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April 27, 2012
06:11 EDTWMT, IP, HON, UPS, BA, LMT, RTN, HMCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The Bank of Japan increased its battle against deflation by saying it will boost the volume of government bonds it purchases and buy domestic sovereign debt with longer maturities, the Wall Street Journal reports...Some 35 major U.S.-based multinational companies (WMT, IP, HON, UPS) added jobs much faster than other U.S. employers in the past two years, but nearly three-fourths of those jobs were overseas, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis...REUTERS: U.S. companies (BA, LMT, RTN) are poised to sign defense deals totaling $8B with India, according to U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell, Reuters reports...Honda Motor (HMC) forecast a near-tripling of operating profit in the year ahead on Asian sales and a recovery in the U.S., rebounding from last year when it was hurt by the yen's record strength and natural disasters, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Gold traders are more bullish after central banks expanded their bullion reserves and hedge funds raised their bets on a rally for the first time in three weeks, Bloomberg reports.
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April 17, 2014
06:21 EDTLMTLockheed Martin's F-35 to debut at overseas airshow this summer, WSJ reports
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06:20 EDTWMTWal-Mart and Euronet host conference call
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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTHONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
April 15, 2014
18:11 EDTHMCMajor Japanese automakers target 30% production increase in Asia, Nikkei says
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13:56 EDTLMTPentagon to cut 17 F-35 Lockheed fighters it planned to buy, Bloomberg says
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10:25 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems new pact with Boeing removes a risk, says Wells Fargo
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10:02 EDTLMTLockheed awarded $10M contract from U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command
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10:00 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTHMCBofA/Merrill to hold a summit
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06:37 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow
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06:29 EDTBAFuji Heavy Industries o open factory plant for next-gen Boeing jets, Nikkei says
Fuji Heavy Industries (FUJHY) plans to open a new factory next year to produce parts for Boeing's (BA) next-generation 666X passenger jets, reports Nikkei. Fuji Heavy Industries is expected to spend $97.6M for the new plant and will likely build enough parts to equip 100 of the new aircraft next year. Reference Link
05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
16:49 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems, Boeing amend supply agreement
Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on April the company entered an agreement with Boeing (BA) amending Spirit’s long-term supply agreement with Boeing covering products for Boeing’s B737, B747, B767 and B777 commercial aircraft programs. The amended agreement establishes pricing terms for recurring products for the period commencing on April 1 and ending on December 31, 2015. Prices will continue to be adjusted each year based on a quantity-based price adjustment formula described in the agreement, whereby average per-unit prices are higher at lower volumes. Prices continue to be subject to other adjustments provided for under the agreement. The new pricing terms will not be applied to the period prior to April 1. Spirit does not expect the amended agreement to have a material impact on previously announced EPS guidance.
07:06 EDTBA, LMTU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
April 11, 2014
08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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08:00 EDTRTNRaytheon awarded international contract for Paveway IV for $200M
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07:31 EDTHMCChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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