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March 13, 2012
16:24 EDTAPO, SB, COOL, MDS, CLNE, JPM, CCIX, GEOY, WOLF, VIP, FDSOn 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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May 14, 2015
09:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan to buy $45B in mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen
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06:49 EDTJPMBanks to pay several billion over alleged currency violations, NY Times says
Barclays (BCS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are expected to agree to pay a combined "several billion dollars" as part of a settlement with the U.S. over alleged foreign exchange rigging, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The banks are also expected to plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations, but it is not anticipated that their operations will be significantly affected as a result of those pleas, the newspaper stated. Meanwhile, UBS (UBS) will pay a fine of up to $500M related to alleged "foreign currency misconduct," the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
11:08 EDTCLNEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:21 EDTVIPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:19 EDTVIPVimpelCom, Hutchison confirm talks about combining Italy wireless businesses
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08:38 EDTVIPVimpelCom backs FY15 EPS view of 35c-40c
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08:37 EDTVIPVimpelCom reports Q1 EPS 11c vs. 2c last year
Reports Q1 revenue $3.52B vs. $5.02B last year. Reports mobile customer base increased 2% year-over-year to 218M.
May 12, 2015
14:13 EDTJPMBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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07:11 EDTFDSFactSet raises dividend by 13% to 44c per share from 39c per share
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May 11, 2015
16:20 EDTCLNEClean Energy reports Q1 EPS (32c), consensus (26c)
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15:37 EDTAPOApollo in talks to acquire ASG, combine with Protection 1, Reuters says
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15:00 EDTCLNENotable companies reporting after market close
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14:58 EDTAPOApollo Global in talks to buy ASG Securities, Reuters reports
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTJPMBarclays expected to pay GBP2B to settle forex rigging charges, FT says
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08:18 EDTJPMBanks executives seek to push back on 'false, damaging' statements, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan price traget raised to $73 from $68 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated JPMorgan's price target to $73 following a meeting with Chairman Jamie Dimon. The analyst believes earnings surprises are likely and the market is over-discounting the impact of regulation. BofA/Merrill expects JPMorgan to benefit from its multi-dimensional model, EPS sensitivity to rising interest rates, and a shift in Fed monetary policy which will drive bond market volatility.
07:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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May 10, 2015
20:03 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, UBS consider exiting U.K., Financial Times says
Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and UBS (UBS) are considering exiting their London operations due to the U.K.'s bank levy, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. There is particular focus among the banks to reduce repurchase agreements, said three senior industry figures. The Financial Times notes that the recent Conservative win could see political maneuvers to reduce or renegotiate the levy, potentially persuading the banks to stay. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
06:48 EDTJPMBanks to erase debt of bankrupt consumers from reports, NY Times says
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