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March 27, 2014
12:18 EDTGME, BAC, AAPL, LULU, C, AMZN, LDOS, BAX, GOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in Citigroup (C) and a number of tech giants weighed on the indexes. The weakness comes in spite of the government's estimate for GDP growth in the fourth quarter having been revised upward, as well as encouraging data about unemployment claims. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The estimate of GDP growth in the fourth guarter was revised up to 2.6% from the prior 2.4% estimate, but analyst had expected it to be bumped up to 2.7% in this third reading. There were 311K initial jobless claims in the week ended March 22, which was below the consensus forecast for 323K claims. Pending home sales fell 0.8% in February from the prior month, missing expectations for them to have risen 0.2%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup dropped 6% after the bank was one of five to have its capital plan rejected by the Federal Reserve. The central bank said Citi's plan reflected a "number of deficiencies" in its planning. Citi was denied its request for a $6.4B share repurchase program and to increase its dividend to 5c per share, but will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions. Following last night's Fed announcment, Citigroup shares were downgraded at Keefe Bruyette and at Bernstein... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were also lower by nearly 2% near midday, despite receiving approval from the Fed for its 2014 capital plan. The bank will be allowed to repurchase $4B of its common stock and increase its dividend to 5c from 1c per share. The bank also announced a more than $9B settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency related to mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) between 2005 and 2007... Shares of Baxter (BAX) rose 5.5% after the company announced plans to split into two separate, independent companies -- one focused on biopharmaceuticals and the other on medical products. The split, which is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Baxter shareholders of a new publicly traded stock in the new biopharmaceuticals company, is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015... Shares of Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and a number of other tech stocks were all lower near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was athletic apparel maker lululemon (LULU), which rose over 6% after the company's fourth quarter results topped analysts' consensus expectation and the company's previously lowered outlook. Also higher was Garmin (GRMN), which gained 4.5% after research firm Oppenheimer joined Citigroup to issue the second positive note about the GPS product maker in two days. Among the noteworthy losers was security, health and engineering solutions firm Leidos (LDOS), which dropped more than 15% after its guidance dissapointed and its COO announced plans to leave the company. Also lower following its earnings reports was video game retailer GameStop (GME), which fell 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 35.52, or 0.22%, to 16,233.47, the Nasdaq was down 34.23, or 0.82%, to 4,139.35, and the S&P 500 was down 7.94, or 0.43%, to 1,844.62.
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05:56 EDTGOOG, AMZNGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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19:13 EDTAAPLSamsung to ask Supreme Court to review Apple patent ruling
Samsung (SSNLF) has filed court documents indicating it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of its Apple (AAPL) patent fight. Reference Link
17:44 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6s to feature stronger metal body, MacRumors says
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17:37 EDTBACFINRA investigates Merrill Lynch over money laundering employee, Reuters says
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has been investigating Bank of America Merrill Lynch over a former employee who earlier pleaded guilty to an insider-trading and money laundering scheme, reports Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. FINRA could resort to enforcement action against the company, likely citing a breach of money laundering laws, according to the sources. Reference Link
16:08 EDTLDOSLeidos awarded $4.3B DoD contract
Leidos (LDOS) was awarded a prime contract by the Department of Defense, or DoD, to provide an off-the-shelf electronic health record solution, integration activities and deployment across the Military Health System. The contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, program, is an initiative designed to modernize the military's healthcare system in a meaningful way, enabling patients and clinicians to capture and share health data that can improve the continuity and quality of care for 9.6M active military, their families, and their beneficiaries. As the prime contractor, Leidos established a team of proven innovators and industry leaders to form the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health. Cerner (CERN), Accenture Federal Services (ACN) and Henry Schein (HSIC) form the core team, complemented with a broad range of large and small business teammates, vendors and suppliers who bring proven experience and expertise specific to both the commercial and DoD healthcare markets.
16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:13 EDTGOOGGoogle says to open YouTube production space in Mumbai 'soon'
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11:14 EDTAAPLApple to open first Middle East store this year, Bloomberg reports
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10:58 EDTCCiti to pay $15M to settle SEC charges of compliance, surveillance failures
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10:42 EDTGOOGAnalyst increases Google price target by $265, upgrades to buy
Research firm Atlantic Equities upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight from Market Weight, saying that it is more upbeat on the company's search business, while YouTube is becoming a major growth driver. Additionally, the search giant's margins look poised to improve, the firm stated. Overweight is Atlantic's equivalent of a buy rating. WHAT'S NEW: Google's second quarter results showed that its search business is weathering the transition to mobile better than expected, Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell stated in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, YouTube's revenue, despite growing very quickly, can rise even further since it still accounts for just roughly 5% of global TV viewing outside of China, according to Cordwell. Additionally, the movement of ad dollars from conventional TV to online TV looks set to accelerate, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Google is undertaking initiatives that should cause the amount of money it obtains from each mobile click to rise, the analyst believes. Commenting on the outlook for Google's margins, Cordwell believes that they should be boosted by the cost cuts being undertaken by the company's new CFO. The analyst raised his price target on the company's Class A shares to $825 from $560. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Google's common stock rose $2.60 to $658.73 and its Class A shares rose $2.70 to $691.43.
10:06 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:33 EDTAAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
07:52 EDTAAPLAnalog Devices growth being driven by Apple, says Jefferies
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07:42 EDTAMZNPhoenix Amazon warehouse evacuated due to chemical leak, ABC15 says
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06:53 EDTGOOGDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple Stores to shift iPod stock to shelves, drop iPad smart signs, 9to5Mac says
Apple plans to make changes at its stores by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, 9to5Mac reports, citing several Apple Retail managers briefed on the plans. Apple will start to roll out these changes overnight on Tuesday of next week in the U.S., the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
06:24 EDTCCiti to give back additional $4.5M in fee overcharges, Reuters reports
Citigroup subsidiary Citigroup Global Markets has reached an agreement with the New York attorney general to return $4.5M in account management fees charged on roughly 15,000 frozen accounts, Reuters reports. As a result of the deal, more than $20M will be refunded to Citi customers for overcharges in a probe started by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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