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October 16, 2012
12:14 EDTS, FOSL, KO, CLWR, AUO, JNJ, RATE, UNH, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as quarterly results from three Dow members provided hope that this earnings season may not be as bad as feared. Stocks began the session in positive territory and continued to move higher throughout the early part of the session. The premarket economic reports had little impact on the market but better than expected earnings from some of the countryís largest corporations did push the averages higher. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index, which was released after the open, also helped as the measure hit its highest level since June 2006 and added credence to the belief that a housing market recovery is progressing... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the headline consumer price index rose 0.6% in September, versus expectations of an increase of 0.5%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy components, indicated prices inched up 0.1%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Industrial production rebounded 0.4% in September, versus consensus expectations for a 0.2% rise. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 41, which was in line with expectations. Internationally, the Wall Street Journal reported that Spain is considering a request for a line of credit from the EU's new bailout mechanism... COMPANY NEWS: One day after Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected third quarter earnings, the bank's board shocked Wall Street by announcing that Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit had stepped down, effective immediately. John Havens, Citiís President and Chief Operating Officer, also resigned. Pandit will be replaced by the current head of the European and Middle Eastern unit, Michael Corbat. Citigroup shares, which initially sold off, recovered and were up nearly 1% at midday... Among Dow members reporting earnings, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) both beat expectations and raised their full year views, while Coca-Cola (KO) shares moved down fractionally after its results were roughly in line with analysts' forecasts... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were AU Optronics (AUO), up 9% after being upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA, and Fossil (FOSL), up 8% following an upgrade to a Buy rating at Citigroup. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), down 24% after the company gave weaker than expected guidance for its Q3 results. Also lower was Clearwire (CLWR), down 13% after Bloomberg said sources indicate that Sprint (S) has no immediate plans to acquire its smaller partner, as has been speculated... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 123.01, or 0.92%, to 13,547.24; the Nasdaq was up 36.34, or 1.19%, to 3,100.52; and the S&P 500 was up 14.90, or 1.03%, to 1,455.03.
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August 20, 2015
08:02 EDTSFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:55 EDTFOSLFossil upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc
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06:07 EDTCSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
August 19, 2015
14:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola has option for outright purchase of Suja, Bloomberg says
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14:13 EDTKOCoca-Cola said to have option to eventually buy Suja, Bloomberg says
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13:30 EDTSOptions with increasing put volume;
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11:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes minority investment in Suja, Suja says in blog
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10:58 EDTCCiti to pay $15M to settle SEC charges of compliance, surveillance failures
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10:20 EDTSBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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10:06 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
08:22 EDTSSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:24 EDTCCiti to give back additional $4.5M in fee overcharges, Reuters reports
Citigroup subsidiary Citigroup Global Markets has reached an agreement with the New York attorney general to return $4.5M in account management fees charged on roughly 15,000 frozen accounts, Reuters reports. As a result of the deal, more than $20M will be refunded to Citi customers for overcharges in a probe started by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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11:34 EDTSSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:13 EDTFOSLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:06 EDTCCiti sells alternative investor services unit to SS&C
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08:02 EDTCSS&C acquires Citi's alternative investor services business
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08:00 EDTRATEBankrate reinstated with a Sell at Goldman
Target $9.
07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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07:56 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
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