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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.
News For BKS;LMCA;C;AMRS;LQDT;VVUS;RPM From The Last 14 Days
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09:37 EDTCGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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14:38 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui Trust planning to buy Citi Cards Japan for $332M, Nikkei says
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank is planning to buy Citigroup's credit card unit in Japan for $332M, according to the Nikkei. Reference Link
09:02 EDTCGoodyear Tire and Citi Retail Services announce renewal of credit card agreement
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08:17 EDTCSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the 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
07:11 EDTRPMGabelli to hold a conference
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March 25, 2015
14:46 EDTCArgentina's economy minister says Citigroup bond deal illegal, Reuters says
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March 24, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 24, 2015
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07:45 EDTCMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
09:44 EDTCCiti fires two over inflation trading error, Bloomberg says
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08:53 EDTCAmazon VP and General Manager of Payments departs, TechCrunch says
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07:19 EDTCCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 22, 2015
18:05 EDTCCitigroup authorized to process Argentine bond payments, Reuters says
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17:10 EDTCCiti shares could rise faster, Barron's says
Citi shares have remained relatively flat and shares could rise a little faster as the company continue to improve, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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11:53 EDTCU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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09:06 EDTCCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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07:15 EDTCCiti CEO tells shareholders 2015 targets 'within reach,' Reuters reports
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06:06 EDTCCiti files lawsuit over Swiss franc surge, Reuters says
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