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January 17, 2014
16:49 EDTJPM, MS, BAC, GM, C, GS, JNPR, WFCAverages finish the week mixed
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed after lackluster U.S. economic data was paired with mixed results in the first full week of corporate earnings season. MACRO NEWS: U.S. retail sales rose 0.2% in December versus the same period a year earlier, slightly above consensus estimates for sales to come in flat, but lower than the increase of 0.4% in the prior month... The preliminary January reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in a little light at 80.4, shy of expectations for an 83.5 reading... Comments by Fed President Dennis Lockhart may have also put a damper on the market, as Lockhart in a speech on Monday said he supported additional tapering by the central bank... European industrial production data was more positive, with production surging 1.8% in November, the largest increase in nearly four years. COMPANY NEWS: IT infrastructure company Juniper Networks (JNPR) rallied on Monday after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed a presentation that outlined initiatives to unlock shareholder value... A number of major U.S. banks reported quarterly results this week, with JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC) all reporting adjusted bottom-line results that topped estimates, while Citigroup (C) and Morgan Stanley (MS) reported weaker than expected results... General Motors (GM) made headlines with several pieces of news, as the company declared its first dividend since emerging from bankruptcy, appointed a new CFO, and said it expects its earnings before interest and tax to be "modestly improved" in 2014. The carmaker also said it expects restructuring costs this year of $1.1B, and shares of the company fell more than 3% for the week. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 0.1% to close at 16,458.56; the S&P 500 fell about 0.2% to close at 1,838.70; the Nasdaq gained about 0.5% to close at 4,197.58.
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April 8, 2015
10:26 EDTBAC, GSBofA Merill Lynch names De Giorgi, Assef as investment banking co-heads, FT says
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April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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11:27 EDTGMCanadian sale of General Motors stake removes an overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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11:02 EDTC, BACAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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10:05 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
09:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:08 EDTJPMGoldman says buy JPMorgan, Signature Bank, and Regions Financial into Q1
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09:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade priced at $35.90
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08:11 EDTGS, MSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
07:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:16 EDTC, BACRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade; price range $35.80-$36.00
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April 6, 2015
19:33 EDTCRegulators enter headquarters of Citibank Argentina, Reuters says
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18:01 EDTGS, GMCanada GEN Investment to sell 73.39M shares of General Motors to Goldman Sachs
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12:47 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Wells Fargo April call option implied volatility is at 22, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
12:22 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook
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11:41 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 80, WSJ reports
The number of deaths linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switch was raised by three to 80 total people, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing statements by lawyers operating the GM compensation fund. The number of confirmed injury claims rose by seven to 141 people. Reference Link
07:41 EDTGMBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
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06:07 EDTJNPRSpherix issues update on several matters
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April 5, 2015
08:43 EDTGMAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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