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April 25, 2014
10:01 EDTUSG, SZEVY, UN, LTM, HSBC, FITB, COG, AMZN, LAMR, GM, ERIC, BRCM, AET, LLTC, KLAC, FBC, DWA, ADIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Analog Devices (ADI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded at Needham... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) downgraded at BMO Capital... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Lamar Advertising (LAMR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Linear Technology (LLTC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Suez Environnement (SZEVY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays.
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November 10, 2014
06:46 EDTHSBCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
06:18 EDTHSBCUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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November 8, 2014
14:03 EDTAMZNJefferies software and internet analysts hold a dinner meeting
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November 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 7, 2014
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14:14 EDTAETACA subsidies look likely to be upheld, says UBS
After the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the government's right to pay ACA subsidies through the federal exchange, UBS says "it seems quite likely" that the subsidies will be upheld. The firm says that most experts expect a majority of justices to adopt the view that the law's intent was to expand coverage as widely as possible. Publicly traded hospital owners include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).
11:59 EDTGMSenators ask U.S. DOJ to review Takata as airbag worries increase, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
08:46 EDTAMZNCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
November 6, 2014
12:41 EDTAMZNLivingSocial cuts jobs, exploring new ways to work with Amazon, Re/code says
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12:17 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; AMZN BHI
Amazon.com (AMZN) April 345 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 28, Baker Hughes (BHI) April 17 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 31 according to IVolatility.
12:04 EDTBRCMQualcomm plummets after results and guidance disappoint, FTC probe disclosed
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11:24 EDTHSBCHSBC, JPMorgan highest on FSB list of global systemically important banks
The Financial Stability Board published its updated list of global systemically important banks, placing HSBC (HSBC) and JPMorgan (JPM) in its highest "bucket" corresponding to required level of additional loss absorbency. Both of those banks were placed in bucket 4, which is associated with 2.5% in additional loss absorbency required. Banks in the next category, or bucket 3, include Barclays (BCS), BNP Paribas (BNPQY), Citigroup (C) and Deutsche Bank (DB). Other banks included on the updated list include Bank of America (BAC), Credit Suisse (CS), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), RBS (RBS), BNY Mellon (BK), ING Groep (ING), Banco Santander (SAN), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Standard Chartered (SCBFF), State Street (STT), UBS (UBS), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Of note, UBS is now in the lowest bucket, associated with 1% additional loss absorbency required. Reference Link
08:56 EDTGMMaxwell awarded U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium $2.68M contract
Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) has been awarded a $2.68M cost-shared technology development contract by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium to develop a high-performance hybrid ultracapacitor/lithium-ion battery for stop-start idle-elimination microhybrid autos. USABC is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC, the collaborative automotive technology organization for Chrysler Group Ford (F) and General Motors (GM). With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, USABC's mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialization of electric, hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles.
07:53 EDTAMZNPepsi, Amazon among many said to have secret Luxembourg tax deals, ICIJ reports
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06:55 EDTGMGM says not responsible for pre-bankruptcy vehicle allegations, Reuters says
A filing from a Manhattan bankruptcy court revealed that GM said it should not be required to go up-against cases based on safety problems in vehicles manufactured prior to its bankruptcy 5 years ago, including a defected ignition switch that prompted the automobile firm to recall 2.6M cars earlier in FY14, according to Reuters, citing the filing. Reference Link
06:40 EDTGMTakata cautions of larger FY loss, cancels dividend for now, Reuters says
After its faulty airbags have been connected to four deaths in the U.S., Takata cautioned of a larger loss this year and canceled its dividend at this time, according to Reuters, citing comments from Takata CFO Yoichiro Nomura. Car companies who utilized Takata airbags include Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC), Mazda (MZDAF), BMW (BAMXY), Nissan (NSANY), Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), and General Motors (GM). Reference Link
06:31 EDTGMWestern Europe's auto sales increased 5.5% last month, Reuters says
Auto sales in Western Europe increased 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, according to Reuters, which cited industry data. Demand for vehicles rose in all of the region's major markets except France, the news service quoted consulting firm LMC Automotive. as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Now trades under FCAU (FIATY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
06:22 EDTAMZNGlobal companies silent on local impact, transparency report shows
Transparency International issued a report saying that global companies are saying too little regarding their businesses abroad. The agency said, "The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International reveals. Ninety of the 124 companies assessed do not disclose the taxes they pay in foreign countries, while 54 disclose no information on their revenues in other countries. BHP Billiton (BHP), Eni (E), Statoil (STO) and Vodafone (VOD) scored more than six out of ten. The four companies report on a range of corruption prevention measures and disclose details of subsidiaries. However, only three companies, Statoil, Telefónica (TEF) and Vodafone score above 50% for country-by-country reporting, disclosing tax payments in almost all the countries where they operate, though not all financial data. Forty-four of the firms in the report are American, of which Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Google (GOOG) performed worst. Only two US companies publish tax payments in foreign countries, ConocoPhilips (COP) in Canada, Walmart (WMT) in Chile. Surprisingly, the sector that makes greater transparency possible is one of the least transparent. U.S. tech giants Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Google and IBM (IBM) all score less than three out of ten." Reference Link
06:00 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation, Infosys announce strategic engineering partnerships
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