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January 27, 2014
12:35 EDTDB, RHI, CAT, CRARY, GERN, GAME, CRZBY, XRX, MRKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as a decline in new home sales last month more than offset any positive momentum built in the early hours by Caterpillar's (CAT) better than expected earning report. Stocks began the week in positive territory, briefly bouncing back from last week’s sell-off, but the market resumed its downward trend by the time the larger than expected drop in new home sales was reported near 10 am ET. As the lunch hour approached, the averages were all in the red and stood near session lows. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales dropped 7% to a 414K rate in December from a downwardly revised 445K rate in November, missing expectations. However, the report may have been somewhat discounted as largely due to the extreme weather seen in many markets during the month. In Europe, the Ifo institute’s German business confidence measure beat economists’ forecasts and rose to its highest level in more than two years with a 110.6 reading in January. Also, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reportedly estimated that European banks have a combined capital shortfall of about 84 billion euros, with Credit Agricole (CRARY), Deutsche Bank (DB) and Commerzbank (CRZBY) listed among the banks having significant gaps. COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Caterpillar advanced about 4% after its quarterly earnings easily beat the consensus expectation of analysts. The company also gave a forecast for revenue in the new fiscal year that surpassed expectations and approved a program to repurchase up to $10B of its shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online game maker Shanda Games (GAME), which gained 13% after its controlling shareholder proposed to acquire the company in a "going private" transaction for $6.90 per American depositary share. Also higher was Robert Half (RHI), which rose 3% following an upgrade to Buy from Neutral at research firm Northcoast, which cited the valuation of its shares and expectations for top-line trends to accelerate due to easier comparisons and improving end markets. Also higher following an upgrade were shares of Merck (MRK), which gained nearly 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight. Among the noteworthy losers was Geron (GERN), which fell 19% after disclosing that an investigator-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate imetelstat in patients with myelofibrosis and other myeloid malignancies has been closed to new patient enrollment and that the company believes approximately 20 patients have discontinued from the study since its inception. Also lower were shares of Xerox (XRX), which were downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital and slid almost 5% near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 76.11, or 0.48%, to 15,803.00, the Nasdaq was down 69.13, or 1.67%, to 4,059.04, and the S&P 500 was down 15.10, or 0.84%, to 1,775.19.
News For CAT;MRK;GAME;RHI;XRX;GERN;DB;CRZBY;CRARY From The Last 14 Days
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March 23, 2015
09:45 EDTMRKUBS to hold a field trip
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07:17 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
73rd Annual Meeting of AAD is being held in San Francisco on March 20-24.
06:15 EDTCATCaterpillar to eliminate 230 jobs at Joliet plant, WSJ reports
Caterpillar is planning to cut 230 jobs at its plant in Joliet, Illinois and move production of oil pumps and valves to one of its plants in Monterrey, Mexico, The Wall Street Journal reports. Caterpillar says production of struts and hoists cylinders will remain at the Joliet plant, which employs 770 workers. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
18:14 EDTDBDeutsche Bank revamp to impact retail operations, Reuters says
The planned restructuring by Deutsche Bank will have the most impact on the bank's retail operations, says Reuters. According to sources, the bank's retail operations will "bear the brunt" of the revamp and will most likely be spun off in a stock market listing, added Reuters. Reference Link
17:51 EDTDBLawsky targets Deutsche Bank in Libor probe, FT says
According to people familiar with the matter, New York state's financial services regulator Benjamin Lawsky has joined other regulators investigating Deutsche Bank for manipulation of the Libor benchmark borrowing rate, says the Financial Times. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
07:41 EDTMRKAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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07:17 EDTDBDeutsche Bank investors pushing for Postbank sale, Financial Times says
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March 19, 2015
13:21 EDTCATCaterpillar heads for test of its 52-week low, levels to watch
Shares were last down over 1.5% to $80.01, off the low of the day at $79.56. At the low of the day, next support is at the 52-week low at $78.19. Resistance is at the high of the day at $80.50.
13:17 EDTCATCaterpillar end market conditions still negative, says Wells Fargo
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12:06 EDTXRXMicrosoft, Fuji Xerox announce patent agreement
Fuji Xerox and Microsoft (MSFT) announced a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing pact, the agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s patent portfolios and accelerate research and development, the companies said. Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM (FUJIY) and Xerox Corporation (XRX).
09:12 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 11% in three months end February
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March 17, 2015
11:31 EDTCATCaterpillar sees up year for North American construction
Sees some competitors in the construction segment becoming more price competitive.
11:10 EDTCATCaterpillar says balance sheet will allow M&A for potential targets
Says metrics are in "great shape." Says not afraid of doing a "multi-billion dollar" deal.
11:05 EDTCATCaterpillar seeing some activity in domestic infrastructure investment
Comments from Caterpillar at Bank of American Merrill Lynch Global Industrials Conference.
10:44 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms FY15 EPS ex-items about $4.75, consensus $4.74
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March 16, 2015
15:33 EDTMRKMerck says study shows VYTORIN reduced CV events more than simvastatin alone
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14:08 EDTDBEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
10:34 EDTGAMEConsortium to acquire Shanda Games adds new members
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09:30 EDTDBConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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March 15, 2015
12:41 EDTDBGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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