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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.
15:17 EDTGSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
14:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April 157 straddle priced for 2.5% move into Q1
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09:00 EDTCSCredit Suisse falls 2.2%
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07:16 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility flat into Q1 and revenue outlook
Goldman Sachs April call option implied volatility is 39, July is at 21, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results before the open on April 17.
06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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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
13:28 EDTCSNY regulator sent subpoena to Credit Suisse in tax probe, CNBC says
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07:28 EDTNDAQSEC 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
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
08:31 EDTGSBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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07:20 EDTGSKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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07:10 EDTGSNBG picks Goldman, Morgan Stanley to manage share offering, Reuters says
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April 11, 2014
15:44 EDTGSTyson, Post final contenders to buy Michael Foods, Reuters says
Michael Foods, the egg and dairy products maker that has been put up for sale by Goldman Sachs' (GS) private equity arm, is evaluating binding bids from Tyson (TSN) and Post (POST) and is near a deal to be sold to one of the two for close to $2.5B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:37 EDTGSGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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April 10, 2014
13:43 EDTNDAQFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
09:06 EDTNDAQSEC still struggling for data, slow to move on HFT, Bloomberg says
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08:15 EDTGSGoldman COO says company committed to Brazil operations, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn asserted that the company is committed to retaining its investment-banking operations in Brazil as part of its world-wide footprint, according to Reuters, citing comments from Cohn. Reference Link
07:55 EDTGSGoldman joined by RBC in suing clients after Singapore crash, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTGSMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTNDAQ, CSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:51 EDTGSGoldman, Warburg move forward in China Huarong sale, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTGSRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTGSBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
06:16 EDTNDAQNASDAQ downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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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
18:56 EDTGSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
18:29 EDTGSGoldman Sachs considers shutting down dark pool Sigma X, WSJ reports
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06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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06:26 EDTCSYodle 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
19:57 EDTGSFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:33 EDTNDAQNASDAQ struggles to repair public image, FT says
Nasdaq has struggled to repair its public image following events including the troubled IPO of Facebook IPO in 2012, an outage that caused an unprecedented three-hour market halt, and now an investigation by New York's Attorney General into the relationship between stock exchanges and high-frequency trading firms, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:58 EDTNDAQ, 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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06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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April 5, 2014
20:24 EDTNDAQIEX may look for exchange status sooner than planned, Reuters says
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April 4, 2014
12:16 EDTGSGoldman CEO Blankfein awarded raise for 2013, WSJ says
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07:27 EDTGSMorgan Stanley pushes back at HFT accusations, FT says
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06:26 EDTCSRoyal Bank of Scotland names Ewen Stevenson as CFO
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April 3, 2014
09:02 EDTNDAQMeetMe to move stock listing to NASDAQ
MeetMe (MEET) announced that it will transfer its U.S. stock exchange listing to the NASDAQ Capital Market (NDAQ). Trading in the company’s shares currently takes place on the NYSE MKT (ICE). The company expects trading on NASDAQ to begin on April 15. Until that time, trading will continue on the NYSE MKT. The company will retain its current ticker symbol, “MEET,” when trading begins on NASDAQ.
07:28 EDTGSSinopec said to select Goldman for $30B unit sale, Bloomberg says
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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.
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