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April 16, 2014
16:40 EDTCSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
09:00 EDTCSCredit Suisse falls 2.2%
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07:28 EDTDBDeutsche looks to sell Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Resort, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank is in discussions with possible purchasers of its Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas as it aims to end a six-year, money-losing venture into casino development, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. One of the sources said that the bank is looking for more than $2B for the resort and has attracted at least four potential bidders. Reference Link
07:25 EDTLYGHitachi gathers $4.5B to finance Scotland-London express trains, Bloomberg says
Hitachi (HTHIY) has gathered $4.5B from an array of international institutions to fund its contract to construct 65 high-speed express trains to use on Britain’s East Coast rail line between Scotland and London, according to Bloomberg, citing a company spokeswoman. Some of the lenders include the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, HSBC (HSBC), Lloyds Banking (LYG) and the European Investment Bank. Reference Link
06:18 EDTCSCredit Suisse says making progress in resolving litigation issues
Credit Suisse said in its earnings release, "Progress in resolving key legacy litigation issues in 2014 to date; continued focus on resolving the US tax matter with the United States Department of Justice."
06:15 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q1 net income CHF 859M vs. CHF 1.3B last year
Reports Q1 revenue CHF 6.47B vs. CHF 7.0B last year. Credit Suisse's Basel III CET1 ratio as of the end of Q1 was 14.3%, compared to 15.7% as of the end of Q4. The company said it is on track to achieve targeted run-off of non-strategic units. Its CEO said, "For the first quarter, we achieved a return on equity of 14% in our strategic businesses, well within reach of our 15% through-the-cycle target. This strong performance was driven by significantly improved profitability in Private Banking & Wealth Management, solid returns in Investment Banking and continued effective cost and capital management."
April 15, 2014
14:34 EDTRYRoyal Bank of Canada to spin proprietary-trading unit into fund, WSJ says
The Royal Bank of Canada plans to spin off its Global Arbitrage and Trading arm into a stand-alone hedge fund in which the bank will likely be an investor, but not an owner, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The move, prompted by the Volcker rule, may be made as soon as the end of this year, the report added. Reference Link
14:17 EDTRYRBC to spin off proprietary-trading arm in response to Volcker rule, DJ says
Royal Bank of Canada will likely invest in the spun-off hedge fund but not be an owner, according to Dow Jones, citing a source.
13:28 EDTCSNY regulator sent subpoena to Credit Suisse in tax probe, CNBC says
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13:18 EDTDBBank of China NY, Deutsche Bank sign MOU to expand clearing pact
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07:28 EDTRYSEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
07:25 EDTRBSFederal Reserve Bank of Atlanta to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTBCSBarclays still deciding what to do with investment bank, WSJ reports
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06:58 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Gillies as non-executive director
Barclays announced that Crawford Gillies has been appointed as a non-executive director of Barclays and will become a member of the board remuneration committee with effect from May 1. The company said, "It is intended that Crawford Gillies will succeed Sir John Sunderland as chairman of the board remuneration committee at a date to be agreed, consistent with ensuring a smooth transition."
06:37 EDTCSAleris looking to sell recycling, alloy segment, WSJ reports
Aleris Corp (ARS), an aluminum producer, has hired Credit Suisse (CS) and KeyBank (KEY) as its financial advisers in a move to sell its recycling and custom alloy manufacturing segment, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The unit could fetch over $400M in a sale, the sources say. Reference Link
April 14, 2014
15:26 EDTCSLazard's Spencer hired away by Credit Suisse, WSJ says
Jim Spencer has been hired away from Lazard (LAZ) and will join Credit Suisse (CS) in October as the new head of the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in the Americas, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo. Reference Link
April 11, 2014
07:47 EDTDBDeutsche granted dismissal of FHFA suit, Reuters says
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April 10, 2014
08:26 EDTDBDeutsche looks for shareholder approval for upped bonuses, Reuters says
Deutsche Bank will ask shareholders to approve increasing limits on executive bonuses for FY14 as required by new European regulations, according to Reuters, citing an agenda for the bank's annual shareholder meeting. Reference Link
07:55 EDTRYGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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07:11 EDTDBDeutsche said to find inappropriate communication in FX case, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank laid-off a London-based currency saleswoman last month for improper communication with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. In an emailed statement, Deutsche Bank said it had received requests for information from regulators probing currency trading and is cooperating with them. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
13:19 EDTRBSEU regulators say RBS can cancel U.K.'s dividend share, Reuters says
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10:06 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTSANActive equity options trading on open
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07:23 EDTBCSBarclays relocates more suburban Singapore staff to city, Bloomberg says
Barclays is relocating more employees to an office in Singapore’s central business district from the suburbs to reduce expenses, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
05:38 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Credit Suisse to Underweight citing concerns over the bank's investment bank strategy.
