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April 17, 2014
16:45 EDTBAC, GSMarket swings to gains in holiday-shortened week
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14:28 EDTFBFacebook announces new feature called 'Nearby Friends'
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12:53 EDTMS, GSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:19 EDTBABoeing reports 5 new orders since last update, cuts 737 net orders by 5
Boeing reported 5 new orders for 737s from an unidentified customer or customers in an update on its orders through April 15 posted to its corporate website. In the changes category, Boeing reduced 737 net orders by 5.
10:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan looks to technology startup apps to plan mobile future, Bloomberg says
When it came time to update its mobile banking app, JPMorgan's (JPM) digital chief Gavin Michael studied software created by technology startups, such as Uber and GrubHub's (GRUB) Seamless, for inspiration to give the app a more "simple, human, cohesive" design, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Michael. Reference Link
10:17 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB NFLX
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10:16 EDTGSGoldman CFO says trajectory for merger activity 'appears good' right now
10:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs fully-phased-in Basel 3 tier 1 common ratio 9.7%, CFO says
9.7% ratio is under advanced approach.
10:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says no plans to adjust size of balance sheet
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09:59 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:59 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' Schwartz says no strategic plans for Sigma X dark pool
Goldman CFO Harvey Schwartz speaking on company's Q1 earnings call.
09:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says confident in ability to comply with SLR rules
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09:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley breaks above recent downtrend after results
The shares are up over 3% to $30.86 at time of writing, breaking above the recent downtrend in the shares which is bullish for price. Next resistance at current price is at $31.41. Support is at $30.52.
08:58 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat cites M&A contributing to 'strong' pipeline
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08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports total capital $244.73B at March 31
As of March 31, total capital was $244.73B, consisting of $79.10B in total shareholders’ equity and $165.63B in unsecured long-term borrowings. Book value per common share was $154.69 and tangible book value per common share was $145.04, both approximately 1% higher compared with the end of 2013. Under the regulatory capital requirements applicable to bank holding companies, the firm’s Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firm’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31. Level 3 assets were $41B as of March 31, compared with $40B as of December 31, 2013, and represented 4.5% of total assets. Total staff of 32,600 was down from 32,900 as of December 31, 2013.
07:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO Blankfein says 'generally pleased' with Q1 performance
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07:46 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Q1 Basel 1 tier 1 common equity ratio 14.6%
The firm’s global core excess liquidity was $175B as of March 31. The firm’s Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.3% and the firm’s Common Equity Tier 1 ratio was 14.6% as of March 31.
07:44 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q1 EPS $4.02, consensus $3.49
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07:32 EDTBACBank of America upgraded at Oppenheimer
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06:51 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Wealth Management net revenue $3.62B
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06:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports assets under management at March 31 of $382B
06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Fixed income commodities sales & revenue $1.7B
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06:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 Basel 1 Tier 1 Capital Ratio 15.6%
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06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley board increases quarterly dividend to 10c from 5c
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06:47 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 adjusted EPS 68c, consensus 60c
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06:44 EDTBAC, JPMBank of America to pay $950M to settle mortgage allegations, NY Times says
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06:31 EDTBAC, JPM, MS, GSBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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April 16, 2014
17:28 EDTBACBank of America still a buy, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; April 16, 2014
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15:17 EDTGS, MSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:42 EDTBACBofA in mortgage settlement talks with DOJ, multiple AGs, WSJ says
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14:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April 157 straddle priced for 2.5% move into Q1
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13:00 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April volatility elevated into Q1
Morgan Stanley April call option implied volatility is at 53, May is at 30, June is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 17.
12:49 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report after negative signs from peers
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12:47 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the day’s housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fed’s Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed’s Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
11:40 EDTBACBank of America management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on April 22 hosted by Jefferies.
10:11 EDTBACBank of America falls after results, levels to watch
Shares are trading near the session low at $15.82 following earnings. At that price next support is at $15.18. Resistance is at $16.20.
