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April 23, 2014
10:53 EDTBABoeing says deferred production cost on 787 Dreamliner $23.1B in Q1
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10:40 EDTBABoeing expects book-to-build ratio above 1 for 2014
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09:16 EDTBAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:37 EDTBABoeing continues to see FY14 commercial deliveries 715-725
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07:35 EDTBABoeing reports backlog of $440B, Q1 net orders $19B
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07:33 EDTBABoeing raises FY14 core EPS view to $7.15-$7.35, consensus $7.38
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07:31 EDTBABoeing reports Q1 core EPS $1.76, consensus $1.56
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07:23 EDTCCitigroup management to meet with ISI Group
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07:20 EDTCCitigroup Chairman, CEO both feel firm has to simplify itself, Reuters says
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06:25 EDTCBSJustices seem conflicted over Aereo, NY Times says
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06:06 EDTCBSCBS implied volatility of 36 at upper end of index mean range
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April 22, 2014
18:30 EDTCBSDISH to launch internet-TV service this summer, Bloomberg says
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18:01 EDTCBSDISH aims for late Summer to roll-out U.S. Internet TV service, Bloomberg says
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16:17 EDTBABoeing announces Shandong Airlines commits to order 50 737s
Boeing announced that Shandong Airlines committed to order 50 Boeing 737s, including 16 Next-Generation 737s and 34 737 MAXs.
16:04 EDTCOptions Update; April 22, 2014
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15:32 EDTBANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Procter & Gamble (PG), consensus $1.02; Boeing (BA), consensus $1.56; Biogen Idec (BIIB), consensus $2.56; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 71c; EMC Corporation (EMC), consensus 35c; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.40; Praxair (PX), consensus $1.51; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.64; Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 65c; Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.15; Reynolds American (RAI), consensus 74c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus 29c; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.15; Air Products & Chemicals (APD), consensus $1.35; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus 26c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 59c; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.16; Ryder System (R), consensus 87c.
13:07 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Boeing sentiment positive ahead of Q1 earnings report
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12:12 EDTCBSCBS May volatility elevated at 34 into Q1
CBS May call option implied volatility is at 34, June is at 30, September is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 8 and Supreme Court Aereo decision this summer.
10:45 EDTCCitigroup CEO expects 'others will be disciplined' over Mexico fraud
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10:43 EDTCCitigroup to resubmit capital plan in 2015, address issues in 2014
Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said at today's annual meeting, "Based on our conversations with the Federal Reserve, we don't believe their objection was owing to an issue with our business model, our strategy, levels of capital, or capability to generate capital. We are consulting closely with the Fed to identify exactly where they believe our procedures fall short, so that we can fix the problems they've identified. And rather than resubmitting this year, we've decided to focus our energies on addressing those issues in preparation for our 2015 capital plan. This will require investment in new talent, the acceleration of spending on certain systems, and changes to the way we build, validate and test our scenarios....I want, and our shareholders deserve, an industrial strength, permanent solution that paves the way for sustainable capital return over time. And achieving that will be my highest priority for the remainder of 2014."
08:50 EDTCBSCBS reiterated as a Best Idea at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reiterated CBS as a Best Idea and remains Overweight rated given strong long-term earnings growth driven by content memorization and balance sheet leverage. Price target is $73.
07:27 EDTBLKBlackRock names former HSBC employee senior strategist, Bloomberg says
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07:26 EDTBLK, BAC, CInformation Management Network to hold a conference
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07:25 EDTCBSNatural E Creative Group to hold a summit
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07:24 EDTBAC, CSourceMedia to hold a forum
26th Annual Card Forum & Expo is being held in Orlando on April 22-25.
07:09 EDTBABoeing April weekly volatility elevated at 42 into Q1
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06:19 EDTBAC, CInvestment banks battling over stock trading, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTCBSCBS implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
April 21, 2014
17:45 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell about 50 branches in California, Bloomberg says
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 40.03. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD NFLX TSLA TWTR FB WLT according to Track Data.
