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June 19, 2014
06:23 EDTBLK, DB, USB, WFC, C, HSBC, BKBlackrock, Pimco suing several banks for trustee roles, WSJ says
Investors led by Blackrock (BLK) and Pacific Investment Management Co. are suing units of Deutsche Bank (DB) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) for their roles as trustees overseeing bonds on behalf of investors who bought securities, reports the Wall Street Journal. The group also filed lawsuits against Wells Fargo (WFC), Citigroup (C), HSBC (HSBC) and BNY Mellon (BK) over their roles for overseeing more than 2,000 bonds between 2004 and 2008. According to a person familiar with the litigation, the investors are seeking damages for losses that have surpassed $250B. Reference Link
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July 24, 2014
08:20 EDTDBDeutsche Bank CFO faces internal criticism over reporting, WSJ says
U.S. authorities have expressed serious concerns about Deutsche Bank's financial data, it has recently come to light, but the bank's CFO Stefan Krause has also faced criticism from within the organization about the issues, say people familiar with the discussions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 23, 2014
16:02 EDTCSallie Mae names Jeffrey Dale as companyís first Chief Risk Officer
Sallie Mae (SLM) appointed Jeffrey Dale as the companyís first Chief Risk Officer. Mr. Dale will work with senior executives and other company stakeholders to build out the enterprise risk management function and framework for the company and its Sallie Mae Bank subsidiary. Mr. Dale arrives from Citigroup (C) where he most recently served as the North American Group Risk Director responsible for consumer credit in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
14:35 EDTBKBNY Mellon price target raised to $45 from $40 at Argus
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13:10 EDTBLKBlackRock announces support for SEC money market reform
BlackRock said in a statement, "BlackRock supports the SECís efforts to improve the resiliency of U.S. money market funds during times of stress and appreciates the thoughtful, deliberate and consultative process the Agency has undertaken to achieve this result. In light of these changes, we believe that money market funds will continue to prove a valuable cash investment strategy. BlackRock is well positioned to offer our clients the full spectrum of stable NAV, floating NAV, Government, Prime and Municipal cash management products. We look forward to engaging closely with our clients over the coming months to discuss the wide array of cash solutions available to successfully adapt to these new reforms."
July 22, 2014
15:32 EDTDBNY Fed said Deutsche Bank U.S. unit reports 'inaccurate, unreliable,' WSJ says
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13:18 EDTBLKEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the companyís quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the boardís longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTDBSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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July 21, 2014
10:02 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Hold from Buy at Rafferty Capital
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07:23 EDTCCiti unit, Mexican regulator at odds over fraud probes, Reuters says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTCMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:01 EDTCCitigroup says DOJ settlement includes est. of cost of consumer relief
Says $3.8B charge for DOJ settlement included estimates of cost of consumer relief.
11:30 EDTCCitigroup sees issuing 'somewhat more' securitizations during rest of year
Says liquidity position remains strong. Sees FY NCL rate in Asia, Latin America roughly in line with 1H. Says expects to repurchase or redeem $10B of debt this year. Expects to issue preferred stock between now and when Basel III rules are implemented at a measured pace. Sees 2014 preferred stock issuance volume below 2013 levels. Says capital position remains among the strongest in the industry. Says will issue "somewhat more" securitizations during the rest of the year, says credit cards to be primary source of additional securitizations. Comments made on the company's Q2 Fixed Income Investor Review.
11:21 EDTHSBCBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
10:32 EDTCCitigroup says making continued progress in resolving legacy issues
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06:36 EDTBKBNY Mellon reports Q2 EPS ex-items 62c, consensus 56c
Reports Q2 revenue $3.75B, consensus $3.77B. Reports Q2 book value per share $32.49. Reports Q2 Basel I CET1 ratio 13.2%. Reports Q2 Basel III CET1 ratio 10.4%. Reports Q2 asset servicing revenue up 3%, year-over-year. Reports Q2 AUC/A up 9% to $28.5T.
06:26 EDTDBMetro hires Deutsche to guide on consumer-electronics unit, Bloomberg says
Metro (MTTRY) hired Deutsche Bank (DB) to examine options for its consumer-electronics unit, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The sources said that alternatives may include a sale, spinoff or IPO of the Media-Saturn division. Reference Link
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