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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTAME, BOFI, NQ, ZIGO, WFC, HLF, HRB, JPMOn 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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May 20, 2015
16:26 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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12:33 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session relatively unchanged from yesterday’s close and continue to trade in a holding pattern as investors await the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., EIA inventory data showed a 2.67M barrel fall in crude stocks, versus expectations for a 1.75M barrel decrease. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its last rate setting meeting at 2 pm EDT. In Asia, Japan's GDP accelerated to a 2.4% growth pace in the first quarter, which was much better than expected. Japanese stock markets rallied on the news, sending the Nikkei 225 average to its best level in 15 years. COMPANY NEWS: Five of the world's largest banks - Citi (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS), The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS) - agreed to pay more than $5B and plead guilty to felony charges related to manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates. In conjunction with previously announced settlements with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad, today’s resolutions bring the total fines and penalties paid by these five banks for their conduct in the foreign exchange spot market to nearly $9B, the Department of Justice stated... Target (TGT) shares advanced 1% after the retailer's first quarter earnings topped expectations and it raised the low-end of its fiscal year profit forecast. Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said the company was pleased with its first quarter traffic and sales, particularly in its signature categories, which drove better-than-expected profitability through improved gross margin and continued expense management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which rallied 53% after the company announced that, following meetings with the FDA, it would submit its eteplirsen drug to the FDA for approval on a rolling basis, with various components of the application being submitted separately. Eteplirsen is a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. Also higher was Pep Boys (PBY), which gained 14% after The Wall Street Journal said private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and other potential suitors have expressed interest recently in buying the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Etsy (ETSY), which operates an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade items and vintage goods. The stock, which priced its IPO at $16 and opened for trading at $31 per share, dropped 22% to trade near $16.50 after the company issued its first financial report since coming public in April. Also lower were shares of several airline stocks, led by Southwest (LUV), which was down 8% near noon. In a regulatory filing last night, Southwest indicated it expects FY15 capacity growth to increase 7%-8% and to grow another 6%-7% in FY16. Buckingham downgraded Southwest to Neutral from Buy this morning, stating it has a more cautious revenue outlook for the company due to a worsening backdrop as competitors vow to compete aggressively. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 6.10, or 0.03%, to 18,306.29, the Nasdaq was up 1.65, or 0.03%, to 5,071.69, and the S&P 500 was down 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,127.34.
10:15 EDTJPMFive banks agree to parent-level guilty pleas in settlement over forex rigging
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10:09 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, RBS, Barclays, UBS agreed to guilty pleas in forex settlement
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10:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces $892M in settlements with DOJ, Fed
JPMorgan Chase announced settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve relating to the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) trading business. Under the DOJ resolution, JPMorgan will plead guilty to a single antitrust violation and pay a fine of $550M. Under the resolution with the Fed, the bank will pay a fine of $342M and has agreed to the entry of a Consent Order. JPMorgan said it has previously reserved for these settlements. These settlements are in addition to agreements announced in November 2014 with the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to the FX trading business. The press release stated, "The conduct underlying the antitrust charge is principally attributable to a single trader (who has since been dismissed) and his coordination with traders at other firms." Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said: “The conduct described in the government’s pleadings is a great disappointment to us. We demand and expect better of our people. The lesson here is that the conduct of a small group of employees, or of even a single employee, can reflect badly on all of us, and have significant ramifications for the entire firm. That’s why we’ve redoubled our efforts to fortify our controls and enhance our historically strong culture."
08:21 EDTWFC, JPMATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
19:06 EDTNQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Computer Sciences (CSC), up 5%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 38.9% after announcing plans for rolling eteplirsen NDA... LendingClub (LC), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Keysight Technologies (KEYS), down 3.1%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Cimarex Energy (XEC), down 4% after filing to sell 6M shares of common stock... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), down 2.5% after filing to sell 20M ordinary shares for holders... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 3.2% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen.
17:08 EDTNQNQ Mobile sees FY15 revenue $455M-$460M, one estimate $443M
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17:08 EDTNQNQ Mobile sees Q2 revenue $102M-$103M, one estimate $99.5M
Representing a 25.0%-26.2% year-over-year increase.
17:06 EDTNQNQ Mobile reports Q1 adjusted EPS 0c, one estimate 0c
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15:42 EDTJPMBanks' settlement over forex rigging to be announced tomorrow, CNBC says
Several banks are said to plan to plead guilty and pay "billions" in fines in a settlement over their roles in foreign exchange manipulation that is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. Prior media reports have listed Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), UBS (UBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C) as having been in talks with U.K. and U.S. authorities for their roles in foreign currency rigging.
12:16 EDTHLFFTC, states charge four cancer charities as shams
The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187M from consumers. Named in the federal court complaint are Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society. Shares of Herbalife (HLF) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) weakened intraday yesterday as speculation circulated about whether either of the companies would be the target of the FTC's announcement today.
09:37 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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May 18, 2015
12:12 EDTHLFHerbalife dips after FTC says to announce 'major consumer fraud' case
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09:46 EDTWFC, JPMMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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07:12 EDTJPMBarclays expected to face over GBP250M in fines for rigging, Telegraph says
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May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTWFCBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
10:47 EDTJPMNCR Corp. working with JPMorgan on sale, dealReporter says
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07:50 EDTJPMDOJ tearing up prior UBS rigging settlement after new violations, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports April Net Credit Losses 2.34% vs. 2.61% last month
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