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August 20, 2014
17:12 EDTBAC, HTZ, BRK.A, MET, HPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The broader market opened slightly lower as investors moved to the sidelines awaiting the release of the minutes from last monthís 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 Fedís 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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February 3, 2016
13:16 EDTBACBank of America calls active as shares trade near three-year low
Bank of America January 15 and 17 calls are active on total call volume of 321K contracts (161K puts). February call option implied volatility is a 45, March is at 42, May is at 34, January is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 45. Active call volume suggest traders taking positions for upside price movement.
12:35 EDTMETMetLife technical notes before earnings news
Ahead of earnings the downtrend that began in July 2015 has decelerated. The $40 level is a key support, below which a major topping pattern on a long-term chart would be confirmed. This would be bearish for longer-term future price. If the news is negative and the $40 area is taken out on the downside, next support would be at $39.02, $37.80, and $36.64. If the news is a positive surprise, first notable resistance would be at $45.08. Additional resistance levels would be at $46.45 and $48.21.
10:18 EDTBACActive calls: USO IWM SPY BAC AAPL
Active calls: USO 2/19/16 10, IWM 2/12/16 100, BAC 3/18/16 16, SPY 2/5/16 191, AAPL 2/5/16 95.50
February 2, 2016
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB AAPL BAC GOOGL NFLX GOOG XOM TWTR LVS
February 1, 2016
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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10:51 EDTBACActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
09:04 EDTMETMetLife originated $3.2B in agricultural loans in 2015
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTBACOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:33 EDTBACU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
08:21 EDTBAC, BACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mike Mayo upgraded Bank of America two notches to Outperform from Sell and increased his price target to $16 from $15 on shares. Mayo is more positive on large U.S. banks, saying their stocks are at "recession prices" without a recession, and said Bank of America is more resilient and could grow book value even in a recession. The analyst, who thinks BofA's book value is relatively clean, said the stock could become event-driven, given "lousy efficiency" and a valuation 20% below estimated Q4 tangible book value.
07:31 EDTBACBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
18:19 EDTBACBank of America, Wells Fargo to integrate Apple Pay in ATMs, TechCrunch says
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
06:50 EDTBACBank of America loads up heavily on blockchain patents, CNBC reports
Bank of America is attempting to steal a march on the latest developments in the technology behind bitcoin by going big on blockchain-related patents, CNBC reports. Blockchain operates as a large, decentralized ledger for bitcoin which records each transaction and stores this information on a global network, the report notes. Bank of America is trying to patent some of the use cases of blockchain, having filed for 15 patents related to blockchain and is currently drafting an additional 20 to submit to the U.S. PTO, the report says. Reference Link
January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
10:10 EDTBACActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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09:32 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
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