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March 17, 2014
12:22 EDTYHOO, SINA, GM, VRSN, SGK, MATW, LMIA, KNDIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the first day of the new trading week amid better than expected industrial production data at home and relief that there was no violence despite Crimeans voting in favor of leaving Ukraine. The vote was declared invalid by the international community and has led to no military action, at least as of yet. The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day policy meeting this week, capped by Janet Yellen’s first press conference as head of the central bank on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York Fed Empire state manufacturing survey reading of 5.61 came in below the consensus estimate of 6.5. However, the index rose from last month’s reading of 4.48. Industrial production rose 0.6% in February, beating expectations for a month-over-month increase of 0.2%. Capacity utilization in February came in at seen 78.8%, which was above the 78.6% forecast. The NAHB housing market index for March came in at 47, which was up 1 point from the prior reading but below the expected reading of 50. In Europe, an overwhelming majority of people in Ukraine's Crimea region voted to join Russia, although that result was widely anticipated. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo! (YHOO) advanced nearly 4% after Alibaba Group confirmed it has decided to commence the process of an initial public offering in the United States. Note that Yahoo currently owns about a 24% stake in Alibaba, which is China’s largest e-commerce company. Shares of another Chinese Internet name, SINA (SINA), rose 7% after the company's majority-owned subsidiary Weibo, which operates a social media platform in China, filed a preliminary prospectus on Friday for its own initial public offering in the U.S. Weibo is seeking to raise up to $500M via the stock offering... Shares of General Motors (GM) came off their earlier highs and fell into negative ground just before noon after the company announced three new recalls involving U.S. production and sales of approximately 1.55M vehicles. GM is at the center of a great deal of press scrutiny and an increasing number of government investigations into its handling of an ignition flaw linked to 13 deaths. GM said it expects to take a charge of approximately $300M in the first quarter primarily for the cost of the repairs for the three safety actions announced today and the previously announced ignition switch recall. GM's stock came off its lows to be fractionally higher at midday following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schawk (SGK), which jumped 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Matthews International (MATW) for the equivalent of $20 per share in cash and stock. Shares of Matthews also rose over 2.5% after announcing the deal. Also higher was Chinese electric vehicle maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI), which rose 24% after the company reported its results for the fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was VeriSign (VRSN), which fell more than 7% after a government regulatory body said it plans to transition the role it plays in the coordination of the Internet’s domain name system. Also lower were shares of LMI Aerospace (LMIA), which dropped 12% after the company's quarterly revenue missed expectations and it withdrew its previously issued 2014 guidance in order to provide time for its new CEO to conduct "a thorough review of the company's forecast and operations." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.29, or 1.05%, to 16,233.96, the Nasdaq was up 40.46, or 0.95%, to 4,285.86, and the S&P 500 was up 16.50, or 0.9%, to 1,857.63.
News For YHOO;SINA;GM;VRSN;SGK;MATW;LMIA;KNDI From The Last 14 Days
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October 17, 2014
13:16 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and capital utilization outlook
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12:17 EDTYHOOMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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October 16, 2014
12:04 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
06:34 EDTGMChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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October 15, 2014
16:22 EDTYHOOYahoo amendment to credit agreement extended to October 8, 2015
On October 9, Yahoo! Inc. entered into Amendment No. 2 to its Credit Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 10, 2013, with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time. Amendment No. 2, among other things, extends the termination date of the Credit Agreement from October 9, 2014 to October 8, 2015. The Credit Agreement, as amended, continues to provide for a $750M unsecured revolving credit facility, subject to increase by up to $250M in accordance with its terms. There are no borrowings currently outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
13:27 EDTGMGM faces $10B suit due to recalls, Bloomberg says
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10:16 EDTGMGeneral Motors reports Q3 worldwide sales up 2% to 2.45M units
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06:40 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Kevin Gentzel as head of N.A. ad sales, CNet reports
Yahoo has hired Kevin Gentzel, the Washington Post's former chief revenue officer, as its new head of North American advertising sales, CNet reports. Gentzel will report to Ned Brody, the company's head of Americas. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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10:01 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
06:20 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed General Motors from the Conviction Buy List and lowered estimates to to cuts in North American and European production and a difficult pricing environment. The firm maintains its Buy rating and views risk/reward as favorable and expects reasonably strong comps over then next two quarters. Price target lowered to $47 from $48.
October 13, 2014
13:10 EDTYHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
08:06 EDTSINAQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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06:44 EDTGMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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October 12, 2014
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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