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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.
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April 10, 2015
12:46 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:38 EDTHLFHerbalife May volatility elevated
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06:38 EDTWFCBlackstone and Wells Fargo confirm acquisition of GE real estate assets
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06:35 EDTWFCGE releases financial details of GE Capital assets sale
Approximately $16B of after-tax charges are expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 in connection with the plan – of which about $12B are non-cash. The charges include taxes on repatriated earnings, asset impairments due to shortened hold periods, and charges on businesses held for sale, including goodwill allocation. GE expects that the earnings impact of the GE Capital exits will be offset by the buyback over the exit period. GE has amended its income maintenance agreement to guarantee all tradable senior and subordinated debt securities and all commercial paper issued or guaranteed by GECC. The guarantee will replace the current income maintenance covenant. GE will maintain substantial liquidity and capital through the transition and does not expect to issue incremental GE Capital long-term debt for at least five years. Commercial paper will be further reduced to approximately $5 billion by the end of 2015.
06:34 EDTWFCGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTWFCBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTWFCBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTWFCGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:21 EDTJPMBofA Merrill poaches JP Morgan's Brabazon for M&A group, Reuters reports
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:38 EDTWFCGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
11:49 EDTHLFHerbalife rallies amid circulation of FTC Commissioner comments
Shares of Herbalife moved higher amid circulation of comments made Tuesday by FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen regarding direct sellers. According to The Hill, Ohlhausen told the direct selling industry at the National Press Club in Washington, ""I commend you for your partnership with that has increased awareness and understanding – and appreciation – of the importance that the direct selling industry places as an industry on ensuring it is an ethical and trustworthy marketplace." The comments are being viewed as suggesting Herbalife will be less likely to face scrutiny from the FTC. Shares of the direct seller are up 86c to $83.61 in midday trading. Reference Link
07:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO sees legal cost normalizing next year, WSJ reports
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06:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan added to U.S. Focus List at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse added Outperform rated JPMorgan to the U.S. Focus List to reflect balance sheet optimization and balance sheet deployment, and catalysts that include clarification mandated domestic GSIB capital surcharges and continued fundamental performance.
April 8, 2015
11:17 EDTNQNQ Mobile jumps 7.5% to $4.00
April 7, 2015
10:05 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
09:08 EDTJPMGoldman says buy JPMorgan, Signature Bank, and Regions Financial into Q1
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08:01 EDTHLFHerbalife announces one-year partnership with Global Health Strategies Institute
Herbalife announced a one-year partnership with Global Health Strategies Institute to help improve the nutrition of more than 10,000 children ages 5-12 in India, in line with the government’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme and School Health Programs. As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife will work with GHSI and global vitamin supplier DSM, to help provide access to good nutrition to children in India, a country with a history of malnourished, underweight children. The government-run MDMS and SHP programs are designed to improve the nutritional needs of children by providing food supplemented with adequate quantities of iron, folic acid and vitamin A. However, more fortified foods with essential micronutrients are needed. In the first phase of the project, GHSI will conduct a landscape analysis to help all parties understand the nutritional landscape, provide insights into the required nutritional support, the target beneficiaries, expected reach, implementation model and potential partners.
07:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD HLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; MannKind (MNKD) 68, Herbalife (HLF) 89 according to iVolatility.
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