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March 5, 2014
04:55 EDTC, C, HIG, HIG, UNM, UNM, FNF, FNF, EV, EV, MTG, MTG, NTRS, NTRS, BOKF, BOKF, RF, RF, AXP, AXPBernstein to hold a summit
1st Annual Financials Summit is being held in Boston on March 5-6.
News For C;RF;BOKF;NTRS;MTG;EV;FNF;UNM;HIG;AXP From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
13:40 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been trading largely in a range of $85 to $95 for the past year with the exception of the market dip last October. A breakout above $95 or a breakdown below $85 may therefore be important for gauging how shares will trade post-earnings. At the current price of $87.29, the $85 level is close by and on a disappointment may well best tested. Support below $85 is at $82.86 and $81.35. On a positive surprise, it would be a stretch for the stock to make it above the top of the range at $95 in one step. A failure to break out above $95 would leave the shares range-bound, but potentially with a new range, higher, low. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objective are at $90.90, $93.30, and $95. On an extreme positive surprise a test of the 52-week high at $96.24 could take place. A breakdown below $85 would be longer-term bearish for price.
12:24 EDTNTRSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:38 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
10:26 EDTNTRSHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTRFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTRFOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR†Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
08:12 EDTRFRegions Financial upgraded at Guggenheim
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07:35 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust reports Q4 EPS ex-items 94c, consensus 81c
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07:09 EDTRFRegions Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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06:35 EDTRFRegions Financial downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
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January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:21 EDTNTRSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
American Express January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 27, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 21.
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading
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09:11 EDTRF, MTGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTNTRSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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07:08 EDTMTGMGIC Investment reports Q4 EPS 19c, consensus 15c
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06:03 EDTRFRegions Financial reports Q3 EPS 14c, consensus 21c
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January 18, 2015
16:57 EDTCCiti may have lost more than $150M on Swiss franc volatility, Bloomberg says
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15:14 EDTCMashreqbank interested in Citigroupís Egyptian consumer unit, Bloomberg says
Dubai-based bank, Mashreqbank PSC confirmed it is interested in acquiring Citigroupís Egyptian consumer banking unit, says Bloomberg citing comments from Mashreqbank PSC CEO Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. Reference Link
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