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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:25 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.3% move
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15:19 EDTUSB, BACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:20 EDTCCitigroup reports March credit loss 2.3% vs. 2.02% last month
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13:06 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Analysts lukewarm on Bank of America into Q1 results
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12:01 EDTBACFirst Majestic announces $30M forward sale contract on lead production
First Majestic (AG) announced that it has entered into a $30M forward sale contract with Bank of America (BAC) Merrill Lynch on a portion of the company's future lead production. The company executed this forward sale contract for 15,911.3 metric tonnes of lead at a fixed price of $0.945 per pound for total proceeds of $30M. The contract term is valid from April to September 2017, with a six-month repayment holiday from April to September. The forward sale contract is financially settled from the sale of lead from any of First Majestic's operations and represents approximately 35% of the company's total estimated future lead production over this period. The purpose of this prepayment contract is to fund the Company's continuing expansion plans and for general working capital.
10:25 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 3.55% vs. 3.53% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 2.18% vs. 2.26% last month.
10:00 EDTMS, COn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports March net credit losses 3.07% vs. 2.82% last month
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:07 EDTCCitigroup needs more progress to move higher, says Sterne Agee
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill's to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Morgan Stanley to Buy citing an attractive risk/reward following the recent pullback in shares. The firm keeps a $35 price target for the stock.
05:50 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Citigroup to Outperform following the bank's better than expected Q1 results and raised its price target for the stock to $57 from $52.
April 14, 2014
16:24 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTC, BACOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
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 EDTWFC, JPMMasterCard, 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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07:20 EDTGSKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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07:10 EDTGS, MSNBG picks Goldman, Morgan Stanley to manage share offering, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan has good value for patient investors, says Bernstein
After JPMorgan reported weaker than expected Q1 results, Bernstein reduced its 2014 EPS estimate for the company to $5.50 from $5.80. However, the firm thinks the company could benefit from higher interest rates, while its valuation is attractive. Bernstein keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:59 EDTCCitigroup says client information leaked at Korean credit units, Bloomberg says
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April 13, 2014
19:07 EDTCCitigroup to eliminate another 200 to 300 jobs, WSJ says
Citigroup has eliminated another 200 to 300 jobs including Steve Prince, the younger brother of former CEO Charles Prince, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, a Citigroup spokeswoman said the bank is continuing to "tightly manage expenses, making targeted head count reductions in light of current market conditions." Reference Link
April 11, 2014
17:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan outlook promising despite earnings shortfall, Barron's reports
Despite JPMorgan's stock falling 3.5% in today's trading after a tough quarter where the bank fell short of "already dim" projections, the bank's outlook is "promising" and the bank "should reward patience," according to Barron's "Barron's Take" column. Reference Link
17:09 EDTJPM, WFCStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
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16:21 EDTWFC, JPMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
15:44 EDTGSTyson, Post final contenders to buy Michael Foods, Reuters says
Michael Foods, the egg and dairy products maker that has been put up for sale by Goldman Sachs' (GS) private equity arm, is evaluating binding bids from Tyson (TSN) and Post (POST) and is near a deal to be sold to one of the two for close to $2.5B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
15:20 EDTCNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
Notable companies reporting before Monday's open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus $1.14, and M&T Bank (MTB), consensus $1.61.
13:01 EDTJPM, WFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
10:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees FY NIM growth similar to last year
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10:25 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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09:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo rises after results beat expectations, levels to watch
The shares are trading up following results, last at $47.97. At that price, the next major resistance level is at the 52-week high of $50.49. Support is at $46.72, the low of the session.
09:37 EDTBAC, CActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon says bank 'one of the good guys' in 'Flash Boys'
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09:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan falls after results, levels to watch
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09:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 NIM down 7 bps to 3.2%
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09:13 EDTJPM, WFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
09:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees core margin to be 'relatively stable' throughout 2014
JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake said the bank expects its core margin to be "relatively stable" throughout 2014 and to be "relatively stable to positive" in 2015.
08:53 EDTJPMJPMorgan weakness a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
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08:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says environment for M&A remains 'robust'
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08:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO Lake says bank lost share in mortgages
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08:38 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue growth outlook
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08:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says reported net income 'very close' to being core result
Says no one-time or non-recurring impacts to quarter were significant enough to be communicated as adjustments in earnings press release. JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake speaking on Q1 earnings conference call.
