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February 1, 2013
12:37 EDTXOM, LTM, CTRP, PMCS, ADNC, DELL, TM, FIATY, F, GM, MRK, CVX, NOVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday following the monthly jobs report for January and a better than expected reading on manufacturing expansion. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,000 for the first time since 2007 on several occasions in the first part of the day but has had trouble holding above that round-number level... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the nonfarm payrolls report showed that 157K jobs were added in January and unemployment rose to 7.9%. This compared to expectations for 165K new jobs and for unemployment to hold steady at 7.8%. Notably, December payroll additions were revised up to 196K from 155K and November was raised to 247K from 161K. The University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for January came in at 73.8, versus the expected 71.5. The January ISM manufacturing index had a reading of 53.1, versus the expected reading of 50.7, while Markit's January U.S. PMI came in at 55.8, also beating expectations. Construction spending in the month of December rose 0.9%, versus the expected increase of 0.7%. In China, the government’s official PMI slid to 50.4 from 50.6 in December, while a similar PMI reading from HSBC rose to a two-year high of 52.3. In Europe, the euro zone PMI hit an 11-month high at 47.9, though that figure is still indicates contraction... COMPANY NEWS: Two oil supermajors, Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) both reported quarterly earnings that beat expectations on revenues that missed the Street's forecasts. Shares of Exxon were nearly flat while Chevron was up nearly 1% near noon following their reports and corresponding investor calls... General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Chrysler (FIATY) and Toyota (TM) all reported double-digit sales increases in January... MAJOR MOVERS: Among other advancers following earnings were Audience (ADNC), up 21%, PMC-Sierra (PMCS), up 13%, and Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 6%. Also higher were shares of Dell (DELL), which rose over 4% after Reuters said its planned 'go private' deal may happen as soon as Monday... Among the noteworthy losers was Merck (MRK), which fell almost 3% and was the only Dow component not rising at midday. The company's quarterly results beat expectations but it also announced it would delay its filing for approval of odanacatib, the company’s investigational osteoporosis drug. Also lower after their earnings reports were Life Time Fitness (LTM), down 20%, and National Oilwell Varco (NOV), down 4%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 137.51, or 0.99%, to 13,998.09; the Nasdaq was up 38.79, or 1.23%, to 3,180.92; and the S&P 500 was up 15.21, or 1.02%, to 1,513.32.
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September 3, 2014
17:25 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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17:19 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Slagen Refinery project to upgrade fuel oil
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.
16:50 EDTCVXBoardwalk Pipeline to acquire Evangeline Ethylene Pipeline for $295M cash
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12:33 EDTFIATY, F, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
10:18 EDTTMToyota reports August U.S. sales up 6.3% to 246,100 units
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10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
10:13 EDTTMToyota reports August U.S. sales up 6.3%, Bloomberg says
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09:34 EDTGMGM reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 units
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09:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports August U.S. sales down 1.2% to 272,423 vehicles
09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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08:19 EDTFIATYChrysler sees August U.S. industry SAAR of 17.4M
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08:18 EDTFIATYChrysler ends August with 64 days supply inventory
Chrysler Group finished the month of August with a 64 days supply of inventory, or 471,930 units.
08:17 EDTFIATYChrysler reports August U.S. sales up 20% to 198,379 units
Chrysler Group reported U.S. sales of 198,379 units, a 20% increase compared with sales in August 2013 and the group's best August sales since 2002. The Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in August compared with the same month a year ago.
06:29 EDTGMGeneral Motors looking to fend off ignition-switch recall review, WSJ reports
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September 2, 2014
18:25 EDTCTRPRoyal Caribbean to sell Celebrity Century to Ctrip.com
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18:03 EDTCTRPCtrip.com affiliate Exquisite Marin to acquire cruise ship from Royal Caribbean
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11:58 EDTCVXChevron set to test support, levels to watch
Shares are down 1.1% today in a weak energy sector. At the current price of $127.99, next support is at the 10-day moving average which was last at $127.94. Resistance is at $128.96, which was the last value for the 30-day moving average. A breakdown below the 10-day would be bearish for price. Next support in that event would be at $126.42.
10:02 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
06:43 EDTFIATYFiat-Chrysler sees New York stock market listing on October 13, Reuters reports
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06:43 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Life Time Fitness to Overweight saying shares are not fully reflecting the potential accretion from a REIT transaction. Piper raised its price target for shares to $61 from $44.
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