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January 7, 2013
16:26 EDTBAC, ILMN, ESI, SCTY, VVUS, USB, STI, PNC, MET, WFC, JPM, C, WAC, NSM, RHHBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street pulled back from the highs reached on Friday, when the week long rally fueled by the deal to avert part of the fiscal cliff drove the S&P 500 to its best level in five years. Banking news dominated today's headlines with multiple settlements announced related to the mortgage markets... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. no market moving economic data was reported... COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) confirmed deals to sell the servicing rights on about 2M residential mortgages with unpaid principal balances of approximately $306B to Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) and Walter Investment (WAC). Shares of Nationstar rose $5.60, or 16.85%, to $38.83 and those of Walter Investment advanced $3.63, or 8.24%, to $47.68, while BofA shares slid 2c, or 0.17%, to $12.09... Bank of America also announced it will repurchase $6.75B worth of residential mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae and will pay $3.6B to settle claims related to certain loans. Separately from BofA's settlement with Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a deal that will see ten mortgage servicing companies pay more than $8.5B in cash payments and other assistance to mortgage borrowers to settle claims related to loan servicing and foreclosure processing. The regulators listed Bank of America, Citibank (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), MetLife Bank (MET), PNC (PNC), SunTrust (STI), U.S. Bank (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC) among those participating... In other banking news, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision made it easier for banks to meet the new "liquidity coverage ratio" rule and delayed its full implementation until 2019... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was VIVUS (VVUS), up $1.12, or 8.15%, to $14.87, after the company reported Qsymia prescription information and was added to the U.S. 1 List at Merrill Lynch. Also higher were shares of SolarCity (SCTY), up $1.57, or 10.90%, to $15.97 after a number of research firms initiated coverage on the stock with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), down $3.72, or 19.28%, to $15.57 after reporting that it has entered into a settlement agreement and release with Sallie Mae that will impact Q4 EPS by 56c. Also lower were shares of Illumina (ILMN), which dropped $3.86, or 7.06%, to $50.90 following comments over the weekend from Roche's (RHHBY) chairman indicating his company was no longer interested in acquiring Illumina... INDICES: The Dow was down 50.92, or 0.38%, to 13,384.29; the Nasdaq was down 2.85, or 0.09%, to 3,098.81; and the S&P 500 was down 4.58, or 0.31%, to 1,461.89.
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April 8, 2014
06:41 EDTCCitigroup plans to close one third of Korea branches, Reuters says
Citigroup announced that it is planning to close nearly one third of its Korea branches, which makes it the third global bank to reduce its presence in the country in the last year due to increasing expenses and intense competition, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the bank. Reference Link
06:24 EDTCCitigroup may miss return-on-tangible-common-equity goal, WSJ reports
According to sources, Citigroup may miss a its 2015 target for return-on-tangible-common-equity after the Federal Reserve last month rejected the bank's capital plan, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fed denied Citigroup's proposal to boost its dividend and increase stock buybacks on March 26, making it unlikely Citigroup can meet this key profitability target. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTJPM, USB, C, WFC, BACFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement 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
17:16 EDTCCitigroup to resolve certain private-label securitization repurchase claims
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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14:04 EDTSCTYSolarCity to be probed in response to lawsuits, Watchdog.org says
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14:00 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility increases as shares pull back to three-month low
SolarCity April weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, April is at 74, May is at 77, July is at 66; compared to its 26-week average of 65 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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07:30 EDTILMNIllumina weakness creates buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that the recent decline in Illumina's stock is mostly related to its correlation with biotech indices, and the firm sees this correlation as "a technical rather than a fundamental phenomenon." The firm believes that demand for the company's HiSeq, MiSeq, and HiSeq X instruments are strong, and it now identifies the stock as its top pick in the tools space. It increased its price target on the shares to $170-175 from $155-$160.
06:58 EDTCDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:07 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires IQuum for $450M
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06:05 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC
HSBC upgraded Citigroup to Neutral citing the recent underperformance of shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $51 from $48.
April 4, 2014
16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; April 4, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 89c to 41.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL C P NFLX LNG BAC INTC TSLA TWTR according to Track Data.
10:02 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:20 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook for capital return
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07:18 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 19 into Q1 and outlook
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06:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan selling part of retirement business to Great-West, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform from Neutral based on relative valuation, improving U.S. and European economies, improving business mix and potential for increased buybacks. Price target raised to $68 from $62.
06:09 EDTSCTYSolarCity risk/reward attractive after underperformance, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of SolarCity have underperformed over the past five weeks due to concerns over the trade investigation, competition and potential regulatory changes. Deutsche thinks the concerns are overblown and sees "several" upcoming positive catalysts. The firm views the risk/reward as attractive and reiterates a Buy rating on SolarCity with a $90 price target.
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