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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBV, ECOM, VZ, PETM, SLXP, AA, WFC, RAI, LO, SHPG, AMZNStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
Stocks finished the week lower as problems experienced by a Portuguese bank and a statement by the Fed worried investors. MACRO NEWS: The shares of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, plunged yesterday after its parent company reportedly missed a debt payment and was accused of accounting irregularities. The news triggered fresh fears about Europe's financial stability. However, Portugal's central bank today said that Banco Espirito's funds are undoubtedly secure... The Fed was concerned that investors may not be adequately factoring in uncertainty about the outlook for the economy and monetary policy, minutes of the central bank's last meeting indicated. The central bank also indicated that it would likely end the tapering of its asset purchases in October... On a positive note, fewer new jobless claims than expected were filed last week. Additionally, Chinese inflation for June came in slightly below expectations, leading to speculation that Beijing would be able to implement additional stimulus measures. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season kicked off, with Alcoa (AA) reporting stronger than expected results. Wells Fargo (WFC) became the first large bank to report results this earnings season. Its revenue surpassed expectations but its profits were in-line with the consensus estimate... In M&A news, AbbVie (ABBV) raised its takeover bid for U.K.-based Shire by 11% to over $51B in cash and stock. Another drug company, Salix (SLXP), announced that it would merge with its U.K.-based peer, Cosmo Technologies. The deal is expected to lower Salix's effective long-term tax rate from a high 30% level to a low 20% level. In the tobacco sector, Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... Longview Asset Management announced that it had obtained a 9% stake in pet supplies and services retailer PetSmart (PETM) and recommended that the retailer engage advisors for the purpose of exploring a potential sale and "other strategic alternatives," as had been suggested by another large investor in the stock, Jana Partners... Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company had added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth... Consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that Amazon's (AMZN) same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. INDEXES: This week, the Dow fell 0.73% to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq fell 1.57% to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 fell 0.9% to 1,967.51.
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September 8, 2014
07:21 EDTSLXPJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:15 EDTABBVIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
05:28 EDTVZVerizon announces Verizon Auto Share
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTVZApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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13:13 EDTAMZNAmazon India unit examined by regulators, WSJ says
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06:41 EDTVZFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon, USPS launch grocery delivery service in San Francisco, WSJ reports
Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service have launched a grocery-delivery experiment in San Francisco, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon and USPS are already partners in Sunday deliveries, the publication notes. The Postal Service says it is testing AmazonFresh deliveries "to determine if delivering groceries to residential and business addresses would be feasible from an operations standpoint and could be financially beneficial for the organization." Reference Link]:[http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-mail-to-deliver-amazon-groceries-in-san-francisco-1409854499?mod=rss_Technology]
September 4, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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11:32 EDTVZVerizon raises dividend to 55c from 53c
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10:30 EDTRAIReynolds American backs FY14 EPS view $3.35-$3.45, consensus $3.38
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09:46 EDTRAIReynolds says U.S. tobacco industry enviornment remains 'highly competitive'
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $21-$25 from $17-$20 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Infinity (INFY) after the company announced a global development and commercialization oncology agreement with AbbVie (ABBV) for duvelisib. The firm thinks the financial terms of the deal are favorably for Infinity, and significantly lower the risk presented by Infinity's stock. It raised its estimate of the drug's chances of success to 75% from 65% and keeps an Outperform rating on Infinity.
06:40 EDTWFCAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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06:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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