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May 4, 2012
06:17 EDTUAL, GS, PEP, BA, BLKOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Goldman Sachs (GS) will introduce a bond trading platform where it will charge lower fees than on typical bond trades, sources say, to help keep customers looking at trading venues being set up by BlackRock (BLK) and others, the Wall Street Journal reports...PepsiCo (PEP) is bringing back Michael Jackson to try pump up its flagship cola, three years after the singer's death, in a deal with Jackson's estate, saying it will roll out 1B Pepsi cans with a silhouette of Jackson, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: China agreed to increase to 49% the limit on foreign ownership in domestic joint venture securities firms and allow these brokerages to trade commodities and financial futures, a U.S. official says, Reuters reports...United Airlines (UAL) is planning an order for at least 100 Boeing (BA) 737 narrow body jets potentially worth $10B at list prices, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Oil slid to its lowest level in over three weeks, heading for a weekly decline before the monthly U.S. jobs report, and after services and manufacturing output in the euro region fell more than expected, Bloomberg reports...Norway’s sovereign wealth fund sold all its Irish and Portuguese government bonds after rejecting the Greek debt swap, warning that Europe faces considerable challenges, Bloomberg reports.
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April 9, 2014
09:11 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTPEPKellogg speculated as Berkshire target amid volatile trading, Bloomberg says
Kellogg (K) shares have surged over last week amid speculation the company may be a takeover target for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, which noted that Kellogg fits the financial criteria for the types of acquisitions Buffet has made in the past. Kellogg could also appeal to another food company, like PepsiCo (PEP) or Nestle (NSRGY), the report added. Reference Link
06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTGSRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTGSBig 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
05:26 EDTPEPSenomyx enters into research agreement with PepsiCo, terms not disclosed
Senomyx (SNMX) announced that it has entered into a new collaborative agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) related to Senomyx's Salt Taste Program. The new collaboration will support Senomyx's continued work to identify flavors with modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt. Under the new agreement, PepsiCo will provide research funding for the Salt Taste Program for 2014 and has options to extend the research funding period. PepsiCo will have non-exclusive rights to salt flavor modifiers discovered during the research funding period. In addition, Senomyx will have the right to supply these flavor ingredients directly to PepsiCo. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
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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17:22 EDTUALUnited Continental reports March consolidated load factor down 1.6 points
United Airlines reported March operational results. UAL's March consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, increased 0.7% and consolidated capacity, or available seat miles, increased 2.7% versus March 2013. UAL's March consolidated load factor decreased 1.6 points compared to March 2013.
10:03 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
1st United Bancorp (FUBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Avista (AVA) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Cempra (CEMP) initiated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... JinkoSolar (JKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Lumenis (LMNS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Realty Income (O) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Teekay (TK) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Bristow Group (BRS) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Era Group (ERA) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Endurance (EIGI) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Tutor Perini (TPC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with an Outperform at Brinson Patrick... TriCo Bancshares (TCBK) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Achaogen (AKAO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTGSFederal 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
16:11 EDTPEPPepsiCo initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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12:21 EDTBABoeing now sees completing C-17 production in mid-2015
Boeing adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world's premier airlifter.Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015, an adjustment of approximately three months from an initial estimate of late 2015. The company announced plans to end C-17 production in September 2013. Boeing expects inventory–related charges of approximately $50M, which will be recorded in Q1, as a result of this announcement.
10:32 EDTUALAirline stocks rally after Goldman ups sector rating
Airline stocks are rising in a down market after Goldman Sachs raised its rating on the sector to Attractive from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Although airline stocks have already outperformed the market, it's not too late for investors to get involved in the sector, Goldman wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Not yet priced into the stock are higher ticket prices, more crowded planes, and a recovering U.S. consumer, according to the firm. It initiated coverage of American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded its rating on JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell. Goldman kept Buy ratings on Delta (DAL) and United Continental (UAL). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, American Airlines rose 1.25% to $37, JetBlue added 0.6% to $8.80, Delta gained 2% to $35.30, and United Continental lost 0.5% to $44.65.
07:09 EDTUALAirline quality study shows customer complaint improvement, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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06:14 EDTUALAirlines sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Airlines sector to Attractive from Neutral based on a more bullish views on the cycle and improving demand. The analyst believes consensus estimates underestimate pricing, which will boost multiples. As part of the sector change, the firm initiated American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell.
April 6, 2014
19:01 EDTBLKBlackRock names Robert Goldstein as COO, WSJ says
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18:00 EDTBAU.S. says ending Boeing fighter jet line won't damage suppliers, Reuters says
The Defense Department decided that halting orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, says Reuters. Reference Link
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