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January 28, 2015
10:59 EDTBABoeing: Q1 core EPS and earnings to be smallest in FY15
Expects Q1 EPS to be 20% of FY15 EPS.
10:59 EDTBABoeing sees 787 production to grow at moderate levels for next several quarters
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10:34 EDTBABoeing: Global economic growth continues at a moderate pace
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09:56 EDTBABoeing rises on results, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTBAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:33 EDTBABoeing reports Q4 Commercial Airplanes revenue $16.84B, deliveries of 195
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07:32 EDTBABoeing sees FY15 core EPS $8.20-$8.40, consensus $8.64
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07:31 EDTBABoeing reports Q4 core EPS $2.31, consensus $2.11
Reports Q4 revenue $24.47B, consensus $23.93B
06:30 EDTCCiti unit reaches agreement with NY AG on ChexSystems data, WSJ reports
Citigroup's Citibank unit is expected to announce today that it has reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to change its screening processes for checking and savings accounts to be more forgiving of customers' histories, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new rules, which will begin on March 15, will change how the bank uses information from consumer-reporting agency ChexSystems. Reference Link
January 27, 2015
18:57 EDTBABoeing gets additional order for Poseidon from Pentagon, Bloomberg reports
Boeing's will sell 16 units of its surveillance aircraft model, the P-89A Poseidon, to the U.S. Navy, one more than previously planned, according to the Pentagon's budget documents, Bloomberg reports. The Navy plans to ask for $3.4B for the airplane according to a unnamed source briefed on the spending plans. Reference Link
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.40 to 32.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB MSFT X RIG YHOO C GILD according to Track Data.
15:35 EDTBANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:36 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment mixed ahead of Boeing’s Q4 report
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL MSFT TWTR TSLA GILD NFLX C AA HPQ X
07:10 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Boeing January weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, February and March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
07:03 EDTCCiti Foundation CEO Pam Flaherty to retire, WSJ says
Pam Flaherty, Citigroup veteran since 1968 and current head of Citi's charitable foundation, will retire Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Citi Foundation COO Brandee McHale is expected to succeed Flaherty. Reference Link
January 26, 2015
12:49 EDTBAC, CFederal Reserve discloses plan to improve U.S. payment system, WSJ reports
The Federal Reserve released a plan that would improve the U.S. payment system, saying the current outlook, which covers banking, checking, credit cards and online transactions is fragmented and outdated with respect to new technologies that may harm consumers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Reserve invited banks, credit card companies and payment processors to coordinate efforts. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:53 EDTBLKBig name mortgage investors take step toward Ocwen lawsuit, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTNUSPrivate equity firm 'seriously' considered buying Herbalife, NY Post reports
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January 23, 2015
17:23 EDTBAAmerican Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 787 Dreamliner
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14:33 EDTCCiti CEO Corbat denies rumors of selling subsidiary Banamex, Forbes reports
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07:23 EDTC, BACBass does not expect large U.S. banks to break up
Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and Wells Fargo (WFC). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
07:08 EDTCNorwegian Statoil seeks to cut costs as oil prices drop, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTC, BACU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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January 22, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
15:26 EDTCCiti to hold a conference call
4Q14 Fixed Income Investor Review conference call to be held on January 23 at 11 am. Webcast Link
14:00 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
Target $60.
08:16 EDTBLKMarketAxess, BlackRock expand strategic trading alliance into Europe
MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (MKTX) and BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) are expanding their Open Trading alliance into the European credit markets. The strategic alliance seeks to improve liquidity and reduce transaction costs for European fixed income market participants, building upon the success of the firms’ existing partnership in U.S. credit. The alliance will offer increased choice in execution options and counterparties, while providing valuable data and market insights to better inform trading decisions in European markets. Under the expanded partnership, the firms will continue their efforts to develop innovative trading protocols that address liquidity challenges in the global credit markets.