09:36 EDTFB, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTJPMHigher One appoints Sheinbaum CEO
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09:11 EDTBACBofA sees being in better position in Q2 compared to start of the year
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08:52 EDTBACBank of America still sees 'New BAC' quaterly savings of $2.0B by mid-2015
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07:16 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility flat into Q1 and revenue outlook
Goldman Sachs April call option implied volatility is 39, July is at 21, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the open on April 17.
07:11 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $20.75 at March 31
Tangible book value per share was $13.81 at March 31, compared to $13.79 at December 31, 2013 and $13.36 at March 31, 2013. Book value per share was $20.75 at March 31, compared to $20.71 at December 31, 2013 and $20.19 at March 31, 2013.
07:10 EDTBACBank of America estimates Basel 3 Standard common tier 1 capital ratio 9.3%
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America says Q1 earnings hurt by resolving more mortgage issues
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07:05 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 provision for credit losses $1.01B
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07:03 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 EPS ex-items 35c, consensus 27c
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06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions 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 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:06 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Analysts lukewarm on Bank of America into Q1 results
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
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 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems new pact with Boeing removes a risk, says Wells Fargo
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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 EDTMSOn 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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09:16 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill's to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:29 EDTBAFuji Heavy Industries o open factory plant for next-gen Boeing jets, Nikkei says
Fuji Heavy Industries (FUJHY) plans to open a new factory next year to produce parts for Boeing's (BA) next-generation 666X passenger jets, reports Nikkei. Fuji Heavy Industries is expected to spend $97.6M for the new plant and will likely build enough parts to equip 100 of the new aircraft next year. Reference Link
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.
April 14, 2014
16:49 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems, Boeing amend supply agreement
Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on April the company entered an agreement with Boeing (BA) amending Spirit’s long-term supply agreement with Boeing covering products for Boeing’s B737, B747, B767 and B777 commercial aircraft programs. The amended agreement establishes pricing terms for recurring products for the period commencing on April 1 and ending on December 31, 2015. Prices will continue to be adjusted each year based on a quantity-based price adjustment formula described in the agreement, whereby average per-unit prices are higher at lower volumes. Prices continue to be subject to other adjustments provided for under the agreement. The new pricing terms will not be applied to the period prior to April 1. Spirit does not expect the amended agreement to have a material impact on previously announced EPS guidance.
16:00 EDTBACOptions 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.
14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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10:56 EDTJPMMasterCard, 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.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation still attractive, says Wells Fargo
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:31 EDTGSBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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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 EDTMS, GSNBG 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.
07:06 EDTBAU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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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 EDTJPMStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
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16:21 EDTJPMOn 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
13:01 EDTJPMOn 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.
09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTFB, BACActive 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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09:13 EDTJPMOn 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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08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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07:52 EDTJPMManhattan federal prosecutors probe JPMorgan's Masters, Bloomberg says
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07:37 EDTGS, MSGoldman, 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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07:07 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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07:01 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
06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon hopes to minimize corporate cash, WSJ says
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April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:25 EDTJPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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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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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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11:21 EDTBACBank of America falls to important support area, levels to watch
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive 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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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
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
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:41 EDTMS, JPMGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTGS, MS, JPM, BACMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:49 EDTBABoeing, Air Canada sign agreement for Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox
Boeing (BA) announced that Air Canada (AIDIF) has signed an agreement to implement the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support maintenance operations for its 767, 777, 787 and 737 MAX airplane fleets. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers access to information that technicians need to resolve airplane maintenance issues. As part of the Toolbox deployment project, Boeing will also provide services for transition and migration of customized data from maintenance management applications currently used by Air Canada, and will enable integration with existing maintenance resource planning systems.
13:37 EDTBACBank of America ordered by CFPB to pay $727M for illegal credit card practices
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13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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12:24 EDTBACBank of America to pay $800M in credit card settlement, WSJ says
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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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
07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:18 EDTJPMLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
07:00 EDTBACBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTGS, BAC, MS, JPMRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTMS, GS, JPM, BACBig 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
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
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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16:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:00 EDTFBCLSA social media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:28 EDTFBFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTFB, JPMSecurity 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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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTJPM, GS, MS, BACFederal 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
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.
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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06:58 EDTMSDark 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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April 6, 2014
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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