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News For C;BA;BAC;BLK;NUS;KSWS;CBS;CLSN;WSM;PWER;AB From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
06:35 EDTCCiti plans to rebuild equities franchise, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) is planning to rebuild its equities franchise in an effort to capitalize on a retrenchment by rivals in the face of new rules created to make the financial system less risky, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the bank's plans. It may be tough to overcome leaders such as Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), that have long dominated the sector, the report says. Citi is aiming to profit from a retreat of rivals slow to adapt new rules forcing banks to keep more capital, the report says. Deutsche Bank (DB), Credit Suisse (CS), and Barclays (BCS) are among others rebuilding their investment banking businesses, the report adds. Reference Link
August 30, 2015
20:13 EDTBACBank of America investors criticize dual role of CEO Moynihan, FT says
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12:33 EDTBLKDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
16:29 EDTWSMStocks end volatile week higher as China whipsaws U.S. market
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 28, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.06 to 26.77 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC FCX NFLX RIG INTC TSLA CVX
11:32 EDTBAFederal government to team with tech companies for tech hub, Venture Beat says
The Obama administration will make an announcement later today that will establish a flexible hybrid electronics hub in Silicon Valley, reports Venture Beat. The administration will partner with 162 companies that include Apple (AAPL), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Boeing (BA), General Motors (GM) and others. Both the Department of Defense and this private consortium will look to enhance the U.S.'s standing in "next-generation bendable and wearable electronic devices." Reference Link
10:02 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADP (ADP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... ASML (ASML) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded on Hollister fundamentals at RBC Capital... Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Banco Santander (SAN) upgraded on valuation at Deutsche Bank... CIBC (CM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Canon (CAJ) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) upgraded at Stifel... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded on valuation, upcoming project completion at Stifel... Habit Restaurants (HABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... InterContinental (IHG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Strong Buy on valuation at Raymond James... LogMeln (LOGM) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Qunar (QUNR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at Stifel... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ryder (R) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... SVB Financial (SIVB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:33 EDTBAC Active equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB NOV NFLX AMZN DIS TSLA T BABA BAC
09:12 EDTBABoeing Airbus weakness creates buying opportunities, says Citi
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06:48 EDTCCiti upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
August 27, 2015
17:33 EDTBABoeing awarded $1.49B government contract modification
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16:28 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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15:19 EDTBACOptions Update; August 27, 2015
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13:42 EDTCAnalyst says Abbott-St. Jude deal looks unlikely
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12:41 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
10:38 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma sinks after earnings, BofA downgrade
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10:01 EDTCBSCBS and TEGNA renew affiliation agreement
CBS (CBS) and TEGNA (TGNA) have announced a comprehensive deal that renews station affiliation agreements for 10 TEGNA Media markets nationwide. The markets renewed cover over nine percent of the U.S. and serve more than 10 million households. The new deal also includes TEGNA's participation in CBS All Access, the company's digital subscription, video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service. The addition of all TEGNA CBS-affiliated stations will expand the live linear feed coverage of CBS All Access to 85 percent of U.S. households by year-end. The agreement includes renewals for TEGNA-owned CBS affiliates: WUSA in Washington, D.C.; WTSP in Tampa, FL.; WFMY in Greensboro, NC; KTHV in Little Rock, AR; WLTX in Columbia, SC; WMAZ in Macon, GA; KREM in Spokane, WA; KHOU in Houston, TX; KENS in San Antonio, TX; and WWL in New Orleans, LA.
10:00 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Cameron (CAM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Just Energy (JE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TerraForm (TERP) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
09:26 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:26 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma shares should be bought on post-earnings dip, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers said he sees "numerous credible reasons" giving him confidence that Williams-Sonoma can still drive topline growth and margin improvements and recommends investors "buy the dip" he expects in shares following the company's Q2 report. Horvers trimmed his price target on Williams-Sonoma to $97 from $103 but maintains an Overweight rating on the stock.
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