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January 7, 2013
12:29 EDTESI, ATHN, USB, MET, WAC, PPHM, EPOC, STI, JPM, BAC, ACHN, SCTY, WFC, PNC, C, NSMOn 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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March 19, 2015
15:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan execs 'brace' for potential investment/commercial bank cuts, FBN says
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12:29 EDTJPMJudge dismisses lawsuit over $13B JPMorgan-Justice Dept settlement, Reuters says
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $13B settlement reached between JPMorgan and the U.S. Justice Department over mortgage loans, reports Reuters. Judge Beryl Howell accepted a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the non-profit group Better Markets lacked standing to sue. Howell said, "The plaintiff has failed to meet its burden to show it has suffered an injury in fact." Reference Link
11:53 EDTUSB, WFC, C, JPM, BACU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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09:06 EDTCCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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07:46 EDTSTISunTrust management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:22 EDTMETMetLife to consolidate NYC locations in MetLife Building, WSJ says
MetLife (MET) signed a twelve-year lease with Tishman Speyer (TSEYF) to increase its space in the MetLife Building in order to consolidate its four New York City locations into the namesake building above Grand Central Terminal, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:15 EDTCCiti CEO tells shareholders 2015 targets 'within reach,' Reuters reports
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06:30 EDTBACSEC says BofA must put investment bank spinoff to shareholder vote, Reuters says
The SEC has told Bank of America that it must allow shareholders to vote on whether the company will attempt to spin off its investment bank unit, reports Reuters, citing a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A bank spokesperson said the company "will respond to the proposal in our proxy statement." Reference Link
06:15 EDTATHNathenahealth coverage transferred with an Outperform at RW Baird
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06:06 EDTCCiti files lawsuit over Swiss franc surge, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTSCTYSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
13:56 EDTCArgentina to bar Citi from exiting custody business, Reuters says
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11:44 EDTWACOcwen reopens after announcing MSR deal with Walter Investment
Ocwen (OCN) shares are up fractionally shortly after reopening for trading.
11:37 EDTWACWalter Investment jumps 7% after subsidiary agrees to buy MSRs from Ocwen
11:36 EDTWACOcwen intends to sell $9.6B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Green Tree
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11:35 EDTWACOcwen intends to sell $9.6B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Green Tree
08:25 EDTJPMSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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07:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan to purchase $45B of mortage service rights from Ocwen, NY Post says
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07:33 EDTESIITT Educational receives notice from NYSE on late filing status
ITT Educational Services announced that it did not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 on or before the due date of March 16, 2015. The company has received a notice from the NYSE that the company is subject to the NYSE's procedures under its timely filing criteria as a result of the company's failure to file the 2014 Form 10-K by the due date. Under NYSE rules, the company has six months from March 16, 2015 to file the 2014 Form 10-K. Until the company files the 2014 Form 10-K and all other periodic reports with subsequent due dates, its common stock will remain listed on the NYSE under the symbol "ESI," with a "LF" indicator to signify late filing status. The company can regain compliance with the NYSE listing standards during the six-month period once it files the 2014 Form 10-K with the SEC, but only if it has also filed all other periodic reports with subsequent due dates. The company is still evaluating the full impact of the consolidation of the 2009 Entity on these matters, and therefore cannot provide any assurance that the consolidation of 2009 Entity will not have a material negative impact on these matters, which could result in a material adverse effect on the company's results of operations, financial condition and/or cash flows. Further, the company did anticipate that it may be in noncompliance with certain covenants under its financing agreement.
07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
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