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March 13, 2012
16:24 EDTSB, COOL, APO, WOLF, VIP, FDS, MDS, CLNE, JPM, CCIX, GEOYOn 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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July 1, 2015
09:33 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTVIPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:57 EDTVIPVimpelCom upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
08:15 EDTVIPVimpelCom appoints Alexander Mutuschka as Group Chief Performance Officer
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07:57 EDTJPMU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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07:52 EDTJPMCommerzbank sells portfolios of CRE loans totaling EUR2.9B to JPMorgan, Oaktree
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June 30, 2015
16:01 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
06:18 EDTAPOSumitomo Mitsui close to deal to buy GE's European PE finance unit, WSJ reports
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June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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10:09 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
07:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded JPMorgan based on valuation.
June 25, 2015
14:27 EDTAPOCapital One, Apollo, Ares, Ventas bid for GE healthcare lender, Bloomberg says
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan executive Patrick Moore leaves company, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTJPMFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan in settlement talks with SEC to settle product steering probe, WSJ says
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June 24, 2015
08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTJPMDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
10:19 EDTAPOReno shoe chain hires bankers to explore sale, Reuters reports
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
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