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December 5, 2012
12:32 EDTC, MFRM, SVU, TOT, CIE, JPM, TRV, BAC, FB, AAPL, PXP, MMR, FCX, POn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, as the financials lead the Dow higher and Apple (AAPL) weighed on the Nasdaq. A number of factors, including Facebook's (FB) upcoming inclusion in the Nasdaq 100 and reports of increased margin requirements on its stock, may have contributed to Apple's slide of over 4%. Conversely, strength in Bank of America (BAC), Travelers (TRV) and JP Morgan (JPM) powered the blue chip index higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP said employers added 118,000 jobs last month, which was below analysts' forecasts, but the chief economist at Moody's Analytics estimated Superstorm Sandy cut the total by 86,000 jobs. The Labor Department revised its estimate for Q3 productivity growth up to an annual rate of 2.9% from its initial estimate of 1.9%. Labor costs in the quarter dropped at a rate of 1.9%, which was more than the 0.1% dip initially estimated. Factory orders rose 0.8% in October, versus expectations for them to be flat, and the ISM non-manufacturing PMI rose to 54.7, versus expectations for it to slip to 53.5. In China, stocks bounced back from multi year lows as the government allowed insurers to invest more in banks and its new leaders made comments that were viewed favorably... COMPANY NEWS: In a bold step by its new CEO, Citigroup (C) announced it will cut about 4% of its workforce, or 11,000 jobs, with about 6,200 coming from its consumer banking unit and about 1,900 coming from the institutional clients group, which includes investment banking. Citi sees pre-tax charges of around $1B in Q4 due to the restructuring but expects the cuts to save $900M next year and slightly more after that. Citi shares jumped nearly 6% following the news... In a huge deal that takes Freeport McMoRan (FCX) from being a metals pure play and back to its roots as a diversified commodities producer, the company agreed to repurchase McMoRan Exploration (MMR) for $14.75 per share in cash and to acquire Plains Exploration (PXP) for $6.9B in cash and stock. Following the news, which was broken last night by Financial Times, shares of Freeport plunged 13%, while McMoRan Exploration surged 82% and Plains jumped 26%.. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cobalt International Energy (CIE), up nearly 15% after announcing a Gulf of Mexico discovery in partnership with Total (TOT), and SuperValu (SVU), up over 9% following a report that the company may be close to selling its two biggest grocery chains to a private equity firm. Among the noteworthy losers were Mattress Firm (MFRM), down 21%, and Pandora (P), down 17% following their quarterly reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 104.41, or 0.81%, to 13,056.19; the Nasdaq was down 12.63, or 0.42%, to 2,984.06; and the S&P 500 was up 4.66, or 0.33%, to 1,411.71.
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September 19, 2014
06:31 EDTTOTTotal receives offer from Arkema for Bostik adhesives affiliate
Total has received an offer from the French group Arkema to acquire its Bostik affiliate, a global adhesives company. Arkema’s offer values Bostik at EUR1.74B, or around $2.25B, representing 11 times the company’s EBITDA. In light of the quality of the project, Total has granted Arkema an exclusivity period to pursue the offer, and it will be presented to the relevant employee representatives, as part of the required information and consultation procedures. Arkema’s offer for Bostik includes clear undertakings to continue operations sustainably and safeguard existing jobs and employee benefits. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities.
06:22 EDTAAPLGoogle planning to encrypt phone data in Android, Washington Post reports
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September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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15:22 EDTAAPLBroadcom appears to be WiFi chip provider for Apple Watch, Chipworks says
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14:08 EDTC, BAC, JPMBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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13:54 EDTFBAd dollars on Facebook outpacing amount of time people spend on site, WSJ says
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13:27 EDTFBFacebook updates story ranking criteria
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12:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
08:46 EDTAAPLApple patent points to development of bone conducting EarPods, AppleInsider says
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07:32 EDTPMKM Partners to hold a conference
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple, U2 collaborate on digital format to up music-buying, Time says
Apple and U2 are collaborating on a new project to develop a digital music format which will increase music purchases and fairly compensate artists, reported Time. Reference Link
07:26 EDTCIEDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:26 EDTAAPLGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:06 EDTFBFacebook volatility low into Alibaba IPO
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06:55 EDTAAPLApple launches new iOS 8 phones with 'kill switch'
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon revealed that new iPhones sold with iOS 8 will include Apple’s theft deterrent system, Activation Lock, as a default setting. This marks the first time in the history of the smartphone industry that theft deterrent technology is available by default on new products. In addition to being standard on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, newly-sold iPhones will also prompt users to upgrade to iOS 8. Additionally, the new operating system can also be installed on most previous models of iPhones. As co-chairs of the Secure Our Smartphone, or S.O.S. Initiative, Attorney General Schneiderman and District Attorney Gascon led the effort to call on the wireless industry to address the global rise in smartphone thefts. The ultimate goal of SOS is for every mobile device to have a “kill switch” on by default. A default solution is imperative because it ensures that the device will be worthless to thieves. Reference Link
06:40 EDTAAPLApple wants to sell 50M Apple Watches in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLReport says one iPhone 6 Chinese license approved, Reuters says
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05:40 EDTAAPLApple says will never allow government access to servers
Apple launched a website dedicated to privacy with a message from its CEO Tim Cook. The message stated in part, "We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple...Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
05:31 EDTJPMVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visa’s holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visa’s investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
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