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February 1, 2013
12:37 EDTNOV, PMCS, TM, GM, XOM, LTM, ADNC, FIATY, MRK, CTRP, DELL, F, CVXOn 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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April 17, 2015
13:01 EDTFFord confirms $2.5B investment in new engine, transmission plants in Mexico
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08:29 EDTXOM, CVXU.S. may be at, or near, peak oil output, WSJ says
New data and forecasts suggest lower crude prices are finally prompting U.S. energy companies to cut back their crude output, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing reports from OPEC, the DOE and North Dakota. Publicly traded oil majors include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Publicly traded drillers and oil services companies include Baker Hughes (BHI), Diamond Offshore (DO), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), Noble Corp. (NE), Rowan Companies (RDC), Schlumberger (SLB), Transocean (RIG) and Weatherford (WFT). Reference Link
08:01 EDTFFord, DowAska to jointly develop carbon fiber for light-weighting applications
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April 16, 2015
08:26 EDTFNew aluminum Ford F-150 gets top safety rating, Detroit Free Press reports
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06:33 EDTGMToyota engineer says charging electric cars quickly impractical, Reuters says
Charging electric vehicles quickly would place too much pressure on the electricity grid, Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota's hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said, according to Reuters. If a car received enough electricity in 12 minutes to travel 310 miles, it would probably consume enough electricity to power 1,000 houses, the news service quoted Tanaka as saying. Prominent makers of electric cars include Tesla (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY), and GM (GM).Reference Link
April 15, 2015
19:20 EDTGMCo-lead counsel in GM ignition lawsuit will appeal bankruptcy shield ruling
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17:45 EDTGMJudge allows GM to remain shielded from pre-bankruptcy accidents, Reuters says
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16:47 EDTGMJudge says GM can keep 'shield' against pre-bankruptcy lawsuits, Reuters says
11:21 EDTTMMobileye rises after Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank hike price targets
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09:55 EDTGM, FBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:08 EDTTMToyota to realign North American manufacturing operations
As reported, Toyota plans to invest in a new plant will be built in Guanajuato, Mexico, to support improved competitiveness in North America. The plant will produce Corolla taking into consideration forecasted steady, mid and long-term growth in North America. Building this plant will be one of Toyota's efforts to realign its North American manufacturing operations and begin a new approach to plant building; featuring new work processes, including Toyota New Global Architecture production engineering innovations, and will be a model for global manufacturing. To more efficiently supply high-quality and attractive vehicles, Toyota will continue regional consolidation of North American production based on vehicle body type and size. In 2019, production of the Corolla will be shifted from the plant in Cambridge Ontario, Canada to the newly opened plant in Mexico and the plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi will continue to produce the Corolla; consolidating compact vehicle production to the Southern U.S. and Mexico. TMMC will then focus its production on mid-sized vehicles of higher value, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.
09:06 EDTTMToyota to build new plant in Mexico, expand Chinese joint venture
Toyota announced that it will build a new plant in Mexico and expand its joint venture, Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co., in China. These investments are grounded on its plans to construct production lines that are more competitive, with greatly reduced initial investment, improved efficiency, flexibility, environmental performance and safety, the company said. The new plant in Mexico and the expansion in China will be designed to accelerate innovation by implementing new technologies into real production lines. These "simple and slim" production lines can be easily lengthened or shortened depending on demand, with over-head conveyance devices eliminated, compact equipment installed on top of the plant floors, and paint-booths that are smaller. Toyota had previously suspended construction of new plants in order to improve capacity utilization of existing plants and plan for reduced model change-over and new plant construction investment. Currently, total capacity utilization is more than 90% and the initial portion of new simple and slim plant costs, including structure and equipment, is expected to be approximately 40% lower when compared to 2008. Production at the new plant in Mexico is scheduled to start in 2019 and the investment will be approximately $1B. Production at the new plant in China is to start as needed after completion of new line 3 in 2017 and Toyota plans to invest about Y52.5B.
08:33 EDTMRKFDA panel results positive for Merck, says SunTrust
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05:27 EDTFTenneco to supply Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX with suspension technology
Tenneco (TEN) announced that Ford (F) has chosen Tenneco’s damper technology for its new Ford Focus and Ford C-MAX, both of which are built on Ford’s C-Car global platform. According to Ford, these latest launches introduce a number of advanced new technologies focused on enhanced comfort, safety and ride quality. Tenneco’s Multi-Tuned Valve is a cost-effective twin tube valve system that provides a wide range of tuning options. MTV offers improved shock absorber performance and durability compared to conventional valves, and enables the optimum balance between body control and driver comfort.
April 14, 2015
18:07 EDTGMGeneral Motors seeks to cut costs via longer term supply contracts, WSJ says
General Motors’ new purchasing chief said the company is trying to lock in its supplier contracts for a term covering two vehicle generations, or as long as a decade, in a bid to cut costs and gain access to advanced technology, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:17 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness announces early termination of HSR waiting period
Life Time Fitness announced that it has received early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to its proposed acquisition by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners and TPG. As previously announced on March 16, the company has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners and TPG will acquire Life Time in a transaction valued at more than $4B. Other key investors include LNK Partners and Life Time chairman, president and CEO, Bahram Akradi, who will remain in his role and has committed to make a rollover investment of $125 million in Life Time common stock. Under the terms of the merger agreement the investors will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Life Time Fitness common stock for $72.10 per share in cash. The merger is subject to approval from Life Time’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is currently expected to close in Q3.
13:32 EDTMRKMerck, NewLink Genetics confirm initiation of Phase 3 trial of Ebola vaccine
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12:23 EDTTM, FFord likely to announce $2.5B investment in Mexico this week, Reuters reports
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06:40 EDTXOM, CVXU.S. shale forecast, Yemen fighting lift oil prices, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTTMToyota to spend $1B to build factory in Mexico, Reuters reports
According to two sources, Toyota will announce plans on Wednesday to invest $1B to build a car factory in Mexico, Reuters reports. The factory, which would be in Guanajuato, is expected to produce about 200,000 cars per year and create about 2,400 direct jobs, one source says. Reuters previously reported that the factory would produce the Corolla car starting in the summer of 2019. Reference Link
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