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January 24, 2014
12:14 EDTRIG, BACStocks with call strike movement; RIG BAC
Transocean (RIG) August 52.5 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 26, Bank of America (BAC) August 20 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 26 according to IVolatility.
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March 27, 2015
13:47 EDTBACBofA Merrill's John Cavanagh leaves bank, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTBACGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
11:46 EDTBACBofA: Naming CEO Moynihan chairman followed 'probing independent review'
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08:17 EDTBACSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTBACMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
15:44 EDTRIGTransocean sees 2015-2018 newbuild CapEx at $1B-$1.8B per year
Transocean currently forecasts 2015-2018 newbuild CapEx at $1B-$1.8B per year. To improve fleet quality, Transocean said it will divest or scrap non]core assets and invest in high]specification rigs. Transocean says exploration successes support long]term ultra]deepwater demand. Market conditions are currently challenging and the rig market, including ultra]deepwater, is temporarily oversupplied, Transocean added. Continued progress on margin improvement initiatives help mitigate deteriorating market conditions with objective of about $800M in margin improvement by year]end 2015. Transocean said it will remain "disciplined and prudent" in terms of capital investment. Information from slides for the company's presentation at the Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference.
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has fined Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit $2.5M for failing to supervise employees properly, Reuters reports. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith was accused of failing to stick to its own compliance rules. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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07:19 EDTRIGWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May after the SEC allowed a small shareholder the right to challenge the board on a break-up, reports the Financial Times. Bank of America's board could be under pressure to appoint a committee to examine a plan for divesting all non-core banking businesses if a proposal from Barlett Naylor of Public Citizen is adopted. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
13:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:53 EDTBACU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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11:24 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; X RIG
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:50 EDTRIGTransocean reiterated as a Sell, target to $11 at Goldman
After the close, Transocean announced that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI for the Transocean Amirante was terminated due to the deteriorating security situation in Libya. The firm said these two announcements are indicative of the very weak contracting environment. Goldman reiterates its Sell rating on Transocean and lowered its price target to $11 from $12.
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
March 18, 2015
16:28 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet update summary
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07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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