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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTJPM, WFC, BOFI, HRB, ZIGO, AME, HLF, NQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
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August 22, 2014
13:45 EDTHLFAckman likely pressed bearish options bet on Herbalife, CNBC reports
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square likely pressed his bearish options bet on Herbalife, based on options trading activity, CNBC's Scott Wapner reports.
August 21, 2014
14:56 EDTNQNQ Mobile down 3% after report of undisclosed SEC investigation
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08:31 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
06:43 EDTJPM, WFCRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTJPMBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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08:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile's vLife Technnology adopted by China Telecom
NQ Mobile (NQ) announced a partnership with China Telecom (CHA) that will bring NQ Mobile's vLife technology to China Telecom's "E Surfing" product. Under terms of the agreement, vLife will power the user interface for the mobile cloud platform.
06:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo wins approval for $62.5M settlement, Charlotte Observer says
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August 19, 2014
13:42 EDTWFCWells Fargo looks to bulk up asset-management business, WSJ says
Wells Fargo is looking to increase the size of its asset-management business to over $1T over the next decade by making acquisitions of smaller asset managers and more aggressive sales to larger investors, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
09:35 EDTWFCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
09:10 EDTNQNQ Mobile announced it was named finalist at CTIA E-Tech Awards
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August 15, 2014
09:37 EDTNQNQ lost CFO, audit chair, auditor within weeks, Muddy Waters says
Short-selling research firm Muddy Waters tweeted, "Within mere weeks, $NQ has lost its CFO, audit chair, and Big4 auditor. Sad comedy to watch $NQ continue denying it's a fraud." Shares of NQ are down 11% to $5.70 after the company disclosed the resignation of its CFO.
09:10 EDTNQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.59% vs. 2.83% last month
Reports July delinquency rate 1.32% vs. 1.33% last month.
07:20 EDTNQNQ Mobile volatility expected to move on CFO KB Teo to resignation
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07:11 EDTNQNQ Mobile CFO KB Teo to resign for family reasons effective August 22
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August 14, 2014
17:27 EDTJPMAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTNQOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:04 EDTHLFAckman will continue Herbalife short position as needed, Bloomberg reports
Bill Ackman's hedge-fund Pershing Square said most of the Herbalife contracts it holds will expire next year and that it will extend their terms by "paying additional premiums if it is necessary to do so," according to Bloomberg, citing Ackman's quarterly letter to investors. In the letter, Ackman said that the cost of holding a short position in options of Herbalife has dropped "substantially" after the company canceled its dividend, the report noted. Reference Link
11:21 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife may be unable to refinance 2016 credit, Bloomberg reports
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06:19 EDTJPMBanks pressing Federal Reserve to delay rule on investments, WSJ says
Banks are pushing U.S. policy makers for a delay of a rule that requires them to sell investments in private-equity and venture-capital funds, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the effort, bank officials, trade groups and lawmakers are lobbying the Federal Reserve to delay the rule for up to seven years that limits banks' investments. Reference Link
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