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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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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTBACMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:57 EDTHTZBarclays to hold a conference
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07:01 EDTMETMetLife says will support Trans-Pacific Partnership
Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and CEO of MetLife, issued the following statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement among 12 nations of the Pacific Rim. "After analyzing the text of the TPP, MetLife will support the agreement and seek congressional support for its ratification. As one of the largest life insurers in the world with operations in nearly 50 countries, MetLife has four key priorities in assessing any trade deal: improved market access, a level competitive playing field, ease of cross-border data flows, and regulatory transparency. The TPP makes meaningful progress on all of them. We are confident that ratification of the TPP will lead to faster economic growth, greater choice and lower costs for consumers in the markets where we do business, and more high-paying jobs in the U.S. The agreement is not perfect - no trade deal is - but on balance the TPP represents a significant step in the right direction and deserves to be ratified."
06:13 EDTBACBofA CEO: Banks trying to revamp checking to fend off startups, Bloomberg says
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
16:01 EDTHTZHertz sees added $250M of cost savings in 2016 above $300M target
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15:19 EDTHTZHertz advances after providing guidance at investor day
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08:43 EDTAAgilent pullback after earnings a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen said any pullback in Agilent after its Q4 earnings report would be a buying opportunity. Even though guidance was lower than expected, the firm still thinks 2017 targets are achievable. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating and $39 price target on Agilent shares.
07:50 EDTBACClearing House to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
18:26 EDTAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 26.6% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 11.5%... Agilent (A), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Wayfair (W), down 2% after Bloomberg reported that Whitney Tilson said that Wayfair is currently his largest short.
16:43 EDTHTZGreenlight Capital added Apple, sold some SunEdison
Greenlight Capital gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: CNX Coal Resources (CNXC), Garmin (GRMN), Terraform Global (GLBL), and Liberty Global (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Apple (AAPL), Michael Kors (KORS), Dillard's (DDS), UIL Holdings (UIL), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Micron (MU), Voya (VOYA), Applied Materials (AMAT), and SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Citizens Financial (CFG), Lam Research (LRCX), Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), Hertz (HTZ), and Macy's (M).
16:10 EDTAAgilent reports Q4 LSAG revenue down 4% to $515M
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16:09 EDTAAgilent sees FY16 adjusted EPS $1.85-$1.91, consensus $1.97
Sees FY16 revenue $4.15B-$4.17B, consensus $4.21B.
16:08 EDTAAgilent sees Q1 adjusted EPS 42c-44c, consensus 47c
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16:07 EDTAAgilent reports Q4 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 47c
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:02 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
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13:24 EDTHTZHertz to host investor day
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11:24 EDTBACClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
10:12 EDTBACBank of America reports October default rate 2.57% vs. 2.44% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.68% vs. 1.65% last month.
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