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April 27, 2015
05:52 EDTCCiti puts GBP2B stake in Yorkshire Water up for sale, Sunday Times says
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April 24, 2015
12:33 EDTBIDUThree tech giants likely to enter mobile medical sector, WantChinaTimes says
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April 23, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 23, 2015
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11:32 EDTCCiti says capital and liquidity remain 'strong'
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09:07 EDTCCiti to hold a conference call
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09:00 EDTCCiti anjnounces new FHA multifamily platform
Citi has obtained the Federal Housing Administration Multifamily Accelerated Processing Mortgagee designation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, offering Citi Community Capital the opportunity to make available to its clients the fullest range of financing for all multifamily product types, including mixed-income and mixed-use development.
08:19 EDTBIDUBaidu mulling bid for Nokia maps unit, Bloomberg reports
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTBIDUNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
09:37 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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April 20, 2015
19:32 EDTCU.S. pressures JPMorgan, Citi, others to settle forex case by mid-May, FT says
The U.S. Department of Justice is pressuring JPMorgan (JPM), Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and UBS (UBS) to reach a settlement by mid-May regarding alleged foreign exchange manipulation, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the situation. The Financial Times notes that the settlement could see some of the banks paying roughly $1B. Sources say that the Department is demanding guilty pleas from "most" of the banks. Reference Link
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
14:10 EDTBIDUBaidu closed down Japan search page, WantChinaTimes says
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13:07 EDTBIDUBaidu closed down Japan search page, WantChinaTimes says
Baidu recently closed down its search page in Japan, Shanghai's China Business News reported, according to WantChinaTimes. Japan was the first market to which Baidu attempted to expand, WantChinaTimes stated. Reference Link
10:00 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 58.com (WUBA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Aduro Biotech (ADRO) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Callaway Golf (ELY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Changyou.com (CYOU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Ctrip.com (CTRP) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... FMC Corporation (FMC) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Granite Construction (GVA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Hershey (HSY) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... McEwen Mining (MUX) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Natural Gas Services (NGS) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Qunar (QUNR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... SINA (SINA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sohu.com (SOHU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team Health (TMH) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... Tuniu (TOUR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... YY Inc. (YY) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Youku Tudou (YOKU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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05:45 EDTBIDUBaidu initiated with a Buy at Summit Research
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTCStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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16:11 EDTBIDU, COptions Update; April 17, 2015
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15:39 EDTCCostco deal with Visa, Citi has 'near zero' acceptance costs, Bloomberg says
Costco’s (COST) acceptance costs will be near zero under the terms of its new deal with Visa (V) and Citigroup (C), compared to the roughly 0.6% of each transaction it currently pays to incumbent card partner American Express (AXP), reported Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal. Reference Link
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08:04 EDTCCiti reported 'solid beat,' says Oppenheimer
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07:31 EDTCU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2015
16:21 EDTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:02 EDTCOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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12:37 EDTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:01 EDTCCiti says has started buying back stock
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11:48 EDTCCiti says not assuming interest rate increases in outlook for 2015
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11:40 EDTCCiti says 'extremely bullish' on prospects in Mexico
Says "feels good" about changes made to operations, leadership in Mexico.
11:31 EDTCCiti says bank has not yet received formal feedback on CCAR
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11:26 EDTCCiti sees Citi Holdings staying above breakeven on FY basis
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11:25 EDTCCiti says sees credit costs increasing in 2015
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11:24 EDTCCiti sees Q2 NIM down 2-3bps, similar to trend in prior years
Says environment remains "very challenging." Sees need to continue simplifying company. Says has signed deals to divest $30B of assets from holdings. Sees having 30,000 employees in compliance by year end. Says has 600 people dedicated to resolution planning. Sees lower NCL rates later in the year. Sees consumer efficiency ratio at 52% or below for FY15. Says U.S. branches averaging $218M in deposits. Expects to achieve total ICG efficiency ratio closer to midpoint of 53%-57% target range for FY15. Sees Q2 NIM down 2-3bps, similar to trend in prior years. Says 2H results will depend on timing of divestitures, including OneMain, but says 2H NIM could be down 7-8bps. Says FY financial targets include Citicorp efficiency ratio in mid 50s. Sees "modest" revenue growth at Citicorp in 2015. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. Citi shares are up 2.28% to $54.42 in late-morning trading.
