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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTNQ, ZIGO, WFC, HLF, HRB, JPM, AME, BOFIOn 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.
News For JPM;WFC;BOFI;HRB;ZIGO;AME;HLF;NQ From The Last 14 Days
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June 29, 2015
07:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded JPMorgan based on valuation.
June 26, 2015
13:09 EDTHLFPershing Square urges Herbalife CEO to release video referenced by NY Post
Pershing Square Capital released a letter it sent to Herbalife CEO Michael Johnson concerning his "serious admissions about Herbalife and its conduct that were revealed by the New York Post." The letter states in part: "Today the New York Post reported on a 71-minute video in which you appear on a stage, making serious admissions about Herbalife and its conduct...We urge that you release the 71-minute video and any similar materials in your possession or control, and we encourage Herbalife employees, distributors and others with similar materials to come forward...In February 2013, we publicly asked you to provide simple data on how many people arrive and leave at each level of Herbalife’s network over time...You still have not disclosed the facts. In light of your admission that Herbalife is a lottery ticket, basic fairness suggests you should disclose the facts."
08:56 EDTHLFVideo shows Herbalife CEO saw ‘pyramiding’ signs in 2005, NY Post reports
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June 25, 2015
10:31 EDTHRBH&R Block July calls active
H&R Block July 30 and 31 calls are active on total call volume of 5,300 contracts (420 puts). July call option implied volatility is at 26, August is at 26, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 33. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:07 EDTHLFHerbalife rises after Pivotal says SEC completes review of filings
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09:47 EDTHLFHerbalife price target raised to $90 from $80 at Pivotal Research
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan executive Patrick Moore leaves company, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTWFC, JPMFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan in settlement talks with SEC to settle product steering probe, WSJ says
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June 24, 2015
08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTJPMDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
13:02 EDTWFCSumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
June 18, 2015
15:46 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Hope Hardison as Chief Administrative Officer
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June 17, 2015
15:04 EDTWFCGE Capital Real Estate closes nearly $10B in deals towards exit
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14:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces unexpected death of Vice Chairman Jimmy Lee
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11:16 EDTWFC, JPMOCC restricts some banks from certain mortgage related business activity
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11:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo issues statement on amended OCC Consent Order
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06:48 EDTJPM, WFCMore big banks waiving overdraft fees, WSJ reports
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