$MKSI (MKS Instruments, Inc.)

$MKSI {{ '2016-05-02T07:00:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MKSI said it has completed the acquisition of all issued and outstanding common shares of photonics solutions company $NEWP for $23 per share or $905MM, and repayment of $93MM of $NEWP's US debt. $MKSI funded the acquisition with a combination of cash on hand and proceeds from a 7-year $780MM secured term loan priced at 99% of par.

$TMO {{ '2017-07-19T12:44:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$TMO priced an offering of EUR2.6Bil of senior notes. The issuance of the notes is expected to close on or about July 24, 2017. $TMO plans to use all of net proceeds to fund a portion of consideration payable for its acquisition of Patheon, including the repayment of debt of Patheon to be assumed by $TMO, which is estimated to be about $7.2Bil.

$MSFT {{ '2017-07-18T14:54:03+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MSFT partners with Chinese Internet search giant $BIDU. Baidu will use the tech giant's cloud computing platform Microsoft Azure for its self-driving car project Apollo. Baidu, which competes with $GOOG and $TSLA in the self-driving vehicle market, will use Microsoft's Azure and share its technologies with Apollo partners outside China.

$TMO {{ '2017-07-12T21:02:58+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$TMO declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, payable on October 16, 2017, to shareholders of record as of September 15, 2017.

$MKSI {{ '2017-07-11T13:17:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Manufacturing solutions provider $MKSI made a $50MM voluntary principal prepayment on its term loan, in addition to the scheduled payment of $1.6MM. The payment has reduced the outstanding principal amount to $523MM from $780MM.

$F {{ '2017-07-11T12:52:02+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F issued a safety recall for certain vehicles. The affected vehicles include: Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, April 25 to June 20, 2017,  Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, May 4 to June 15, 2017, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, May 4 to June 19, 2017.

$F {{ '2017-07-11T12:50:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F issued a safety recall for certain vehicles with 6F35 transmissions to replace torque converters. In the affected vehicles, if the welded studs detach, the torque converter will lose coupling to the engine flexplate. This can result in loss of motive power without warning while driving, which may increase the risk of a crash.

$F {{ '2017-07-11T12:48:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

In North America, $F issued a safety recall for about 6,000 Ford Edge, Fusion and Lincoln MKZ 2.0-liter gas engine-equipped vehicles with 6F35 transmissions that may have torque converters with inadequately welded studs.

$F {{ '2017-07-06T14:06:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F reported a 15% annual growth in sales in the Chinese market in June, with the number crossing 100K units. Sales at Changan Ford Automobile grew 9% annually, and those at Jiangling Motor Corporation climbed 27%.  Sales at Lincoln were higher by 84% compared to June 2016.

$GM {{ '2017-07-05T11:21:05+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GM and its JV in China achieved its highest June sales ever, with deliveries rising 4.3% on an annual basis to 285,191 vehicles. The Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands had record results for June, while Chevrolet had its strongest growth in six months. $GM's SUV segment remained the key driver of its sales growth and grew 42% in June.

$GM {{ '2017-07-03T14:04:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$GM reported a 3% annual decrease in overall US retail sales in June. However, sales of crossover vehicles jumped 23% on strong performance by the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick brands. Commercial sales in the US rose 36% during the month.  Total global vehicle sales were lower by 5% compared to June 2016.

$AMD {{ '2017-07-03T13:06:48+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMD has announced the appointment of Abhi Y. Talwalkar to its BoD. He currently serves on the boards of $LRCX, iRhythm Technologies, Inc., and $TEL. Additionally, the company has increased the annual base salary of CFO Devinder Kumar, SVP James R. Anderson and CTO Mark D. Papermaster, effective July 1, 2017.

$WSO {{ '2017-07-03T12:43:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WSO BoD declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.25 on each outstanding share of its common and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on July 31, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 17, 2017. $WSO also approved a 19% increase in the annual dividend rate to $5 per share.

$F {{ '2017-06-29T15:32:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F said Felicia Fields, Ford group VP for Human Resources since March 25, 2008, leads the global Human Resources for $F. She reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. Fields previously was VP for Human Resources, an appointment she received on Jan. 1, 2005.

$F {{ '2017-06-28T12:52:39+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F has issued safety recall for about 400,000 Ford Transit vans and buses, for replacing the driveshaft flexible coupling.  They include 2015-17 Ford Transit vehicles built from Jan. 17, 2014, to June 15, 2017. The company also issued safety compliance recall for 4 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in the US to repair seat attachment studs.

$AME {{ '2017-06-22T13:13:23+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AME completed its acquisition of $MOCO for $30 per share in cash per fully diluted common share, or about $182MM net of cash acquired. As a result of completion of merger, common stock of $MOCO will no longer be listed for trading. $MOCO joins $AME as part of its Process & Analytical Instruments Division within $AME's Electronic Instruments Group.

$WSO {{ '2017-06-21T12:12:14+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WSO said its Carrier Enterprise business unit, a JV between $WSO and Carrier, has acquired 35% ownership of Russell Sigler. Consideration for the purchase was about $63.6MM paid in cash. The investment continues $WSO's strategy to partner with well-established businesses and represents an investment in the important Western U.S. region.

$IEX {{ '2017-06-21T10:41:27+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$IEX has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.37 per common share. The dividend is payable on July 31, 2017, to shareholders of record as of July 14, 2017.

$F {{ '2017-06-20T13:27:20+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F said the manufacturing plan allows the company to further grow its leadership as an exporter and deliver world-class Focus to North American customers. $F is saving $1Bil in investment costs versus its original Focus production plan, improving the financial health of its Focus business and further improving manufacturing scale in China.

$F {{ '2017-06-20T13:26:30+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F said the $900MM investment secures 1,000 jobs for hourly workers at the Louisville plant. This is in addition to the $1.3Bil investment and 2,000 jobs created at that plant in late 2015 to build the all-new Ford Super Duty. Kentucky Truck employs nearly 7,600 full-time hourly workers.

$F {{ '2017-06-20T13:25:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$F said it is investing $900MM in Kentucky Truck Plant for plant upgrades to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which begin arriving in dealerships this fall. Both full-size SUVs will be exported to more than 55 markets globally, including Navigator to China.

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