09:59 EDTCCiti says 'committed' to delivering 2015 financial targets
Says committed to delivering 2015 financial targets, including continued expense and balance sheet discipline, re-allocating resources to invest in core franchise. Says also focused on gaining wallet share, winding down non-core assets, continuing to utilize deferred tax assets. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTCCiti rises 2% to $54.20 after Q1 earnings beat expectations
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08:04 EDTCCiti reports book value per share of $66.79 at end Q1
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08:03 EDTCCorbat says Citi had 'strong quarter overall'
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08:02 EDTCCiti reports Q1 common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 11.0%
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08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q1 EPS ex-CVA/DVA $1.52, consensus $1.39
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07:19 EDTCOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
05:50 EDTBIDUReport: Baidu to launch online shopping mall platform, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTCEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Citi after asset sales, CCAR approval
Citigroup (C), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report first quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $19.82B. The consensus range is $1.32-$1.45 for EPS on revenue of $18.43B-$20.36B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Citi said it was committed to its 2015 targets and to returning capital to shareholders. 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%. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported fourth quarter EPS of 6c, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 11c. The company’s revenue came in below expectations at 17.81B. Citi CEO Michael Corbat said at the time: "While the overall results for 2014 fell short of our expectations, we did make significant progress on our top priorities... Although we made some difficult decisions over the course of the year, I believe they allowed us to put our franchise in a position to have a successful 2015." NEWS: On March 2, Costco (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). Under the terms of the agreements, Citi would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. The next day, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf (LEAF) for a purchase price of $4.25B. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to approvals and other customary conditions. The sale, along with retirement of related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1B, the bank stated. On March 5, the Federal Reserve said that Citi had passed its Dodd-Frank stress test, as did all 31 banks that were examined. About a week later, the central bank announced it had not objected to the capital plans of 28 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. After the Fed advised Citi that it has no objection to the planned capital actions requested by the bank, Citi said it will increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. Citi also announced plans for a common stock repurchase program of up to $7.8B during the five quarters starting in the Q2. At the end of March, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Also in March, Citi announced that it has sold 396M common shares in Akbank T.A.S. through an equity offering representing its entire 9.9% equity interest in the company. Total proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.15B at then current exchange rates. The financial terms of those two transactions are not material to Citi, the bank noted. STREET RESEARCH: On February 10, Deutsche Bank upgraded Citi to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $51. Deutsche said then that it believed the decline in the stock since the firm's December 4 downgrade had priced in some of the earnings risk, but added the FY15 consensus estimates for Citi still looked too high. On March 17, Deutsche Bank further raised its price target for Citi shares to $56 from $54, citing positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, its credit card deal with Costco and the Fed's stress test results. On March 3, JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup to Overweight, saying the Costco co-branding credit card deal will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm said it expects the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. The next day, Morgan Stanley said it believes Citi's sale of OneMain and its new Costco partnership imply, when taken together, that the bank is substituting OneMain's higher risk assets with the Costco portfolio, which has a lower yield, risk and RWA. Such a trade will be viewed favorably by regulators, the firm said. Morgan Stanley, which has an Overweight rating on Citi, said then it sees potential upside to its $60 price target on Citi shares if capital freed from the OneMain sale is returned to shareholders. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's report, Citi rose over 1% to $53.31. Over the last three months, Citi shares are up nearly 13%.
14:06 EDTCCiti reports March credit loss 2.50% vs. 2.55% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.58% vs. 1.61% last month.
08:17 EDTCSAP's financial integration platform selected by Citi and Asian Paints
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06:11 EDTCRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTCTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailer’s massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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10:35 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell retail FX operations, Reuters says
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09:35 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTCCiti appoints Jamie Forese as sole president, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
12:17 EDTCCiti's Bird to replace Medina-Mora, run global consumer bank, WSJ reports
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12:05 EDTCCiti's Bird to replace Medina-Mora, run global consumer bank, Bloomberg says
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