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October 15, 2012
12:31 EDTAMED, YONG, CLWR, DCTH, C, S, HUM, AEGR, SFTBFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a report that showed surprisingly strong retail sales in September. The averages started out slightly higher and seemed to have trouble gaining any upside momentum in the early hours of trading. The reaction to the better than expected retails sales figures seemed to be muted by the disappointing Empire manufacturing data. Following the report on August business inventories the averages actually crossed into negative territory, before reversing and drifting higher. The averages stood near session highs around noon as this week begins more positively for the markets than last week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 1.1% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%. The core reading, minus auto and gas components, increased 0.9%, versus expectations for a 0.4% gain. The Empire Manufacturing Index had a reading of -6.16, versus expectations for a reading of -4.0. Business inventories reportedly increased 0.6% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. In China, a raft of data was reported over the weekend, including better than expected export numbers. Chinese export growth accelerated to 9.9% and import growth accelerated to 2.4%, but some irregularities kept investors and analysts cautious about the results. Also, China's consumer-price index eased in line with expectations and a gauge of producer prices showed a steepening drop, fueling speculation that the government may take further monetary stimulus action... COMPANY NEWS: Japan's SoftBank (SFTBF) confirmed a deal to purchase a 70% stake in Sprint (S) for about $20B. Shares of Sprint were down fractionally after the details of the previously speculated arrangement were publicized. However, moving up again were shares of Sprint partner Clearwire (CLWR), which rose 11% though Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he would not speculate on what Sprint will do with its new-found financial flexibility... Shares of Citigroup (C) jumped nearly 5% as its third quarter earnings beat expectations after its write down of the value of its remaining stake in Smith Barney and some other adjustments were excluded... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Yongye International (YONG), up 17% following its receipt of "going private" proposal at $6.60 per share, and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (AEGR), up 9% after the FDA posted briefing documents for a panel's upcoming review of one of the company's drugs. Among the noteworthy losers was Delcath Systems (DCTH), down over 18% after the FDA accepted the company's New Drug Application for its chemosaturation system and designated the NDA for standard review. Also lower were shares of Amedisys (AMED), down 9% after the company signed a new agreement with Humana (HUM) to provide home health services but under a revised reimbursement scheme from their prior arrangement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 67.40, or 0.51%, to 13,396.25; the Nasdaq was up 9.07, or 0.30%, to 3,053.18; and the S&P 500 was up 6.88, or 0.48%, to 1,435.47.
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November 12, 2014
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading
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08:58 EDTHUMManaged Care earnings risk low from King vs. Burwell, says Leerink
Leerink believes the Supreme Court decision to the King vs. Burwell case carries low earnings risk for Managed Care companies. The case to determine the legality of Exchange subsidies administered by the Federal Government carries less than 2% and 3% of earnings risk for 2014 and 2015 estimates, respectively, Leerink believes. The firm says Humana (HUM) and Cigna (CI) are currently losing money on Exchanges, and thus could benefit from any Federal Exchange membership loss. Leerink lists Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP) and Molina Healthcare (MOH) as being most impacted.
08:57 EDTCBarclays excluded from forex settlement due to issues with NYDFS, Reuters says
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08:46 EDTSSprint in talks to buy FreedomPop, USA Today reports
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08:13 EDTC, AEGRBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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08:07 EDTCMacy's, Citi Retail Services renew card agreement
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07:48 EDTSWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:28 EDTCBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:12 EDTCCFTC fines five banks $1.4B for manipulation of FX benchmark rates
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06:05 EDTCFCA fines five banks $1.7B over FX trading operations
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November 11, 2014
14:30 EDTCBanks to be hit with billions in fines for currency manipulation, Telegraph says
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12:55 EDTHUMWorkarounds to likely protect insurers from Supreme Court decision, says Wedbush
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading
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08:53 EDTAEGRAegerion says SEC issues request for information to specialty pharmacy entity
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07:14 EDTCJudge allows Citigroup to process next Argentina bond payout, Reuters reports
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November 10, 2014
06:46 EDTCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:40 EDTDCTHDelcath Systems treats first patient in Melphalan/HDS Phase 2 trial
Delcath Systems announced that the first treatment has been performed in the company's Global Phase 2 Clinical Program for first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC, or primary liver cancer. A team led by Prof. Dr. med. Thomas J. Vogl, Director of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at Goethe University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, treated its first case on November 5. The treating physicians reported that the patient was treated successfully. In Europe, the Company's Phase 2 trial program will investigate the safety and efficacy of Melphalan/HDS treatment without sorafenib in patients with unresectable liver cancer confined to the liver, evaluate tumor response as measured by modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumor, or mRECIST, and assess progression-free survival and safety. Additional analyses will be conducted to characterize the systemic exposure of melphalan administered by Melphalan/HDS, as well as assess patient-reported clinical outcomes, or quality-of-life. The Company's Phase 2 trial program is expected to include four to seven centers in Europe and the United States, and will seek to enroll approximately 30 patients.
06:37 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui in lead for Citigroup's Japan retail operations, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTCUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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November 8, 2014
20:17 EDTSAT&T could be the best bet of telecom stocks, Barron's says
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