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December 24, 2012
06:19 EDTBAC, JPM, C, MS, GS, WFC, USBBig bond dealers holding onto Treasuries, Bloomberg reports
Major bond dealers are increasingly reluctant to give up their record holdings of Treasuries, providing support for a rally in the world’s most liquid debt market, reports Bloomberg. Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the other primary dealers of U.S. government securities reduced the amount of bonds they offered to the Fed to average of $8.04B a day in the past two weeks, from the $11.6B in September 2011, when the central bank began its Operation Twist stimulus program, according to Bloomberg data. At the same time, Wall Street’s holdings of Treasuries more than doubled since March. Reference Link
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12:26 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:59 EDTCStocks with call strike movement; C MA
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11:16 EDTCCitigroup says one employee terminated related to fraud found in Mexico
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11:09 EDTCCitigroup says committed to improving capital planning process
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10:56 EDTJPM, WFCMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
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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.
10:39 EDTCCitigroup sees lowering consumer banking headcount below 145K by end year
The company noted its headcount in consumer banking stood at 149K in Q1 and it sees the headcount to be cut to below 145K by Q4 of this fiscal year. The company sees cutting its consumer banking card products to under 440 by Q4 and lowering its branch count to under 3,525 in Q4 from 3,601 in Q1. Information from slides for earnings conference call.
10:02 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:38 EDTCCitigroup rallies after results, levels to watch
Shares are up over 4.1% at time of writing to $47.59 following better than expected earnings. At that price next resistance is at $48.36, a pivot high. Support is at $47.12. Rafferty Capital upgraded the stock to Hold from Sell.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation still attractive, says Wells Fargo
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08:59 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital
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08:32 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp to acquire document custodian business from Ally Bank
U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced that its lead bank, U.S. Bank National Association, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the document custodian business of Ally Bank (ALLY). The acquisition of Ally’s document custodian business, which is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2014, will add up to 40 employees to U.S. Bank, one new service location in Waterloo, Iowa and increase documents under custody by 15%.
08:31 EDTGSBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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08:10 EDTCCitigroup shares up 3% in pre-market trading after Q1 report
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08:09 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 net interest margin rose to 2.9%
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08:05 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 loan loss reserve release of $673M
Reports Q1 net credit losses of $2.4B, down 15% versus prior year period. CVA/DVA was $7M, or $4M after-tax, in the first quarter, compared to negative $319M, or negative $198M after-tax, in the prior year period. Q1 included a $210M tax charge related to corporate tax reforms enacted in two states. These reforms lowered marginal tax rates, resulting in a reduction in Citigroup’s state deferred tax assets. CEO Michael Corbat said, “Despite a quarter that was difficult for our company, we delivered strong results. Both our consumer and institutional businesses performed well and we grew both loans and deposits while holding the line on our expenses. We reduced our deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. $4B in net income helped generate $6B in regulatory capital during the quarter and increased our estimated Tier 1 Common ratio to 10.4% on a Basel III basis. Very cognizant of our shareholders desire to see a sustainable return of capital, we are engaged with the Fed to better understand their expectations regarding the CCAR process. We are committed to bringing our capital planning process to the highest possible standards, befitting an institution of our global reach. I will dedicate whatever resources and make whatever changes necessary to achieve this critical goal."
08:02 EDTCCitigroup reports estimates Basel III Tier 1 common ratio of 10.4%
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08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 EPS ex CVA/DVA $1.30, consensus $1.14
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