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April 17, 2014
12:13 EDTSHLDSears director Thomas Tisch buys 475,000 shares
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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
06:44 EDTJPMBank of America to pay $950M to settle mortgage allegations, NY Times says
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06:31 EDTJPMBig banks boosting their business lending, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2014
16:40 EDTCSOn 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.
11:02 EDTPENNPenn National in partnership with Cordish to pursue NY opportunity
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09:17 EDTJPMHigher One appoints Sheinbaum CEO
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09:00 EDTCSCredit Suisse falls 2.2%
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06:18 EDTCSCredit Suisse says making progress in resolving litigation issues
Credit Suisse said in its earnings release, "Progress in resolving key legacy litigation issues in 2014 to date; continued focus on resolving the US tax matter with the United States Department of Justice."
06:15 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q1 net income CHF 859M vs. CHF 1.3B last year
Reports Q1 revenue CHF 6.47B vs. CHF 7.0B last year. Credit Suisse's Basel III CET1 ratio as of the end of Q1 was 14.3%, compared to 15.7% as of the end of Q4. The company said it is on track to achieve targeted run-off of non-strategic units. Its CEO said, "For the first quarter, we achieved a return on equity of 14% in our strategic businesses, well within reach of our 15% through-the-cycle target. This strong performance was driven by significantly improved profitability in Private Banking & Wealth Management, solid returns in Investment Banking and continued effective cost and capital management."
April 15, 2014
13:28 EDTCSNY regulator sent subpoena to Credit Suisse in tax probe, CNBC says
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09:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports March net credit losses 3.07% vs. 2.82% last month
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06:37 EDTCSAleris looking to sell recycling, alloy segment, WSJ reports
Aleris Corp (ARS), an aluminum producer, has hired Credit Suisse (CS) and KeyBank (KEY) as its financial advisers in a move to sell its recycling and custom alloy manufacturing segment, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The unit could fetch over $400M in a sale, the sources say. Reference Link
06:08 EDTDVAXDynavax initiates Phase 3 study of HEPLISAV-B
Dynavax Technologies announced initiation of a new phase 3 clinical trial of HEPLISAV-B, its investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine. This large safety and immunogenicity study, known as HBV-23, was designed to address the Complete Response Letter regarding the HEPLISAV-B Biologics License Application that was issued to Dynavax by the FDA in February, 2013. HBV-23 will provide greater clarity regarding the safety profile of HEPLISAV-B by significantly expanding the overall database of vaccinated subjects. The study will also assess the immunogenicity of HEPLISAV-B in subjects for whom approved hepatitis B vaccines are less effective. Dynavax expects that all study subjects will be enrolled by the end of 2014 and all follow-up will be completed by 4Q15.
April 14, 2014
15:26 EDTCSLazard's Spencer hired away by Credit Suisse, WSJ says
Jim Spencer has been hired away from Lazard (LAZ) and will join Credit Suisse (CS) in October as the new head of the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in the Americas, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo. Reference Link
14:06 EDTPENNNew Jersey reports March Atlantic City gaming win down 2.2% to $233.4M
New Jersey reported total gaming win from the casino hotels and Internet gaming operations was $233.4M in March, a 2.2% decline compared to the casino win for the same month of last year, including Atlantic Club. Casino win from the eleven casino hotels open in both March 2013 and 2014 decreased by 1.9%. Internet gaming win increased 15.2% for the month, from $10.3M in February to $11.9M for March. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
10:56 EDTJPMMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
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09:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation still attractive, says Wells Fargo
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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.
April 13, 2014
17:45 EDTSHLDLand's End shares could head lower, Barron's says
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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.
14:26 EDTSHLDCBL & Associates expects more J.C. Penney closures
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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.
09:31 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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08:35 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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07:52 EDTJPMManhattan federal prosecutors probe JPMorgan's Masters, Bloomberg 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
06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon hopes to minimize corporate cash, WSJ says
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April 10, 2014
15:25 EDTJPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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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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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
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
06:41 EDTJPMGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTJPMMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
10:33 EDTPENNBofA/Merrill's gaming analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Gaming Analysts provide an industry update and outlook on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant covered companies LVS, WYNN, MGM, PENN, PNK, CZR, BYD and IGT may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 15 at 10:30 am.
10:06 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:06 EDTPENNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
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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07:18 EDTJPMLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTJPMRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTJPMBig 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
06:24 EDTPENNPenn National upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded Penn National to Overweight from Equalweight based on expectations in regional gaming trends as the weather improves and catalysts from Plainridge Park in Massachusetts and Jamul near San Diego. Price target raised to $15 from $13.
05:38 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Credit Suisse to Underweight citing concerns over the bank's investment bank strategy.
April 8, 2014
07:28 EDTJPMSecurity 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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06:26 EDTCSYodle planning IPO for 2014, WSJ reports
Online advertising company Yodle is planning an IPO for the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say the startup has selected Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) for the offering, which could raise about $100M. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTJPMFederal 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
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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07:01 EDTSHLDEquity One names David Lukes as next CEO
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06:58 EDTCSDark 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 EDTCSNew York launches probe of Credit Suisse, NY Times says
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April 5, 2014
19:03 EDTSHLDSears completes Land's End spin-off, receives $500M in gross proceeds
Sears Holdings (SHLD) announced that its pro-rata spin-off of Lands' End (LE) from Sears Holdings closed on April 4. Lands' End has now been separated from Sears Holdings and its common stock is expected to begin regular-way trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol LE on April 7. Sears Holdings will continue to be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SHLD. Sears Holdings received aggregate gross proceeds from the spin-off of $500M, consisting of a cash dividend paid by Lands' End prior to the spin-off to a subsidiary of Sears Holdings. In the spin-off, Sears Holdings distributed a total of approximately 32M shares of Lands' End common stock to the holders of Sears Holdings common stock as of 5:30 p.m. Eastern time on March 24, the record date. Each share of Sears Holdings common stock outstanding as of the record date entitles the holder thereof to receive 0.300795 shares of Lands' End common stock, except that holders of Sears Holdings' restricted stock that was unvested as of the record date will receive cash awards in lieu of shares. In addition, as part of the spin-off, Lands' End entered into an asset-based senior secured revolving credit facility, which provides for maximum borrowings of approximately $175M with a letter of credit sub-limit, and a senior secured term loan facility of approximately $515M. The proceeds of the term loan facility were used to pay the $500M dividend to the Sears Holdings subsidiary and to pay fees and expenses associated with the foregoing facilities of approximately $10M, with the remaining proceeds to be used by Lands' End for general corporate purposes.
April 4, 2014
10:04 EDTSHLDSears risk/reward negative, says ISI Group
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10:02 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:20 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook for capital return
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06:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan selling part of retirement business to Great-West, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform from Neutral based on relative valuation, improving U.S. and European economies, improving business mix and potential for increased buybacks. Price target raised to $68 from $62.
06:26 EDTCSRoyal Bank of Scotland names Ewen Stevenson as CFO
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