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January 17, 2014
16:49 EDTC, GS, JNPR, WFC, JPM, MS, BAC, GMAverages 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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November 11, 2014
07:14 EDTCJudge allows Citigroup to process next Argentina bond payout, Reuters reports
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07:06 EDTWFCJinkoSolar subsidiary signs $20M credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank
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07:06 EDTGSMarkit Genpact KYC Services registers 600+ firms, appoints CEO
Markit Genpact KYC Services, the joint venture from Markit Ltd. (MRKT) and Genpact Ltd. (G) announced that more than 600 buyside firms and corporations are registered for its centralized service to streamline the management of know your customer information required by banks. Markit Genpact KYC Services also announced the appointment of Jon May as CEO. He joins Markit Genpact KYC Services from Goldman Sachs (GS) where he was a managing director and global head of client onboarding as well as head of Securities Operations and Operations Data Quality Management in India. Jon May will join Markit Genpact KYC Services in January 2015, based in London.
06:59 EDTBACBank of America's head of FICC trading to retire by year-end, WSJ reports
Bank of America's head of global fixed income, currencies and commodities trading trading, David Sobotka, will retire by year-end, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Sobotka is planning to take some time off before deciding on his next steps. Sources say BofA will name Sobotka's replacement by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:39 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded on valuation at Keefe Bruyette
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06:28 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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05:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded JPMorgan to Market Perform with a $64 price target.
November 10, 2014
18:32 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:46 EDTJNPRJuniper says changes today are unrelated to previous statements, outlook
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16:24 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO Kheradpir steps down after board review, Rami Rahim appointed CEO
Juniper Networks announced that Rami Rahim has been named CEO, effective immediately. Rahim has also been appointed to the board. Rahim previously served as executive vice president and general manager, Juniper Development and Innovation. Shaygan Kheradpir has resigned as CEO and director of the company. His resignation follows a review by the board of his leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer. The board and Kheradpir have different perspectives regarding these matters. The board's review will not result in any adjustments to the company's financial statements. The board and the executive leadership team remain fully committed to the strategy and financial targets Juniper articulated at its October 30, Investor Day including the near- and long-term outlook the company has recently disclosed.
15:17 EDTJPMCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
08:22 EDTJNPRNetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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08:12 EDTJNPRAT&T 2015 capex reduction negative for select stocks, says JPMorgan
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07:12 EDTWFCCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTC, BAC, MS, JPM, GS, WFCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui in lead for Citigroup's Japan retail operations, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTC, JPMUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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November 9, 2014
13:00 EDTBACBofA looks for additional SEC sanctions to be waved, Bloomberg says
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