April 8, 2014
16:01 EDTSANApple Netflix Citigroup Tesla Banco Santander Alcoa
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08:04 EDTDBDeutsche up against big capital hit under stricter EU rules, Reuters says
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06:26 EDTDB, CSYodle planning IPO for 2014, WSJ reports
Online advertising company Yodle is planning an IPO for the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say the startup has selected Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) for the offering, which could raise about $100M. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
13:43 EDTBCSBarclays reaches settlement with U.K. care home operator, Reuters says
Barclays reached a settlement with U.K. care home operator, Guardian Care Homes, that accused it of mis-selling products connected to benchmark interest rates just weeks prior to the beginning of a possibly embarrassing court case for the company, according to Reuters, citing a Barclays spokesman. Reference Link
13:08 EDTUBSPanel rules UBS unit to pay $5.4M to ex-broker, Reuters says
A Financial Industry Regulation Authority arbitration panel ruled that a unit of UBS has to pay $5.4M to an ex-broker to settle a dispute which stemmed from the sale of Lehman structured notes to his clients, reported Reuters. Reference Link
07:27 EDTDBDeutsche chairman supports co-leaders Fitschen, Jain, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTUBS, CSDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:28 EDTCSNew York launches probe of Credit Suisse, NY Times says
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April 4, 2014
11:31 EDTSANOptions with increasing implied volatility: ATHN K SAN
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07:30 EDTUBSUBS battles proposal to move Puerto Rico bond fund cases, Reuters says
A unit of UBS is fighting a plan that would allow hundreds of investors who lost money in closed-end Puerto Rico bond funds to arbitrate their claims against the firm on the U.S. mainland, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:26 EDTCS, RBSRoyal Bank of Scotland names Ewen Stevenson as CFO
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April 3, 2014
10:00 EDTDBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
07:30 EDTDBMoody's left off bond deal as risk appetites grow, WSJ says
Moody's (MCO), known for adopting more-cautious stances than its rivals, was conspicuously absent from rating more than $1B in commercial-mortgage bonds that recently sold at similar yields as other recent sales, reported The Wall Street Journal. McGraw Hill Financial 's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's, Fitch and Kroll Bond Rating were called on to rate the "conduit" commercial-mortgage-backed deal organized by Deutsche Bank (DB) and Cantor Fitzgerald, the report noted. Reference Link
06:39 EDTRBSRBS to close 44 branches, Reuters says
Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to close 44 branches, of which 14 are classed as "Last Banks in Town", throughout the U.K. and Scotland, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokesperson. Reference Link
05:47 EDTCSCredit Suisse announces charge of CHF 468M for litigation provision
Credit Suisse said its preliminary results for 2013 were updated to reflect an additional after-tax charge of CHF 468M, primarily due to an increase in the litigation provision relating to the ongoing United States Department of Justice investigation into the U.S. tax-related matter. As a result, Credit Suisse reported a net loss of CHF 476M for Q4. For the full year 2013, reported core results pre-tax income was CHF 3.5B, compared to CHF 1.89B in 2012, and reported 2013 net income attributable to shareholders was CHF 2.3B, compared to CHF 1.35B in 2012. Credit Suisse’s Look-through Total Capital ratio was 15.7%, Look-through Basel III CET1 ratio was 10.0%, and Basel III CET1 ratio was 15.7% as of the end of 2013.
05:38 EDTDBDeutsche Bank downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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