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April 11, 2014
17:09 EDTJPM, WFC, EBAY, GMStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower in a choppy week of trade that saw sellers take control in the week's final two sessions. The Nasdaq, which has been leading the market lower over the last few weeks of trade, was the week's laggard, with the tech index logging its first close below 4,000 since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., economic data came in a bit better than expected, with initial jobless claims reported at 300,000, less than expectations for 320,000 and lower than the prior month's revised reading of 332,000. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April reading, better than March's 80.0... On Wednesday, the minutes from the FOMC's latest meeting were released, indicating that some Committee members were concerned that its new forward guidance could imply a change in its policy intentions. The Committee also said the severe winter weather in much of the U.S. held down economic activity early in the year, and said international developments, including those in China and Ukraine, bear watching... China's imports fell 11.3% from the prior month, sharply lower than expectations for expansion of 3.9%, with the world's second largest economy also reporting exports that fell 6.5% against estimates for a 4.8% increase. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) was again in the news this week, with the carmaker on Thursday placing two engineers on paid leave as part of its investigation into the circumstances leading to recall of more than 2.6M vehicles due to ignition defects. Later that same day, the company said it expects to take a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter on recall-related repairs. Late in the session on Friday, a trove of documents were released by the the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, which indicated, among other things, that CEO Mary Barra knew in 2011 about the company's handling of Saturn and Chevrolet models being probed by the NHTSA related to defects... Banking giants Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings Friday morning, with Wells' results beating expectations while JPMorgan missed estimates... eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn agreed to settle their proxy fight, with Icahn agreeing to withdraw his proposal for eBay to spin-off its PayPal unit. INDEXES: The Dow lost 2.4% to 16,026.75, the S&P 500 lost 2.6% to 1,815.69, and the Nasdaq lost 3.1% to 3,999.73.
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May 14, 2015
09:03 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $1B in Warren Technical Center campus
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06:51 EDTWFCWells Fargo looking to streamline operations, Charlotte Observer says
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06:49 EDTJPMBanks to pay several billion over alleged currency violations, NY Times says
Barclays (BCS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are expected to agree to pay a combined "several billion dollars" as part of a settlement with the U.S. over alleged foreign exchange rigging, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The banks are also expected to plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations, but it is not anticipated that their operations will be significantly affected as a result of those pleas, the newspaper stated. Meanwhile, UBS (UBS) will pay a fine of up to $500M related to alleged "foreign currency misconduct," the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
08:11 EDTGMGeneral Motors and Toyota implement Microchip's infotainment networking devices
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May 12, 2015
19:31 EDTGMGM recalls 522,000 Malibu, Colorado, Canyon models, Auto News says
General Motors is recalling roughly 53,000 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks due to faulty seat frame hooks, as well as 469,000 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibus with weak seat belt cables, reports Automotive News, citing an emailed statement from the company. GM said it is aware of 36 claims and one minor injury related to the Malibu seat belt defect, though no accidents or fatalities have been reported. Reference Link
17:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors halts Brazilian factory over shipping troubles, Reuters says
GM has halted production at a factory in southern Brazil after transportation firms Tegma and Transzero stopped shipping cars from the plant, reports Reuters, citing company statements. Reference Link
16:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $77M in trust fund case, St. Louis Today says
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14:13 EDTJPMBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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07:48 EDTWFCStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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May 11, 2015
10:44 EDTGMGM ignition fund approves claims for 100 deaths, Detroit News says
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTJPMBarclays expected to pay GBP2B to settle forex rigging charges, FT says
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08:18 EDTWFC, JPMBanks executives seek to push back on 'false, damaging' statements, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan price traget raised to $73 from $68 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated JPMorgan's price target to $73 following a meeting with Chairman Jamie Dimon. The analyst believes earnings surprises are likely and the market is over-discounting the impact of regulation. BofA/Merrill expects JPMorgan to benefit from its multi-dimensional model, EPS sensitivity to rising interest rates, and a shift in Fed monetary policy which will drive bond market volatility.
07:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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May 10, 2015
20:03 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, UBS consider exiting U.K., Financial Times says
Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and UBS (UBS) are considering exiting their London operations due to the U.K.'s bank levy, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. There is particular focus among the banks to reduce repurchase agreements, said three senior industry figures. The Financial Times notes that the recent Conservative win could see political maneuvers to reduce or renegotiate the levy, potentially persuading the banks to stay. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
13:09 EDTEBAYCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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09:03 EDTGMBofA/Merrill auto analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:48 EDTJPMBanks to erase debt of bankrupt consumers from reports, NY Times says
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06:22 EDTEBAYCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
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