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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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December 12, 2014
07:21 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a discussion
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTBACFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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12:24 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:03 EDTBACJPMorgan drops 2% after CFO talks down Q4 numbers
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06:28 EDTNUSCiti 'incrementally more positive' on Nu Skin after China trip
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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14:57 EDTBACFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTBACFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTBACBank of America sees Q4 sales and trading revenue down linked-quarter, y/y
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:49 EDTNUSNu Skin to host investor day
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14:31 EDTNUSNu Skin December volatility elevated into investor day
Nu Skin December weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, December is at 56, January is at 50, March is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into company hosted investor day on December 12.
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:00 EDTQIWIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTQIWIQIWI downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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07:32 EDTDTLKRaymond James to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTBACValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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