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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.
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September 24, 2014
15:04 EDTJPMGoldman, other banks near deal to buy Bloomberg messaging alternative, WSJ says
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08:09 EDTAPOApollo Global weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
Argus believes that Apollo Global is clicking on all cylinders, and it thinks that analysts are underestimating the outlook for the company's distributions. The firm cut its price target on the name to $35 from $40 but reiterates a Buy rating.
September 23, 2014
10:33 EDTJPMWebster Financial to acquire HSA business from JPMorgan
Webster Financial (WBS), the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A., said that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the health savings account, or HSA, business from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Under the agreement, approximately 700,000 accounts, including an estimated $1.3B in deposits and $175M in investments, will migrate from JPMorgan Chase Bank to HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, over a transitional period. In the near term, Webster will use approximately 60% of the deposits to pay down short-term borrowings with the remaining funds invested in securities. Transaction consideration will be all cash; the purchase price was not disclosed. Webster expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings per share and return on equity in the first year following closing. The transaction is expected to improve Webster's loan-to-deposit ratio to approximately 80% from 87% pro forma at June 30. The company estimates the transaction will have tangible book value dilution of approximately 3%. JPMorgan Chase has advised Webster that the transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chase's earnings.
September 22, 2014
06:11 EDTJPMEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 18, 2014
14:08 EDTJPMBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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05:31 EDTJPMVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visaís holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visaís investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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13:16 EDTJPMHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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10:00 EDTFDSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTCLNEClean Energy call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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09:45 EDTCLNERumor: Clean Energy strength attributed to takeover speculation
07:37 EDTJPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTJPMNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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06:46 EDTFDSFactSet downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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September 16, 2014
14:44 EDTJPMVirginia AG files $1.15B lawsuit against banks that sold RMBS during crisis
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10:22 EDTJPMBanks set for ad battle to be default choice for Apple Pay, Apple Insider says
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07:03 EDTFDSFactSet sees Q1 EPS $1.31-$1.33, consensus $1.34
Sees Q1 revenue $240M-$243M, consensus $241.43M.
07:02 EDTFDSFactSet reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.31, consensus $1.30
Reports Q4 revenue $238.7M, consensus $236.9M.
06:08 EDTCLNEClean Energy and Mansfield Energy form joint venture
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05:39 EDTVIPVimpelCom, Global Telecom Holding to sell interest in Wind Canada
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