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December 5, 2012
12:32 EDTP, TOT, TRV, AAPL, FCX, MFRM, CIE, BAC, PXP, C, SVU, JPM, FB, MMROn 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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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, AAPL, BACOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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14:57 EDTAAPLUSPTO sides with Apple, says certain claims of VirnetX 'unpatentable'
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13:28 EDTTOTOPEC sees oil at around $76 a barrel in 2025, WSJ says
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12:17 EDTAAPLApple mulls expansion of key Irish plant, Independent. ie says
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11:37 EDTAAPLApple expanding renewable energy projects in China
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11:24 EDTAAPLUBS says Apple Watch could become 'must-have' device, but not yet
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10:30 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Pacific Crest
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTBAC, JPM, CBarclays expected to pay GBP2B to settle forex rigging charges, FT says
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09:56 EDTAAPLIDC: Apple leads smartphone vendors in China during Q1
IDCís latest Mobile Phone Tracker shows the China smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year with 98.8M units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined YoY as the market continues to mature. On a QoQ basis, the market contracted 8% on the back of a large inventory buildup at the end of last year. The study said Apple (AAPL) was the top smartphone vendor in China in the first quarter, with consumers still having a strong appetite for the larger screens on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi slipped to the second position as it faced strong competition from other vendors in the low to mid-range segment of the market, while Huawei maintained third position as it saw a good uptake in the mid-range segment. Samsung (SSNLF) and Lenovo (LNVGY) both led the market at least once last year, but rankings have since changed quickly, highlighting the volatility of consumers' brand preference in China. Reference Link
09:37 EDTFB, AAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTCCiti says DOJ talks could include guilty plea on antitrust charge
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09:14 EDTCCiti says DOJ declined prosecution with respect to LIBOR
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08:41 EDTAAPLApple Watch may become 'must have' as interface to internet, says UBS
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08:18 EDTJPM, BAC, CBanks executives seek to push back on 'false, damaging' statements, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan price traget raised to $73 from $68 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated JPMorgan's price target to $73 following a meeting with Chairman Jamie Dimon. The analyst believes earnings surprises are likely and the market is over-discounting the impact of regulation. BofA/Merrill expects JPMorgan to benefit from its multi-dimensional model, EPS sensitivity to rising interest rates, and a shift in Fed monetary policy which will drive bond market volatility.
07:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:44 EDTAAPLFiat Chrysler CEO met with Apple, Tesla CEOs, Reuters says
During a trip to California, Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple (AAPL) CEO, Tim Cook, and Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, reports Reuters, citing Marchionne. Marchionne also vowed that the company would make a stronger attempt in the luxury SUV market, Reuters adds. Reference Link
05:05 EDTAAPLApple announces environmental initiatives in China
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May 10, 2015
20:03 EDTC, JPMCiti, JPMorgan, UBS consider exiting U.K., Financial Times says
Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and UBS (UBS) are considering exiting their London operations due to the U.K.'s bank levy, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. There is particular focus among the banks to reduce repurchase agreements, said three senior industry figures. The Financial Times notes that the recent Conservative win could see political maneuvers to reduce or renegotiate the levy, potentially persuading the banks to stay. Reference Link
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