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March 17, 2014
12:22 EDTGM, KNDI, SGK, SINA, LMIA, VRSN, YHOO, MATWOn 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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March 23, 2015
09:19 EDTKNDIKandi Technologies retains Piacente Group as investor relations consultant
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08:29 EDTYHOOYahoo's Tumblr to contribute revenues in 2015, says BofA/Merrill
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07:53 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
Yahoo March weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, April is at 24, May and July is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:44 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $61 from $66 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill lowered Buy rated Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $61 to reflect a lower valuation for the Alibaba (BABA) stake.
07:37 EDTGMVolkswagen to cut at least 150 workers at Russian plant, Reuters reports
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March 20, 2015
08:01 EDTGMStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 18, 2015
17:50 EDTYHOOYahoo exits China operations, WSJ says
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10:06 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Beijing R&D office, SCMP says
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08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
March 17, 2015
14:13 EDTGMMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
08:11 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with a Hold at Argus
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08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
06:37 EDTYHOOAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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March 16, 2015
11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:44 EDTYHOONetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
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