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January 7, 2013
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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November 20, 2015
07:56 EDTILMNIllumina has a path back to $200 per share, says Cowen
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November 19, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 19, 2015
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CHK BAC FB PFE MU GMCR AMZN NFLX BBY BABA CRM QCOM
09:21 EDTWFCConsolidated Tomoka buys office complex in Raleigh for $42.3M
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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTUSB, WFC, C, JPM, BACMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:28 EDTRHHBYLeerink to hold a bus tour
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08:11 EDTRHHBYIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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08:11 EDTSCTYMusk, Silver Lake investing over $100M in SolarCity, NY Times reports
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07:01 EDTMETMetLife says will support Trans-Pacific Partnership
Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and CEO of MetLife, issued the following statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement among 12 nations of the Pacific Rim. "After analyzing the text of the TPP, MetLife will support the agreement and seek congressional support for its ratification. As one of the largest life insurers in the world with operations in nearly 50 countries, MetLife has four key priorities in assessing any trade deal: improved market access, a level competitive playing field, ease of cross-border data flows, and regulatory transparency. The TPP makes meaningful progress on all of them. We are confident that ratification of the TPP will lead to faster economic growth, greater choice and lower costs for consumers in the markets where we do business, and more high-paying jobs in the U.S. The agreement is not perfect - no trade deal is - but on balance the TPP represents a significant step in the right direction and deserves to be ratified."
06:13 EDTBACBofA CEO: Banks trying to revamp checking to fend off startups, Bloomberg says
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05:42 EDTCStora Enso Oyj appoints Citi as successor depositary bank for ADR program
Citi (C), acting through Citibank N.A., has been appointed by Stora Enso Oyj (SEOAY) as successor depositary bank for its Level 1 American Depositary Receipt, or ADR, program, which trades on the U.S. OTCQX marketplace under the symbol "SEOAY". Stora Enso's underlying ordinary shares are listed and trade on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Stock Exchange under symbol "STERV".
November 17, 2015
18:34 EDTJPMU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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17:20 EDTWACWalter Investment shares jump after reaching consensus with Birch hedge fund
Shares of Walter Investment Management (WAC) jumped 11.94% to $11.16 on Tuesday after the company announced the appointment of Daniel Beltzman, co-founder of hedge fund Birch Run Capital, to its board of directors. Walter Chief Executive Officer Denmar Dixon commented that the company is "firmly committed" to enhancing shareholder value and has maintained a "longstanding and constructive dialogue with Birch Run." In connection with the appointment, the company also said Birch entered into an agreement permitting it to acquire up to 25% of Walter's common stock while also agreeing to vote its shares in support of the company's current directors. Additionally, Walter Investment said it plans to appoint a new non-management director "as soon as practicable."
17:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Timothy Sloan as COO
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16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
13:29 EDTSCTYSunEdison selloff continues, shares down 23%
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) continue to be weak and are down 23% to $3.49 in afternoon trading. Dan Loeb's Third Point last night disclosed it no longer owns the stock while David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital disclosed a reduced stake. Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah lowered his price target for SunEdison this morning to $16 saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors. SunEdison's solar peers are also weak, with SunPower (SPWR), First Solar (FSLR) and SolarCity (SCTY) all in the red.
07:50 EDTBAC, C, JPM, PNC, WFCClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTJPM, WFC, STIBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
07:34 EDTRHHBYOphthotech to hold a conference call
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06:08 EDTRHHBYRoche subsidiary to participate in Ophthotech and Novartis agreement
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