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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.
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August 22, 2014
18:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba to begin selling used cars, Nikkei reports
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to work with major dealership China Grand Automotive Services to sell used cars, Nikkei reports. Reference Link
11:04 EDTGMGM assessing timing of facility development in Russia, Reuters says
GM said that it was assessing the timing of the planned development of its Russian facility close to St Petersburg due to a decline in the automobile market in the country, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesman. The spokesman said, "In view of the current business situation in Russia and the lower sales volumes since the start of the year, we are taking a close look at our plans. Reference Link
06:54 EDTGMChrysler to not replace Ram steel body panels until 2020, Reuters says
Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler is aiming to redesign its full-size Ram 1500 pickup trucks beginning in three years, but the car manufacturer has no definitive goals to follow competitors GM (GM) and Ford (F) in using aluminum body panels instead of steal until a finalized overhaul happens after 2020, according to Reuters, citing industry sources. Reference Link
06:07 EDTGMProsecutors investigating GM's legal department, WSJ reports
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05:28 EDTYHOOSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
13:52 EDTGMCadillac mulls expanding offices to Manhattan, Reuters says
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07:18 EDTGMChina considering new anti-trust rules for auto sector, China Daily says
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06:21 EDTGMGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTGMGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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August 20, 2014
12:11 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; UAL YHOO
United Continental (UAL) December 55 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 42, Yahoo (YHOO) November 45 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42 according to IVolatility.
11:49 EDTYHOOBofA/Merrill telecom services analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discuss the upcoming IPO of Alibaba, which is expected to launch early September 2014, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 21 at 8 am.
August 19, 2014
09:41 EDTGMGM recalls Silverados, Sierras equipped with auxiliary battery
GM is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 18, 2007, to June 22, 2011, and GMC Sierra HD 2500/3500 trucks manufactured January 22, 2007, to June 21, 2011, and equipped with an auxiliary battery. Owners may unknowingly draw too much current through the vehicle's trailer harness resulting in the melting of fusible link for the auxiliary battery. If the fusible link melts it may come into contact with adjacent components, damage the electrical center cover, the nearby wiring harness conduit and other vehicle components, increasing the risk of a fire. GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the jumper harness with one that includes a 40 amp inline fuse, and provide the owner with supplemental Owner Manual information, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Reference Link
09:38 EDTGMGM recalls cars equipped with Calix oil pan, block heater
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08:02 EDTGMBorgWarner supplies solenoid technology for General Motors' GF6
BorgWarner (BWA) supplies its mini direct-acting variable force solenoid for General Motors' (GM) global front-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission program, or GF6.
05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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August 18, 2014
13:01 EDTGMFord, Chevrolet launching incentives earlier than usual, Autmotive News says
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08:22 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies volatility expected to move on car production report
Kandi Technologies volatility is expected move on electric car production soared in China, Xinhua reports. September call option implied volatility is at 73, December is at 72, January is at 74; compared to its 26-week average of 87 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:37 EDTGMReport says Russia may bar car imports if new sanctions enacted, Reuters says
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06:51 EDTKNDIElectric car production soared in China, Xinhua reports
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06:23 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay, terms not disclosed
Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
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