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January 17, 2013
12:25 EDTHLF, CBS, BAC, CLSN, NUS, BLK, BA, PWER, KSWS, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a better than expected monthly report on housing and lower than expected weekly jobless claims. The economic data lifted the futures and led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages have drifted slightly higher during the morning but remain in a narrow range, albeit near five year highs. Financial companies, which are currently in the process of releasing earnings, have been laggards today as investors have been unimpressed with this morning's reports from Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell to 335K, versus expectations for a relatively flat level at 370K. Housing starts surged 12.1% to 954K in December, which was better than expected, while building permits edged up 0.3% in the month to 903K, which was in-line with forecasts. The day's lone disappointing data came from the Philly Fed, which had its manufacturing survey unexpectedly fall to -5.8, compared to consensus calls for a much smaller decline to a 6.0 reading... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing (BA) was front and center in yet another trading session after the FAA grounded the 787 Dreamliner and regulators around the world followed suit. Shares of the Dow component were virtually unchanged in afternoon trading in spite of the news... Citigroup (C) missed earnings expectations, leading to a 2.9% decline in its stock, while Bank of America slid over 3.7% in spite of its earnings narrowly beating consensus. One financial name bucking the sector's trend, however, was BlackRock (BLK), which advanced 4.2% after its results beat expectations and the company increased its dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were K-Swiss (KSWS), up 48% after agreeing to be acquired for $4.75 cash per share, and CBS (CBS), up 10% after announcing plans to convert its U.S. outdoor advertising business to a REIT. Also higher were shares of Nu Skin (NUS), which rose nearly 10% after giving better than expected guidance and are now up almost 3% since the day that Bill Ackman revealed his short thesis in multi-level marketing peer Herbalife (HLF). Among the noteworthy losers were Celsion (CLSN), down almost 9% following a downgrade to Sell at Brean Capital, and Power-One (PWER), down over 7% after lowering its revenue view... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 79.67, or 0.59%, to 13,590.90; the Nasdaq was up 17.87, or 0.57%, to 3,135.41; and the S&P 500 was up 7.97, or 0.54%, to 1,480.60.
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November 23, 2015
16:02 EDTBACOptions Update; November 23, 2015
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09:39 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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November 22, 2015
18:29 EDTBADelta CEO says Boeing offered used 777s for $10M, Bloomberg reports
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November 20, 2015
16:02 EDTBACOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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10:04 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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November 19, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 19, 2015
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CHK BAC FB PFE MU GMCR AMZN NFLX BBY BABA CRM QCOM
November 18, 2015
17:21 EDTBLKBlackRock closing down Global Ascent fund, NY Times says
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08:55 EDTBAC, CMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:13 EDTBACBofA CEO: Banks trying to revamp checking to fend off startups, Bloomberg says
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05:42 EDTCStora Enso Oyj appoints Citi as successor depositary bank for ADR program
Citi (C), acting through Citibank N.A., has been appointed by Stora Enso Oyj (SEOAY) as successor depositary bank for its Level 1 American Depositary Receipt, or ADR, program, which trades on the U.S. OTCQX marketplace under the symbol "SEOAY". Stora Enso's underlying ordinary shares are listed and trade on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange under symbol "STERV".
November 17, 2015
16:42 EDTHLFJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
15:10 EDTHLFDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHLFHerbalife says not aware of being named in DOJ supplement action, Bloomberg says
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12:35 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Herbalife November 47 and 50 puts are active on total put volume of 9,800 contracts (2,400 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 113, December is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 126. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:28 EDTHLFGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
08:34 EDTBLKNAREIT to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTBAC, CClearing House to hold a conference
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07:44 EDTBAInterest rate increases usually a bullish signal for Boeing, says Canaccord
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