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January 7, 2013
12:29 EDTPPHM, EPOC, STI, JPM, BAC, ACHN, SCTY, WFC, PNC, C, NSM, ESI, ATHN, USB, MET, WACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, pushing the S&P 500 off the five-year high it reached Friday. The averages opened lower and remained there for the entire morning as a wave of banking news was reported but no market moving economic data was released... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. no market moving economic data was reported... COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) announced it will repurchase $6.75B worth of residential mortgage loans it sold to Fannie Mae and will pay $3.6B to settle claims related to certain residential mortgage loans. Bank of America also agreed to sell the servicing rights on about 2M residential mortgages with unpaid principal balances of approximately $306B to Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) and Walter Investment (WAC)... Separately from BofA's settlement with Fannie Mae, the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reached an agreement under which ten mortgage servicing companies will pay more than $8.5B in cash payments and other assistance to mortgage borrowers to settle claims of deficient practices in loan servicing and foreclosure processing. The regulators listed Bank of America, Citibank (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), MetLife Bank (MET), PNC (PNC), SunTrust (STI), U.S. Bank (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC) among those participating but did not spell out the level of compensation to be paid by each... In other banking news, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision made it easier for banks to meet the new "liquidity coverage ratio" rule and delayed its full implementation until 2019... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Epocrates (EPOC), up over 21% after agreeing to be acquired by athenahealth (ATHN) for $11.75 per share in cash, and SolarCity (SCTY), which rose more than 10% after a number of research firms began covering the stock with Buy ratings. Also higher were shares of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM), which advanced 72% after the company updated on its internal review of one of clinical trials and Roth Capital upgraded the stock to a Buy. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which fell nearly 17% after reporting Friday night that it has entered into a settlement agreement and release with Sallie Mae and Credit Suisse lowered its price target on the stock in a note to investors this morning. Also lower were shares of Achillion (ACHN), down over 9% after reporting interim results on a trial of its treatment for a type of hepatitis C virus infection... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 79.00, or 0.59%, to 13,356.21; the Nasdaq was down 10.87, or 0.35%, to 3,090.79; and the S&P 500 was down 8.64, or 0.59%, to 1,457.83.
News For NSM;BAC;WAC;C;JPM;MET;PNC;STI;USB;WFC;EPOC;ATHN;SCTY;PPHM;ESI;ACHN From The Last 14 Days
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June 24, 2015
14:40 EDTESIITT Educational responds to Rohit Chopra letter
Nicole Elam, vice president of government relations and external affairs for ITT Educational Services, issued the following statement in response to a letter from Rohit Chopra, former student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to investors dated June 24, 2015: "Putting aside the troubling fact that Mr. Rohit Chopra is attempting to impact investors of a publicly traded company with information he received while in an official capacity at a U.S. governmental agency, his letter is a perfect example of the myopic view pervading some in D.C. regarding taxpaying educational institutions. The fact that he would write such a letter to investors days after leaving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau trumpeting mere allegations against the company demonstrates a personal bias against our institutions and an unwillingness to allow for due process to work, the cornerstone of the U.S. legal system. Allegations are not facts and we think our investors will not take action based on simple assertions from someone with an ideological axe to grind."
10:40 EDTESIITT Educational says CSAAVE suspension put on hold by judge
ITT Educational issued a public notice, dated June 23, stating that the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, a division of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, previously issued a suspension of approval to all 15 California institutions owned and operated by ITT Educational, doing business as ITT Technical Institute. "On June 23, 2015, the Honorable Judge William Claster of the Orange County Superior Court issued an order staying CSAAVE’s suspension of approval of ITT’s courses for enrollment by veteran students, pending the Court’s adjudication of ITT’s petition for peremptory writ of mandate on or after August 21, 2015. While this stay is in effect, CSAAVE’s suspension of ITT’s courses for enrollment by veteran students is lifted...While the suspension is stayed, veterans may enroll at ITT," the company stated in its notice. Reference Link
10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
08:56 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp profited from buying bonds for below market prices, WSJ says
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07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTSTI, BAC, C, JPMDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTCCiti downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
13:02 EDTWFCSumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:36 EDTC, BACActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTACHNJMP Securities to hold a conference
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06:25 EDTBAC, CBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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June 22, 2015
16:41 EDTWACBaker Street Capital reports 22.3% stake in Walter Investment
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16:00 EDTBAC, JPMOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
10:36 EDTNSMNationstar management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Dallas on June 23 hosted by UBS.
10:00 EDTMETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:26 EDTMETMetLife upgraded on share repurchase, interest rate outlook at RBC Capital
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06:14 EDTMETMetLife upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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