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March 1, 2012
12:27 EDTVE, F, TGT, DGI, PEGA, FIATY, M, HUSA, GM, GPS, WMTOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, as unemployment claims remained relatively low and retail sales rose. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq near its highs of the day. The futures received a boost following in-line jobless claims data, and after the bell rang investors generally ignored the worse-than-expected construction spending number and the ISM data which also fell short of forecasts. The market weakened ever so slightly but continues to show it is resiliency, with the Nasdaq poised to overtake the 3000 level again... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 351,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus the expected 355,000. Personal income for the month of January showed an increase of 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.5%, while personal spending was up 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Construction spending fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for an increase of 1.0%. The ISM manufacturing index read 52.4, which was below the expected 54.5. In Europe, sovereign debt yields declined following the latest LTRO and ISDA ruled that no "credit event" had occurred due to Greece's debt swap arrangements. In China, the official PMI reading came in at 51, which was a month-over-month improvement and indicated expansion... MARKET NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) raised its dividend by about 9%. In other retail news, February same store sales were generally strong, with Macy's (M) reporting comparable sales up 4.6% and Target (TGT) saying SSS were up 7%. Among clothing retailers, Gap (GPS) was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a report that surprised to the upside... All the auto makers reporting so far this morning announced increased sales, with Chrysler (FIATY) saying sales were up 40% in February, Ford (F) up 14% and General Motors (GM) up 1% in spite of forecasts that its sales would have declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pegasystems (PEGA), after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations, and Veolia Environment (VE), after it reaffirmed its 2012-2013 goal to sell EUR5B in assets and said it is in exclusive talks with an undisclosed investor to sell its stake in its transport unit. Noteworthy losers included Houston American Energy (HUSA), after revealing that its Tamandua #1 well has been plugged, and DigitalGlobe (DGI), following a report of adjusted earnings that missed estimates... INDICES: Near 12:20 pm ET, the Dow was up 49.38, or 0.38%, to 13,001.45; the Nasdaq was up 22.73, or 0.77%, to 2,989.62; and the S&P 500 was up 8.74, or 0.64%, to 1,374.42.
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December 11, 2014
15:56 EDTFAutomaker lending arms probed by NYDFS, NY Post reports
The New York Department of Financial Services has subpoenaed the financing arms of Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Hyundai, Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), as well as Banco Santander (SAN) and TD Bank (TD), said the New York Post, citing a source familiar with the investigation. Reference Link
13:19 EDTFMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
11:42 EDTFStocks with call strike movement; DOW F
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
08:14 EDTMMacy's downgraded at Atlantic Equities
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08:06 EDTMMacy's downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTGM, FVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
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