08:32 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees adjusted expense to be below $59B for 2014
JPMorgan expects Treasury and CIO NII to break-even during the second half of 2014. The bank expects adjusted expense to be below $59B for 2014. JPMorgan is targeting Basel III Tier 1 common ratio of 10%+, with a Firm SLR target of 5.5%+/- and a Bank SLR target of 6%+.
08:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan: card releases 'essentially done,' potential for more mortgage releases
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08:15 EDTWFCWells Fargo continues to expect future reserve releases
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Basel III Advanced Tier 1 ratio 10.04%
Wells said capital continued to strengthen in the first quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 of $132.7B under the Basel III General Approach, or 11.36% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III under the Advanced Approach, fully phased-in, was 10.04%.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 provision for credit losses $325M
Reports net charge-offs of $825M, down $594M from first quarter 2013. Reports $500M reserve release due to continued strong credit performance and improved economic conditions. Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said, "First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission." CFO Tim Sloan said, “We are very pleased with Wells Fargo’s performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year.”
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
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07:52 EDTJPMManhattan federal prosecutors probe JPMorgan's Masters, Bloomberg says
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07:37 EDTMS, C, GSGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:32 EDTJPMJPMorgan's Masters aimed to keep CEO position in sale, Bloomberg says
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07:27 EDTJPMFutures indicate market slide may continue
Stock futures are suggesting another lower as the market appears ready to extend its slide. Any help investors expected from earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) were dashed when the company missed Wall Street estimates. Investors will be watching economic data today, including the producer price index and the University of Michigan's consumer confidence report.
07:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan down 1.6% in pre-market trading after Q1 report
07:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 mortgage application volumes down 57% from prior year
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07:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon has 'growing confidence' in economy
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07:09 EDTCLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:07 EDTJPMJPMorgan Q1 Basel III Tier 1 common ratio 9.5%
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07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan Q1 headcount down 8,904 from prior year to 246,994
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07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 provision for credit losses $850M
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07:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan board authorizes firm to repurchase $6.5B of common equity
The board authorized the firm to repurchase $6.5B of common equity commencing within Q2 this year through the end of the first quarter of 2015. During the first quarter of 2014, the Firm repurchased $400M of common equity. The Federal Reserve Board informed the Firm that it does not object to the Firm’s proposed 2014 capital distribution plan.
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 Consumer and Community Banking revenue $10.46B
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07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan board increases quarterly dividend to 40c from 38c
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07:03 EDTCCitigroup volatility increases into Q1and capital outlook
Citigroup April call option implied volatility is at 43, May is at 27, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
07:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 Basel 1 Tier 1 Capital Ratio 12.1%
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07:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.40
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q1 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.40
Reports Q1 revenue $22.99B, consensus $24.53B
06:20 EDTCCitigroup unit in California facing DOJ probe, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon hopes to minimize corporate cash, WSJ says
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April 10, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:25 EDTJPM, WFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:33 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Analysts mixed on JPMorgan into Q1 results
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13:08 EDTJPMJP Morgan April weekly 58 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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13:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo April weekly 50 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
12:36 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Wells Fargo to report results after dividend hike
Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $20.6B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 90c-$1.02 on revenue of $19.5B-$22.41B. LAST QUARTER: Wells Fargo reported higher than expected Q4 EPS and revenue. The company said that it believes it can continue to grow its net interest margin over time. In a statement, CEO John Stumpf said, "Strong earnings power and capital levels, and an improving economic outlook are major reasons why we look ahead to 2014 with optimism." On March 26, Wells Fargo reported that the Federal Reserve had approved the bank’s capital allocation plan. Under the plan, Wells plans to pay a dividend of 35c per share. The dividend, which was increased 16.7% over prior levels, must be approved by the bank’s board of directors at its April 29 meeting. The bank also authorized the repurchase of an additional 350M shares of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH. In a note to investors on April 8, UBS wrote that Q1 may be the first quarter in four years that Wells Fargo’s EPS will not grow versus the previous quarter, as it believes the bank was hit with seasonal costs in Q1 that were not offset by revenue increases. The bank’s EPS will drop to 97c in Q1, down from $1.00 in Q4, but will still be up 5% versus the first quarter of 2013, the firm predicted. On a positive note, UBS contended that Wells Fargo was "a relative winner" of the Fed’s capital plan approval process. Although Wells' board has approved a 350M share increase in the bank’s stock repurchases, it typically doesn’t carry out large share repurchases, UBS stated. Wells should benefit from a continued U.S. economic recovery, but its shares already reflect such an outlook, according to UBS, which kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer was somewhat upbeat about the sector's outlook. In a note to investors on April 3, the firm predicted that bank stocks would outperform the broader market by a few hundred basis points per year. Loan growth "remains sluggish," but reduced credit costs and expenses should enable banks to report results that show slight year-over-year improvements, the firm contended. PRICE ACTION: Wells’ stock is little changed over the last month, but is up 6% so far this year and nearly 29% over the last 12 months.
