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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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September 8, 2014
17:47 EDTFFord downgrade a buying opportunity, Barron's says
Ford's downgrade at Morgan Stanley is a buying opportunity and investors should buy the dip, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
13:26 EDTFFord falls after two notch downgrade at Morgan Stanley
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13:04 EDTFAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
10:06 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:12 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTFMorgan Stanley downgrades Auto sector to Cautious, downgrades Ford
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06:29 EDTFFord downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Ford two notches to Underweight from Overweight and lowered its price target to $16 from $17. The firm recommends reducing positions due to competitive pressures, cycle maturity, high expectations, and execution risk to the new truck changeover.
September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTMCPOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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12:42 EDTMCPStocks with increasing options volume
Stocks with increasing options volume: VALE MCP KORS WAG GM PCLN
12:19 EDTURBNGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
11:43 EDTURBN, AROZumiez sinks as company provides 'disappointing' Q3 outlook
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10:58 EDTFFord China venture recalls 191K cars over fuel leak chance, Reuters says
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09:40 EDTFFord China reports August sales up 9% to 77,506
Ford China sales are up 30% in the year to date, with 717,537 vehicles sold compared with 551,738 in the first eight months of 2013. In August this year alone, Ford sold 77,506 vehicles in China, up 9% from 71,183 sold in August last year. Changan Ford, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, sold 522,394 vehicles in the first eight months of 2014, up 33% from 394,017 sold during the same period last year. August sales for CAF reached 60,306 vehicles, up 13% from August 2013. Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, sold 171,169 vehicles in the year to date, up 19% from 143,322 vehicles sold during the same period last year. JMC’s monthly sales were steady, with 16,200 vehicles sold in August compared with 16,549 vehicles in August 2013.
08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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September 3, 2014
12:33 EDTFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico scales back 2014 store expansion plans, WSJ says
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10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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07:00 EDTNOKCredit Suisse recommends buying EMC, Nokia into 2H
Credit Suisse recommends buying EMC (EMC) and Nokia (NOK) into 2H. The firm believes EMC remains undervalued and sees different paths of value creation that include cash returns and a spin-off of VMware (VMW) and that Nokia will see 2H revenue growth following recent divestitures and recent contract momentum. Both are Outperform rated.
September 2, 2014
11:20 EDTNOKNokia management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held om Boston on September 8 hosted by Oppenheimer.
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