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March 16, 2012
16:21 EDTDSCO, FRO, PWRD, C, OGXI, WFC, RIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures were quiet throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a relatively flat open for the broader market. The action characterized the day’s activity as the averages moved in a narrow range throughout the session and investors ignored economic data points The action was particularly quiet given it was quadruple witching; the day when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and stock futures expire. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the CPI showed that prices rose 0.4% in February, in-line with the expected increase. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed an increase of 0.1% versus the expected increase of 0.2%. U.S. industrial production was flat in February, versus expectations of rise of 0.4%. Capacity utilization was reported at 78.7%, down from January's upwardly revised 78.8%. In March, U.S. consumer sentiment dipped 1 point to 74.3 according to the preliminary University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for a 76.0 reading... MARKET NEWS: Shares of Transocean (RIG) moved up about 4% after the company's monthly fleet update spurred an upgrade at Global Hunter and price target increases at Citigroup (C) and Susquehanna…MAJOR MOVERS: Among the biggest gainers were Frontline Ltd. (FRO) which soared 23.6% to $7.64 after Wells Fargo (WFC) noted charter costs had risen significantly, and Perfect World (PWRD) which rallied 27.6% to $16.01 after reporting better than expected Q4 results. The losers included Discovery Labs (DSCO) which tumbled 18.5% to $2.85 after announcing a 16M share offering, and OncoGenex Pharmaceutical (OGXI) which fell 20.7% to $13.81 after announcing a 4M share offering. INDICES: The Dow fell 20.14 to 13,232.62, the S&P gained 1.57 to 1,404.17, and the Nasdaq lost 1.11 to 3,055.26.
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February 4, 2016
06:51 EDTWFC, CBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
February 3, 2016
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; February 3, 2016
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09:10 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $1.2B to settle government claims over lending activities
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05:16 EDTCStocks with implied volatility movement; GS C
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February 2, 2016
12:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo settles with SEC over municipal securities underwriting violations
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11:53 EDTCCiti agrees to $23M 'ice breaker' yen Libor settlement, Reuters reports
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February 1, 2016
16:05 EDTDSCODiscovery Labs initiates AEROSURF phase 2b clinical trial
Discovery Labs said that based on the safety and tolerability profile observed to date in the phase 2a clinical program, the company has initiated the AEROSURF phase 2b clinical trial in premature infants 26 to 32 week gestational age receiving nasal continuous positive airway pressure for respiratory distress syndrome. The trial is a multicenter, randomized, controlled study with masked treatment assignment in approximately 240 premature infants and is designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of aerosolized KL4 surfactant administered in two dose groups, compared to infants receiving nCPAP alone. The following endpoints will be evaluated: time to nCPAP failure, incidence of nCPAP failure and physiological parameters indicating the effectiveness of lung function. The trial is expected to be conducted in up to 60 clinical sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Enrollment is beginning with premature infants 29 to 32 weeks GA, and will include premature infants 26 to 28 weeks GA after completion of the ongoing phase 2a clinical trial in this age group. The xompany anticipates completing enrollment for the phase 2b clinical trial by the end of 2016 and releasing top-line results in the first quarter of 2017. As of December 31, 2015, the xompany had cash and cash equivalents of $38.7M, an amount it anticipates is sufficient to support the AEROSURF phase 2 clinical program and fund operations through Q1 of 2017.
16:03 EDTDSCODiscovery Labs announces resignation of CEO John Cooper
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTWFC, COn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:33 EDTWFC, CU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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07:31 EDTCBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
18:19 EDTWFCBank of America, Wells Fargo to integrate Apple Pay in ATMs, TechCrunch says
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16:00 EDTRIG, COptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
11:33 EDTRIGOptions with increasing call volume
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09:38 EDTRIGActive equity options trading on open
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07:11 EDTRIGTransocean price target cut to $2.70 from $12 at Morgan Stanley
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
09:19 EDTRIGTransocean upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou
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