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February 4, 2013
12:16 EDTAPKT, SONS, ORCL, HUM, GCI, CYBX, BRO, YOKU, CSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, with the major averages giving back most or all of Friday's gains. The indices began the session deep in negative territory and remain that way near the lunch hour. There was little on the domestic economic calendar to account for the weakness, but some market participants were attributing the move to profit-taking following a strong start to the year along with political concerns resurfacing in Europe... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM New York area reading of 56.7 was ahead of the expected reading of 53.0. A separate report showed factory orders increased 1.8% in December, versus an expected increase of 2.3%. In Europe, Spanish and Italian government bond yields rose following political developments in both countries. Spain's opposition Socialist Party called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign over a corruption scandal, while in Italy former PM Silvio Berlusconi's popularity is seeing a resurgence, which may threaten the reforms implemented by the outgoing government. In Asia, a report over the weekend showed China's non-manufacturing PMI ticked up to 56.2 from 56.1 last month... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Acme Packet (APKT) surged 22.2% and traded at the $29.25 price it agreed to in a deal to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL). Several companies offering solutions in the same technology area advanced as well, particularly Sonus Networks (SONS), which climbed over 13%. Meanwhile, Oracle slid a bit more than 2% following the deal announcement... Among companies reporting earnings this morning, Humana (HUM) advanced while Gannett (GCI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cyberonics (CYBX), which rallied 8% after a former employee dropped a lawsuit against the company. Also higher were shares of Brown & Brown (BRO), which rose 5.5% after it reported quarterly results after the bell Friday and was upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James this morning. Among the noteworthy losers were Youku Tudou (YOKU), which fell over 6% after Maxim downgraded shares to a Sell rating, and Credit Suisse (CS), down nearly 6% as well following an initiation of coverage with a Hold rating at Canaccord... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 139.75, or 1.00%, to 13,870.04; the Nasdaq was down 41.09, or 1.29%, to 3,138.01; and the S&P 500 was down 15.94, or 1.05%, to 1,497.23.
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15:33 EDTSONSSonus Networks management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meetings to be held in Boston on July 31 and in New York on August 1 hosted by Pacific Crest.
10:52 EDTHUMWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
06:40 EDTCSLoan write down standards changed for non-U.S. banks, NY Times says
A new accounting rule will enable banks outside of the U.S. to write down the value of loans earlier but could cause loans to become less attractive for those banks, according to The New York Times. The rule was issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, whose guidelines are followed in more than 100 countries but not in America, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).Reference Link
06:35 EDTORCLEU poised to decide on Oracle, MICROS agreement, Reuters says
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July 24, 2014
06:50 EDTHUMConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 23, 2014
07:23 EDTCSCredit Suisse urged to make deeper job cuts, FT says
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July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTHUMCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTHUMAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
08:47 EDTGCIGannett reports Q2 Broadcasting revenue $398.3M
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08:45 EDTGCIGannett reports Q2 adjusted EPS 67c, consensus 64c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.48B
07:24 EDTCSCredit Suisse down 2.2% after reporting Q2 results
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07:17 EDTCSNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:02 EDTCSCredit Suisse says on track to exceed 10% CET1 ratio by year-end
Credit Suisse said it is on track to exceed 10% CET1 ratio by year-end, including continued accrual of cash dividend for 2014.
06:01 EDTCSCredit Suisse to exit commodities trading business
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05:59 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q2 net income CHF (700M) vs. CHF 1.05B last year
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July 21, 2014
19:45 EDTBROBrown & Brown board approves $200M stock buyback
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19:37 EDTBROBrown & Brown reports Q2 pro forma EPS 38c, consensus 42c
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17:47 EDTCSAstoria Financial to sell non-performing residential mortgages to Credit Suisse
Astoria Financial (AF) announced that the bank had entered into an agreement to sell certain non-performing residential mortgage loans, or NPL, to Credit Suisse (CS) for consideration of approximately $186M. The NPL Sale is expected to close on or about July 31, subject to usual and customary closing conditions. In anticipation of the NPL Sale, such non-performing loans were designated as held-for-sale as of June 30 and were written down from their carrying value of approximately $195M to their estimated fair value of $186M. As a result, the company recorded an $8.7M charge-off and a $5.7M loan loss release in Q2.
13:18 EDTCSCredit Suisse, Fidelity sign agreement to offer great access to IPOs
Fidelity Investments and Credit Suisse Securities announced an agreement that provides Fidelity's brokerage clients the opportunity to participate in initial public offerings and follow-on equity offerings underwritten by Credit Suisse. The agreement expands Credit Suisse's potential investor base to Fidelity's millions of retail brokerage customers, as well as investors who work with advisors through Fidelity's registered investment advisor, correspondent broker/dealer and family office clients. A 2013 Fidelity survey of 2,500 affluent and high-net-worth clients indicated that they had significant interest in IPOs. More than 50% of those surveyed currently buy or are open to investing in IPOs.
06:34 EDTCSJulius Baer CEO sees 'fair, equitable' fix to U.S. investigation, Reuters says
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