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May 20, 2014
07:56 EDTDTV, JPM, AZN, T, LAZ, PFE, BACLazard shares rise after AT&T mega-deal struck, WSJ says
Shares of Lazard (LAZ) rose yesterday after AT&T (T), which Lazard was the advisor for, announced its deal to acquire DirecTV (DTV), reported The Wall Street Journal. In contrast, JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Guggenheim Partners look set to be disappointed and lose out on potential fees as Pfizer's (PFE) bid for AstraZeneca (AZN) appears destined to fail, the report noted. The Journal added that the total value of agreed-upon U.S. deals is up 87% from last year to $585B year-to-date. Reference Link
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August 20, 2015
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTAZNAdvaxis, MedImmune begin enrollment in axalimogene filolisbac Phase I/II study
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09:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints General Ray Odierno as senior advisor
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the appointment of retired four-star General Raymond T. Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, to a senior advisory capacity at the firm, effective September 1.
08:02 EDTTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
17:37 EDTBACFINRA investigates Merrill Lynch over money laundering employee, Reuters says
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has been investigating Bank of America Merrill Lynch over a former employee who earlier pleaded guilty to an insider-trading and money laundering scheme, reports Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. FINRA could resort to enforcement action against the company, likely citing a breach of money laundering laws, according to the sources. Reference Link
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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14:42 EDTJPMBanks cooperate on data company to lower costs, WSJ says
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13:08 EDTLAZCSN to pick either Rotschild or Lazard as advisor for asset sales, Reuters says
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10:20 EDTTBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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09:33 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
16:58 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to settle investment bias charges for $150M, WSJ says
JPMorgan is in advanced discussions with the SEC to settle allegations that it inappropriately guided clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
August 17, 2015
10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports July default rate 2.67% vs. 2.62% last month
Reports July delinquency rate 1.62% vs. 1.65% last month.
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:26 EDTTAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTTAT&T aided NSA in web surveillance, NYT reports
The National Security Agency's, or NSA, ability to spy on great amounts of internet traffic has relied on a decades-long partnership with AT&T, the New York Times reports, citing newly disclosed NSA documents. The company's cooperation with the NSA has involved a broad range of activities from 2003-2013, including giving the NSA access to billions of emails and providing technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all web communications at the UN headquarters, the report says. AT&T installed surveillance equipment in "at least" 17 of its U.S. internet hubs, the report says. Reference Link
06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.31% vs. 2.34% last month
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05:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Christopher Mutascio upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform with a $77 price target, suggesting total return potential of 16%. Mutascio views the stock's valuation as attractive and highlights the "high dividend yield in a low-interest-rate environment."
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