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January 17, 2013
16:25 EDTHLF, BLK, BA, CBS, BAC, CLSN, KSWS, COn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as better than expected domestic economic data pushed the market up at the open and investors continued to buy through the session. The S&P 500 and Dow hit five-year highs in the second half of the session, but closed just off their best levels... 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% 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: The FAA last night announced it was grounding all Boeing (BA) 787 flights until the safety of the plane's battery can be proven to the agency. Air India and EU flight regulators also joined the list of organizations that have grounded the Boeing plane, and while shares of Boeing opened lower, they advanced through the session and closed up 92c, or 1.24%, to $75.26... Financial giants Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) both reported earnings before today's open and shares of both banks lost ground on the day. Citigroup missed expectations and saw shares lose $1.24, or 2.92%, to $41.24, while Bank of America beat lowered EPS estimates but slid 50c, or 4.24%, to $11.28. BlackRock (BLK), however, advanced $9.76, or 4.39%, to $232.00 after it beat Street estimates and raised its dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was K-Swiss (KSWS), which rose $1.52, or 47.65%, to $4.71 after agreeing to be acquired for $4.75 cash per share. Also higher were shares of CBS (CBS), up $3.01, or 7.93%, to $40.95 after announcing plans to convert its U.S. outdoor advertising business to a REIT and to seek to sell its outdoor operations in Europe and Asia. Among notable losers were shares of Herbalife (HLF), down $1.54, or 3.42%, to $43.52 after the company said it sees Q4 and FY12 EPS just above Street estimates and said it expects to begin repurchasing shares soon. Also lower were shares of Celsion (CLSN), down 79c, or 9.75%, to $7.31 following a downgrade to Sell at Brean Capital... INDICES: The Dow was up 84.79, or 0.63%, to 13,596.02; the Nasdaq was up 18.46, or 0.59%, to 3,136.00; and the S&P 500 was up 8.31, or 0.56%, to 1,480.94.
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January 22, 2015
14:00 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
Target $60.
08:16 EDTBLKMarketAxess, BlackRock expand strategic trading alliance into Europe
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX) and BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) are expanding their Open Trading alliance into the European credit markets. The strategic alliance seeks to improve liquidity and reduce transaction costs for European fixed income market participants, building upon the success of the firms’ existing partnership in U.S. credit. The alliance will offer increased choice in execution options and counterparties, while providing valuable data and market insights to better inform trading decisions in European markets. Under the expanded partnership, the firms will continue their efforts to develop innovative trading protocols that address liquidity challenges in the global credit markets.
07:44 EDTHLFHerbalife price target lowered to $50 from $60 at Canaccord
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTBABoeing exec sees demand for 737 MAX, 777, despite oil slump, Reuters says
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12:02 EDTHLFUBS reports 6.4% passive stake in Herbalife
06:23 EDTBAUnited may switch Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to larger 777-300ERs, WSJ says
United Continental (UAL) is close to a deal to change at least 10 of its Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliners that are on order to 777-300ER jetliners, which are larger, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. The deal is in the process of being finalized, the sources say, and would help preserve Boeing's production rates and transition to the 777x. Reference Link
05:56 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:33 EDTBABoeing selected to build satellite by New York Broadband LLC
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09:38 EDTC, BACActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Bank of America to the Conviction Buy List with an $18 price target following recent underperformance. The firm continues to believe shares to will be driven by better than expected top-line growth, accelerated capital returns, and a business shift towards less capital intensive earnings streams.
08:21 EDTBAGlobal Eagle to offer connectivity in Boeing 737 airplanes
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07:28 EDTBLK, BACTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:58 EDTBLKBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
January 18, 2015
16:57 EDTCCiti may have lost more than $150M on Swiss franc volatility, Bloomberg says
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15:14 EDTCMashreqbank interested in Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer unit, Bloomberg says
Dubai-based bank, Mashreqbank PSC confirmed it is interested in acquiring Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer banking unit, says Bloomberg citing comments from Mashreqbank PSC CEO Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Reference Link
13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
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