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October 5, 2012
06:13 EDTPEUGY, BP, AAMRQ, GM, COP, UNH, FIATY, XOMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Four years after the financial crisis, as the stock market reaches toward new highs, many investors refuse to return. Stock indexes have doubled in value since the market low in March 2009, but investors have pulled a net $138B from mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that invest in U.S. stocks, according to the Investment Company Institute, a mutual-fund trade group. Investors over the same period put $1T into bond funds, the Wall Street Journal reports...Energy companies are moving to export natural gas from the U.S., looking for more profitable markets as a gas glut pushes prices to the lowest levels in a decade. A consortium including ExxonMobil (XOM), ConocoPhillips (COP) and BP (BP) said itís going ahead with plans to export natural gas from Alaska's North Slope in a project that could cost as much as $65B, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: The Greek leader Antonis Samaras said his country couldnít manage beyond November without the next tranche of international aid and suggested the ECB could help by easing the terms of its Greek debt holdings, Reuters reports...Fiat (FIATY) CEO Marchionne would buy GMís (GM) European subsidiary Opel if GM's alliance with Peugeot (PEUGY) dissolves, according to Italian daily Il Sole-24 Ore, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) is in talks to buy a stake or all of the Brazilian insurer and hospital operator Amil Participacoes that has a market value of $4.47B, sources say, Bloomberg reports...American Airlines (AAMRQ) risks having to tap its $5B bankruptcy cash fund and probably will lose some passengers after on-time arrivals fell, cancellations jumped and incorrectly installed seat clamps were found on six planes, Bloomberg reports.
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August 24, 2015
14:25 EDTBPBP refrains from trip to Iran amid U.S. sanction concerns, FT says
BP has chosen not to join U.K. foreign secretary Philip Hammond's trip to reopen the country's Iranian embassy due to concerns over U.S. sanctions that are still in effect, the Financial Times reports, citing people close to the company. "Sanctions are still in place and we will not do anything while that is the case. We are monitoring the situation and will take a look at the opportunities," said the company, according to the publication. Reference Link
09:45 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:23 EDTBPGevo, Butamax enter global patent cross-license, settlement agreements
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09:18 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:04 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:14 EDTGMGM recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles
GM is recalling 59,474 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag. A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.
August 23, 2015
18:23 EDTGMGM, Volkswagen slow production at Chinese factories, WSJ says
Auto manufacturers including General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) appear to be running their Chinese factories at less than maximum capacity for the first time, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing industry data. The numbers suggest that a "bumpier ride" may be in store for multinationals that counted on Chinese demand, said the report. "The situation seems worse than that of 2008," remarked an engineer working at GM's Shanghai plant. Reference Link
17:49 EDTXOM, COP, BPIran to increase oil production as BP, Shell express interest, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTXOMOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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08:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth has reached attractive entry point, says BMO Capital
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06:46 EDTGMGM recalling 5,493 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles
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August 20, 2015
06:10 EDTCOP, XOM, BPAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTCOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:00 EDTXOMOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
13:23 EDTCOPOptions with increasing call volume
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August 18, 2015
16:50 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
According to two sources familiar with General Motors' plans, the majority of Buick vehicles sold in the United States after 2016 may be imported from China and Europe, Reuters reports. Reference Link
15:58 EDTGMGM's future Buick production may shift to Europe, China, Reuters reports
08:12 EDTCOPGlobal Big Oil sector upgraded at Citi
Citi analysts Alastair Syme and Michael Alsford upgraded their rating on the Global Big Oil space and now recommend investors position "at least a benchmark-weight" in the group. The analysts, who had been multi-year cautious on the space, prefer Total (TOT), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Statoil (STO), which they call "self-helpers." The sector price-to-book ratio of 1.2 times is now below the Q1 of 2009 and Q4 of 1998 troughs, Syme and Alsford write. Cost-cutting and better capital allocation are key to restoring the industry's profitability, they believe.
07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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