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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.
News For JPM;WFC;BOFI;HRB;ZIGO;AME;HLF;NQ From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
08:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees opportunity with deeper move into Europe, WSJ says
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06:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan head says illness has not changed his goals, Bloomberg says
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that his throat cancer has not changed his goals to still work, even as he aims for retirement ambitions filled with teaching and humanitarianism, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Dimon. Reference Link
06:16 EDTJPMBNY Mellon's Hong Kong unit to launch wealth management strategy, FT says
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06:06 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ TLM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 178, Talisman Energy (TLM) 89 according to iVolatility.
October 21, 2014
18:33 EDTHLFIcahn reiterates view that high-yield market is a bubble
Says the Fed has given the economy, or the patient, "too much medicine." Says market should not be shorted. Again, says Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim is a "great CEO." Says Apple pay has a great future. Says Ebay (EBAY) is like his past campaign at Motorola. Reiterates view that Ebay should explore Paypal sale right now. Says Dell is on his radar screen. Says Warren Buffet sometimes too easy on companies, should do more on corporate governance. Again, says has never sold a share of Herbalife (HLF). Says Western Europe has "major problems," and continues to be short the Euro. Says energy stocks "getting cheap." Carl Icahn is speaking on Bloomberg TV.
11:41 EDTNQNQ Mobile 'not a stock for real investors,' Muddy Waters says
Muddy Waters said via Twitter that NQ Mobile is "not a stock for real investors, just pure gamblers."
08:31 EDTJPMEU fines JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse for cartel on derivatives
The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS (RBS), UBS (UBS), JP Morgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS), operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area. The Commission imposed fines worth a total of EUR 32.36M. RBS received immunity from fines for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission. UBS and JPMorgan received reductions of their respective fines for cooperating with the investigation under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. UBS was fined EUR 12.65M, JP Morgan fined EUR 10.53M and Credit Suisse was fined EUR 9.17M.
08:28 EDTJPMEuropean Commission fines JMorgan EUR 61.68M over Libor influencing
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08:18 EDTJPM, WFCBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
08:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse to be fined by EU over Libor rigging, Reuters says
JPMorgan (JPM), UBS (UBS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will be fined $115M collectively for their roles in rigging Swiss franc Libor rates, with JPMorgan's fine of $89M making up the lion's share of the penalty, said Reuters, citing a person familiar, who added that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would not be penalized for its own role since it alerted the European Commission to the issue. Reference Link
06:26 EDTNQStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ CMG
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October 20, 2014
11:00 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility increases
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09:31 EDTJPMRobinhood.org to hold conference
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08:48 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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07:21 EDTJPMFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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05:54 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLD SD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 109, SandRidge Energy (SD) 97 according to iVolatility.
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWFC, JPMStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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09:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan and PNC Financial weakness a buying opportunity, say Morgan Stanley
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to build corporate campus in Manhattan, NY Times reports
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is in negotiations with New York state and city officials over a potential $6.5B deal that would result in the construction of a corporate campus with two high rises on the West Side of Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link
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