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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.
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May 14, 2015
06:49 EDTJPM, CBanks to pay several billion over alleged currency violations, NY Times says
Barclays (BCS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are expected to agree to pay a combined "several billion dollars" as part of a settlement with the U.S. over alleged foreign exchange rigging, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The banks are also expected to plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations, but it is not anticipated that their operations will be significantly affected as a result of those pleas, the newspaper stated. Meanwhile, UBS (UBS) will pay a fine of up to $500M related to alleged "foreign currency misconduct," the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMETStandard Chartered seeks buyers for Hong Kong pension unit, Reuters reports
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05:49 EDTESIStocks with implied volatility movement; ESI BRCM
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May 13, 2015
17:19 EDTPPHMPeregrine to highlight Bavituximab at ASCO annual meeting
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing bavituximab, a novel immuno-oncology agent in Phase III development, announced the presentation of three posters at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, Annual Meeting, to be held May 29-June 2 in Chicago, Illinois.
09:39 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTCEasterly Government Properties names Meghan Baivier as COO
Easterly Government Properties (DEA) announced that Meghan Baivier has been named EVP and COO, effective May 12. Baivier will be responsible for overseeing the alignment of the firmís growth strategy and financial goals with operations, capital markets and finance activities. Prior to joining Easterly Government Properties, Baivier served as VP of Citigroupís (C) Real Estate and Lodging Investment Banking group.
07:29 EDTBAC, CUBS to hold a conference
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May 12, 2015
18:12 EDTSTISenate proposes to ease 'systemically important' bank designation, FT says
Senate bank committee chairman Richard Shelby has introduced legislation that would increase the "systemically important bank" threshold from $50B to $500B, reports the Financial Times, citing draft legislation. The report notes that SunTrust (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Citizens Financial (CFG), Fifth Third (FITB), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) may benefit from the change if the bill passes. Some bankers believe the potential change could lead to renewed interest in mergers within the sector, adds the Financial Times. Reference Link
16:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $77M in trust fund case, St. Louis Today says
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16:25 EDTESIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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14:13 EDTSTI, PNC, JPM, C, BACBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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12:42 EDTESIOptions with increasing put volume and implied volatility
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12:42 EDTESIITT Educational disagrees with SEC position
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12:37 EDTESIFor-profit education stocks slide after SEC charges ITT with fraud
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11:32 EDTESIITT Educational down 45% after SEC announces fraud charges against company
10:23 EDTESISEC announces fraud charges against ITT Educational Services
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08:07 EDTSTISunTrust to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTC, WFCStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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06:32 EDTMETU.S. wants dismissal of MetLife's lawsuit over too big to fail, Reuters says
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