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News For AAPL;C;BAC;GOOG;GS From The Last 14 Days
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March 3, 2015
06:06 EDTCCiti upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup (C) to Overweight saying the Costco (COST) co-branding credit card deal announced yesterday will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm expects the Federal Reserve to approve Citi's capital return in 2015 and for the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. Citi closed Monday up $1.07 to $53.49.
05:37 EDTCSpringleaf close to buying Citi's OneMain for $4.25B, WSJ reports
Springleaf (LEAF) could announce as early as today a deal to acquire Citi's (C) OneMain Financial for about $4.25B, Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
March 2, 2015
17:08 EDTGS, BACOverstock.com market-riggin case to proceed
Overstock.com (OSTK) announces that due to the California Supreme Court's decision last week not to review a lower appellate court ruling, relevant discovery materials gained in its long-fought battle with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) will be released to the public, and it will be proceeding to trial against Merrill Lynch. In a suit filed in 2007, Overstock.com alleged certain brokerages engaged in illegal market manipulation in a deliberate effort to manipulate Overstock.com's share prices. Over many years and millions of dollars of discovery generating millions of documents, it fashioned its case against some of the premier brokerages on Wall Street. As was previously disclosed in a filing with the SEC in December 2010, Overstock.com entered into a settlement with certain other defendants in the aggregate amount of $4.44M, the terms of which are confidential. In January 2012, a California trial court decided that relevant portions of the voluminous discovery records regarding Goldman and Merrill should be made public, but dismissed the case on narrow, technical grounds. Last week's decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the appellate court ruling means that the process for public release of information gathered through the discovery process may now proceed, and also the trial against Merrill Lynch. Overstock SVP and General Counsel Mark Griffin added, "It is unfortunate the Court has decided that, despite the substantial evidence against Goldman Sachs, due to jurisdictional grounds they cannot be made to account for it in a California courtroom. Overstock looks forward to making that evidence available to the public for review, and we can't wait to get Merrill Lynch in front of a jury, and let them decide what to do about these manipulative stock market abuses."
16:02 EDTBAC, GOOG, C, AAPLOptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
14:23 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy with $650 price target at BofA/Merrill
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14:03 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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13:07 EDTAAPL, GOOGPayPal reveals new physical card reader, Venture Beat says
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13:05 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms intent to launch U.S. wireless service, WSJ says
Speaking at an industry conference in Barcelona, Sundar Pichai, who oversees Google’s (GOOG) mobile operating system Android, said the search giant will launch a small scale U.S. wireless service with details to be unveiled in the months ahead, says the Wall Street Journal. Other companies in the space include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Reference Link
11:39 EDTGOOGFidelity Contrafund cuts Google stake to 5.2% of net assets, Reuters reports
Fidelity Contrafund, one of Google's largest investors, has cut its stake in the search giant to 5.2% of net assets at January 31 from 7.3% of net assets as of June 30, Reuters reports. Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff explains that "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones." Reference Link
11:24 EDTCCiti CFO sees Q1 fixed-income, equity markets revenue declining, Reuters says
Citi CFO John Gerspach sees revenue from fixed-income and equity markets declining by mid-to-high single-digits in Q1 y/y due to the Swiss currency reevaluation and a "slow start" in spread products, reports Reuters, citing an investor conference. Reference Link
10:55 EDTAAPLApple Watch expected to be available outside U.S. in April, 9to5Mac reports
The Apple Watch will not be exclusive to the United States when it launches next month, reports 9to5Mac. According to employees in attendance when CEO Tim Cook spoke at the Berlin Apple Store last week, Cook said the watch will launch in Germany during the same month as the U.S. Reference Link
10:02 EDTCSantander names Scott Powell CEO of Santander Holdings USA
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MNTA CELG TSLA MCD ARUN GILD KO TWTR NFLX
09:16 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay could 'dwarf' Apple Pay, says Jefferies
Jefferies says Samsung Pay has the potential to "dwarf" Apple (AAPL) Pay since it targets the vast majority of currently installed payment terminals which utilize conventional magstripe technology, versus Apple's payment system which is limited in its acceptance by the availability of NFC-capable terminals. Jefferies believes Samsung's Galaxy S6/S6 Edge integrates Magnetic Secure Transmission technology acquired from LoopPay within its batteries. It views Samsung Pay as the biggest positive surprise of Samsung's new phone.
09:14 EDTAAPL, GOOGApple, Google employees asking for $415M poaching settlement, Reuters says
Silicon Valley workers alleging that Apple (APPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), and Adobe (ADBE) colluded to limit poaching will attempt on Monday to win court approval for a $415M claim, reports Reuters. A judge had rejected the previous settlement offer of $324.5M as too low, saying the settlement would need to reach at least $380M. Reference Link
09:10 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Hold at Axiom
09:08 EDTGOOGGoogle+ splits Photos and Streams, Horowitz to lead both
Bradley Horowitz, a Google VP, confirmed in a Google+ post that "the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products! It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users." Reference Link
08:47 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile network developments coming soon, TechCrunch says
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08:38 EDTGSGoldman cuts Singapore investment-banking team nearly a third, Bloomberg says
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