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December 5, 2012
12:32 EDTSVU, JPM, FB, MMR, P, TOT, TRV, AAPL, FCX, MFRM, CIE, BAC, PXP, COn 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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July 16, 2015
11:17 EDTAAPLApple July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:13 EDTCCiti to host conference call
2Q15 Fixed Income Investor Review conference call to be held on July 21 at 11 am. Webcast Link
11:07 EDTCCiti says environment still 'challenging,' 'unsettled'
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09:35 EDTAAPL, BAC, FB, CActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTCCiti says 'tracking well' to 2015 financial targets
Citigroup says "tracking well" to its 2015 financial targets, with modest revenue growth and positive operating leverage in Citicorp; says Citicorp had efficiency ratio of 55%, Citigroup ROA of 103 bps in 1H15. Says Q2 results show continued progress in challenging environment. Says gaining wallet share, improving efficiency of core franchise, winding down non-core assets, maintaining balance sheet discipline, utilizing deferred tax assets. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:53 EDTFBFacebook to buy Pebbles for about $60M, WSJ reports
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08:34 EDTAAPLSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for spinal cord stimulation trial system
St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced it received FDA approval of the Invisible Trial System. The system, which received CE Mark in June 2015, is fully wireless and leverages Apple (AAPL) technology for both the patient and physician controllers. The system is designed to provide patients a more improved and discreet spinal cord stimulation, or SCS, trial experience. "Patients undergoing SCS trials consistently tell us about challenges they find in navigating the SCS trial system, from programming the device, to discomfort from the programming cables, to management of both issues. These hindrances may impede the integration of the technology into their daily activities, which shifts their focus away from evaluating the effectiveness of SCS therapy,” said pain specialist Dr. Jason E. Pope, president of Summit Pain Alliance in Santa Rosa, California. “By providing a discreet trial system, St. Jude Medical will help patients focus more on their potential pain relief and functional improvements, and less about the burdens common to traditional trial systems.”
08:18 EDTAAPLSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
08:14 EDTFBFacebook faces foreign exchange headwinds in Q2, says Brean Capital
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08:06 EDTBACBank of America expense savings run-rate sustainable, says Morgan Stanley
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08:04 EDTCCiti reports Q2 Citicorp revenue $17.8B, up 2% from a year ago
Reports Q2 Global Consumer Banking revenue $8.5B. ICG revenues increased 6% from the prior year period to $8.9B. Citi Holdings revenues of $1.7B in the second quarter 2015 included CVA/DVA of $9M, compared to negative $1M in the prior year period.
08:03 EDTCCiti reports book value per share of $68.27 at end Q2
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08:02 EDTCCiti CEO says Q2 results show 'very balanced performance' across business lines
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08:01 EDTCCiti reports Q2 common equity tier 1 capital ratio 11.4%
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08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q2 EPS ex-CVA/DVA $1.45, consensus $1.34
Reports Q2 revenue $19.5B, consensus $19.11B. CVA/DVA was $312M, or $196M, in the second quarter 2015, compared to negative $33M in the prior year period. Second quarter 2014 results also included the impact of a $3.8B charge, or $3.7 billion after-tax, to settle legacy RMBS and CDO-related claims.5 Excluding CVA/DVA, revenues were $19.2B, down 2% from the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA and the impact of the mortgage settlement in the prior year period, earnings were $1.45 per diluted share, up 17% from prior year earnings of $1.24 per diluted share. Including CVA/DVA, EPS was $1.51.
07:22 EDTAAPLiPhone average selling prices may be underestimated by Street, says UBS
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple Q3 iPhone estimates raised at Stifel
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple applies for patent for wireless devices with solar cells
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06:46 EDTAAPLApple Watch to roll out in New Zealand July 31, AppleInsider reports
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