11:24 EDTBABoeing inks 50 jet deal with Shandong, Xinhua reports
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09:21 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Pre-Market Movers
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
07:22 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of Dallas to hold a luncheon discussion
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06:51 EDTBACNYSE, BofA among those sued regarding high-frequency trading, Bloomberg says
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April 19, 2014
18:54 EDTNUSNu Skin China to resume corporate-hosted business meetings
Nu Skin announced that Nu Skin China plans to immediately resume corporate-hosted business meetings and will begin accepting applications for new sales people on May 1. "China is an important marketplace for Nu Skin and we are committed to operating in full compliance with China's direct selling regulations to promote long-term success," said Dan Chard, president of global sales and operations. "We plan to continue working cooperatively with regulatory agencies and refine our training procedures to further educate our sales force on local laws and company policies." In addition, Nu Skin will report 1Q14 results before the market opens on May 6, and expects to provide updated guidance at that time.
April 17, 2014
16:45 EDTBAC, CMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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11:19 EDTBABoeing reports 5 new orders since last update, cuts 737 net orders by 5
Boeing reported 5 new orders for 737s from an unidentified customer or customers in an update on its orders through April 15 posted to its corporate website. In the changes category, Boeing reduced 737 net orders by 5.
09:59 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:49 EDTBLKBlackRock given direct access to invest directly in China markets, Reuters says
BlackRock said it had been granted a license to invest directly in China's mainland capital markets, which will give investors some access to the country's stock and bond markets, Reuters reported yesterday. Reference Link
07:37 EDTCBSIron Mountain could be valued above $40/share with REIT, says William Blair
William Blair continues to believe the odds of REIT conversion for Iron Mountain (IRM) remain about 50/50 after shares rallied on CBS' (CBS) favorable REIT ruling. The firm thinks the rationale for the CBS ruling are likely unrelated to issues under consideration for Iron Mountain. It estimates shares of Iron Mountain could be valued above $40 with REIT approval. The firm finds the risk/reward into the decision as favorable and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:32 EDTBACBank of America upgraded at Oppenheimer
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06:44 EDTBACBank of America to pay $950M to settle mortgage allegations, NY Times says
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06:41 EDTBLKBlackRock reports assets under management $4.4T
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06:39 EDTBLKBlackRock raises quarterly dividend by 15% to $1.93 per share
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06:39 EDTBLKBlackRock: Fixed income landscape undergoing significant change
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06:33 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 adjusted EPS $4.43, consensus $4.14
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06:31 EDTBAC, CBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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06:17 EDTCCitigroup may have received mixed signals from Federal Reserve, WSJ says
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April 16, 2014
17:28 EDTBACBank of America still a buy, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTCBS, BACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:17 EDTCBSCBS favorable PLR a positive for Equinix, says Wells Fargo
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16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; April 16, 2014
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15:17 EDTBLKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
15:10 EDTCBSCBS Outdoor, other REIT seekers rise after IRS ruling
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14:47 EDTCBSIron Mountain, Lamar Advertising higher after IRS ruling on CBS Outdoor
Shares of Iron Mountain (IRM), up 3%, and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), up 4%, are higher after the IRS approved CBS Outdoor's (CBSO) plan to convert to a REIT. Iron Mountain and Lamar have both been seeking to gain REIT status with the IRS. Shares of CBS Outdoor are also higher, up more than 5%, following the announcement, as are shares of its parent company, CBS (CBS), up more than 2%.
14:43 EDTCBSCBS gets favorable REIT ruling from IRS
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14:42 EDTBACBofA in mortgage settlement talks with DOJ, multiple AGs, WSJ says
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12:47 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
11:40 EDTBACBank of America management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on April 22 hosted by Jefferies.
10:11 EDTBACBank of America falls after results, levels to watch
Shares are trading near the session low at $15.82 following earnings. At that price next support is at $15.18. Resistance is at $16.20.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTBACBofA sees being in better position in Q2 compared to start of the year
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08:52 EDTBACBank of America still sees 'New BAC' quaterly savings of $2.0B by mid-2015
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07:11 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $20.75 at March 31
Tangible book value per share was $13.81 at March 31, compared to $13.79 at December 31, 2013 and $13.36 at March 31, 2013. Book value per share was $20.75 at March 31, compared to $20.71 at December 31, 2013 and $20.19 at March 31, 2013.
