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March 1, 2012
12:27 EDTWMT, HUSA, VE, PEGA, GM, F, FIATY, GPS, TGT, M, DGIOn 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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September 23, 2014
11:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors says Cadillac expands to become separate business unit
As part of the continued expansion of Cadillac, General Motors has announced a strategic realignment that will establish the flagship brand as a separate business unit. In addition, the new Cadillac organization will expand to New York with a new global headquarters opening in 2015. The realignment affirms Cadillacís importance to GMís strategy. Creating a new Cadillac business unit enables it to pursue growing opportunities in the luxury automotive market with more focus and clarity. Johan de Nysschen, who joined Cadillac as its new president in August, will be responsible for the brandís overall operational performance. The plan includes expansion to New York City in the form of a multipurpose brand and event space. Reference Link
11:03 EDTGM3D Systems landed $6M-$8M deal with GM, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that based on conversations with industry contacts, it believes 3D Systems (DDD) landed an unexpected deal with General Motors (GM) in Q3. Piper thinks the Bluebird deal could be in the range of $6M-$8M. The firm believes the deal was not in 3D's pipeline. It has a Neutral rating on the stock.
09:01 EDTGMGM aiming for New York Cadillac headquarters by 2Q15, Reuters says
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September 22, 2014
12:04 EDTFFord to host investor day
investor Day to be held in Dearborn, MI on September 29 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
11:15 EDTGMGM compensation fund approved two more fatalities, CNBC reports
General Motors' victim compensation fund has now approved 37 claims, including 21 fatalities, up from 31 claims and 19 fatalities last week, CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports via Twitter.
07:02 EDTF, GMJPMorgan prefers shares of GM and Ford to Tesla
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06:52 EDTF, GMCalifornia to add additional incentives for electric cars, NY Times says
California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills that are supposed to make electric cars more affordable for low income residents of the state, according to The New York Times. The bills, among other things, will boost rebates that low income earners receive when buying an electric car, and install charging stations in apartment buildings in low income areas, the newspaper stated. GM (GM), Nissan (NSANY) Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA) are among the companies that make electric cars. Reference Link
September 20, 2014
21:44 EDTGMGM recalls 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans, WSJ says
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16:11 EDTFIATYChrysler Group voluntarily recalling 230,760 SUVs to install new relay circuit
Chrysler Group is voluntarily recalling an estimated 230,760 SUVs to install new a relay circuit that improves fuel-pump relay durability. A routine internal data review discovered a pattern of repairs involving fuel-pump relays in certain 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs. Further investigation revealed some relays are susceptible to deformation, which may affect fuel-pump function. Such a condition may prevent a vehicle from starting or lead to engine stall. Chrysler Group is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. The fuel-pump relay is located inside the Totally Integrated Power Module, which also helps manage other vehicle functions. None of these other functions, including airbag deployment, is affected by the fuel-pump relay. The recall covers an estimated 188,723 vehicles in the U.S.; 15,898 in Canada; 7,126 in Mexico and 19,013 outside the NAFTA region. Chrysler Group will advise affected customers when they may schedule service, which will be performed at no cost.
September 19, 2014
14:50 EDTGMJudge orders General Motors must hand over defect files, WSJ reports
A U.S. Judge has ordered General Motors to turn over internal files and documents regarding its ignition-switch flaw and how it handled the defect to plaintiff attorneys, The Wall Street Journal says. The attorneys are representing plaintiffs who have sued the auto manufacturer alleging economic loss, personal injury, and deaths related to the company's recall of older cars with the ignition-switch defect. While General Motors is protected from liabilities that occurred before its bankruptcy in 2009, the recent ruling paves the way for plaintiff attorneys to obtain records they could use in cases before and after General Motor's bankruptcy petition, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
12:42 EDTFFord recalls 2015 Lincoln MKCs due to windshield glass defect
Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August. Reference Link
12:13 EDTFIATYUnion says Fiat to temporarily halt production at Italy facility, Reuters says
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08:18 EDTFFord upcoming analyst day first in three years, says UBS
UBS previewed Ford ahead of its first analyst meeting in three years. The firm said they expect the company to give end of decade guidance, to update on global markets, to raise its global margins target, and to reiterate its capital deployment strategy. UBS has a Buy rating and $22 price target on Ford.
07:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors to launch new Cadillac sedan next year, AP reports
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06:31 EDTFFord reduces Cologne manufacturing as EU demand calms, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:57 EDTGPSU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to recall 3,200 natural gas-fueled vans, WSJ reports
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08:58 EDTFIATYChrysler's Ram on track for more market share increases, NY Times says
The Ram truck unit of Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler has seen its share of the full-size pickup market rise in the last five years, and its market share is on track to increase further, according to The New York Times. Reference Link
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