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July 14, 2014
16:30 EDTFHCO, RVBD, PRGO, ABBV, MYL, SHPG, AAPL, ABT, COn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher and then continued to trade in a very narrow range throughout the rest of the day. The higher start was attributed to the host of M&A deals that occurred over the weekend and renewed optimism over the second quarter earnings season following Citigroup's (C) better than expected headline results. ECONOMIC EVENTS: No major economic data was released in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup advanced $1.42, or 302%, to $48.42 after its headline earnings and revenue beat expectations. Also, the bank announced that it has reached a $7B settlement that resolves actual and potential civil claims by the Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008... Mylan (MYL) struck a deal to buy Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in an all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Under the terms of the deal, Abbott will carve out the assets and transfer them to a new public company organized in the Netherlands. Mylan will then merge with that company to become a new public company, called Mylan N.V., allowing it certain tax advantages. Abbott will receive 105M shares of the combined company, meaning it will hold an approximate 21% stake in Mylan following the deal. Shares of both companies advanced after the announcement, with Abbott gaining 52c, or 1.26%, to $41.82 and Mylan rising $1.04, or 2.07%, to $51.24... Shire (SHPG) announced that it requested, and has received, an increased takeover proposal following talks with AbbVie (ABBV). Shire said it would be willing to recommend the raised cash and stock offer, which has an indicative value of GBP 53.20 per Shire share based on AbbVie's share price on July 11, to its shareholders, potentially paving the way for a final deal between the two. After the announcement, Shire shares trading in New York rose $5.21, or 2.09%, to $254.27, while AbbVie declined 11c, or 0.2%, to $54.85. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apple (AAPL), which rose $1.23, or 1.29%, to $96.45 after Barclays upgraded its stock to Overweight and raised its price target for the shares to $110 from $95, citing channel checks that indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley reported that its survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside and the firm raised its iPhone unit estimate and its EPS estimate for Apple's coming quarter above the consensus forecasts. Also higher were shares of Perrigo (PRGO), which rose $12.70, or 8.69%, to $158.85 after Israel's "Globes" financial website, citing sources, said the company has hired an investment bank and seeks a merger with a "major pharmaceutical firm." Among the noteworthy losers was The Female Health Company (FHCO), which fell 79c, or 14.16%, to $4.79 after announcing plans to suspend payment of quarterly dividends and devote cash flows towards strategic initiatives planned to accelerate the company's long-term growth in revenue and earnings. Also lower was Riverbed (RVBD), which fell $1.75, or 8.6%, to $18.60 after the company cut its second quarter adjusted EPS and revenue outlook. Afterward, activist investor Elliot Management reaffirmed its prior $21 per share bid for the company and urged the company's board to "immediately" retain an advisor and announce a review of strategic alternatives, including a sale. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 111.61, or 0.66%, to 17,055.42, the Nasdaq gained 24.93, or 0.56%, to 4,440.42, and the S&P 500 rose 9.53, or 0.48%, to 1,977.10.
News For C;AAPL;MYL;ABT;SHPG;ABBV;PRGO;RVBD;FHCO From The Last 14 Days
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January 15, 2015
11:34 EDTCCiti sees Citi Holdings staying 'at or above' breakeven in FY15
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11:32 EDTCCiti sees FY15 revenue growth for Citicorp in low to mid single digit percentage
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11:30 EDTCCiti sees 1H15 NIM to be 'more or less flat' to FY14 levels
Comment from Q4 earnings conference call.
11:20 EDTABBVGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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11:08 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may include 2GB of faster RAM in iPhone 6s, MacRumors says
Apple may boost its internal RAM to 2GB and use "force touch" technology for its iPhone 6s, reports MacRumors. Citing a report from TechNews Taiwan, the RAM modules offer low power consumption and a significant performance increase from the 1GB used in the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
10:19 EDTCCiti says committed to 2015 targets, returning capital to shareholders
Citi says active sales processes ongoing for consumer operations marked for exit. Will continue to serve institutional clients in these countries, but operations will be reported as part of Citi Holdings as of 1Q15. Citi says active processes underway to exit certain non-core institutional businesses in a "timely and economically rational manner." Says roughly half of those non-core institutional businesses operationsí pre-tax loss in 2014 was directly related to repositioning and other actions associated with the exits. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. Citi is targeting a 2015 institutional clients group efficiency ratio of 43%-57%, compared to a ratio of 59% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 58%. Citigroup reports a Q4 net interest margin of 2.92%, up from 2.91% in Q3 and from 2.88% in 4Q13. Citi sees positioning for increased return of capital over time in 2015. Comments from slides for Q4 earnings conference call.
10:06 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR†Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:36 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:30 EDTAAPLEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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08:08 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net interest margin 2.92%
08:07 EDTCCitigroup reports Citi Holdings assets down 16% to $98B
Citigroup reports Q4 Citi Holdings revenues of $1.3B, which included CVA/DVA of negative $5M, compared to $1M in the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA, Citi Holdings revenues increased slightly from the prior year period driven by higher gains on asset sales and lower cost of funds. As of the end of the quarter, Citi Holdings assets were $98B, 16% below the prior year period, and represented approximately 5% of total Citigroup assets. Citi Holdings allowance for credit losses was $4.5B at the end of Q4, or 6.20% of loans, compared to $6.5B, or 6.98% of loans, in the prior year period. 90+ days delinquent consumer loans in Citi Holdings decreased 28% to $2.0B, or 2.88% of loans.
08:05 EDTCCiti CEO says overall 2014 results fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net credit losses down 12% from prior year to $2.2B
Citi reports Q4 legal and related expenses and repositioning charges totaled $3.5B in the current quarter, compared to $1.0B in the prior year period. Citigroupís cost of credit in Q4 was $2.0B, a decrease of 3% from the prior year period, primarily reflecting a $299M improvement in net credit losses, partially offset by a lower net release of loan loss reserves. Reports Q4 loan loss reserve release of $441M. Reports Q4 provision for benefits and claims $206M. Citigroupís book value per share was $66.16 and its tangible book value per share was $56.83, each as of quarter end, representing 1% and 3% increases, respectively, versus the prior year period. At quarter end, Citigroupís Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio was 10.5%, up from 10.1% in the prior year period. Citigroupís estimated Basel III Supplementary Leverage ratio for the fourth quarter 2014 was 6.0%, up from 5.4% in the prior year period.
08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q4 EPS 6c, consensus 11c
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06:25 EDTCJPMorgan, Citi fire or suspend Forex employees after Justice Dept probe, WSJ say
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06:12 EDTAAPLTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral and maintained its $115 price target based on balanced risk/reward. The firm expects solid Q1 results on January 27 and for March outlook to be inline with consensus but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint.
06:05 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 39 at upper end of index mean range
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