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News For BAC;CLF;C;DELL;AMZN;INTC;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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May 20, 2015
16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
13:37 EDTAMZNEarnings Watch: Analysts concerned with competition hurting NetApp results
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12:33 EDTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session relatively unchanged from yesterday’s close and continue to trade in a holding pattern as investors await the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., EIA inventory data showed a 2.67M barrel fall in crude stocks, versus expectations for a 1.75M barrel decrease. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its last rate setting meeting at 2 pm EDT. In Asia, Japan's GDP accelerated to a 2.4% growth pace in the first quarter, which was much better than expected. Japanese stock markets rallied on the news, sending the Nikkei 225 average to its best level in 15 years. COMPANY NEWS: Five of the world's largest banks - Citi (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS), The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS) - agreed to pay more than $5B and plead guilty to felony charges related to manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates. In conjunction with previously announced settlements with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad, today’s resolutions bring the total fines and penalties paid by these five banks for their conduct in the foreign exchange spot market to nearly $9B, the Department of Justice stated... Target (TGT) shares advanced 1% after the retailer's first quarter earnings topped expectations and it raised the low-end of its fiscal year profit forecast. Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said the company was pleased with its first quarter traffic and sales, particularly in its signature categories, which drove better-than-expected profitability through improved gross margin and continued expense management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which rallied 53% after the company announced that, following meetings with the FDA, it would submit its eteplirsen drug to the FDA for approval on a rolling basis, with various components of the application being submitted separately. Eteplirsen is a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. Also higher was Pep Boys (PBY), which gained 14% after The Wall Street Journal said private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and other potential suitors have expressed interest recently in buying the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Etsy (ETSY), which operates an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade items and vintage goods. The stock, which priced its IPO at $16 and opened for trading at $31 per share, dropped 22% to trade near $16.50 after the company issued its first financial report since coming public in April. Also lower were shares of several airline stocks, led by Southwest (LUV), which was down 8% near noon. In a regulatory filing last night, Southwest indicated it expects FY15 capacity growth to increase 7%-8% and to grow another 6%-7% in FY16. Buckingham downgraded Southwest to Neutral from Buy this morning, stating it has a more cautious revenue outlook for the company due to a worsening backdrop as competitors vow to compete aggressively. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 6.10, or 0.03%, to 18,306.29, the Nasdaq was up 1.65, or 0.03%, to 5,071.69, and the S&P 500 was down 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,127.34.
10:15 EDTCFive banks agree to parent-level guilty pleas in settlement over forex rigging
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10:09 EDTCCiti, JPMorgan, RBS, Barclays, UBS agreed to guilty pleas in forex settlement
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10:05 EDTCCiti announces ForEx settlements with Department of Justice, Federal Reserve
Citi announced that it has entered into settlements with the United States Department of Justice and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to resolve investigations into Citi’s foreign exchange business. The settlement with the DOJ includes a guilty plea by Citicorp, a subsidiary of Citigroup, to a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and fine of $925M. The settlement with the Fed includes the entry of a cease and desist order and a civil money penalty of $342M. Citi also announced that it has reached a separate agreement to settle related private U.S. class action claims for a payment of $394M, subject to court approval. Citi expects to maintain its licenses and does not expect a material impact on its operations or ability to serve its clients. The payments required by each of the settlements Citi announced today are covered by existing legal reserves and will not require a charge to earnings in the second quarter of 2015.
10:05 EDTCCiti announces ForEx settlements with Department of Justice, Federal Reserve
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:45 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:21 EDTBAC, CATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
18:01 EDTBACAflac names Matthew Owenby as Chief Human Resources Officer
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16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
15:42 EDTCBanks' settlement over forex rigging to be announced tomorrow, CNBC says
Several banks are said to plan to plead guilty and pay "billions" in fines in a settlement over their roles in foreign exchange manipulation that is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. Prior media reports have listed Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), UBS (UBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C) as having been in talks with U.K. and U.S. authorities for their roles in foreign currency rigging.
12:55 EDTINTC, HPQPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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11:52 EDTAMZNDepartures raises concerns of Google's commitment to ecommerce, Re/code says
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11:15 EDTINTCAnalyst says Intel takeover of Altera more likely than not
Citi, in a note to investors today, said that the chances of Altera (ALTR) being acquired by Intel (INTC) were greater than 50%. The note comes after multiple news outlets reported yesterday that the two companies have resumed talks about Intel buying the smaller chip maker. ANALYST REACTION: News reports suggest that the odds of Intel buying Altera seem to have increased, wrote Citi analyst Christopher Danely. A deal is more likely to occur than not, according to the analyst. However, he does not believe that the transaction is a done deal. Moreover, the analyst kept a Neutral rating on Intel shares, saying that he does not anticipate changing his rating even if a takeover is consummated. In its own note on Altera this morning, Pacific Crest said it views the breakdown in Dennard scaling and Dark Silicon as an underappreciated positive for the maker of field-programmable gate arrays. The firm sees fair value for Altera at $55-$60 and still thinks that an acquisition by Intel makes sense strategically. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Altera added 0.5% to $47.16, while Intel fell 1% to $33.06.
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTINTCAltera has 'underappreciated' positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
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08:34 EDTINTCApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTINTCMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
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