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October 16, 2012
12:14 EDTRATE, UNH, C, S, FOSL, KO, CLWR, AUO, JNJOn 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 country’s 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, Citi’s 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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April 3, 2014
17:36 EDTCCitigroup's Corbat enlists McQuade to lead the CCAR process over next year
In a regulatory filing, Citigroup disclosed that on April 3, it was announced that, at the request of Michael Corbat, the CEO of Citigroup, Eugene M. McQuade, the outgoing CEO of Citibank, will postpone his retirement and lead the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, CCAR, process for Citi over the next year. McQuade will become Vice Chairman of Citi, remain on the Citibank board of directors and report directly to Citi’s CEO. Due to the importance of this effort and the substantial time commitment required by McQuade’s new role, Citi’s board of directors, in conjunction with Mr. McQuade’s consent, withdrew his nomination to serve on Citi's board of directors.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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12:20 EDTSGoogle considers wireless service in Fiber markets, The Information says
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12:10 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
12:00 EDTAUOAU Optronics rises 5.8%
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10:00 EDTAUOAU Optronics rises 5%
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10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTCCitigroup downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola best positioned to cope with natural competition, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTCCitigroup downgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee downgraded Citigroup to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares citing the Fed's concerns in the recent capital review, increasing regulatory risk, slowing earnings growth, and lack of meaningful catalysts to drive shares higher. Price target lowered to $52 from $60.
06:24 EDTCU.S. launches criminal probe of Citigroup's Mexican unit, NY Times reports
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06:23 EDTCCitigroup downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
April 2, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 2, 2014
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15:32 EDTKOWintergreen says Coca-Cola equity compensation plan a ‘big grab’ by management
David Winters, CEO of Wintergreen Advisers, said the response by The Coca-Cola Company to Wintergreen’s criticism of its proposed 2014 equity compensation plan was “disappointing, defensive and inadequate.” Mr. Winters made the comments during a webcast for fiduciaries, analysts and the media in which he provided details of Wintergreen’s analysis of the Coca-Cola 2014 Equity Plan. The call followed Wintergreen’s March 21 letter to the board of directors in which it characterized the proposed plan as an “excessive transfer of wealth” from Coca-Cola shareholders to the top five percent of the company’s management.
14:04 EDTKODavid Winters questions dual role of Coca-Cola CEO, CNBC reports
Wintergreen Fund's David Winters questions the dual role of Coca-Cola's CEO and Chairman, CNBC reports. The soda giant told the news channel that its leadership structure will stay in place, however, calling it "effective."
08:40 EDTJNJPiper Jaffray to hold booth tours
Booth Tours at SAGES Annual Meeting will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 2-3.
07:51 EDTSSeveral communications companies could be bought, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that the following communications companies could become takeover targets: T-Mobile (TMUS), DirecTV (DTV), DISH (DISH), Level 3 (LVLT), tw telecom(TWTC), and Rackspace (RAX). The firm calls T-Mobile "a prime target," and thinks the company has several potential suitors and is best positioned to benefit from current trends. Oppenheimer expects the major surviving companies in the space to be Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and Sprint (S). It keeps Outperform ratings on T-Mobile, Rackspace, Comcast, and Verizon. It has Perform ratings on Level 3, tw telecom, and Sprint.
06:22 EDTCBank overdraft fees hitting highs, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTSSprint volatility elevated at 60
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