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February 27, 2015
07:17 EDTBAC, GSUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business to hold a forum
U.S. Monetary Policy Forum is being held in New York on February 27.
06:32 EDTBACBank of America Chief Accounting Officer, two directors to step down
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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05:50 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brennan Hawken downgraded Bank of America to Neutral from Buy saying disclosures in the bank's recent annual filing raise the risk of a qualitative failure this year. Hawken believes that even with yesterday's 2.7% pullback, shares of Bank of America are not fully pricing in the risk of a qualified failure in the Federal Reserve's Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. The analyst writes that even if BofA passes the CCAR, the Fed's annual exercise to assess whether the largest banks have sufficient capital, its regulatory capital ratios are well below peers, which could drive lower capital returns. Hawken cut his price target on the banking giant to $16 from $20. Shares of Bank of America closed yesterday down 45c to $16.04.
February 26, 2015
16:35 EDTBABoeing files automatic mixed securities shelf
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15:02 EDTBAC, MS, JPM, GSFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:01 EDTJPM, BACBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
13:25 EDTFBGerman watchdog issues cease-and-desist letter to Facebook, WSJ says
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12:31 EDTBABoeing says received 50 new orders for 737 Max jet in last week
Boeing says it has received 50 new orders from unidentified customers for the 737 Max jet in the last week. The company said customers canceled deals for four of its 737s.
12:12 EDTFBFacebook climbs after analyst says Oculus could be used for NBA, NHL games
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10:50 EDTMS, BAC, GS, JPMNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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10:41 EDTFBFacebook retakes the $80 level, runs higher, levels to watch
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10:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs shakes up mergers and acquisitions group, Financial Times says
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:35 EDTBABoeing, FedEx oppose punishing Gulf airlines for alleged subsidies, Reuters says
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February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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17:40 EDTMSMorgan Stanley agrees to $2.6B mortgage settlement with U.S.
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17:37 EDTMSMorgan Stanley agrees to $2.6B mortgage settlement with U.S.
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13:34 EDTJPMDeutsche Bank hires JPMorgan senior banker Jeff Urwin
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09:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says Apple Pay available for Wealth Management clients
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08:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation discount overdone, says Goldman
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08:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan core franchise outlook positive, says Bernstein
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08:28 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reportedly near deal for Montreal cargo facility, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs looking to launch energy debt investment fund, NY Times reports
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06:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks with DOJ over auto loan pricing
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06:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan to close 300 bank branches over two years, AP reports
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06:10 EDTBAFAA will allow Southwest to fly planes that missed inspection, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 24, 2015
14:43 EDTBACBofA head of Americas equitites leaving company, Bloomberg reports
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12:12 EDTBACBank of America head of equities for America leaving bank, Bloomberg says
10:53 EDTJPMJPMorgan rises, levels to watch
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10:24 EDTBABoeing finds buyers for early 787 Dreamliner inventory, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTBABoeing lines up buyers for 10 'overweight' 787 Dreamliners, Bloomberg says
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook says over 2M advertisers now active, launches Ads Manager app
There are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook, the company announced. Facebook also announced the launch of Ads Manager, a new mobile app that gives marketers more power to manage ads from anywhere. Reference Link
09:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees pro forma net income growing to about $30B over 3 year horizon
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09:11 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says will 'aggressively' manage G-SIB exposures
CFO Lake says may take at actions to reduce G-SIB buffer to 4% if required actions are accretive.
09:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says company seeks to raise dividends if approved
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09:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan expects legal costs to ease, but remain above pre-crisis levels
08:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan expect net charge offs to remain low at $4B+ in 2015
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08:28 EDTBASenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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07:21 EDTGS, MS, BAC, JPMSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTBAAirbus told suppliers to prepare for increase in A320 production, Reuters says
Airbus (EADSY) has told suppliers that it is considering increasing the number of A320 jets it produces to 50 per month as early as 2017, according to Reuters. The company, which is looking to make 48 A320 jets per month by the second quarter of 2016, currently manufactures 42 of the jets per month and had previously planned to produce 46 of them monthly by the second quarter of 2016, the news service noted. Boeing (BA) competes with Airbus in international commercial plane markets. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGS, JPMBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan plans to charge fees for deposits from large clients, WSJ says
JPMorgan is planning to charge corporate clients, hedge funds, private-equity firms, and foreign banks for deposits due to regulatory rules that impose costs on holding money viewed as "prone to fleeing" during financial stress, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo and people familiar with the plan. Clients will be asked to pay a fee or move funds to other products such as money-fund sweep accounts. Retail customers are unaffected. Reference Link
06:08 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
05:23 EDTBARaytheon and Boeing partner to provide solutions to Royal Saudi Air Force
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTBAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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13:33 EDTMSRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
12:21 EDTBAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:13 EDTBABoeing falls after Goldman downgrades to Sell, levels to watch
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11:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan weekly volatility elevated into investor day
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09:59 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan to host investor day
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06:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sees $3B in possible legal costs above reserves
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06:51 EDTBAAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:21 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:19 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTBABoeing price target raised to $196 from $164 at Sterne Agee
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06:03 EDTJPMAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg reports
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05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 19, 2015
17:58 EDTJPMAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg says
17:28 EDTBABoeing awarded $591.25M government contract modification
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
11:47 EDTFBFacebook breaks above its 50-day moving average
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11:40 EDTFBFacebook rises after analyst pegs Instagram value at $33B
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09:35 EDTFBOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
07:58 EDTFBFacebook remains a top pick for 2015, says Cowen
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07:46 EDTBAAustralia opens bids for $8B armored vehicle defense contract, WSJ says
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07:12 EDTGSWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:47 EDTJPM, MS, BAC, GSReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:28 EDTMSAuthorities investigating possible hack in Morgan Stanley leak, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 18, 2015
11:49 EDTFBFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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09:02 EDTBAOrbital ATK begins production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner frames
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook in talks with media about hosting news content, Re/code says
Facebook is speaking to media publishers about hosting news content "that would otherwise go on a publisher’s own website," reports Re/code, citing statements by Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox at the Code/Media conference. Cox said Facebook could provide a larger audience and improved design, though he noted potential partnerships "aren't coming anytime soon." Additionally, Cox said the company's video efforts have been "a massive success" but the company "isn’t rushing" to pay content creators. Reference Link
08:16 EDTBAKaman awarded 777/767 fixed trailing edge kits LTA by Boeing
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08:03 EDTBAAlaska Air purchasing six Boeing Extended Range aircraft
Alaska Airlines (ALK) is purchasing six more Boeing (BA) 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594M. Boeing's current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska's total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.
07:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs vows legal battle with Bank of Portugal over loan, Reuters says
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07:21 EDTJPM, MS, GS, BACJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:15 EDTJPMPeterson Institute for International Economics to hold a discussion
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07:07 EDTBABarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan may shrink interest-rate trading, other units, Bloomberg says
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook engagement data remains strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes that according to comScore, Facebook’s share of mobile Internet time excluding Instagram and WhatsApp in January was 21%, up from 20% in December, and its share of total Internet time including desktop was 17%. The firm believes the data suggests continued strong engagement for Facebook. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target, calling the stock a favorite idea for 2015.
06:10 EDTFBFacebook is developing virtual reality apps, Re/code says
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February 17, 2015
17:13 EDTFBPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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15:05 EDTFBFacebook announces official launch of Marketing Partner program
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13:14 EDTFBFacebook introduces customizable product ads solution
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11:04 EDTBABoeing awarded $29.5M contract for laser weapons on Navy ships
Boeing said it has been awarded a $29.5M contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships.
10:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports January net credit losses 2.53% vs. 2.56% last month
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10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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10:04 EDTFBFacebook receives patent for identifying, marketing to "influencers"
Facebook has received a patent allowing it to identify "influencers" within its social network - those whose recommendations results in a significant increase of word-of-mouth and re-sharing. The patent describes a process for identifying which users are most influential, and then advertising to those specific people in order to capitalize on any potential recommendations they may make.
08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
07:22 EDTFBMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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06:39 EDTGSBanks settle claims related to mortgage securities, Reuters says
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February 13, 2015
18:02 EDTBABoeing awarded $402.78M government contract modification
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17:05 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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06:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan Asia investment bank Vice Chairman steps down, Financial Times says
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