90.
13:45 EDTFEarnings Preview: General Motors to take Q2 charge up to $1.2B on recalls
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11:02 EDTFFord July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 22, 2014
13:29 EDTFFord taps Galhotra to lead Lincoln brand
Ford earlier today announced that Kumar Galhotra – currently the company’s vice president of Engineering, responsible for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally – will be vice president and president of the company's Lincoln brand, effective Sept. 1. This new dedicated position, reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, is designed to accelerate Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand, the automaker added. Succeeding Galhotra is Jim Holland, who is named vice president, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, effective Sept. 1, Ford added. Holland will report to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.
11:03 EDTFFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
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07:38 EDTSVUSuperValu shares should be bought on any weakness, says Oppenheimer
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07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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July 21, 2014
06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
05:54 EDTMCPStocks with implied volatility movement; MPEL MCP
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