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August 20, 2014
17:12 EDTHPQ, BRK.A, BAC, MET, HTZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The broader market opened slightly lower as investors moved to the sidelines awaiting the release of the minutes from last month’s FOMC meeting. There was little else for investors to key in on as the geopolitical situations were fairly quiet and the economic calendar was devoid of any major releases. As a result the averages drifted throughout the morning but by lunch time had crossed into positive ground. From there the Dow would take the lead while the Nasdaq lagged. The knee jerk reaction to the Fed’s minutes, which showed a more heated debate about when to raised interest rates, pushed the market lower. After digesting the notes the market turned and closed with its fifth positive finish in the past six sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Mortgage Bankers' Association Purchase Applications showed a week-over-week drop of -0.4% in the purchase index, but a 3% rise in the refinance index... The EIA Petroleum Status Report showed a 4.5M draw in oil inventories to 362.5M barrels during last week... In the Fed minutes released at 2:00 pm ET, "many" FOMC members said that stimulus may have to be removed sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: After the close, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) reported in-line Q3 earnings and Q4 guidance... Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) consented to a final judgment whereby it agreed to pay a civil penalty of $896,000 for failure to comply with the premerger reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott Rodino Act... Bank of America (BAC) reached a $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, according to the Associated Press... MetLife (MET) has been moved closer to potentially being designated as a "systemically important financial institution," according to the Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Hertz (HTZ) rebounded after Carl Icahn reported an 8.48% stake in the company and said he plans to hold talks with the management. The stock closed down 3.9% after trading down over 9% intra-day. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 59.54, or 0.35%, to 16,979.13, the Nasdaq closed down 1.03, or 0.02%, to 4,526.48, and the S&P 500 closed up 4.91, or 0.25%, to 1,986.51.
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September 8, 2014
09:12 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
Hertz Global volatility may move after announcing Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO. Overall option implied volatility of 35 is near its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:07 EDTHTZHertz jumps 6% after announcing Chairman Frissora steps down
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08:04 EDTHTZHertz announces Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
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07:35 EDTAAgilent initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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05:40 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on Bank of America (BAC) shares to Buy citing the resolution of a lot of the bank's legal issues and the shift of its earnings mix towards higher growth businesses. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $19 from $17. Bank of America closed Friday down 9c to $16.02.
September 5, 2014
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; September 5, 2014
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09:06 EDTBACCFTC concerned about banks shifting trading operations overseas, WSJ says
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07:50 EDTMETMetLife can fund any new capital requirements internally, says Wells Fargo
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07:26 EDTBACApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
September 4, 2014
16:24 EDTMETMetLife issues statement on preliminary SIFI designation
MetLife chairman, president and CEO Steven Kandarian issued the following statement after the Financial Stability Oversight Council notified the company that it has been preliminarily designated a non-bank Systemically Important Financial Institution, or SIFI: “MetLife strongly disagrees with the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s preliminary designation of MetLife as a SIFI. MetLife is not systemically important under the Dodd-Frank Act criteria. In fact, MetLife has served as a source of financial strength and stability during times of economic distress, including the 2008 financial crisis. The current regulatory system oversees a stable industry that pays out more than $500B every year. Imposing bank-centric capital rules on life insurance companies will make it more difficult for Americans to buy products that help protect their financial futures. At a time when government social safety nets are under increasing pressure and corporate pensions are disappearing, the goal of public policy should be to preserve and encourage competitively priced financial protection for consumers. MetLife is not ruling out any of the available remedies under Dodd-Frank to contest a SIFI designation.”
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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06:40 EDTBACAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
06:24 EDTMETMetLife to meet with regulators to decide if 'too big to fail', NY Post reports
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September 3, 2014
10:00 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTBACFirst South Bancorp purchases banking operations in North Carolina
First South Bancorp (FSBK) announced the signing of an agreement under which the Bank has agreed to purchase the branch banking operations of nine locations in North Carolina from Bank of America (BAC). The branch offices are located in Elizabethtown, Goldsboro, Kenansville, Kinston, Kitty Hawk, Morehead City, Mount Olive, Wallace and Wilson, North Carolina. The purchase is expected to add approximately $261.4M of deposits. The Bank has also agreed to purchase the fixed assets and a small amount of loans related to the purchased branches. The Bank expects the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to approval by regulators and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. After the purchase of the branches, the Bank's franchise will increase from 26 to 35 banking offices. The transaction is expected to increase assets from $711M at June 30, 2014 to approximately $972M and deposits from $593M to approximately $854M at close.
07:29 EDTBACFinal liquidity, swaps margin rules to be unveiled today, Reuters says
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07:19 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
Price target lowered to $17 from $18.
06:35 EDTBACJPMorgan in talks to sell oil-supply agreement to Bank of America, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTBACFBI hasn't found evidence JPMorgan hack hit other big banks, WSJ reports
The FBI hasn't found any evidence to suggest that the recent breach at JPMorgan hit any of the other big U.S. banks, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing four people close to the probe. JPMorgan said it isn't experiencing "unusual amounts of fraud," and, according to two sources, consumers "likely don't face a serious risk." Reference Link
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