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April 17, 2014
16:45 EDTGS, BACMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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12:53 EDTGS, MSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:16 EDTGSGoldman CFO says trajectory for merger activity 'appears good' right now
10:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs fully-phased-in Basel 3 tier 1 common ratio 9.7%, CFO says
9.7% ratio is under advanced approach.
10:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says no plans to adjust size of balance sheet
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09:59 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:59 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' Schwartz says no strategic plans for Sigma X dark pool
Goldman CFO Harvey Schwartz speaking on company's Q1 earnings call.
09:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says confident in ability to comply with SLR rules
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09:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley breaks above recent downtrend after results
The shares are up over 3% to $30.86 at time of writing, breaking above the recent downtrend in the shares which is bullish for price. Next resistance at current price is at $31.41. Support is at $30.52.
08:58 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat cites M&A contributing to 'strong' pipeline
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07:58 EDTFIATYEU vehicle sales turnaround fails to stop price war, Reuters says
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07:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports total capital $244.73B at March 31
As of March 31, total capital was $244.73B, consisting of $79.10B in total shareholdersí equity and $165.63B in unsecured long-term borrowings. Book value per common share was $154.69 and tangible book value per common share was $145.04, both approximately 1% higher compared with the end of 2013. Under the regulatory capital requirements applicable to bank holding companies, the firmís Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firmís Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31. Level 3 assets were $41B as of March 31, compared with $40B as of December 31, 2013, and represented 4.5% of total assets. Total staff of 32,600 was down from 32,900 as of December 31, 2013.
07:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO Blankfein says 'generally pleased' with Q1 performance
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07:46 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Q1 Basel 1 tier 1 common equity ratio 14.6%
The firmís global core excess liquidity was $175B as of March 31. The firmís Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firmís Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31.
07:44 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q1 EPS $4.02, consensus $3.49
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07:32 EDTBACBank of America upgraded at Oppenheimer
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06:51 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Wealth Management net revenue $3.62B
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06:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports assets under management at March 31 of $382B
06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Fixed income commodities sales & revenue $1.7B
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06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Basel 1 Tier 1 Capital Ratio 15.6%
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06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley board increases quarterly dividend to 10c from 5c
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06:47 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 adjusted EPS 68c, consensus 60c
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06:44 EDTBACBank of America to pay $950M to settle mortgage allegations, NY Times says
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06:41 EDTFIATYJeep exec says China production deal expected by April's end, Reuters says
Fiat will announce a deal by the end of the month to grant production of Jeep vehicles in China, according to Reuters, citing comments from the head of the Jeep brand, Mike Manley. Reference Link
06:31 EDTBAC, GS, MSBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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April 16, 2014
17:28 EDTBACBank of America still a buy, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; April 16, 2014
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15:17 EDTMS, GSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:42 EDTBACBofA in mortgage settlement talks with DOJ, multiple AGs, WSJ says
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14:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April 157 straddle priced for 2.5% move into Q1
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13:00 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April volatility elevated into Q1
Morgan Stanley April call option implied volatility is at 53, May is at 30, June is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17.
12:49 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report after negative signs from peers
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12:47 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
11:40 EDTBACBank of America management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on April 22 hosted by Jefferies.
10:11 EDTBACBank of America falls after results, levels to watch
Shares are trading near the session low at $15.82 following earnings. At that price next support is at $15.18. Resistance is at $16.20.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTBACBofA sees being in better position in Q2 compared to start of the year
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08:52 EDTBACBank of America still sees 'New BAC' quaterly savings of $2.0B by mid-2015
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07:16 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility flat into Q1 and revenue outlook
Goldman Sachs April call option implied volatility is 39, July is at 21, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the open on April 17.
07:11 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $20.75 at March 31
Tangible book value per share was $13.81 at March 31, compared to $13.79 at December 31, 2013 and $13.36 at March 31, 2013. Book value per share was $20.75 at March 31, compared to $20.71 at December 31, 2013 and $20.19 at March 31, 2013.
