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March 4, 2012
14:32 EDTGS, T, CSCO, INTC, JPM, MON, CVX, EXC, RF, C, MSFT, FITB, PFE, ZION, WFCNeuberger's value hunter Salzmann likes Citigroup and Microsoft, Barron's says
Barron's profiled Neuberger Berman's new large-cap value specialist Eli Salzmann who was recruited 13 months ago to restore the firms' historically strong large-cap value franchise. Salzmann is a traditional value manager who aims to beat the Russell 1000 Value Index over the next few years. He searches for companies that have depressed earnings relative to their true mid-economic-cycle earnings. Some of his favorites are U.S. banks, many of which are trading below tangible book value despite a recent surge in the sector. Salzmann started buying banks late last year as they began to benefit from the troubles in Europe. He likes Citigroup ( C ) and Wells Fargo (WFC) -- and has been buying shares of big regional banks, such as Fifth Third Bank (FITB), Regions Financial (RF) and Zions Bancorp (ZION). Salzmann is also bullish on large tech stocks, which are trading at about 10x earnings, have strong balance sheets and could benefit as capital spending increases. A favorite is Microsoft (MSFT). Salzmann expects the stock to see $40 over the next 12 - 24 months. One last pick: though he's generally negative on utilities, Salzmann like Exelon Generation (EXC). Other holdings: PFE, JPM, T, CVX, INTC, GS, MON and CSCO. Reference Link
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft exec confirms plans to drop IE brand for new browser, The Verge says
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09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Band now available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Re/code reports
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09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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08:01 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco Holdings reach settlement agreement with Maryland counties
Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings (POM) announced that they have reached a settlement agreement with Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in the proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission to review the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced on April 30, 2014. The two counties represent all of Pepco’s Maryland customers and nearly three-fourths of Pepco Holdings total customers in Maryland. The settlement, which is subject to the approval of the Commissioners of the PSC, was filed by Exelon and Pepco Holdings and signed by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, the National Consumer Law Center, National Housing Trust, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers and a consortium of nine recreational trail advocacy organizations led by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts. The settlement includes commitments aimed at providing benefits to customers and the state through a combination of bill credits, funding for energy-efficiency programs and renewables investments, low-income customer assistance and other provisions, including: A commitment to designate a portion of a proposed $94.4M customer investment fund to provide $36.8M in bill credits, or approximately $50 per Pepco and Delmarva Power customer in Maryland. The remainder -- $57.6M -- will go toward funding energy-efficiency programs designated by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the PSC. A commitment to help economically challenged customers lower their energy bills by dedicating at least 20% of the energy efficiency funds to programs targeting low- and moderate-income customers. In addition to today’s agreement, Exelon and Pepco Holdings announced March 10 that they have reached a settlement with The Alliance for Solar Choice in Maryland. The merger requires approvals by the Maryland Public Service Commission, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and the Delaware Public Service Commission. On Feb. 13, Exelon reached a settlement agreement with staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and other stakeholders, and the agreement is pending approval by the Commission. Following the expiration of the U.S. Department of Justice’s review period on Dec. 22, 2014, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act no longer precludes completion of the merger.
07:15 EDTCCiti price target raised on positive news flow at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Citi (C) shares to $56 from $54 citing recent positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, the credit card deal with Costco (COST) and last week's stress test results. Deutsche notes the stock still trades at a 6% discount to tangible book. It keeps a Buy rating on Citi.
07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
05:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan providing financial advice to UK government to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:09 EDTCCiti reports February credit loss 2.55% vs. 2.30% last month
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11:58 EDTMONDuPont retreats after Bank of America two notch downgrade to sell
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11:11 EDTCVXOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
09:26 EDTCVXAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.
09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
08:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports February net credit losses 2.42% vs. 2.53% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.35% vs. 1.34% last month.
08:06 EDTCVXCB&I awarded technology and FEED contracts for coker unit
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07:32 EDTMSFT, CSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTJPMU.S.poised to charge JPMorgan hacking suspects, NY Times says
U.S. authorities probing last summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan are increasingly confident that they will be able to file criminal charges against perpetrators of the attack in coming months, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources who have been briefed on the investigation. Several of the suspects are located in countries with whom the U.S. has extradition treaties, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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