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October 20, 2014
15:40 EDTCBSAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
13:01 EDTBABoeing partners with Kenya Airways
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11:13 EDTNUSNu Skin volatility elevated
Nu Skin October weekly call option implied volatility is at 95, November is at 73, December is at 72; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
09:31 EDTBLKRobinhood.org to hold conference
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08:30 EDTNUSNu Skin initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
Target $75.
07:21 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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October 19, 2014
11:58 EDTCBSCBS could see 25% gain, Barron's says
CBS shares could be worth around $66.00 at a peer-like-multiple, a gain of 25%, driven by fees from affiliates and Showtime, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTC, BACStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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11:58 EDTBATextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on
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07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:09 EDTC, BACApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
13:03 EDTBABoeing reports one new 747 order in weekly update
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12:29 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
11:41 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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10:49 EDTCBSCBS likely to launch Showtime OTT service in 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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10:01 EDTC, BACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:57 EDTCBSCBS All Access not meant to be a disrupter to eco-system, says Wells Fargo
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09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTCBSMoonves: Showtime standalone service in 'not too distant future,' NY Times says
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09:09 EDTCBSCBS announces launch of stand-alone web subscription service
CBS announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch. CBS All Access is available beginning today at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. CBS All Access will cost $5.99 per month.
08:42 EDTCUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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08:27 EDTBACBank of America weakness overdone, buy shares, says Morgan Stanley
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08:23 EDTBACBofA CEO steps point to extended stay in post, Reuters reports
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan has taken more control over the bank's retail business, has shifted executives into new positions and his sway with directors has increased since he recently became chairman, all of which signal that he plans to remain at the bank for "a minimum of five years," according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:44 EDTBACBank of America quarterly results trumped by market sell-off, says UBS
UBS believes Bank of America posted better than expected earnings with core expenses declining, but that the results were overshadowed by the market sell-off. The firm saw improved expense management and believes the company's changes to its portfolio will eventually be impacted by short term interest rates. UBS reiterates its Buy rating and $20 price target on Bank of America.
07:29 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus
Argus upgraded Citigroup to Hold based on valuation and management's progress in improving the loan portfolio and reducing expenses.
07:21 EDTCCFA Institute to hold a conference
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06:28 EDTBABoeing mulls potential helicopter deal with Brazilian Army, Reuters says
Boeing said that the Brazilian Army has shown an interest in purchasing a few of the company's CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and explained that it maintains its opinion that Brazil is a noteworthy collaborator for projects in the defense and commercial space, according to Reuters, citing comments from Boeing spokesman Scott Day. Reference Link
06:03 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AFSI CBS
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Bank of America to Outperform with a $20 price target citing book value growth following the company's Q3 results. Shares closed yesterday down 28c to $15.48.
October 15, 2014
19:24 EDTCMexico regulators fine Citigroup Banamex unit 30M pesos, Bloomberg reports
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16:37 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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14:17 EDTCCitigroup reports September credit loss 2.53% vs. 2.57% last month
Reports September delinquencies 1.5% vs. 1.44% last month.
12:36 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:27 EDTNUSNu Skin falls after announcing debt deal, related restrictions
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11:23 EDTNUSNu Skin not restricted from making dividend payments, says Deutsche Bank
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11:11 EDTNUSNu Skin shares defended at Deutsche Bank
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09:47 EDTBACBank of America reports September default rate 2.93% vs. 3.33% last month
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Portales
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09:35 EDTBLKBlackRock CEO says 'worried' about liquidity in bond market
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09:04 EDTBLKBlackRock CEO expects market volatility to continue
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08:54 EDTBACBank of America says largely done with debt footprint reduction
Comment from Q3 earnings conference call.
08:17 EDTBACBofA says $2B quarterly 'New BAC' cost savings target reached in Q3
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07:27 EDTCJPMorgan, HSBC fire traders linked to forex probe, WSJ reports
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07:26 EDTCCapital Link to hold a webinar
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07:11 EDTBACBofA Q3 results include $5.3B, or 43c per share, charge for DOJ settlement
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07:08 EDTBACBank of America reports Q3 net charge-offs $1.04B
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07:06 EDTBACBofA reports tangible book value per share up 4% to $14.13
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07:02 EDTBACBank of America CEO says saw 'solid' customer and client activity
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07:01 EDTBACBank of America reports Q3 EPS (1c), consensus (9c)
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06:27 EDTCCitigroup pushing Mexican unit chairman to retire, NY Times says
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06:18 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q3 AUM growth of 10%
Reports Q3 long-term net informs of $28.7B. Reports Q3 operating margin of 40.6%.