07:10 EDTBACBank of America estimates Basel 3 Standard common tier 1 capital ratio 9.3%
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America says Q1 earnings hurt by resolving more mortgage issues
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07:05 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 provision for credit losses $1.01B
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07:03 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 EPS ex-items 35c, consensus 27c
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06:43 EDTFIATYMaserati mulls addition of Alfieri after orders increase, Bloomberg says
Maserati will most likely boost production and add the Alfieri sports car to its lineup after advance sales at Italian car manufacturer have nearly tripled over last year's deliveries, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Maserati is owned by Fiat. Reference Link
06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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April 15, 2014
15:25 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.3% move
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15:19 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:06 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Analysts lukewarm on Bank of America into Q1 results
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12:01 EDTBACFirst Majestic announces $30M forward sale contract on lead production
First Majestic (AG) announced that it has entered into a $30M forward sale contract with Bank of America (BAC) Merrill Lynch on a portion of the company's future lead production. The company executed this forward sale contract for 15,911.3 metric tonnes of lead at a fixed price of $0.945 per pound for total proceeds of $30M. The contract term is valid from April to September 2017, with a six-month repayment holiday from April to September. The forward sale contract is financially settled from the sale of lead from any of First Majestic's operations and represents approximately 35% of the company's total estimated future lead production over this period. The purpose of this prepayment contract is to fund the Company's continuing expansion plans and for general working capital.
10:25 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 3.55% vs. 3.53% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 2.18% vs. 2.26% last month.
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill's to hold a breakfast meeting
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07:11 EDTFIATYPorsche's success shadows Maserati sales revamp, Reuters says
As Fiat (FIATY) looks to revamp its small Maserati brand as a serious competitor to the world's luxury vehicle manufacturers, the pressure to succeed is shadowed by the the success of Germany's Porsche (POAHY), reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Morgan Stanley to Buy citing an attractive risk/reward following the recent pullback in shares. The firm keeps a $35 price target for the stock.
April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
10:44 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April calls active into Q1
Morgan Stanley April 30 calls are active on 12K contracts into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17. April call option implied volatility is at 46, May is at 31, June is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
08:31 EDTGSBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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07:20 EDTGSKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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07:10 EDTGS, MSNBG picks Goldman, Morgan Stanley to manage share offering, Reuters says
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April 11, 2014
15:44 EDTGSTyson, Post final contenders to buy Michael Foods, Reuters says
Michael Foods, the egg and dairy products maker that has been put up for sale by Goldman Sachs' (GS) private equity arm, is evaluating binding bids from Tyson (TSN) and Post (POST) and is near a deal to be sold to one of the two for close to $2.5B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:38 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue growth outlook
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07:37 EDTGS, MSGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:31 EDTFIATYChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
11:21 EDTBACBank of America falls to important support area, levels to watch
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08:15 EDTGSGoldman COO says company committed to Brazil operations, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn asserted that the company is committed to retaining its investment-banking operations in Brazil as part of its world-wide footprint, according to Reuters, citing comments from Cohn. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGSGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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06:41 EDTMSGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTGS, MS, BACMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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06:32 EDTFIATYAutomakers have recalled nearly 15M vehicles since start of year, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
13:37 EDTBACBank of America ordered by CFPB to pay $727M for illegal credit card practices
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12:24 EDTBACBank of America to pay $800M in credit card settlement, WSJ says
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08:48 EDTBACHuntington Bancshares to acquire 11 branches in central, east Michigan
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07:41 EDTBACBofA unit, Allstate dismiss toxic mortgage debt suit, Reuters says
Allstate (ALL) and Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit have agreed to end a lawsuit stemming from $700M of toxic mortgage debt, according to Reuters, citing a court filing. Reference Link
07:00 EDTBACBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTBAC, GS, MSRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTBAC, GS, MSBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
18:56 EDTGSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
18:29 EDTGSGoldman Sachs considers shutting down dark pool Sigma X, WSJ reports
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06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTMS, GS, BACFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement 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
06:58 EDTMSDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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