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News For BAC;OCN;WIC;NSM From The Last 14 Days
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August 4, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 5c to 15.83 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX TWTR DIS WFC INTC AAL XOM SUNE
06:19 EDTBACGoldman Sachs hired by Petco to lead potential IPO or sale, Reuters reports
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August 3, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 3, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 15.92 Option volume leaders: AAPL MWE TWTR FB RIG BAC DIS WMB NFLX CHK XOM CCE
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AAL TWTR MU BAC NFLX ABX FIT
August 2, 2015
16:21 EDTBACBofA vote on Moynihan chairmanship likely to come this year, Reuters says
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July 31, 2015
16:18 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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12:11 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
The Wall Street averages began the session slightly lower, soon turned mixed and have all returned to positive ground near midday. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indexes throughout. The S&P 500 is trying to hold onto its gain of about 1.5% for the month as July comes to a close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the employment cost index for the second quarter increased 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. The Chicago PMI business barometer index bounced to 54.7 in July, topping the expected reading of 50.8. The final reading of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for July came in at 93.1, which was down from the 93.3 flash reading and below the 94 that was expected. In Europe, Athex stated that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen on August 3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) declined 2.9% and 3.6%, respectively, after both energy majors reported lower than expected earnings due to falling oil prices. Exxon noted that its Downstream and Chemical segment earnings increased significantly from the second quarter of last year, but that those higher earnings were more than offset by the impact of weaker Upstream realizations and lower asset management gains. Chevron, meanwhile, recorded impairments of $1.96B and other charges of approximately $670M relating to project suspensions and adverse tax effects, all of which stemmed from a downward revision in the company’s longer-term crude oil price outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), which rose 13% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced merger talks with Coca-Cola bottlers for Germany and the region of Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Also higher following their earnings reports were MoneyGram (MGI), which gained 27%, Expedia (EXPE), which added 10%, and SkyWest (SKYW), which rallied 20%. Among the noteworthy losers was FireEye (FEYE), which fell 5% after reporting quarterly results and announcing that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ocwen Financial (OCN), which fell 28.5%, and Hanesbrands (HBI), which dropped 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 10.36, or 0.06%, to 17,756.34, the Nasdaq was up 18.60, or 0.36%, to 5,147.38, and the S&P 500 was up 3.98, or 0.19%, to 2,112.61.
10:02 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTNSMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein on Chubb deal potential... Aixtron (AIXG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... California Water Service (CWT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Chubb (CB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Delphi (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Diebold (DBD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Discovery (DISCA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Eldorado Gold (EGO) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Buy with $90 price target at Citi... Guidance Software (GUID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... H&E Equipment (HEES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lenovo (LNVGY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Molina Healthcare (MOH) upgraded on strong results at Stifel... NCI, Inc. (NCIT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at Sterne Agee CRT... Pacira (PCRX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... RingCentral (RNG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Robert Half (RHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Stratasys (SSYS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... eHealth (EHTH) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:45 EDTBACBofA shareholders to vote on rule change that made Moynihan chairman
Bank of America will hold a special shareholder meeting to vote on the rule change that allowed CEO Brian Moynihan to become chairman a year ago, according to a regulatory filing. "In October 2014, we amended the company’s Bylaws to provide flexibility in considering the appropriate leadership structure for the Board as facts and circumstances may require," the company said in a filing with the SEC. "As discussed in the proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and in the enclosed proxy materials, we determined it currently is in the company’s and stockholders’ best interests to have Brian Moynihan serve as Chairman and Jack Bovender serve as Lead Independent Director—a new Board leadership role with robust powers and responsibilities to facilitate strong independent Board leadership. Since we established this governance structure, the Board has continued its diligent and active oversight of management, and we are confident this Board’s leadership structure serves the best interests of the company and all of us as stockholders by providing effective and efficient Board leadership while maintaining strong, independent oversight of management. We undertook a thorough and thoughtful process before changing the company’s Bylaws, and, through our engagement with you, we have heard your desire to vote on this action. We now seek your support of our decision. We encourage you to read the attached proxy materials to understand why we believe you should ratify the Bylaw change." No date has been yet for the meeting. Reference Link
09:25 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:23 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT
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08:57 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:40 EDTBACU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:10 EDTNSMNationstar upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital
06:07 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
July 30, 2015
19:35 EDTOCNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: YRC Worldwide (YRCW), up 17.7%... SkyWest (SKYW), up 11.5%... Zeltiq Aesthetics (ZLTQ), up 9%... Columbia Sportswear (COLM), up 11%... Expedia (EXPE), up 7.9%... Ellie Mae (ELLI), up 7%... Comfort Systems (FIX), up 6.2%... DigitalGlobe (DGI), up 5%... Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), up 8%... Amgen (AMGN), up 1.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), up 1.7% after getting FDA clearance for IND application for JCAR015... Priceline (PCLN), up 1.5% following Expedia's quarterly results... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), up 9.6% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced talks with Coca-Cola bottlers... Endurance Specialty (ENH), up 2.6% after being added to the S&P MidCap 400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Oculus (OCLS), down 17%... Computer Programs (CPSI), down 11.9%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 9.2%... FireEye (FEYE), down 5.2% after reporting quarterly results and that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 8.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 8.8%... Boston Beer (SAM), down 5.2%... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 10.7%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 4.5%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 3.2%.
16:30 EDTOCNOcwen reports Q2 EPS 8c, consensus 20c
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
08:45 EDTBACMerill Lynch brokers threaten to leave 'in mass,' Fox Business reports
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07:06 EDTNSMNationstar reports Q2 adjusted EPS 32c, up 57% vs. prior quarter
Reports Q2 revenue $621.6M vs. $382.12M last quarter.
06:55 EDTBACBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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July 27, 2015
08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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July 23, 2015
07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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