January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTBABoeing exec sees demand for 737 MAX, 777, despite oil slump, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTBAUnited may switch Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to larger 777-300ERs, WSJ says
United Continental (UAL) is close to a deal to change at least 10 of its Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliners that are on order to 777-300ER jetliners, which are larger, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. The deal is in the process of being finalized, the sources say, and would help preserve Boeing's production rates and transition to the 777x. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:33 EDTBABoeing selected to build satellite by New York Broadband LLC
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09:38 EDTC, BACActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Bank of America to the Conviction Buy List with an $18 price target following recent underperformance. The firm continues to believe shares to will be driven by better than expected top-line growth, accelerated capital returns, and a business shift towards less capital intensive earnings streams.
08:21 EDTBAGlobal Eagle to offer connectivity in Boeing 737 airplanes
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07:28 EDTBAC, BLKTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:58 EDTBLKBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:57 EDTCCiti may have lost more than $150M on Swiss franc volatility, Bloomberg says
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15:14 EDTCMashreqbank interested in Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer unit, Bloomberg says
Dubai-based bank, Mashreqbank PSC confirmed it is interested in acquiring Citigroup’s Egyptian consumer banking unit, says Bloomberg citing comments from Mashreqbank PSC CEO Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Reference Link
13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTBACMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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13:01 EDTCCitigroup losses on currency top $150M, Bloomberg reports
Citigroup's (C) losses after the Swiss central bank abandoned the cap on the franc's value against the euro totaled more than $150M, a source tells Bloomberg. The losses occurred on the bank's trading desks and aren't related to its relationships with FXCM (FXCM) and other platforms, the source adds. Reference Link
12:43 EDTCCiti losses on currency top $150M, Bloomberg reports
12:43 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:16 EDTCBSCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTBAC, CActive equity options trading
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08:25 EDTBACMorgan Stanley says to buy the dip in Bank of America
Morgan Stanley said investors are missing the fact that Bank of America's the $578M FAS91 charge is non-cash and temporary and can reverse with higher rates. The analyst said Bank of America's expense decline is ahead of expectations and expects increased capital returns. Morgan Stanley recommends buying Bank of America on the dip and reiterates its Overweight rating and $21 price target.
08:24 EDTCCiti catalysts can still drive multiple expansion, says Wells Fargo
After Citi reported slightly lower than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo thinks the company still has several positive upcoming catalysts that could cause its multiple to rise. The firm cut its price target on the name to $57-$60 from $60-$63 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:02 EDTBACWet Seal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
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07:00 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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January 15, 2015
18:16 EDTBACE2open seeks sale, Wall Street Journal reports
E2open (EOPN) is looking to sell after its stock plummeted and the company is working with Bank of America (BAC) on the sale process, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:22 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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16:20 EDTC, BACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
14:07 EDTBACBank of America says 800,000 customers enrolled in Apple Pay
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14:05 EDTCCiti reports December credit loss 2.79% vs. 2.37% last month
Reports December delinquencies 1.56% vs. 1.52% last month.
13:49 EDTBANorthrop Grumman beats out Boeing for missile contract, Reuters reports
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12:26 EDTBAC, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:22 EDTCCiti sees FY15 trading revenue performing in-line with the market
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12:14 EDTCCiti CFO says committed to equities business, performance ex-AMEA good
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12:05 EDTBABoeing reports orders for 336 more military rescue radios
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11:39 EDTCCiti says 2015 repositioning costs 'shouldn't be like' 2014
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11:34 EDTCCiti sees Citi Holdings staying 'at or above' breakeven in FY15
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11:32 EDTCCiti sees FY15 revenue growth for Citicorp in low to mid single digit percentage
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11:30 EDTCCiti sees 1H15 NIM to be 'more or less flat' to FY14 levels
Comment from Q4 earnings conference call.
