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March 17, 2014
12:22 EDTLMIA, VRSN, YHOO, MATW, GM, KNDI, SGK, SINAOn 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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11:41 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 80, WSJ reports
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