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April 11, 2014
17:09 EDTWFC, EBAY, GM, JPMStocks 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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November 12, 2014
08:13 EDTJPMBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTJPM, WFCBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:02 EDTJPMJPMorgan makes changes in response to foreign exchange probe, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTJPMCFTC fines five banks $1.4B for manipulation of FX benchmark rates
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06:05 EDTJPMFCA fines five banks $1.7B over FX trading operations
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06:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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14:30 EDTJPMBanks to be hit with billions in fines for currency manipulation, Telegraph says
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10:00 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTEBAYeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:15 EDTEBAYAlibaba says willing to collaborate with PayPal in future, Bloomberg reports
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07:06 EDTWFCJinkoSolar subsidiary signs $20M credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank
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06:39 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded on valuation at Keefe Bruyette
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05:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded JPMorgan to Market Perform with a $64 price target.
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTEBAYWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:17 EDTJPMCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
07:12 EDTWFCCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:46 EDTJPM, WFCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), 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
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
06:18 EDTJPMUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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