07:10 EDTBACBank of America estimates Basel 3 Standard common tier 1 capital ratio 9.3%
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America says Q1 earnings hurt by resolving more mortgage issues
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07:05 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 provision for credit losses $1.01B
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07:03 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 EPS ex-items 35c, consensus 27c
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06:32 EDTBLKGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:25 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.3% move
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15:19 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:20 EDTCCitigroup reports March credit loss 2.3% vs. 2.02% last month
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13:06 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Analysts lukewarm on Bank of America into Q1 results
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12:01 EDTBACFirst Majestic announces $30M forward sale contract on lead production
First Majestic (AG) announced that it has entered into a $30M forward sale contract with Bank of America (BAC) Merrill Lynch on a portion of the company's future lead production. The company executed this forward sale contract for 15,911.3 metric tonnes of lead at a fixed price of $0.945 per pound for total proceeds of $30M. The contract term is valid from April to September 2017, with a six-month repayment holiday from April to September. The forward sale contract is financially settled from the sale of lead from any of First Majestic's operations and represents approximately 35% of the company's total estimated future lead production over this period. The purpose of this prepayment contract is to fund the Company's continuing expansion plans and for general working capital.
10:25 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems new pact with Boeing removes a risk, says Wells Fargo
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10:25 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 3.55% vs. 3.53% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 2.18% vs. 2.26% last month.
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTBLKBlackRock April volatility elevated at 38 into Q4 and outlook
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08:07 EDTCCitigroup needs more progress to move higher, says Sterne Agee
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07:28 EDTBLKSEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill's to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:29 EDTBAFuji Heavy Industries o open factory plant for next-gen Boeing jets, Nikkei says
Fuji Heavy Industries (FUJHY) plans to open a new factory next year to produce parts for Boeing's (BA) next-generation 666X passenger jets, reports Nikkei. Fuji Heavy Industries is expected to spend $97.6M for the new plant and will likely build enough parts to equip 100 of the new aircraft next year. Reference Link
05:50 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Citigroup to Outperform following the bank's better than expected Q1 results and raised its price target for the stock to $57 from $52.
April 14, 2014
16:49 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems, Boeing amend supply agreement
Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on April the company entered an agreement with Boeing (BA) amending Spiritís long-term supply agreement with Boeing covering products for Boeingís B737, B747, B767 and B777 commercial aircraft programs. The amended agreement establishes pricing terms for recurring products for the period commencing on April 1 and ending on December 31, 2015. Prices will continue to be adjusted each year based on a quantity-based price adjustment formula described in the agreement, whereby average per-unit prices are higher at lower volumes. Prices continue to be subject to other adjustments provided for under the agreement. The new pricing terms will not be applied to the period prior to April 1. Spirit does not expect the amended agreement to have a material impact on previously announced EPS guidance.
16:24 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTC, BACOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
12:26 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:59 EDTCStocks with call strike movement; C MA
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11:16 EDTCCitigroup says one employee terminated related to fraud found in Mexico
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11:09 EDTCCitigroup says committed to improving capital planning process
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11:09 EDTCBSOptions with increasing implied volatility: HZNP VJET YOKU CTRX CBS
10:39 EDTCCitigroup sees lowering consumer banking headcount below 145K by end year
The company noted its headcount in consumer banking stood at 149K in Q1 and it sees the headcount to be cut to below 145K by Q4 of this fiscal year. The company sees cutting its consumer banking card products to under 440 by Q4 and lowering its branch count to under 3,525 in Q4 from 3,601 in Q1. Information from slides for earnings conference call.
10:02 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:38 EDTCCitigroup rallies after results, levels to watch
Shares are up over 4.1% at time of writing to $47.59 following better than expected earnings. At that price next resistance is at $48.36, a pivot high. Support is at $47.12. Rafferty Capital upgraded the stock to Hold from Sell.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital
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08:10 EDTCCitigroup shares up 3% in pre-market trading after Q1 report
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08:09 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 net interest margin rose to 2.9%
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08:05 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 loan loss reserve release of $673M
Reports Q1 net credit losses of $2.4B, down 15% versus prior year period. CVA/DVA was $7M, or $4M after-tax, in the first quarter, compared to negative $319M, or negative $198M after-tax, in the prior year period. Q1 included a $210M tax charge related to corporate tax reforms enacted in two states. These reforms lowered marginal tax rates, resulting in a reduction in Citigroupís state deferred tax assets. CEO Michael Corbat said, ďDespite a quarter that was difficult for our company, we delivered strong results. Both our consumer and institutional businesses performed well and we grew both loans and deposits while holding the line on our expenses. We reduced our deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. $4B in net income helped generate $6B in regulatory capital during the quarter and increased our estimated Tier 1 Common ratio to 10.4% on a Basel III basis. Very cognizant of our shareholders desire to see a sustainable return of capital, we are engaged with the Fed to better understand their expectations regarding the CCAR process. We are committed to bringing our capital planning process to the highest possible standards, befitting an institution of our global reach. I will dedicate whatever resources and make whatever changes necessary to achieve this critical goal."
