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April 23, 2012
06:14 EDTLRLCY, NSANY, WMT, ROK, HMC, ABB, TMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Wal-Mart (WMT) faces significant legal risks after disclosing that it's investigating its Mexican operations for possible violations of U.S. law that prohibits bribery in foreign countries, legal experts say, the Wall Street Journal reports...A year after Japan's auto industry's production was disrupted by natural disasters, unfavorable exchange rates and a weak lineup, their major auto firms--Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Nissan (NSANY)--are poised to race ahead in fiscal 2012, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: ABB (ABB) CEO Hogan says they're considering closing gaps in their automation and transmission portfolio with acquisitions but has no plans to bid for Rockwell (ROK), Handelsblatt reported, Reuters reports...France's L'Oreal (LRLCY) is interested in buying soap and baby products company Cadum in a deal that could be worth $264.16M, Les Echos reported, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Hedge funds lowered bets on higher commodity prices by the most in four months on rising concern that Europe’s debt crisis will hurt global growth and slow demand for raw materials, Bloomberg reports.
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April 11, 2014
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
05:43 EDTTMToyota upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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April 10, 2014
17:50 EDTTMToyota group members to expand repair shops in Southeast Asia, Nikkei says
Parts makers Denso and Aisin Seiki, and trading house Toyota Tsusho, intend to open repair shops in Thailand and Indonesia during 2014, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
13:44 EDTTMToyota unveils new, more efficient gasoline engines, AP reports
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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%.
09:29 EDTABBMaxwell supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for Philadelphia rail lines
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06:32 EDTTMAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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06:04 EDTLRLCYYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
03:19 EDTTMToyota targets annual Chinese car sales of 2M units by 2025, Nikkei reports
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April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTTMToyota targets annual Chinese car sales of 2M units by 2025, Nikkei reports
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16:23 EDTTMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
12:18 EDTTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:06 EDTTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:11 EDTTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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08:57 EDTTMToyota downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:40 EDTTM, NSANYCar sales rose 9% last month in China, China Daily says
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06:31 EDTTMToyota volatility expected to move on recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide
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05:57 EDTTMToyota announces recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide
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