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March 13, 2012
16:24 EDTSB, COOL, APO, WOLF, MDS, CCIX, VIP, CLNE, GEOY, FDS, JPMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the Dow closing well over the 13K level and the Nasdaq taking and holding the 3K mark. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading leading to a higher open for the broader market. The averages waffled for the first 30 minutes of trading but broke out of their range following a slightly better than expected wholesale inventories report. The market spurted to fresh recovery highs and along the way the Dow eclipsed 13,000 and the Nasdaq moved past 3,000. The Fedís FOMC met and kept interest rates unchanged and said monetary policy would remain accommodative through at least late 2014. The major indices did not move much after the FOMC comments, which were largely in-line with expectations, but a dividend increase and expanded stock buyback announcement from JP Morgan (JPM) provided another shot in the arm, powering the market to close at session highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, February retail sales increased 1.1% overall, in line with expectations. The core reading, which excludes autos and gas, rose 0.6%, versus the expected increase of 0.5%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in January, versus the expected increase of 0.5%. The Fed kept its benchmark rate target unchanged, as expected... MARKET NEWS: JP Morgan approved a new $15B stock buyback program and increased its dividend to 30c from 25c. After JP Morgan's "pre-announcment" of sorts, the Fed said it would report on the results of its bank stress tests at 4:30 pm ET today... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included FactSet (FDS) and GeoEye (GEOY), while Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), VimpelCom (VIP), and Coleman Cable (CCIX) were among the decliners... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Midas (MDS), up $2.45, or 27.25%, to $11.44, on news it will be acquired by TBC Corporation for $11.50 per share, and Great Wolf (WOLF), up $1.13, or 26.97%, to $5.32, which closed above the $5 per share "take private" offer it received from Apollo Global Management (APO). Noteworthy losers included Majesco (COOL), down 41c, or 13.80%, to $2.56, following its disappointing earnings and guidance, and Safe Bulkers (SB), down 65c, or 9.09%, to $6.50, after pricing its 5M share secondary offering at $6.50... INDICES: The Dow added 217.97, or 1.68%, to 13,177.68; the Nasdaq rose 56.22, or 1.88%, to 3,039.88; and the S&P 500 gained 24.87, or 1.81%, to 1,395.96.
News For JPM;FDS;GEOY;CLNE;VIP;CCIX;MDS;WOLF;APO;COOL;SB From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
12:30 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: JPMorgan to report after disclosing massive security breach
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07:39 EDTJPMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTJPMAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTJPMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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05:32 EDTAPOApollo Credit launches retail sector investment JV
Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management announce the launch of Alteri Investors, a new joint venture focused on financing opportunities arising across performing, stressed and distressed retail sector situations in Europe. Structured as a partnership between funds managed under Apolloís credit business and a team led by former GA Europe CEO Gavin George, Alteri will initially focus on the United Kingdom and Germany and expects to invest in retailers through both debt and equity transactions, typically in the GBP 10M-GPB 50M range, with additional capacity for larger transactions. Alteri will also seek to lend to retailers directly, providing flexible asset-based financing, either in a senior or second-lien capacity. In addition to the scale, resources and capital funding that Apollo Credit expects to contribute to Alteri, the Joint Venture will draw upon the experience of Alteri Advisors, which comprises a team of highly experienced professionals, drawn in part from the former GA Europe business under the leadership of Gavin George.
00:04 EDTJPMBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTJPMBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
08:05 EDTAPO21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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08:03 EDTAPO21st Century Fox, Apollo Global form content joint venture
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October 9, 2014
17:40 EDTJPME-Trade 'touched' by JPMorgan hacking incident, CNBC says
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17:28 EDTJPMCitigroup not hit by hacking incident, CNBC reports
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06:45 EDTJPMBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTJPMSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTJPMFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTJPMJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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October 8, 2014
18:26 EDTJPMCitigroup, Etrade, others attacked by same JPMorgan hackers, Bloomberg reports
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07:13 EDTJPMBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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07:08 EDTAPOApollo Global coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Target $32.
06:56 EDTJPMBarclays lists several Large-Cap banks with the most Q3 upside
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