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April 14, 2014
16:24 EDTC, TWTR, EW, MDT, GDP, AKBA, NQ, RTRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after U.S. retail sales for March surprised to the upside. The averages spent much of the session higher before losing altitude during the afternoon, with the Nasdaq even turning negative near 3:00 pm ET. An aggressive rally took hold in the final 30 minutes of trade, with the indexes closing just off their best levels of the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, industrial production across the 18 country shared currency bloc rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Citigroup (C) gained $1.99, or 4.36%, to $47.67 after its adjusted first quarter earnings easily beat the consensus forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," which included the bank surprisingly having its capital plan rejected by the Federal Reserve and the disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit... Twitter (TWTR) shares held up better than they have in recent sessions after its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, along with CEO Richard Costolo, disclosed that they have no plans to sell any of their shares as part of the May 5 lockup expiration... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) gained $8.03, or 11.0%, to $81.00 after being granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. The ruling triggered upgrades of Edwards' shares from at least two analyst firms. Medtronic, which received at least one downgrade following the news, slipped $1.12, or 1.89%, to $58.08. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which surged $5.56, or 30.22%, to $23.96 after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was Akebia (AKBA), which rose $4.28, or 25.39%, to $21.14 after no fewer than four analyst firms initiated coverage on the shares with a Buy or equivalent rating. Among the noteworthy losers was NQ Mobile (NQ), which fell another $1.65, or 12.99%, to $11.05, adding to the 20% decline it suffered Friday after the company disclosed accounting errors along with its mixed earnings report. Short-seller Muddy Waters, which revealed a public short position on NQ in October, released a report today saying NQ's disappointing quarter was driven by heightened auditor scrutiny. Also lower Retrophin (RTRX), which dropped $2.35, or 15.3%, to $13.01 despite raising its fiscal 2014 revenue view after announcing that the FDA is unwilling to grant expedited access for children to the company's RE-024 treatment. INDEXES: The Dow was up 146.49, or 0.91%, to 16,173.24, the Nasdaq was up 22.96, or 0.57%, to 4,022.69, and the S&P 500 was up 14.92, or 0.82%, to 1,830.61.
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October 14, 2014
08:03 EDTCCitigroup discloses results of investigation into security unit in Mexico
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08:01 EDTRTRXRetrophin divests non-core assets to Turing Pharmaceuticals
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08:01 EDTCCitigroup to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets
Citigroup announced strategic actions to accelerate the transformation of Global Consumer Banking by focusing on those markets where it has the greatest scale and growth potential. As a result, Citigroup intends to exit its consumer businesses in 11 markets. The new consumer banking footprint will serve nearly 57 million clients in 24 markets that capture over 95% of GCB’s existing revenue base, while further simplifying its operations and improving its performance. The affected businesses include the consumer franchises in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Japan, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru, as well as the consumer finance business in Korea. Active sales processes are underway for the majority of the businesses, and subject to market conditions and regulatory and other approvals, the strategic actions are currently expected to be substantially completed by year-end 2015. The businesses will be reported as part of Citi Holdings as of the first quarter 2015 to provide greater transparency with respect to the performance of the ongoing operations reported in GCB. Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group will continue to serve clients in these markets. “I am committed to simplifying our company and allocating our finite resources to where we can generate the best returns for our shareholders. While we have made progress optimizing these 11 consumer markets, we believe our Global Consumer Bank will achieve stronger performance by focusing on the countries where our scale and network provide a competitive advantage,” CEO Michael Corbat said.
08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 revenue $20B ex- CVA/DVA
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07:59 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 EPS $1.15 ex CVA/DVA, consensus $1.12
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07:13 EDTCCitigroup chairman suggests wrapping FDIC, OCC into single regulator, WSJ says
Citigroup Chairman Michael O'Neill is calling for a more rational regulatory landscape, the Wall Street Journal reports. He suggests wrapping the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency into a single banking regulator. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTCOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report with shares up 11% over last six months
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13:48 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
Citigroup October call option implied volatility is at 39, November is at 25, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
10:50 EDTTWTRTwitter reverses lower on the session, levels to watch
Shares are down 2% to $49.38 at time of writing, nearing 1-month lows. Support below is at $47.56, the 1-month low. Resistance is at $50.16.
09:39 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces positive data from CoreValve ADVANCE DA Study
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07:37 EDTEWAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:13 EDTMDTBioFlorida to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
18:06 EDTTWTRTwitter, French bank partner to allow money transfers via tweets
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13:03 EDTCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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