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February 12, 2013
16:29 EDTLVLT, BCS, STEM, KO, CRK, AVPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address. The Nasdaq lost ground on the session, while the Dow closed above 14K, putting it back within shouting distance of its all-time high... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was fairly light for a second straight day. The Labor Department reported job openings fell by 173K in December to 3.62M from a more than four-year high set in the prior month... COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO) was the Dow's laggard, losing $1.05, or 2.72%, to $37.56 after reporting earnings that just beat consensus on revenue that just missed analyst forecasts. The company said global unit case volume rose 3% during the quarter and that it expects economic volatility to extend through 2013... Barclays (BCS) announced its Q4 results and said it would reduce its headcount by 3,700 employees in 2013. Shares gained $1.72, or 9.13%, to $20.55 following the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avon Product (AVP), up $3.51, or 20.31%, to $20.79 following Q4 earnings that beat consensus estimates. Also higher were shares of StemCells (STEM), up 35c, or 20.97%, to $1.99 after the company announced the first patient cohort completed its phase I/II clinical trial of neural stem cells for chronic spinal cord injury. Among the noteworthy losers were Level 3 (LVLT), down $3.35, or 13.58%, to $21.31 after its Q4 report, and Comstock Resources (CRK), down $1.12, or 7.89%, to $13.07 after the company reported Q4 results and restated its results from the first three quarters of FY12... INDICES: The Dow was up 47.46, or 0.34%, to 14,018.70; the Nasdaq was down 5.51, or 0.17%, to 3,186.49; and the S&P 500 was up 2.42, or 0.16%, to 1,519.43.
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December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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15:11 EDTAVPAvon China unit pleads guilty to end bribery probe, Bloomberg says
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December 16, 2014
09:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola names Julie Hamilton as Chief Customer & Commercial Leadership Officer
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07:58 EDTBCSBarclays volatility at upper end of 18-month range
Barclays overall option implied volatility of 29 compares to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
06:35 EDTBCSBank of England says seven of eight banks pass stress test
The Bank of England said that all but one of the eight banks passed its stress test. The one bank, Co-operative, needs to submit a revised plan to strengthen its balance sheet. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Lloyds (LYG) and Co-operative were found to be the most susceptible to a housing crash and spike in unemployment. RBS and Lloyds passed the stress test, however. Both banks need improved capital positions, but have already put in place plans to do so, the central bank's Prudential Regulation Authority stated. Reference Link
December 15, 2014
17:16 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY15 comparable currency neutral EPS growth similar to FY14
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16:27 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 2015 net share repurchases of $2B-$3B
As previously indicated, the company does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Longer term, the company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the company now expects a 5 to 6 point currency headwind on profit before tax in 2015. The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations in 2015 is currently expected to be 22.5%. In 2015, the company is targeting net share repurchases of $2B to $3B.
16:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 9 point currency headwind on Q4 EPS
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16:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 4%-5%
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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13:52 EDTKOWintergreen says Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent 'incapable' of leading turnaround
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December 11, 2014
13:40 EDTBCSEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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10:17 EDTBCSFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) $4M; Needham & Company LLC $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
07:49 EDTAVPThe New York Times to hold a conference
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06:40 EDTBCSNY investigating Deutsche Bank, Barclays currency trading, Reuters reports
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December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola to host conference call
Conference call to address financial and modeling-related questions will be held on December 15 at 4:30 pm. Webcast Link
08:01 EDTCRKCapital One to hold a conference
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07:53 EDTLVLTUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
16:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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06:21 EDTBCSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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