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April 3, 2014
12:10 EDTRPM, AMRS, BKS, VVUS, C, LQDT, LMCAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Libertyís reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
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February 26, 2015
10:50 EDTCNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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09:02 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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09:01 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to separate College business from Retail and NOOK businesses
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February 25, 2015
17:36 EDTCCiti discloses money laundering inquiries, says fully cooperating
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16:26 EDTLMCALiberty Media reiterates 2015 guidance
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16:25 EDTLMCALiberty Media reports Q4 revenue $1.09B, consensus $1.09B
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February 24, 2015
16:10 EDTAMRSAmyris reports Q4 adjusted EPS (40c), consensus (29c)
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16:06 EDTCOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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16:01 EDTVVUSVIVUS reports Q4 EPS (25c), consensus (25c)
Reports Q4 revenue $21.7M, consensus $20.01M.
07:21 EDTCSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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February 20, 2015
16:20 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory with time running out for Greece to reach an extension of its bailout agreement. The morning was filled with headlines from both Greek and eurozone finance leaders, many of which indicated that prospects for a deal looked grim. When reports surfaced that an agreement on an extension had been reached the Dow took off and hit its first new high of 2015. The S&P 500 followed to its own new high and the Nasdaq continued to close in on the 5,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February, versus the consensus forecast for a preliminary reading of 53.6 for the month. In Europe, the Eurogroup and Greece reached a tentative deal for an extension of the current EFSF Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for up to four months. The deal is predicated on Greek authorities presenting a first list of reform measures, based on the current arrangement, by the end of Monday. Also, the Eurozone flash composite PMI came in at 53.5, versus expectations for a reading of 53. The services PMI was better than expected, while the manufacturing PMI was lower than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Deere reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.12 and revenue of $6.38B, which beat consensus forecasts of 84c and $5.59B, respectively. However, Deere said company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 17% for fiscal 2015 and now sees net income to be about $1.8B, which is down from the company's prior net income outlook of $1.9B. Analysts at Wells Fargo calculate that the implied EPS guidance from Deere dropped to $5.25 from $5.50. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to Deere's report was $5.51. Shares of the farm, construction and forestry equipment maker rose 72c, or 0.79%, to $92.43 following this morning's report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was National Bank of Greece (NBG), whose shares trading in New York jumped 35c, or 21.74%, to $1.96 after the Greek aid extension deal was negotiated. Also higher was Springleaf (LEAF), which gained $4.40, or 12.88%, to $38.57 after Reuters reported that the company has beaten out rival bidders and is in advanced talks to buy consumer finance unit OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for more than $4B. Two stock that dropped after their earnings reports prompted multiple analyst downgrades were Noodles & Company (NDLS), which plunged $8.84, or 31.87%, to $18.90, and Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which fell $3.95, or 26.74%, to $10.82. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.67, or 0.86%, to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27, or 0.63%, to 4,955.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 12.85, or 0.61%, to 2,110.30.
15:05 EDTCSpringleaf in lead to buy OneMain for over $4B, Reuters says
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14:18 EDTCSpringleaf in advanced talks to buy OneMain from Citi for over $4B, Reuter says
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10:47 EDTCNY AG says Santander Bank to adopt new policies regarding use of ChexSystems
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Santander Bank, N.A. (SAN) has agreed to adopt new policies governing its use of ChexSystems, a consumer-reporting agency that screens people seeking to open checking or savings accounts. Santanderís new policies are expected to allow thousands of additional New Yorkers and consumers nationwide to open bank accounts by September 30. The change comes amid concerns that screenings by ChexSystems and other consumer-reporting agencies, which are used by most of the nationís banks, adversely affect lower-income applicants and force them to turn to high-cost alternative financial services like check-cashing outlets. With this agreement, Santander now joins Capital One (COF) and Citibank (C) as the third bank to commit to overhaul its use of ChexSystems. The three banks operate a combined 613 branches across New York State and 2,822 branches nationwide.
10:01 EDTLMCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
09:20 EDTLMCALiberty Media initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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08:54 EDTCCiti confirms retirement of global consumer banking head Manuel Medina-Mora
In a filing, Citigroup said that on February 18, Manuel Medina-Mora, Citiís Co-President and CEO, Global Consumer Banking, submitted a notice of retirement to Citi. The effective date of the retirement is June 1.
08:43 EDTCCiti's head of consumer banking set to retire in June, WSJ reports
Citigroup co-president and head of consumer banking, Manuel Medina-Mora, is planning to retire in June, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing memos sent by Medina-Mora and Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat. Medina-Mora is expected to stay with the bank as the non-executive chairman of Banamex. Citigroup plans to name a new head of the consumer bank "in the near future." Reference Link
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