10:19 EDTCCiti says committed to 2015 targets, returning capital to shareholders
Citi says active sales processes ongoing for consumer operations marked for exit. Will continue to serve institutional clients in these countries, but operations will be reported as part of Citi Holdings as of 1Q15. Citi says active processes underway to exit certain non-core institutional businesses in a "timely and economically rational manner." Says roughly half of those non-core institutional businesses operations’ pre-tax loss in 2014 was directly related to repositioning and other actions associated with the exits. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. Citi is targeting a 2015 institutional clients group efficiency ratio of 43%-57%, compared to a ratio of 59% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 58%. Citigroup reports a Q4 net interest margin of 2.92%, up from 2.91% in Q3 and from 2.88% in 4Q13. Citi sees positioning for increased return of capital over time in 2015. Comments from slides for Q4 earnings conference call.
10:13 EDTBACBank of America reports December default rate 3.13% vs. 3.08% last month
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09:36 EDTC, BACActive equity options trading
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09:31 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Portales
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09:21 EDTBACBank of America says funded exposure to oil/gas about $23B at end year
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09:15 EDTBAC, COn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTBACBofA CFO says Q4 noninterest expense lowest since Merrill Lynch merger
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09:07 EDTBAAstro-Med reaches deal with Donghai for flight deck printers
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09:05 EDTBACBank of America sees pick-up in mortgage production in Q1 from re-fi
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08:08 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net interest margin 2.92%
08:07 EDTCCitigroup reports Citi Holdings assets down 16% to $98B
Citigroup reports Q4 Citi Holdings revenues of $1.3B, which included CVA/DVA of negative $5M, compared to $1M in the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA, Citi Holdings revenues increased slightly from the prior year period driven by higher gains on asset sales and lower cost of funds. As of the end of the quarter, Citi Holdings assets were $98B, 16% below the prior year period, and represented approximately 5% of total Citigroup assets. Citi Holdings allowance for credit losses was $4.5B at the end of Q4, or 6.20% of loans, compared to $6.5B, or 6.98% of loans, in the prior year period. 90+ days delinquent consumer loans in Citi Holdings decreased 28% to $2.0B, or 2.88% of loans.
08:05 EDTCCiti CEO says overall 2014 results fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net credit losses down 12% from prior year to $2.2B
Citi reports Q4 legal and related expenses and repositioning charges totaled $3.5B in the current quarter, compared to $1.0B in the prior year period. Citigroup’s cost of credit in Q4 was $2.0B, a decrease of 3% from the prior year period, primarily reflecting a $299M improvement in net credit losses, partially offset by a lower net release of loan loss reserves. Reports Q4 loan loss reserve release of $441M. Reports Q4 provision for benefits and claims $206M. Citigroup’s book value per share was $66.16 and its tangible book value per share was $56.83, each as of quarter end, representing 1% and 3% increases, respectively, versus the prior year period. At quarter end, Citigroup’s Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio was 10.5%, up from 10.1% in the prior year period. Citigroup’s estimated Basel III Supplementary Leverage ratio for the fourth quarter 2014 was 6.0%, up from 5.4% in the prior year period.
08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q4 EPS 6c, consensus 11c
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07:32 EDTBACBank of America down 2.2% after Q4 revenue miss
07:30 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 FTE headcount down 2.5% from Q3
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07:19 EDTBABoeing and Air Europa announce order for 14 787-9 Dreamliners
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07:14 EDTBACBank of America CEO says bank enters 2015 'in good shape'
"In 2014, we continued to invest in our businesses while reducing expenses and resolving our most significant litigation matters. Last quarter, consumer deposits and loan originations were solid; wealth management client balances grew to $2.5 trillion; we increased lending to middle-market and large companies; and we retained a leadership position in investment banking. There's more work and tremendous opportunity ahead as we improve on the platform we've built to serve our customers and clients, and we enter 2015 in good shape to manage both the opportunities and the challenges the markets and economy will offer," said CEO Brian Moynihan.
