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March 16, 2012
16:21 EDTRIG, C, FRO, WFC, PWRD, DSCO, OGXIOn 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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October 21, 2014
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
08:18 EDTC, WFCBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:52 EDTCCiti purchasea Deutsche energy, metals book, Reuters says
Citigroup (C) acquired Deutsche Bank's (DB) energy and metals book, which is the U.S. company's latest expansion effort in commodities trading as some of its competitors look to exit that sector, according to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
07:46 EDTFROFrontline appoints Robert Hvide Macleod as CEO
The board of Frontline announces that Robert Hvide Macleod has been engaged as the new CEO for Frontline Management AS. Macleod is currently the managing director and owner of Highlander Tankers AS and will join Frontline on November 3. The current CEO of Frontline, Jens Martin Jensen has accepted a position where he will be in charge of the Sale & Purchase, Newbuilding and other maritime related projects of the Group.
07:21 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWFC, CStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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10:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on
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08:06 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
As previously reported Cowen downgraded Transocean to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares given the current market weakness, relatively older fleet and below average contracts for the next two years. Price target lowered to $30 from $39.
07:01 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
16:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo commercial banking veteran in Florida Howard Halle to retire
Wells Fargo head of Commercial Banking in Florida, Howard Halle, will retire at year-end. A search for Halle’s successor is underway and is expected to be announced in early November.
14:09 EDTC, WFCApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
11:41 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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10:01 EDTWFC, COn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTCUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.
07:29 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus
Argus upgraded Citigroup to Hold based on valuation and management's progress in improving the loan portfolio and reducing expenses.
07:21 EDTCCFA Institute to hold a conference
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