06:17 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q3 adjusted EPS $5.21, consensus $4.66
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06:15 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded its rating on CBS (CBS) to Buy citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. Citi believes investor concerns over a softer advertising market and potential renegotiations of retransmission fees are warranted. The firm, however, sees upside from current share levels. It lowered its price target for CBS to $60 from $64. The stock closed yesterday up $1.02 to $49.93.
October 14, 2014
16:22 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages were mixed after three of the U.S.'s largest banks reported on their quarterly results and Germany slashed its economic forecasts for this year and next. Following the mostly solid earnings reports from the banks and Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) investors appeared to breathe a sigh of relief and sent the averages higher in early trading. With oil prices falling almost 5% and settling at a recent low, the averages pared their gains and struggled in positive ground. Another late day slide ended with the averages mixed, as the Nasdaq led and the Dow lagged. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the International Energy Agency said in its monthly oil market report that world oil demand growth would be weaker than previously expected. Afterward, WTI crude oil futures fell 4.6% at $81.84, marking their biggest percentage drop since late 2012 and the lowest settlement for the benchmark in over two years. The National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's government cut its forecasts for gross domestic product growth to 1.2% in 2014 and 1.3% next year from its prior view of 1.8% growth this year and 2% in 2015. COMPANY NEWS: The first of America's big banks issued their quarterly reports, with JPMorgan's (JPM) headline earnings per share coming in below analysts’ consensus estimate, Wells Fargo (WFC) reporting in-line earnings and improved credit quality and Citigroup (C) posting better than expected adjusted third quarter profit. Citi, which also announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct, saw its stock fare the best among the three, rising $1.57, or 3.15%, to $51.47... Another Dow member, Johnson & Johnson, reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but its stock slid $2.11, or 2.13%, to $97.01. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Domino's Pizza (DPZ), which rose $8.58, or 11.33%, to $84.30 after the pizza chain owner and franchisor reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and revenue. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which advanced $3.59, or 7.92%, to $48.91 after the supplier of chips to Apple (AAPL) raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook and revenue guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Exactech (EXAC), which dropped $4.09, or 16.63%, to $20.50 after the company warned its Q3 income and revenue will likely miss its prior guidance. Also lower were shares of Gilead (GILD), which fell $4.26, or 4.2%, to $97.18 amid a number of developments. Competitor Johnson & Johnson said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and "competitive," which some may have read as an indication of a potential price cut, and Ireland said it plans to close its "Irish Double" tax loophole, which currently benefits Gilead. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.88, or 0.04%, to 16,315.19, the Nasdaq rose 13.52, or 0.32%, to 4,227.17, and the S&P 500 added 2.96, or 0.16%, to 1,877.70.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
15:29 EDTBAC, BLKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:14 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after upbeat notes from analysts
Bank of America (BAC) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Wednesday, October 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Bank of America is a financial services company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (9c) on revenue of $21.36B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (14c)-(5c) on revenue of $20.73B-$21.93B. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its net charge-offs dropped to $1.1B in Q2 from $1.4B in Q1 and $2.1B in Q2 of 2013. Its provision for credit losses tumbled to $411M from $1.2B in the same period a year earlier. The drop was driven by lower levels of delinquencies across its consumer lending portfolio, as well as improvement in its consumer real estate portfolios, the bank stated. Bank of America added that its net interest income was positioned to rise as interest rates increased.. The bank's investment banking pipeline remained strong, while the second half of 2014 "looks healthy," the bank's CEO said. On August 6, the bank increased its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. On August 21, Bank of America announced that it had reached a $16.65B settlement with the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General on charges related to its residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligation businesses. On September 10, the bank said its credit quality continued to improve, while most of its exposure to legacy mortgages had been eliminated. PEER RESULTS :Three large banks reported their Q2 results today. Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected Q3 results today, while Wells Fargo's (WFC) results were roughly in-line with expectations. JPMorgan's (JPM) profit beat expectations, but its revenue came in slightly lower than expected. JPMorgan reported that its consumer and business banking deposits had risen 9%, and it lowered its fiscal 2014 charge-off guidance. The global economy faces challenges, but the U.S. economy is steadily improving, the bank stated. Citi said that its net credit losses had tumbled 14% from year ago levels, while its book value per share had risen 4% versus the same period a year earlier. Citi added that its consumer banking revenue was continuing to grow. As for Wells Fargo, the bank released $300M of its reserves due to improved credit quality, and said that it continued to sees signs of an improving economy. However, the bank added that its net interest margin had fallen to 3.06% from 3.15% as of June 30. STREET RESEARCH: On October 2, UBS upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Hold. The bank should be under less pressure than its peers to raise the interest rates it pays on deposits as the Federal Reserve starts to increase rates, the firm believes. Research suggests that holders of deposit accounts at Bank of America are less sensitive to rates than holders of deposit accounts at other banks, the firm explained. This situation should enhance the bank's ability to benefit from rising interest rates, according to UBS, which raised its price target on the shares to $20 from $16.80. On September 8, Goldman Sachs upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Neutral. The bank's business mix has improved significantly, as it has begun obtaining a greater percentage of its revenue from more profitable businesses, Goldman stated. Consequently, the bank's earnings per share volatility has decreased, Goldman believes. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $19 from $17. On September 20, Barron's echoed Goldman's enthusiasm, saying that Bank of America's earnings per share could hit $2 by 2017, up from an estimated 75c this year, while its cumulative dividends between now and 2017 could reach $1 per share. The stock could be worth $25 by 2017, the magazine stated. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock is up 15% in the last year, but it is down 1.5% in the last month.
15:02 EDTBACBank of America October 16.5 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:47 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages in the last three months, trading up over 5%. The trend in the shares has been bullish with relatively low volatility. In technical terms the short-term and intermediate-term picture is bullish. On a longer-term basis however, the stock is at an interesting juncture. On a 5-year chart, the last 2.5 years to present are a mirror of the period from 5 years to 2.5 years ago. That puts the stock right back at resistance levels from early 2010. The key for the stock now is either breaking through resistance at the $18.50 area, or, fading. A breakout above $18.50 on strong news and a positive outlook would be very long-term bullish for share price. Resistance above $18.50 is at $18.99. Equally, news that fails to push the stock above that area could be a catalyst for a resumption of consolidation as traders await another upside catalyst. Support in that event is at $15.45, $14.98, and $14.02.
12:20 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analysts’ consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
11:59 EDTCCitigroup sees Q4 legal costs continuing to be 'elevated and episodic'
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11:58 EDTCCitigroup sees Q4 consumer banking revenue growth continuing
11:57 EDTCCitigroup says Q4 NIM may decline buy a 'basis point or two'
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11:38 EDTCCitigroup CEO says Citi Holdings now 5% of bank's balance sheet
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10:23 EDTCCitigroup rises after results, trades lower off earlier high
The stock is up 1.5% to $50.58 at time of writing, off the earlier session high at $51.63. At current price support is at $50.44, the low of the day, and then at $51.14 which was the opening price.
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:11 EDTCCitigroup reports book value per share increased to $67.31
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08:07 EDTCCitigroup to disban Banamex unit
08:05 EDTCCitigroup says illegal conduct, fraud found in Banamex unit probe
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08:04 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 net credit losses down 14% from prior year to $2.1B
Citigroup reported Q3 net interest margin increased to 2.91%. Net credit losses of $2.1B declined 14% versus the prior year period. Q3 allowance for loan losses was $16.9B at quarter end, or 2.60% of total loans, compared to $20.6B, or 3.16% of total loans, at the end of the prior year period. The $552M net release of loan loss reserves in the current quarter compared to a $675M release in the prior year period. Citigroup asset quality continued to improve as total non-accrual assets fell to $8.0B, a 19% reduction compared to the third quarter 2013.
