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August 3, 2015
10:17 EDTBIDUTomTom exploring options that could lead to sale, Bloomberg reports
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09:20 EDTCCitigroup subject to regulatory probe over student-loan servicing practices
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09:08 EDTCCiti to provide accounting services for 27 John Hancock Mutual Funds
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07:54 EDTBIDUBaidu price target lowered to $200 from $230 at Oppenheimer
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July 31, 2015
08:22 EDTBIDUChina may make Alibaba, Tencent to offer others' payment services, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTCU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. 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
July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
05:37 EDTBIDUBaidu announces $1B share repurchase program
Baidu announced that its board has authorized a share repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to $1B of its shares over the next 12 months.
July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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12:31 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but turned mixed a short time after the open. The averages gathered themselves again and began an upward drift about an hour into trading, leaving markets near session highs around noon as stocks try to break their string of five consecutive lower closes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.1% in May to 179.03, missing a forecast for it to rise 1.7% to 180.2. Markit's services PMI for July rose to 55.2, above the expected 55.0 reading. The Richmond Fed factory index rose to 13.0 in July from an upwardly revised 7 in June. Consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July, down from a revised 99.8 figure for last month and below the expected reading of 100. In China, the Shanghai composite index closed down 1.7%, but only after a volatile session that saw it down as much as 5.1% and up about 1% at different points in the trading day. In Europe, U.K. GDP growth in the second quarter came in at 0.7%, matching the consensus expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season continued in earnest with UPS (UPS), Ford (F), Pfizer (PFE) and Merck (MRK) each reporting better than expected quarterly profits. UPS, which said its quarterly results gave it confidence in achieving the upper end of its earnings guidance range for the fiscal year, rose more than 5%. Pfizer and Merck each raised their fiscal year earnings guidance ranges, but Pfizer advanced 1.7% following its report while Merck slid nearly 0.5%. Ford, meanwhile, gained 1.8% after backing its fiscal year pre-tax profit view and repeating that it still expects the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Supervalu (SVU), which jumped 19% after the company reported better than expected first quarter results and also announced that it is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Also higher was GrubHub (GRUB), which gained over 5% after reporting better than expect top and bottom line results in its second quarter and issuing 2015 guidance that analysts at Stifel said "appears conservative." Among the noteworthy losers was Immunomedics (IMMU), which tumbled 34% after the company's partner, UCB, announced that two Phase 3 clinical studies for epratuzumab in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus did not meet their primary clinical efficacy endpoints in either dose in both studies. Also lower following its earnings reports was Baidu (BIDU), which fell 16.5% and was downgraded by at least four research firms. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 136.13, or 0.78%, to 17,576.72, the Nasdaq was up 36.37, or 0.72%, to 5,076.14, and the S&P 500 was up 19.42, or 0.94%, to 2,087.06.
12:04 EDTBIDU, BIDUBaidu downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA analyst Elinor Leung downgraded Baidu two notches to Underperform citing near-term margin pressure and lack of catalysts following the company's Q2 results. The analyst lowered Baidu's price target to $225 from $288. Three other firms downgraded Baidu this morning. The stock is trading down $33.18 to $164.50 in midday trading.
10:00 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:44 EDTBIDUBaidu drops sharply, levels to watch
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09:42 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTCCaterpillar announces $1.5B accelerated stock repurchase
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09:18 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:13 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:25 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest
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05:47 EDTBIDUBaidu price target lowered to $210 from $230 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster lowered his price target for Baidu to $210 after increased investments drove the company's Q3 outlook below estimates. Munster believes Baidu "has proven its investment playbook in the past" and he remains confident in the long-term for shares. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
05:30 EDTBIDUBaidu downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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05:24 EDTBIDUBaidu price target lowered to $205 from $256 at Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo lowered his price target for Baidu to $205 citing a "deteriorating" risk/reward profile following the company's Q2 results. The company's Q3 revenue guidance implies year-over-year growth of 34%-37%, a decrease from the June quarter's 38%, Guo tells investors in a research note. Baidu also guided for a "significant increase" of expenses to grow the O2O business, which has limited visibility, Guo writes. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
July 27, 2015
19:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:36 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
16:40 EDTBIDUBaidu down 5.9% after reporting Q2 results, Q3 guidance
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16:39 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.81, consensus $1.88
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16:38 EDTBIDUBaidu reports June MAUs up 24% to 629M
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16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q3 revenue $2.93B-$3B, consensus $3.03B
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16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:44 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly 195 straddle priced for 9% movement into Q2
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15:03 EDTBIDUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Baidu (BIDU), consensus $10.58... Avalonbay Communities (AVB), consensus $1.92... Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 77c... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 6c... PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $2.35... Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 34c... Swift Transportation (SWFT), consensus 37c.
13:36 EDTBIDUBaidu technical commentary ahead of results
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12:21 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, August is at 49, September is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
12:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBIDUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTBIDUBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because itís not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
13:34 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:46 EDTCCiti's Mexico unit facing expanding money laundering probe, Bloomberg says
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09:26 EDTBIDUBaidu Q2 results likely to be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Baidu's increased disclosures about its segments could enable investors to learn more about its core search business, creating a positive surprise. The firm thinks the stock's valuation is "very attractive," and it keeps an Overweight rating.
July 22, 2015
16:26 EDTCCiti releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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12:58 EDTCCiti says to wind down banking operations at Banamex USA
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12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
06:15 EDTBIDUBaidu should be bought ahead of earnings, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo recommends buying shares of Baidu ahead of the company's Q2 results on July 27. Baidu's revenue should top consensus and strength in both the iQiyi and Nuomi businesses should lead the Q3 outlook above street expectations, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $256 price target.
July 21, 2015
10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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