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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 Liberty’s 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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November 17, 2015
07:50 EDTCClearing House to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
14:06 EDTCCiti reports October credit loss 2.27% vs. 2.29% last month
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11:24 EDTCClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:59 EDTCOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:07 EDTCCiti completes OneMain sale
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08:38 EDTCSpringleaf downgraded after settlement on acquisition reached at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital downgraded Springleaf to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm noted that it had recommended buying the stock based on its belief that the company's acquisition of OneMain from Citi (C) had a higher probability of closing than was reflected by the shares. The firm downgraded Spingleaf after the company reached a settlement with governments that will enable the deal to close.
05:37 EDTCCiti appointed successor depository bank for Technip ADR program
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November 13, 2015
17:10 EDTAMRSAmyris files to sell 49.23M shares of common stock for holders
16:24 EDTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street ended a tough week on a down note, falling after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew by an anemic 0.1% last month. This data comes on the heels of this week's downbeat quarterly report from Macy's (M) and a similarly disappointing report last night from peer Nordstrom (JWN). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom and J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 15% and 15.5% respectively. Virtually every mass-market, brick-and-mortar retailer was down today, from giants like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST), to smaller retailers like Ross Stores (ROST) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 12.9% to $48.78 after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drug makers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 6.16% to $146.90 in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 5.8% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which surged $5.07, or 11.5%, to $49.27 after reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the company to proceed with closing its previously announced acquisition of OneMain Financial from Citi (C). On the closing of the acquisition, the company will be renamed OneMain Holdings and has applied to the New York Stock Exchange to change its ticker symbol to "OMF," Springleaf noted. Also higher was Illumina (ILMN), which gained $10.26, or 6.6%, to $165.65 after being selected to replace Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) in the S&P 500. Among the noteworthy losers was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged $18.62, or 36.5%, to $32.39 after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. Also lower were shares of Vipshop (VIPS), which fell $5.03, or 27%, to $13.60 after issuing weaker than expected preliminary third quarter revenue guidance, which it said was partially driven by the warmer-than-expected fall weather in China. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 202.83, or 1.16%, to 17,245.24, the Nasdaq lost 77.20, or 1.54%, to 4,927.88, and the S&P 500 declined 22.93, or 1.12%, to 2,023.04.
10:34 EDTCSpringleaf reaches settlement with DOJ to clear way for OneMain acquisition
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10:07 EDTCSpringleaf trading halted, pending news
10:06 EDTCSpringleaf agrees to divest branches to win U.S. approval of OneMain deal
10:04 EDTCU.S. files suit to block Springleaf, OneMain Financial deal
The United States of America, acting under the direction of the Attorney General of the United States, and the States of Colorado, Idaho, Texas, Washington and West Virginia and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, filed a civil action in a Washington, D.C. district court to enjoin the proposed acquisition of OneMain Financial by Springleaf Holdings (LEAF) and to obtain other equitable relief. Citigroup (C) previously reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf for a purchase price of $4.25B.
09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CSCO FB BAC BABA MSFT NFLX INTC JCP AMZN C
06:41 EDTLMCAJohn Malone wishes he had made hostile bid for Netflix in 2012, NY Post reports
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November 12, 2015
09:59 EDTLMCALiberty Media to host investor meeting
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07:03 EDTLMCALiberty Media announces plan to recapitalize into three tracking stock groups
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07:01 EDTLMCALiberty Media announces plan to recapitalize into three tracking stock groups
06:12 EDTCMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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November 11, 2015
03:52 EDTAMRSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Amyris (AMRS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Corporate Executive Board (CEB) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... FactSet (FDS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Freshpet (FRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Gartner (IT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Horace Mann (HMN) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... IHS Inc. (IHS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... (JD) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... MSCI (MSCI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Moody's (MCO) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Nordstrom (JWN) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Strongbridge Biopharma (SBBP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... The Advisory Board (ABCO) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) initiated with a Buy at Cantor.
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