07:09 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $21.32 at Dec. 31, 2014
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 charge-offs $0.9B
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07:04 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 results include 7c per share charges
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07:02 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 EPS ex-charges 32c, consensus 32c
Reports Q4 revenue ex DVA/FVA $19.58B, consensus $20.94B.
06:35 EDTBLKBlackRock board authorizes repurchase of an additional 6M shares
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06:34 EDTBLKBlackRock board increases quarterly dividend by 13% to $2.18
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06:33 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q4 AUM up 8%
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06:31 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q4 adjusted EPS $4.82, consensus $4.70
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06:25 EDTCJPMorgan, Citi fire or suspend Forex employees after Justice Dept probe, WSJ say
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January 14, 2015
15:46 EDTCCiti technical comments before results
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15:27 EDTBAC, CNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus 11c; Bank of America (BAC), consensus 32c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 24c; Fastenal (FAST), consensus 39c.
15:17 EDTBLKBlackRock January 350 straddle priced for 2.8% movement into Q4
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15:08 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citi sees being 'marginally profitable' after legal issues
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15:07 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTBACBank of America January 16 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q4
14:59 EDTCCiti January 48.5 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q4
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13:25 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after mixed competitors' results
Bank of America (BAC), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, January 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $20.94B. The consensus range is 30c-39c for EPS on revenue of $20.39B-$21.48B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected third quarter results, as it said its customer and client activity was "solid." Its net chargeoffs declined across most major portfolios versus the same period a year earlier, and its tangible book value increased 4% over the same period in 2013 to $14.13 per share. COMPETITORS' RESULTS: Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line fourth quarter profit and slightly higher than expected fourth quarter revenue. The bank said that its credit quality continued to improve last quarter. The bank's commercial and consumer loans, as well as its deposits also increased, it stated. However, its home lending originations fell to $44B from $48B in Q3. Also, JPMorgan (JPM) reported weaker than expected results, and noted that legal expenses lowered its EPS by 26c. Notably the results for JPMorgan's Corporate and Investment Bank sank significantly last quarter, compared with the previous quarter. The unit's net revenue fell to $7.4B from $9.1B, while its net income dropped to $972M from $1.7B. STREET RESEARCH: Large banks were hurt by trading volatility last quarter, research firm MKM Partners wrote last month. "Trading and investment banking are key quarterly swing factors" for Bank of America, the firm stated. MKM cut its Q4 EPS estimate for the bank by 9% to 32c. On the other hand, Barron's on December 27 named Bank of America as one of its ten favorite stocks for 2015. The bank had to absorb "massive legal charges" last year, but these charges should quickly decline in 2015, the magazine forecast. Bank of America trades at 12 times the consensus 2015 EPS estimate of $1.48, and its EPS is expected to reach about $2 by 2017, Barron's stated. Additionally, the bank will benefit if interest rates rise, Barron's believes. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock has fallen 7% over the last month, and 5% over the last year.
12:49 EDTBAC, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTBLKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTBAC, CActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTBAC, COn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:57 EDTABAllianceBernstein reports December AUM down 1.5% to $474B
AllianceBernstein reported preliminary assets under management decreased to $474B during December from $481B at the end of November. The 1.5% decrease was due to market depreciation and net outflows during the month across all three distribution channels.
08:25 EDTCTwo Dubai lenders among bidders for Citi consumer unit in Egypt, Bloomberg says
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07:34 EDTBACNew rules prompt BofA to sever ties with 150 hedge funds, Bloomberg reports
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06:57 EDTBACBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:28 EDTCBSViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.
06:10 EDTBLKBlackRock upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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06:04 EDTCCiti appoints CD Davies head of global Mortgage business
Citi yesterday announced that CD Davies has been appointed Head of Citi’s Mortgage business globally. Davies joined Citi in March 2014. He will continue to report to Jane Fraser, CEO of CitiMortgage and U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking. Davies was previously President and CEO of Wachovia Mortgage Corporation.
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