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News For C;WFC;MS;GS;BAC;USB;JPM From The Last 14 Days
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March 4, 2015
08:00 EDTCCiti, MasterCard sign new global 10-year agreement
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07:22 EDTUSB, BAC, WFC, C, JPMBanks, not Apple, on hook for 'post-Apple Pay fraud,' says Trustev
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March 3, 2015
16:23 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as the major averages receded from record levels. The Dow and S&P 500 closed yesterday at all-time highs, though the market was unable to build upon those records. Auto sales for February included disappointments for several companies, but that was quickly blamed on the poor weather during the month. With the economic calendar light, investors began looking forward to end of the week, when the highly anticipated monthly nonfarm payrolls are released. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Automakers reported on their sales in the U.S. during February, with several falling short of expectations. Ford (F) reported sales fell about 2% last month compared to the prior year, and its stock fell 40c, or 2.41%, to $16.17 afterward. Shares of Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), which reported a 6% increase in U.S. sales last month, declined 52c, or 3.28%, to $15.31. General Motors (GM) reported its February U.S. sales rose a bit over 4%, but that was below the nearly 6% increase that had been forecast by analysts, and shares gained 19c, or 0.51%, to $37.80... Target (TGT) shares gained 32c, or 0.41%, to $78.00 as the company held its investor day meeting. During the meeting, the retailer guided for its fiscal 2015 EPS to be $4.45-$4.65, versus consensus $4.50, and projected that its sales will grow 2%-3% during the fiscal year. Target also said it is targeting $2B in share repurchases this year and said it expects 5%-10% annual dividend growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Orexigen (OREX), which surged $1.85, or 31.95%, to $7.64 after the company disclosed that its weight loss drug, Contrave, demonstrated a statistically significant benefit over placebo for cardiovascular events when announcing a method of treatment patent was issued by the USPTO. Also higher was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which gained $12.19, or 32.05%, to $50.23 after agreeing to acquire OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for $4.25B. Among the noteworthy losers was Primoris Services (PRIM), which fell $3.87, or 18.35%, to $17.22 after reporting fourth quarter results that fell short of consensus expectations and were below last year’s fourth quarter. Also lower were shares of Micron (MU), which fell $1.58, or 5.06%, to $29.66 after Nomura downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 85.26, or 0.47%, to 18,203.37, the Nasdaq lost 28.20, or 0.56%, to 4,979.90, and the S&P 500 declined 9.61, or 0.45%, to 2,107.78.
16:01 EDTBAC, COptions Update; March 3, 2015
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13:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan weekly flat into stress test results
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10:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan to pay $50M in settlement with Justice Department
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10:12 EDTCCitigroup volatility elevated into stress test results
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10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTCFortress Co-Chairman Wes Edens comments on Springleaf acquisition of OneMain
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07:15 EDTCSpringleaf to host conference call
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06:50 EDTJPMJPMorgan's consumer business outshining its investment bank, NY Times says
In a reversal from the last several years, JPMorgan's consumer banking business seems to be performing better than its investment bank, The New York Times wrote, after viewing presentations by the heads of both banks. The head of the consumer bank, Gordon Smith, is in line to succeed Jamie Dimon as JPMorgan's CEO if he steps down in the near future, the newspaper noted. Reference Link
06:34 EDTCCiti confirms sale of OneMain Financial To Springleaf to $4.25B
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06:32 EDTCSpringleaf confirms acquisition of Citi's OneMain for $4.25B
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06:06 EDTCCiti upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup (C) to Overweight saying the Costco (COST) co-branding credit card deal announced yesterday will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm expects the Federal Reserve to approve Citi's capital return in 2015 and for the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. Citi closed Monday up $1.07 to $53.49.
05:37 EDTCSpringleaf close to buying Citi's OneMain for $4.25B, WSJ reports
Springleaf (LEAF) could announce as early as today a deal to acquire Citi's (C) OneMain Financial for about $4.25B, Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
March 2, 2015
17:08 EDTGS, BACOverstock.com market-riggin case to proceed
Overstock.com (OSTK) announces that due to the California Supreme Court's decision last week not to review a lower appellate court ruling, relevant discovery materials gained in its long-fought battle with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) will be released to the public, and it will be proceeding to trial against Merrill Lynch. In a suit filed in 2007, Overstock.com alleged certain brokerages engaged in illegal market manipulation in a deliberate effort to manipulate Overstock.com's share prices. Over many years and millions of dollars of discovery generating millions of documents, it fashioned its case against some of the premier brokerages on Wall Street. As was previously disclosed in a filing with the SEC in December 2010, Overstock.com entered into a settlement with certain other defendants in the aggregate amount of $4.44M, the terms of which are confidential. In January 2012, a California trial court decided that relevant portions of the voluminous discovery records regarding Goldman and Merrill should be made public, but dismissed the case on narrow, technical grounds. Last week's decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the appellate court ruling means that the process for public release of information gathered through the discovery process may now proceed, and also the trial against Merrill Lynch. Overstock SVP and General Counsel Mark Griffin added, "It is unfortunate the Court has decided that, despite the substantial evidence against Goldman Sachs, due to jurisdictional grounds they cannot be made to account for it in a California courtroom. Overstock looks forward to making that evidence available to the public for review, and we can't wait to get Merrill Lynch in front of a jury, and let them decide what to do about these manipulative stock market abuses."
16:02 EDTBAC, COptions Update; March 2, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 91c to 26.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MBI MCD NFLX AMZN GOOG BAC C according to Track Data.
12:20 EDTMSNew York Attorney General to sue Morgan Stanley over subprime deals
In a regulatory filing submitted Monday, Morgan Stanley stated that on January 13, the New York Attorney General’s Office indicated that it intends to file a lawsuit related to approximately 30 subprime securitizations sponsored by the company. NYAG indicated that the lawsuit would allege that the company misrepresented or omitted material information related to the due diligence, underwriting and valuation of the loans in the securitizations and the properties securing them and indicated that its lawsuit would be brought under the Martin Act. The company does not agree with NYAG’s allegations and has presented defenses to them.
11:24 EDTCCiti CFO sees Q1 fixed-income, equity markets revenue declining, Reuters says
Citi CFO John Gerspach sees revenue from fixed-income and equity markets declining by mid-to-high single-digits in Q1 y/y due to the Swiss currency reevaluation and a "slow start" in spread products, reports Reuters, citing an investor conference. Reference Link
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