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March 17, 2014
12:22 EDTKNDI, SGK, SINA, LMIA, VRSN, YHOO, MATW, GMOn 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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November 19, 2015
06:51 EDTSINASina viewed as best value play in sector, WSJ says
Sina (SINA) continues to be one of the Chinese Internet sector's best value plays and its prospects may improve even more it it furthers its relationship with Alibaba (BABA), Aaron Back of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street says. The company is a majority owner of Weibo (WB), which reported upbeat earnings yesterday and which increased its MAU's this past quarter by 33% to 222M, Back says., on the other hand, is struggling, seeing ad revenue fall 14% year over year in the most recent quarter, the report says. The company aims to turn the business around by next year and will continue to rely on Alibaba, the Journal says. Reference Link
06:00 EDTYHOOStarboard sends letter to Yahoo, urges halt of Alibaba spinoff plan, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) shareholder Starboard Value sent a letter to the company urging the company to halt the plan to sell its stake in Alibaba (BABA) due to the risk of incurring taxes on the sale, the Wall Street Journal reports. The activist investor instead wants Yahoo to sell its struggling Internet business, the report says. Starboard supported the sale of over $20B in Alibaba shares before the IRS denied Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be considered tax free. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
19:15 EDTSINAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), up 16.3%... (CRM), up 5.2%... SINA (SINA), up 2.3%... NetApp (NTAP), up marginally. ALSO HIGHER: KaloBios (KBIO), up 721.3% after the disclosure of purchases by Martin Shkreli and Anthion Partners... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 23.3% after reporting top-line results from its Phase 1 trial of VTP-43742... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Semtech (SMTC), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Sunedison (SUNE), down 10.8% after Reuters reports that Blackstone is not interested in SunEdison investment.
16:35 EDTSINASINA reports Q3 EPS 39c, consensus 20c
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09:32 EDTGMThe House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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07:57 EDTGMBarclays to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTYHOOYahoo taxes could amount to more than value of Alibaba stake, says SunTrust
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo included in New York's daily fantasy sports investigation, Reuters says
An investigation by the New York attorney general into the daily fantasy sports industry will no include Yahoo, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo operates its own daily fantasy site and received a subpoena by New York AG Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
08:50 EDTYHOOCheetah Mobile reports strategic partnership with Yahoo
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November 16, 2015
16:23 EDTMATWMatthews reports Q4 adjusted EPS 93c, consensus 86c
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16:22 EDTSINACharles Chao reports 17.8% stake in SINA
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09:59 EDTGMOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
07:36 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
November 15, 2015
17:25 EDTGMUAW union in talks with General Motors regarding proposed agreement
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November 13, 2015
16:40 EDTGMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:34 EDTGMCaterpillar, General Motors, Altria Group are market beaters, Barron's says
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10:01 EDTMATWMatthews board approves continuation of stock repurchase program
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November 12, 2015
14:02 EDTMATWMatthews raises quarterly dividend 15.4% to 15c per share
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12:41 EDTGMGM preparing to sell Chinese-made Buick in the U.S., WSJ reports
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06:43 EDTGMGM to build fuel cell vehicle for U.S. Army, Automotive News says
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