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January 15, 2014
12:18 EDTQIWI, GM, DTLK, BAC, NUS, CHTPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a better than expected report on manufacturing in the New York region as well as solid earnings from Bank of America (BAC). Renewed optimism surrounding the earnings season following reports from three of the largest U.S. banks has given investors the confidence to push the Dow to its second triple digit gain in a row. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the 0.4% increase in the producer-price index in December from the prior month matched economists' estimate. The "core" measure, which excludes food and energy, climbed 0.3%, which was more than the 0.1% forecast. The Empire State manufacturing index surged to 12.5 in January from a revised 2.2 reading for December, beating expectations for a more modest rise to 3.5. Also, in its latest Global Economic Prospects report the World Bank raised its forecast for global economic growth to 3.2% this year from 2.4% in 2013. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America grew its fourth quarter earnings to 29c a share, which was greatly increased from the 3c a share it posted in the same period last year earlier and also exceeded the 26c a share that analysts had expected. Shares of the bank, the third large U.S. bank to report in the last two days, rose about 2.5% near midday following the report... General Motors (GM) shares were down nearly 2% amid a number of newsworthy developments. The automaker declared a 30c per share quarterly common stock dividend, its first dividend since coming out of bankruptcy, and appointed a new Chief Financial Officer. GM also said it expects its earnings before interest and tax to be "modestly improved" in 2014, but warned it expects restructuring costs this year of $1.1B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), whose share price more than doubled after an FDA advisory committee voted to support approval of Northera for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension. Also higher was Datalink (DTLK), a designer of servers, storage and networks, which soared 28% after the company raised its fourth quarter outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was multi-level marketer Nu Skin (NUS), which fell 19% after a cautious article about the company was published in the Chinese-language periodical "People's Daily." However, the company said in a statement to Bloomberg that the report contained inaccuracies. Also lower were shares of Qiwi (QIWI), a provider of payment services in Russia, which fell over 17% after Russia's Kommersant reported that the country may limit domestic payments using anonymous electronic wallets and ban cross-border payments using them. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 121.28, or 0.74%, to 16,495.14, the Nasdaq was up 28.42, or 0.68%, to 4,211.44, and the S&P 500 was up 10.29, or 0.56%, to 1,849.17.
News For BAC;GM;CHTP;DTLK;QIWI;NUS From The Last 14 Days
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February 1, 2016
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTBACOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:33 EDTBACU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
08:21 EDTBAC, BACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mike Mayo upgraded Bank of America two notches to Outperform from Sell and increased his price target to $16 from $15 on shares. Mayo is more positive on large U.S. banks, saying their stocks are at "recession prices" without a recession, and said Bank of America is more resilient and could grow book value even in a recession. The analyst, who thinks BofA's book value is relatively clean, said the stock could become event-driven, given "lousy efficiency" and a valuation 20% below estimated Q4 tangible book value.
07:31 EDTBACBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
18:19 EDTBACBank of America, Wells Fargo to integrate Apple Pay in ATMs, TechCrunch says
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
12:32 EDTGMGM, Lithia Motors settle FTC actions alleging inadequate car inspection programs
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06:50 EDTBACBank of America loads up heavily on blockchain patents, CNBC reports
Bank of America is attempting to steal a march on the latest developments in the technology behind bitcoin by going big on blockchain-related patents, CNBC reports. Blockchain operates as a large, decentralized ledger for bitcoin which records each transaction and stores this information on a global network, the report notes. Bank of America is trying to patent some of the use cases of blockchain, having filed for 15 patents related to blockchain and is currently drafting an additional 20 to submit to the U.S. PTO, the report says. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGMGM's Opel unit, watchdog recalling undisclosed number of models, Reuters reports
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January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
11:12 EDTGMMissouri Supreme Court affirms St. Louis venue for GM ignition switch cases
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10:10 EDTBACActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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09:32 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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11:13 EDTBACActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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11:01 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; COH BAC
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09:32 EDTGMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
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