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April 9, 2014
09:10 EDTGE, WMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
Walmart (WMT) announced plans to purchase energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures for new supercenters in the United States, stores in Asia and Latin America, and Asda locations in the United Kingdom. The new fixtures will use 40% less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, and will help further the retailer’s goal to reduce the kilowatt hour per square foot of energy required to power Walmart’s buildings globally 20 percent by 2020. This is Walmart’s largest purchase of GE (GE) LED lighting to date.
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September 1, 2015
08:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric names Beth Comstock as vice chair
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August 31, 2015
17:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. fleet services to Element Financial
GE announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its U.S. fleet services business, representing aggregate ending net investment of approximately $4.4B, to Element Financial in a transaction valued at approximately $5B. Separately, the previously announced sale of GE's Mexican, Australian and New Zealand fleet businesses to Element is expected to close at the end of the third quarter, and the sale of GE's European fleet businesses to Arval, a fully-owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas, is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The U.S. fleet services transaction releases approximately $0.6B of capital. GE Capital believes it is on track to deliver about $35B of dividends to GE under this plan, as previously announced.
09:51 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces worker hours to cut costs, Bloomberg reports
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August 30, 2015
12:33 EDTGEDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
12:31 EDTGEGE drops Dallas for headquarters move on Ex-Im opposition, Bloomberg reports
General Electric has dropped the Dallas area as a possible relocation site for its headquarters due to concerns over Texas' political climate, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. GE is worried about Texas lawmakers' opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, a source of financing some overseas sales, the report says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTGEWells Fargo front-runner to purchase GE's railcar unit, Bloomberg reports
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August 27, 2015
13:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated on wide price movement
General Electric current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 23, compared to a one-month ago level of 16, suggesting large price movement.
06:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart extends holiday layaway program two weeks, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) plans to boost its holiday layaway program by two weeks ahead of an expected year-end demand for Star Wars toys, a Disney (DIS) property, Reuters reports. The retailer will jumpstart the program on August 28, two weeks earlier than last year, the report says, citing comments from Anne Marie Kehoe, VP of toys at Wal-Mart. Reference Link
August 26, 2015
17:52 EDTGEGE, PTC participate in $82M funding round for ServiceMax
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14:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart phasing out sales of modern sport rifles, Washington Post says
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09:33 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2015
09:35 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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06:28 EDTGEGE eyes compensation for Polish forex loan conversion, Reuters says
General Electric is eyeing compensation for losses incurred by its Polish unit Bank BPH due to the planned conversion of Swiss-franc denominated mortgages into zlotys, Reuters reports, citing a letter sent from GE Capital CEO Keith Sherin to Polish authorities. According to the letter, GE saw further possible damage to BPH, following a 10% decline in BPH shares on the day the bill on the conversion was preemptively passed by the lower house of parliament. Reference Link
August 24, 2015
19:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric to eliminate Lufkin oil 262 jobs in TX, Reuters says
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August 21, 2015
17:02 EDTGEGeneral Electric completes sale of U.S. Sponsor Finance Business to CPPIB
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16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
August 20, 2015
08:01 EDTGEGE to provide CESP with 30MW battery energy storage system
GE announced it will provide Coachella Energy Storage Partners with a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of CESP's supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District. Representing GE's largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California's Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the IID network by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black start capability for an adjacent gas turbine. GE will provide CESP with an integrated energy storage solution, configured using GE's Mark* VI plant controls, GE Brilliance MW inverters, GE Prolec transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and advanced lithium ion batteries housed in a GE purpose-built enclosure. The plant will be operated by ZGlobal, an engineering collaborator with CESP, for the first 18 months, after which control will transfer to the IID. The deal marks GE's third project using lithium ion battery technology since expanding its portfolio in recent months. GE anticipates project construction will begin early next year, with commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
August 19, 2015
11:42 EDTWMTPlug Power calls Wal-Mart 'satisfied customer' in blog post
In a blog post titled "GenKey Success with Walmart," Plug Power wrote, "Since GenKey's inception in early 2014, its value proposition has been proven for many of our material handling customers, including Walmart. Plug Power's GenKey solution packages all elements of a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell implementation together in one bundle for easy adoption: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, and GenCare service...On paper, the solution is great. But it's really when we see a satisfied customer like Walmart make ongoing investments to convert its material handling fleets to GenKey hydrogen and fuel cells, at one distribution center after another, that we fully understand the successful impact our product is having on North America's leading retailer...We value our opportunity to provide Walmart warehouse facilities with viable hydrogen and fuel cell solutions that are helping to improve business operations, increase production efficiencies, and bring sustainable power to the industry. Walmart's continual GenKey adoption is not only a validation of our value proposition, but a validation of our technology." Reference Link
09:33 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
08:05 EDTGEGE Capital unit selected by Bush Hog for financing solutions
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