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April 17, 2012
16:18 EDTKO, GS, JNJ, SRSL, DTSI, FSLR, AMTG, WHROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher, as a trio of earnings reports and a boost in the IMF's view of global growth prospects powered the market's rise. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading on the strength of positive earnings reports from Coca-Cola (KO), Goldman Sachs (GS), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The domestic economic data, which included fewer than expected housing starts and no increase in industrial production, was overshadowed by increased global and U.S. growth forecasts by the International Monetary Fund. With the earnings season beginning in earnest this week, investors appeared bullish about the prospects for solid numbers this quarter, if today's trading is taken as an indication... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1%, but the number of building permits issued rose 4.5%, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7%. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at 78.6%. In Europe, a German investor confidence survey was better than expected and Spanish benchmark yields eased back below 6%. Also, the International Monetary Fund said it sees world output growing 3.5% in 2012, raising its projection for United States growth to 2.1%. The IMF also said it sees growth in China slowing to 8.2% and real GDP in the euro area contracting in the first half of 2012 but then recovering... COMPANY NEWS: Coca Cola and Goldman Sachs both reported earnings and revenue that beat the Street's expectations, though Coke saw more of a favorable reaction from investors. Coca Cola shares rose 2.08% to $73.95 after its report, while Goldman fell 0.74% to $116.86. Johnson and Johnson also beat consensus for adjusted earnings, but its revenue came in below forecasts. Shares rose 0.38% to $64.22, making it one of the Dow's laggards during a session that saw all 30 stocks in the index post gains... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SRS Labs (SRSL), up $2.53, or 36.88%, to $9.39, after agreeing to be acquired by DTS, Inc. (DTSI) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $9.50 per share, and First Solar (FSLR), up $2.14, or 10.28%, to $22.96, following its announcement of plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down $1.37, or 7.16%, to $17.76, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Whirlpool (WHR), down $3.03, or 4.27%, to $68.00, after the International Trade Commission voted against imposing duties on refrigerators produced in South Korea and Mexico... INDICES: The Dow gained 194.13, or 1.50%, to 13,115.54; the Nasdaq rose 54.42, or 1.82%, to 3,042.82; and the S&P 500 added 21.21, or 1.55%, to 1,390.78.
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September 15, 2014
07:27 EDTJNJIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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06:33 EDTWHRWhirlpool receives final CSRC approval for majority stake acquisition in Hefei
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September 12, 2014
13:03 EDTFSLRSolar stocks rise after Trina says can't keep up with demand
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07:41 EDTGSBank lending grew in quarter, with Capital One leading pack, WSJ reports
Total loans outstanding at U.S. banks and thrifts grew by $178.5B in the second quarter, with Capital One Financial (COF) leading the big banks by growing its loans at an annualized rate of 12.5%, according to SNL Financial data, reported The Wall Street Journal. SNL said 14 of the 15 largest U.S. banks increased their lending, with only Bank of America (BAC) issuing fewer loans than the quarter before, largely attributed to a drop in U.S. closed-end residential mortgages, the report noted. Other publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:35 EDTGSApple getting discounted card fees for Apple Pay, NY Times reports
Banks are charging Apple lower than usual credit card fees for the tech giant's new mobile payment system, according to The New York Times. The banks hope that participating in Apple Pay will enable them to process transactions that aren't currently being paid for with credit cards, the newspaper explained. The banks and credit card networks also hope to use Apple Pay to prevent technologies that don't incorporate banks from becoming popular, The Times reported. Publicly traded credit card networks include American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Publicly traded 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
September 11, 2014
16:31 EDTDTSIDTS, Inc. acquires Manzanita Systems
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14:10 EDTFSLRIndia to invest $100B in renewable energy, Economic Times says
India will invest $100B in renewable energy over the next four years, the country's Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said today, according to Economic Times. The country has also decided not to impose tariffs on foreign solar energy companies, the minster indicated, according to the newspaper. Publicly traded solar energy companies include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). GE (GE) makes wind turbines. Reference Link
07:21 EDTGSBankruptcy bill focused on big bank failure moves past committee, WSJ says
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07:11 EDTJNJMedivation price target raised to $112 from $89 at Stifel
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06:43 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to manage $2B of NY pension fund, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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14:30 EDTGSPension fund gives Goldman Sachs $2B to invest, Reuters reports
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11:04 EDTKOCoca-Cola management to meet with SunTrust
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10:31 EDTGSFortress hires Goldman's Adam Rosenberg
Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG) announced that Adam Rosenberg has joined its Credit Funds business as a Managing Director leading its Gaming & Leisure investment platform. Rosenberg joins Fortress from Goldman, Sachs & Co., (GS) where he was Global Head of Gaming Investment Banking.
10:14 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says off to 'very good start' this year
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07:16 EDTGSRepublicans, Democrats both push for harder 'too big to fail' rules, WSJ says
Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle urged U.S. regulators to push forward additional regulations to ensure the biggest banks aren't "too big to fail," said The Wall Street Journal. 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). Reference Link
06:35 EDTGSFed may raise capital requirement for some banks to 11.5%, NY Times reports
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September 9, 2014
11:47 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR VRTX
First Solar (FSLR) March 80 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42, Vertex (VRTX) January 105 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 41 according to IVolatility.
06:33 EDTGSFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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September 8, 2014
15:43 EDTKOMonster Beverage asks court to block NY probe subpoena, Bloomberg says
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