11:21 EDTBACBank of America falls to important support area, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:37 EDTJPMDimon admits JPMorgan had 'tin ear' when listening to regulators, Reuters says
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said the company had a “tin ear” when dealing with regulators before settling investigations into mortgage lapses and trading losses, according to Reuters, citing comments from Dimon in a letter to the bank's investors. Dimon said, "Our response generally was, ‘We know what we’re doing.' Well, we should have done more self-examination. We need to be better listeners.” Reference Link
08:15 EDTGSGoldman COO says company committed to Brazil operations, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn asserted that the company is committed to retaining its investment-banking operations in Brazil as part of its world-wide footprint, according to Reuters, citing comments from Cohn. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGSGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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07:43 EDTJPMJPMorgan (JPM) CEO says 2013 was a year of 'pain,' WSJ reports
J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon acknowledged in his annual shareholder letter that legal issues and new regulations faced by the bank made 2013 "the most painful, difficult and nerve-wracking experience" he has ever dealt with professionally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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06:41 EDTJPM, MSGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTC, USB, BAC, WFC, MS, JPM, GSMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
13:37 EDTBACBank of America ordered by CFPB to pay $727M for illegal credit card practices
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12:24 EDTBACBank of America to pay $800M in credit card settlement, WSJ says
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08:48 EDTBACHuntington Bancshares to acquire 11 branches in central, east Michigan
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07:51 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook
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07:50 EDTJPMCEO Dimon says U.S. banking system 'sound,' Europe lagging, Reuters says
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07:41 EDTBACBofA unit, Allstate dismiss toxic mortgage debt suit, Reuters says
Allstate (ALL) and Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit have agreed to end a lawsuit stemming from $700M of toxic mortgage debt, according to Reuters, citing a court filing. Reference Link
07:18 EDTJPM, CLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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07:00 EDTBACBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTJPM, GS, USB, C, BAC, MS, WFCRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTC, BAC, JPM, MS, WFC, USB, GSBig 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
06:18 EDTCEgan-Jones, Glass Lewis oppose Citigroup's pay proposal, WSJ reports
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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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16:01 EDTCApple Netflix Citigroup Tesla Banco Santander Alcoa
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTJPMSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
07:26 EDTJPMElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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06:41 EDTCCitigroup plans to close one third of Korea branches, Reuters says
Citigroup announced that it is planning to close nearly one third of its Korea branches, which makes it the third global bank to reduce its presence in the country in the last year due to increasing expenses and intense competition, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the bank. Reference Link
06:24 EDTCCitigroup may miss return-on-tangible-common-equity goal, WSJ reports
According to sources, Citigroup may miss a its 2015 target for return-on-tangible-common-equity after the Federal Reserve last month rejected the bank's capital plan, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fed denied Citigroup's proposal to boost its dividend and increase stock buybacks on March 26, making it unlikely Citigroup can meet this key profitability target. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTBAC, USB, C, MS, WFC, JPM, GSFederal 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
17:16 EDTCCitigroup to resolve certain private-label securitization repurchase claims
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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06:58 EDTMS, CDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC
HSBC upgraded Citigroup to Neutral citing the recent underperformance of shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $51 from $48.
April 4, 2014
16:00 EDTC, BACOptions Update; April 4, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 89c to 41.88. Option volume leaders: AAPL C P NFLX LNG BAC INTC TSLA TWTR according to Track Data.
12:16 EDTGSGoldman CEO Blankfein awarded raise for 2013, WSJ says
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10:02 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley well positioned to beat Q1 Street expectations, says Macquarie
Macquarie said Morgan Stanley is best positioned to beat Q1 Street expectations of 62c due to mix and easier comps.
07:27 EDTMS, GSMorgan Stanley pushes back at HFT accusations, FT says
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07:20 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook for capital return
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07:18 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 19 into Q1 and outlook
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06:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan selling part of retirement business to Great-West, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform from Neutral based on relative valuation, improving U.S. and European economies, improving business mix and potential for increased buybacks. Price target raised to $68 from $62.