08:03 EDTCCitigroup discloses results of investigation into security unit in Mexico
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08:01 EDTCCitigroup to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets
Citigroup announced strategic actions to accelerate the transformation of Global Consumer Banking by focusing on those markets where it has the greatest scale and growth potential. As a result, Citigroup intends to exit its consumer businesses in 11 markets. The new consumer banking footprint will serve nearly 57 million clients in 24 markets that capture over 95% of GCB’s existing revenue base, while further simplifying its operations and improving its performance. The affected businesses include the consumer franchises in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, as well as the consumer finance business in Korea. Active sales processes are underway for the majority of the businesses, and subject to market conditions and regulatory and other approvals, the strategic actions are currently expected to be substantially completed by year-end 2015. The businesses will be reported as part of Citi Holdings as of the first quarter 2015 to provide greater transparency with respect to the performance of the ongoing operations reported in GCB. Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group will continue to serve clients in these markets. “I am committed to simplifying our company and allocating our finite resources to where we can generate the best returns for our shareholders. While we have made progress optimizing these 11 consumer markets, we believe our Global Consumer Bank will achieve stronger performance by focusing on the countries where our scale and network provide a competitive advantage,” CEO Michael Corbat said.
08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 revenue $20B ex- CVA/DVA
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07:59 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 EPS $1.15 ex CVA/DVA, consensus $1.12
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07:23 EDTCBSCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
07:13 EDTCCitigroup chairman suggests wrapping FDIC, OCC into single regulator, WSJ says
Citigroup Chairman Michael O'Neill is calling for a more rational regulatory landscape, the Wall Street Journal reports. He suggests wrapping the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency into a single banking regulator. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTC, BACOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report with shares up 11% over last six months
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14:29 EDTBABoeing begins production on first 737 MAX parts
Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. After forming, Boeing will send the stringers to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to Boeing's Renton, Wash. facility where Boeing employees will build the 737 MAX. The program is on track to begin final assembly of the first 737 MAX in 2015. The airplane will be part of the flight test fleet and is scheduled to fly in 2016. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20% better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.
13:48 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
Citigroup October call option implied volatility is at 39, November is at 25, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
10:17 EDTBAEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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09:06 EDTCBSNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:26 EDTBACommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTC, BACAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
06:44 EDTC, BACRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTBLKBlackRock, Morgan Stanley to buy shares in Link Net, WSJ reports
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00:04 EDTC, BACBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
19:41 EDTBABoeing and Garuda Indonesia announce $4.9B order
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13:03 EDTC, BACBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
18:51 EDTBADOJ orders Boeing to pay $23M to resolve False Claims Act allegations
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13:17 EDTCBSNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
11:27 EDTNUSPrescott General Patrners reports 4.3% passive stake in Nu Skin
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTABAllianceBernstein reports September preliminary assets under management $473B
The vast majority of the 2.7% decrease was attributable to market depreciation, including the negative impact of foreign exchange movements, though total net outflows during the month contributed as well.
October 9, 2014
17:28 EDTCCitigroup not hit by hacking incident, CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; October 9, 2014
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13:56 EDTBAObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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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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06:45 EDTBACBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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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 EDTC, BACCitigroup 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.
06:22 EDTBACFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
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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08:34 EDTBACBank of America October volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Bank of America October call option implied volatility is at 28, November is at 23, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
08:19 EDTBAAerCap reports 134 aircraft transactions completed during Q3
AerCap Holdings (AER) announced the completion of 134 aircraft transactions during Q3. Signed lease agreements for 84 aircraft. Delivered 26 aircraft under contracted lease agreements. Purchased nine new aircraft, including five Boeing (BA) 787-8s, three Boeing 737-800s and one Airbus (EADSY) A321-200. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 15 aircraft, including: one Airbus A300-600F, one Airbus A340-300, eight Boeing B737 classics, one Boeing B767-300ER and two MD-11s from AerCap's owned portfolio. One Boeing 737 classic and one Airbus A320-200 from AerCap's managed portfolio. Signed financing transactions for $1.5B, including the previously announced private offering of $800M. The total financing transactions completed year-to-date amount to $8.9B.
08:06 EDTCAstoria Financial appoints Hugh J. Donlon as Chief Lending Officer
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08:00 EDTBLKBlackRock volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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07:13 EDTBAC, CBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
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08:05 EDTCBSCBS risk/reward attractive at current levels, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital believes weaker September quarter TV trends and downward estimate revisions have pushed CBS shares into "value territory." The firm views the current risk/reward on shares as attractive and keeps an Outperform rating on CBS with a reduced price target of $71.
08:01 EDTBABoeing says cannot plan for 'armageddon' of Ex-Im bank closure, Bloomberg says
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07:28 EDTBAC, CWells Fargo ups price target ranges for capital markets banks
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06:51 EDTBAC, CJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:49 EDTBAC, CBNP seeks assistance from banks as ban approaches, Reuters says
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05:29 EDTBABoeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years
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