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November 8, 2012
12:40 EDTJPM, MCD, MWW, QCOM, PANL, BWCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, extending yesterday's slide after the futures trading had hinted a reversal might be ahead. The averages began the session slightly higher but failed to gain any upside momentum and eventually crossed into negative territory. When it was reported that EU finance ministers wanted to wait for a report from the Troika before committing bailout funds to Greece, the averages weakened further. Although each of the indices remain lower, trading has been range bound near the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 355,000, which was lower than expected, but the data was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in September to $41.5B, as exports climbed 3.1 % and imports rose 1.5% as well. In Europe, the European Central Bank held its main interest rate at 0.75% and reiterated its willingness to make bond purchases to aid Spain, though the nation continues to resist asking for a bailout. The Bank of England also held its rates steady and halted expansion of its third round of quantitative easing. The Greek Parliament passed austerity measures, but reports indicated that euro zone finance ministers may delay its next trance of aid until they get a full report on the country’s compliance with the terms of its bailout... COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) shares briefly rallied but pulled back to be up just over 0.5% near midday after the company said it had been given Federal Reserve approval to buyback up to $3B in stock in the first quarter of 2013. The bank also disclosed that it had reached an 'agreement in principle' to settle certain probes from the Securities and Exchange Commission... McDonald’s (MCD) said comparable store sales fell 1.8% in October, which was the first monthly decline in nine years, and shares fell about 1.5%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Worldwide (MWW), up over 16% following its stronger than expected earnings report and announcement of restructuring plans. Also higher were shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which rose more than 6% as Deutsche Bank raised its price target on the stock to $74, citing the company's results and guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Universal Display (PANL), down 18% after it lowered its FY12 revenue view, which prompted downgrades at Wedbush and Avondale but also defenses of the stock from JMP Securities and Cowen. Also declining was Babcock & Wilcox (BWC) down 11% after its earnings and revenue fell short of expectations... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 32.63, or 0.25%, to 12,900.10; the Nasdaq was down 16.27, or 0.55%, to 2,921.02; and the S&P 500 was down 5.09, or 0.37%, to 1,389.44.
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September 29, 2014
07:58 EDTJPMWarren calls for hearing on 'disturbing' Fed tapes, Reuters reports
Two members of the the Senate Banking Committee, Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, called for an investigation into the issues raised by secretly taped conversations between officials at Goldman Sachs (GS) and supervisors at the New York Federal Reserve, reported Reuters. Other large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:23 EDTJPMCitigroup, JPMorgan meet with FCA to settle forex rigging probe, WSJ reports
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September 26, 2014
13:46 EDTMCDMcDonald's HQ evacuated after suspicious package found, Chicago Business reports
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08:44 EDTQCOMQualcomm could have negative read through from Intel move, says Northland
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September 25, 2014
15:10 EDTJPMHolder resignation as AG positive for banks, says Rafferty Capital
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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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09:12 EDTBWCBabcock & Wilcox volatility flat as shares trend to 15-month low
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September 23, 2014
11:33 EDTQCOMAnalysis shows Apple spends $200-$247 to build iPhone 6s, Re/code says
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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.
08:11 EDTQCOMRuckus Wireless hires Qualcomm's Rabinovitsj as COO
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September 22, 2014
06:11 EDTJPMEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 19, 2014
09:19 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTQCOMTriQuint chip among those in iPhone 6 Plus, iFixit reports
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08:03 EDTQCOMInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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07:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's dividend increase unfavorable, says Wells Fargo
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September 18, 2014
16:32 EDTMCDMcDonald's expects to return $18B-$20B to shareholders between 2014-2016
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16:31 EDTMCDMcDonald's raises quarterly dividend 5% to 85c per share
The dividend is payable on December 15 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1.
14:08 EDTJPMBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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07:26 EDTQCOMGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes 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, Visa’s holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visa’s 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.
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