April 3, 2014
18:40 EDTJPMJPMorgan restructures chief investment office, FT says
JPMorgan has restructured its chief investment office, the unit that housed the "London whale," combining its CIO and treasury unit, reports The Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
17:36 EDTCCitigroup's Corbat enlists McQuade to lead the CCAR process over next year
In a regulatory filing, Citigroup disclosed that on April 3, it was announced that, at the request of Michael Corbat, the CEO of Citigroup, Eugene M. McQuade, the outgoing CEO of Citibank, will postpone his retirement and lead the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, CCAR, process for Citi over the next year. McQuade will become Vice Chairman of Citi, remain on the Citibank board of directors and report directly to Citi’s CEO. Due to the importance of this effort and the substantial time commitment required by McQuade’s new role, Citi’s board of directors, in conjunction with Mr. McQuade’s consent, withdrew his nomination to serve on Citi's board of directors.
16:51 EDTBACBofA in talks for $800M settlement over credit card practices, WSJ says
Bank of America is in talks to pay at least $800M to settle allegations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or CFPB that the bank promoted extra credit-card products, says the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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14:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan to sell large-market 401(k) recordkeeping business
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13:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Canavari Chief Brand Officer for Chase
JPMorgan Chase announced that Susan Canavari will join the firm as Chief Brand Officer for Chase. In this newly created role, Canavari will lead strategy and development for the consumer brand, including advertising, creative services and social media marketing. Canavari will report to Kristin Lemkau, the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Canavari joins Chase from mcgarrybowen, where she was Managing Director and lead on the JPMorgan Chase account.
12:10 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
10:00 EDTC, USBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTCCitigroup downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:45 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman
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07:38 EDTMSPortat calls too few women leading U.S. firms 'embarrassment,' Bloomberg says
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07:28 EDTGSSinopec said to select Goldman for $30B unit sale, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTCCitigroup downgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee downgraded Citigroup to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares citing the Fed's concerns in the recent capital review, increasing regulatory risk, slowing earnings growth, and lack of meaningful catalysts to drive shares higher. Price target lowered to $52 from $60.
06:52 EDTJPMJPMorgan eases tension with Russian embassy by processing payment, Reuters says
JPMorgan is processing a payment from Russia's embassy in Kazakhstan to insurance agency Sogaz in an effort to ease tension after Moscow accused the firm of illegally blocking the transaction under the pretext of sanctions, according to Reuters, citing a company statement from the U.S. bank. Reference Link
06:24 EDTCU.S. launches criminal probe of Citigroup's Mexican unit, NY Times reports
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06:23 EDTCCitigroup downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
April 2, 2014
17:18 EDTBACBank of America stock has room to run, Barron's says
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 2, 2014
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13:53 EDTJPMJPMorgan commodity chief Masters leaves bank, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan's Blythe Masters to leave company, DJ reports
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10:00 EDTUSBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Essex Property Trust (ESS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Healthstream (HSTM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Imperial Oil (IMO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nordion (NDZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Old National Bancorp (ONB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Edison International (EIX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
09:27 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill
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08:43 EDTJPMNAREIT to hold a conference
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08:37 EDTWFCWells Fargo to hold a summit
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07:30 EDTGSEnergy Future plan to nearly wipe out owners KKR to Goldman, Bloomberg says
KKR (KKR), TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs (GS) Capital Partners, the companies that acquired Energy Future Holdings, would nearly be wiped out in a reorganization plan being discussed, according to Bloomberg, citing three people with direct knowledge of the negotiations. Reference Link
07:07 EDTGSGoldman Sachs close to selling NYSE floor-trading unit to IMC, WSJ reports
Goldman Sachs is close to a deal to sell its NYSE floor-trading business to Dutch firm IMC Financial Markets for as much as $30M, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan reprimanded by Russia as bank blocks payment, Bloomberg says
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06:43 EDTGSTerra Firma appoints Goldman, Deutsche to offer Awas advice, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) have been appointed by British private equity firm Terra Firma to offer advice on what to do with aircraft leasing firm Awas, with possible options including a possible stock market listing or complete sale, according to Reuters, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs, Prysmian, Nexans fined by EU regulators, Reuters reports
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06:22 EDTBAC, C, JPM, WFCBank overdraft fees hitting highs, WSJ reports
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