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February 27, 2013
06:07 EDTTOL, BAC, C, DB, GS, ELN, DHI, PHM, LEN, JPMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Chairman Bernanke came down firmly in favor of continuing the central bank's bond-buying programs, even as he acknowledged concerns that the efforts might encourage risk-taking that could one day destabilize markets or the economy, the Wall Street Journal reports...Sales of new homes are surging in the U.S., and the trend partly reflects the small inventory of previously owned homes, now at a 13-year low after investors picked over the long-depressed market. But the strong sales of new homes also show how the nation's home builders (TOL, LEN, PHM, DHI) have mastered the art of selling, even to cash-poor buyers or those with spotty credit histories, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Investment firm Royalty Pharma doesnít want to take "no" for an answer to its $6.6B offer for Irish drugmaker Elan Corp. (ELN), and plans to spend the next few weeks calling Elan shareholders about its February 18 offer, sources say, Reuters reports...The European parliament and EU states could agree today to impose caps on bankers' bonuses, a measure that would channel public fury at financial sector greed, but which opponents say marks a reckless overreach into private pay deals, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Wall Street junk-bond underwriters (GS, JPM, DB, C, BAC) selling debt at a record pace after the securities returned 19% last year, say itís obvious that prices will drop when interest rates rise. So donít blame the banks, Bloomberg reports...JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon said banks are accumulating more capital than they need as regulators push lenders to build equity. Dimon has said excessive regulation could impede growth as international authorities and the Fed push banks to guard capital to better withstand another financial crisis, Bloomberg reports.
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08:04 EDTDBDeutsche up against big capital hit under stricter EU rules, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTJPMSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
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07:26 EDTJPMElsevier Business Intelligence to hold a conference
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06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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06:41 EDTCCitigroup plans to close one third of Korea branches, Reuters says
Citigroup announced that it is planning to close nearly one third of its Korea branches, which makes it the third global bank to reduce its presence in the country in the last year due to increasing expenses and intense competition, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the bank. Reference Link
06:26 EDTDBYodle planning IPO for 2014, WSJ reports
Online advertising company Yodle is planning an IPO for the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say the startup has selected Credit Suisse (CS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) for the offering, which could raise about $100M. Reference Link
06:24 EDTCCitigroup may miss return-on-tangible-common-equity goal, WSJ reports
According to sources, Citigroup may miss a its 2015 target for return-on-tangible-common-equity after the Federal Reserve last month rejected the bank's capital plan, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Fed denied Citigroup's proposal to boost its dividend and increase stock buybacks on March 26, making it unlikely Citigroup can meet this key profitability target. Reference Link
05:17 EDTLENLennar's UAMC acquires certain assets of Pinnacle Mortgage Group
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April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTJPM, C, BAC, GSFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement 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
17:16 EDTCCitigroup to resolve certain private-label securitization repurchase claims
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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10:00 EDTDHIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
08:56 EDTJPMJPMorgan, U.K.'S DFID, CDC to invest $20M combined in Novastar Ventures
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07:51 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded D.R. Horton to Underperform given exposure to first-time buyers access to mortgage financing and low rankings of communities vs. peers in terms of average school ratings.
07:27 EDTDBDeutsche chairman supports co-leaders Fitschen, Jain, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTCDark markets could cause more harm than high-frequency trading, Reuters says
After a book by financial author Michael Lewis sparked worries that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market, former regulators and academics say a more serious threat to investors could be the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges, reported Reuters. Top internalizers include units of KCG Holdings (KCG), Citadel, UBS (UBS), and Citigroup (C). Dark pool operators include Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS). In an attempt to earn back some of the retail orders, exchanges such as IntercontinentalExchange Group's (ICE) New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ), and BATS Global Markets, have allowed brokerages to place dark pool-style orders on their platforms, with the trade hidden until after it is executed. Reference Link
06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC
HSBC upgraded Citigroup to Neutral citing the recent underperformance of shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $51 from $48.
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