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October 15, 2012
12:31 EDTS, CLWR, SFTBF, C, YONG, AEGR, DCTH, AMED, HUMOn 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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July 14, 2014
07:01 EDTCCitigroup to take charge of approximately $3.8B pre-tax in Q2
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07:01 EDTCCitigroup to settle DOJ, FDIC claims for $7B
Citigroup announced that it has reached an agreement to settle the ongoing investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, part of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Today’s agreement resolves actual and potential civil claims by the U.S. Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008. Under the terms of the settlement, Citigroup will pay a total of $4.5B in cash and provide $2.5B in consumer relief. The cash portion consists of a $4 billion civil monetary payment to the DOJ and $500M in compensatory payments to the State AGs and the FDIC. The consumer relief will be in the form of financing provided for the construction and preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing, principal reduction and forbearance for residential loans, as well as other direct consumer benefits from various relief programs. Citigroup has agreed to provide the consumer relief by the end of 2018. Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, said, “The comprehensive settlement announced today with the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and the FDIC resolves all pending civil investigations related to our legacy RMBS and CDO underwriting, structuring and issuance activities. We also have now resolved substantially all of our legacy RMBS and CDO litigation. We believe that this settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future, not the past.”
07:00 EDTCCitigroup announces settlement with RMBS Working Group
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July 13, 2014
20:31 EDTCCitigroup's $7B U.S settlement on mortgages expected Monday, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTS, SFTBFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
15:59 EDTCOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:44 EDTCCitigroup technical comments ahead of results
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15:28 EDTCCitigroup July 47 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
13:10 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile rally following merger report from Nikkei
13:09 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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13:05 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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12:12 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
Management holds a 2Q Fixed Income Investor Review conference call on July 18 at 11 am. Webcast Link
11:31 EDTAEGROptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: INO AEGR UBNT INVN WTW OREX GNC CREE SD SAN
10:28 EDTCURS Corporation working with banks on potential sale, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
07:20 EDTCBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space 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
July 10, 2014
07:11 EDTHUMAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:23 EDTHUMHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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06:06 EDTAEGRWestfield Capital Management reports 10.88% passive stake in Aegerion
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