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May 21, 2014
10:00 EDTDNOW, JPM, C, ACAS, WBC, RICE, MMYT, ENBL, CNP, VRX, OGE, LIQD, CVA, BAC, TSRE, ALLYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Capital (ACAS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) reinstated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... Covanta (CVA) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with a Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... Liquid Holdings (LIQD) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... NOW Inc. (DNOW) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Trade Street Residential (TSRE) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Valeant (VRX) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... WABCO (WBC) initiated with a Buy at Longbow.
News For ALLY;ACAS;BAC;CNP;C;CVA;ENBL;JPM;LIQD;MMYT;DNOW;OGE;RICE;TSRE;VRX;WBC From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
07:34 EDTJPMJP Morgan volatility at high end of range
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07:19 EDTBACBank of America volatility at high end of range
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07:05 EDTCCitigroup volatility at high end of range
Citigroup August weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 30, suggesting large near term price movement.
06:58 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTVRXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTBAC, COptions Update; August 21, 2015
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:40 EDTBAC, JPMCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
18:09 EDTVRXValeant a bargain, poised for growth, Barron's says
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16:48 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
13:26 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTVRXPalatin up 15.18% after Valeant announces plans to buy Sprout for $1B
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09:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints General Ray Odierno as senior advisor
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the appointment of retired four-star General Raymond T. Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, to a senior advisory capacity at the firm, effective September 1.
07:31 EDTVRXValeant to acquire Sprout Pharma for $1B, plus a share of future profits
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06:07 EDTCSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
05:50 EDTVRXValeant nears deal to buy Sprout Pharma for $1B, WSJ reports
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