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May 25, 2014
15:02 EDTJWN, COF, TD, C, JPMNordstrom measures banks' interest in credit card unit, Bloomberg says
Nordstrom (JWN), who said on May 15 it was working with advisers to find a “financial partner” for its credit card business in the next 12 to 18 months, has approached Capital One Financial (COF), Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan (JPM). according to a Bloomberg report from Friday afternoon. Reference Link
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August 27, 2014
15:37 EDTJPMFBI investigating whether Russia involved with JPMorgan hacking, Bloomberg says
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15:20 EDTJPMHackers stole data from JPMorgan, another U.S. bank this month, Bloomberg says
11:32 EDTJWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
10:02 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTC, JPMSEC seen completing rules on MBS detail disclosures, WSJ says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to complete rules requiring banks and other financial institutions to give investors greater detail about the quality of mortgages and other loans pooled into bonds known as asset-backed securities, reported The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded big 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). Reference Link
06:36 EDTJWNNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 26, 2014
10:43 EDTCFINRA fines Citigroup for failing to provide best execution
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has fined Citigroup Global Markets. $1.85M for failing to provide best execution in approximately 22,000 customer transactions involving non-convertible preferred securities, and for related supervisory deficiencies for more than three years. FINRA also ordered Citigroup to pay more than $638,000 in restitution, plus interest, to affected customers. Reference Link
06:54 EDTCCitigroup, HSBC, others chosen to lead $3B ONGC stake sale, Reuters says
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this market.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:12 EDTCCitigroup faces restrictions on hedge-fund sales, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
10:02 EDTCActive calls at CBOE; AAPL C HPQ
Active calls at CBOE; AAPL 8/22/14 100 & 100, C Jan 55, HPQ 8/29/14 36
08:31 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
06:43 EDTC, JPMRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTJPMBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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06:17 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell Japanese retail banking unit, Reuters says
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August 19, 2014
13:08 EDTCCitigroup tells appeals court Agentina banking license at risk, Reuters reports
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12:14 EDTCCitigroup considers selling Japan retail-banking unit, WSJ reports
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