08:02 EDTCCitigroup reports estimates Basel III Tier 1 common ratio of 10.4%
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08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 EPS ex CVA/DVA $1.30, consensus $1.14
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07:06 EDTBAU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:59 EDTCCitigroup says client information leaked at Korean credit units, Bloomberg says
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April 13, 2014
19:07 EDTCCitigroup to eliminate another 200 to 300 jobs, WSJ says
Citigroup has eliminated another 200 to 300 jobs including Steve Prince, the younger brother of former CEO Charles Prince, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, a Citigroup spokeswoman said the bank is continuing to "tightly manage expenses, making targeted head count reductions in light of current market conditions." Reference Link
April 11, 2014
15:54 EDTNUSNu Skin puts active after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:45 EDTNUSUsana, Nu Skin on lows after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:20 EDTCNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
Notable companies reporting before Monday's open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus $1.14, and M&T Bank (MTB), consensus $1.61.
10:59 EDTCBSOptions with increasing implied volatility: EXPE PBI CROX CBS ADSK
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10:25 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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09:39 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma should buy Restoration Hardware. says BB&T
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09:37 EDTC, BACActive equity options trading on open
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08:38 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue growth outlook
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08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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07:37 EDTCGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:09 EDTCLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:03 EDTCCitigroup volatility increases into Q1and capital outlook
Citigroup April call option implied volatility is at 43, May is at 27, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
06:20 EDTCCitigroup unit in California facing DOJ probe, WSJ reports
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April 10, 2014
16:15 EDTABAllianceBernstein reports preliminary AUM $454B as of March 31
AllianceBernstein L.P. and AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. announced that preliminary assets under management decreased to $454B during March from $458B at the end of February. The 1% decrease was driven by total net outflows, with market appreciation acting as an offset. By channel, net outflows from Institutions exceeded net inflows to Private Client and Retail.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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13:43 EDTBLKFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
12:03 EDTCBSCBS says Stephen Colbert to be next 'Late Show' host
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11:47 EDTWSMBed Bath & Beyond approaches 52-week low after profit forecast disappoints
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11:21 EDTBACBank of America falls to important support area, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
06:35 EDTC, BACMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
13:49 EDTBABoeing, Air Canada sign agreement for Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox
Boeing (BA) announced that Air Canada (AIDIF) has signed an agreement to implement the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support maintenance operations for its 767, 777, 787 and 737 MAX airplane fleets. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers access to information that technicians need to resolve airplane maintenance issues. As part of the Toolbox deployment project, Boeing will also provide services for transition and migration of customized data from maintenance management applications currently used by Air Canada, and will enable integration with existing maintenance resource planning systems.
13:37 EDTBACBank of America ordered by CFPB to pay $727M for illegal credit card practices
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12:24 EDTBACBank of America to pay $800M in credit card settlement, WSJ says
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08:48 EDTBACHuntington Bancshares to acquire 11 branches in central, east Michigan
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08:03 EDTCLSNCelsion announces data supporting development of ThermoDox
Celsion announced that data supporting the development of ThermoDox, its proprietary heat-activated liposomal encapsulation of doxorubicin, plus high intensity focused ultrasound were presented at the International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound. Mark Dewhirst, D.V.M., Ph.D. presented data demonstrating the potential of ThermoDox plus HIFU to maximize drug delivery to the targeted tumor site. Celsion is exploring the potential of ThermoDox in combination with HIFU as a non-invasive treatment for a variety of cancers, including pancreatic cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme, metastatic liver cancer, and breast cancer.
07:41 EDTBACBofA unit, Allstate dismiss toxic mortgage debt suit, Reuters says
Allstate (ALL) and Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit have agreed to end a lawsuit stemming from $700M of toxic mortgage debt, according to Reuters, citing a court filing. Reference Link
07:18 EDTCLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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07:00 EDTBACBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTBAC, CRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTBAC, CBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
06:18 EDTCEgan-Jones, Glass Lewis oppose Citigroup's pay proposal, WSJ reports
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