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April 3, 2014
12:10 EDTBKS, LMCA, C, AMRS, LQDT, VVUS, RPMOn 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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August 29, 2014
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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August 28, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 28, 2014
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August 27, 2014
10:02 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTCSEC seen completing rules on MBS detail disclosures, WSJ says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to complete rules requiring banks and other financial institutions to give investors greater detail about the quality of mortgages and other loans pooled into bonds known as asset-backed securities, reported The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded big U.S banks 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
August 26, 2014
10:43 EDTCFINRA fines Citigroup for failing to provide best execution
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has fined Citigroup Global Markets. $1.85M for failing to provide best execution in approximately 22,000 customer transactions involving non-convertible preferred securities, and for related supervisory deficiencies for more than three years. FINRA also ordered Citigroup to pay more than $638,000 in restitution, plus interest, to affected customers. Reference Link
06:54 EDTCCitigroup, HSBC, others chosen to lead $3B ONGC stake sale, Reuters says
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August 25, 2014
16:47 EDTLMCAD. E. Shaw & Co reports 5.0% passive stake in Liberty Media
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:03 EDTVVUSVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 22, 2014
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:12 EDTCCitigroup faces restrictions on hedge-fund sales, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
10:02 EDTCActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
06:43 EDTCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
09:32 EDTBKSSamsung, Barnes & Noble announce new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
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06:17 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell Japanese retail banking unit, Reuters says
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August 19, 2014
15:48 EDTBKSCNET to hold a live blog
CNET holds a live blog of the unveiling of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet in New York on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
13:40 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to start selling new Samsung tablet tomorrow, Digital Reader says
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13:08 EDTCCitigroup tells appeals court Agentina banking license at risk, Reuters reports
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12:14 EDTCCitigroup considers selling Japan retail-banking unit, WSJ reports
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