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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.
News For BKS;LMCA;C;AMRS;LQDT;VVUS;RPM From The Last 14 Days
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October 9, 2014
13:52 EDTCAttorney General announces agreement with Citi to return $16M to customers
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:40 EDTCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTCFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTCCitigroup to return $16M to customers for fees on investment accounts, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTCCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
October 8, 2014
18:26 EDTCCitigroup, Etrade, others attacked by same JPMorgan hackers, Bloomberg reports
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12:02 EDTCCitigroup's OneMain Financial preparing for $50M IPO, NY Times reports
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10:32 EDTRPMRPM seeing improvement in construction markets, expects to continue through 2015
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10:25 EDTRPMRPM says Q1 results was 'on track' with its earnings plan
RPM said it expected a flat performance in Q1 after experiencing "extraordinary performance' due to results in Synta and Kirker subsidiaries. The company did not expect the performance to continue this year. The comparisons will continue to be negative in Q2 and be fairly flat for 2H15. The company also said there was $5.6M in unplanned costs due to the SEC investigation, the proposed SPHC settlement, and a voluntary self-disclosure agreement with the state of Delaware for unclaimed property. RPM expects costs for these three categories to continue in Q2 and Q3. When accounting for these facts, RPM says it is right on track with its earnings plan and says its consumer segment is continuing to perform well with mid-EBIT growth. The company also said more normal winter weather should help Q3. RPM expressed concern about the weak Euro, and says its outlook for the European economy remains mixed. Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:20 EDTRPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:32 EDTBKSNOOK Media, OverDrive announce partnership
NOOK Media, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, and OverDrive, an eBook platform for libraries, announced a new partnership to enable public libraries to provide readers with access to hundreds of the most popular digital magazines and newspapers from the NOOK Newsstand. Utilizing OverDrive platforms integrated with library catalogs, library patrons will be able to discover, access and read a huge selection of NOOK Newsstand titles on their NOOK tablet device and on tablets, smartphones and PCs via the suite of Free NOOK Reading Apps. The new service is expected to roll out to customers in the coming months.
08:06 EDTCAstoria Financial appoints Hugh J. Donlon as Chief Lending Officer
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07:59 EDTRPMRPM comments on SPHC plan of reorganization
On September 26, 2014, SPHC filed its plan of reorganization in Delaware Bankruptcy Court. The plan memorializes the settlement in principle reached with representatives of current and future asbestos claimants. As previously reported, a trust will be established to resolve all current and future Bondex asbestos claims, an injunction will be issued by the court that will permanently protect SPHC, RPM International Inc., their affiliates, and other parties from current and future asbestos claims, and SPHC will emerge from bankruptcy and will be reconsolidated with RPM. RPM currently anticipates that the plan's effective date and the reconsolidation of SPHC's financial results will occur in RPM's fiscal 2015 third quarter, but the actual timeline could change based on a variety of factors beyond the control of SPHC and RPM. The impact of the completion of this transaction on RPM's 2015 fiscal year will be dependent on specific timing and related transaction costs. On an annualized basis, SPHC has revenues of approximately $400M. CEO Frank Sullivan said, "We look forward to plan confirmation for SPHC and its emergence from bankruptcy. While the amounts required to fund a 524g trust are substantial from a financial perspective, this transaction will be good for RPM shareholders, both in terms of our ongoing operations and as a process which will bring finality to the Bondex asbestos liability."
07:57 EDTRPMRPM sees FY16 EPS $2.70-$2.90, consensus $2.74
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07:34 EDTRPMRPM backs FY15 EPS $2.38-$2.42, consensus $2.42
Backs FY14 consolidated sales up 6%-8%, consensus $4.65B; Backs FY15 industrial sales up 6%-8%; Backs FY15 consumer sales up 5%-7%.
07:33 EDTRPMRPM expects FY15 quarterly results to follow different pattern from FY14
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07:31 EDTRPMRPM reports Q1 EPS 73c, consensus 79c
Reports Q1 revenue $1.20B, consensus $1.23B
07:13 EDTCBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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