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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTBOFI, NQ, ZIGO, WFC, HLF, HRB, JPM, AMEOn 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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March 16, 2015
06:20 EDTJPMU.S.poised to charge JPMorgan hacking suspects, NY Times says
U.S. authorities probing last summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan are increasingly confident that they will be able to file criminal charges against perpetrators of the attack in coming months, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources who have been briefed on the investigation. Several of the suspects are located in countries with whom the U.S. has extradition treaties, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
05:50 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; FIG HLF
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March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:40 EDTJPMDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTJPMDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
13:06 EDTNQNQ Mobile volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
NQ Mobile March call option implied volatility is at 153, April is at 103, June is at 95, September is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 101 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on March 18.
13:00 EDTHLFGlobal Strategy Group says not subject of federal investigation, Forbes reports
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12:33 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operator’s quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
11:32 EDTHLFPershing Square says not aware of making any untrue statements about Herbalife
Pershing Square Capital Management CEO Bill Ackman disclosed a letter to Pershing Square investors in response to yesterday’s article in The Wall Street Journal regarding Herbalife. In the letter, Ackman states: "Since our initial presentation on Herbalife, Herbalife has been petitioning the government to investigate Pershing Square in connection with our short position in the company. We are not aware of any statements that we have made that are untrue, nor are we aware of any unlawful conduct on our part or by any consultants that we have hired...At no time have I or Pershing Square intentionally made any false or misleading statements about Herbalife...We have also voluntarily provided additional information about Herbalife to various U.S. authorities. It is Pershing Square’s long-standing policy to cooperate fully with any requests from any government agency for documents or for interviews."
09:25 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
08:16 EDTHLFAckman says not trading around Herbalife position
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:10 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife CEO has 'disappeared' the last two years
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08:07 EDTHLFAckman reiterates Herbalife is a pyramid scheme
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08:05 EDTHLFAckman says spending on Herbalife investigation less than $50M
Bill Ackman of Pershing Square is speaking on CNBC.
08:05 EDTHLFAckman says received no subpoenas over Herbalife
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07:20 EDTHLFAckman says 'puzzled' by Herbalife manipulation story, CNBC reports
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March 12, 2015
19:25 EDTHLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:58 EDTHLFHerbalife responds to reports of stock manipulation investigation
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18:04 EDTHLFHerbalife up 6% after WSJ reports Feds eyeing potential stock manipulation
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18:02 EDTHLFFeds investigating potential Herbalife stock manipulation, WSJ reports
Federal prosecutors and the FBI are investigating the potential manipulation of Herbalife stock, and have interviewed people hired by William Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square, a firm that has been a huge short seller of Herbalife, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Neither Ackman nor Pershing Square have been subpoenaed or interviewed by the FBI in connection with the investigation, one source added. Reference Link
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