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December 19, 2014
10:19 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:28 EDTXRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:51 EDTWFCCarolina Business Review to hold a discussion on the economic outlook
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07:42 EDTPAYEPAM, WisdomTree added to Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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07:31 EDTBAC, WFCLarge banks oil exposure manageable, says Wells Fargo
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07:28 EDTXRXXerox sale of ITO business net positive, says Brean Capital
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December 18, 2014
19:09 EDTXRXXerox lowers FY14 adjusted EPS to $1.04-$1.06 from $1.11-$1.13, consensus $1.12
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19:08 EDTXRXXerox lowers Q4 adjusted EPS view to 28c-30c from 30c-32c, consensus 31c
19:07 EDTXRXXerox lowers FY15 adjusted EPS to $1.05-$1.11 from $1.11-$1.17, consensus $1.17
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19:05 EDTXRXXerox to sell IT outsourcing business to Atos for $1.05B
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19:01 EDTXRXXerox sees Q4 adjusted EPS 28c-30c, consensus 31c
19:00 EDTXRXXerox sees FY14 adjusted EPS $1.04-$1.06, consensus $1.12
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18:58 EDTXRXAtos to buy Xerox's IT outsourcing business for $1.05B
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15:16 EDTBAC, WFCFed gives banks until July 2016 to to conform investments with covered funds
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14:39 EDTWMTBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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11:04 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTWFCFINRA fines Wells Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network $1.5M
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07:07 EDTACNAccenture cuts FY15 EPS view to $4.66-$4.80 from $4.74-$4.88
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07:06 EDTACNAccenture sees Q2 net revenue $7.25B-$7.5B, consensus $7.46B
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07:05 EDTACNAccenture reports Q1 EPS $1.29, consensus $1.20
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December 17, 2014
16:32 EDTAXPAmerican Express initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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16:32 EDTDFSDiscover initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Target $75.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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15:31 EDTACNAccenture December 82 straddle priced for 3.6% movement into Q1
15:18 EDTACNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Accenture (ACN), consensus $1.20; ConAgra (CAG), consensus 61c; Rite Aid (RAD), consensus 5c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $4.01; Actuant (ATU), consensus 42c.
14:42 EDTPAYVeriFone has a potential bullish pattern, levels to watch
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13:47 EDTBACNCAU files suit in federal court against BofA over mortgage securities
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13:22 EDTAXPAmerican Express assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley (pre-open)
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13:21 EDTDFSDiscover assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley (pre-open)
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10:36 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
08:31 EDTV, MAVisa MasterCard shares undervalued, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that the current valuations of Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) suggests that their payments volumes growth will decelerate to 6%-7% by 2017. The firm disagrees with this view, as it expects the companies to generate double digit volume growth for five to ten more years, Bernstein keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
07:37 EDTACNAccenture December volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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06:54 EDTWFCWells Fargo increasing minimum stock commission size for brokers, Reuters says
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06:05 EDTWFCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CX WFC
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CEMEX (CX) 70, Wells Fargo (WFC) 24 according to iVolatility.
05:37 EDTPAYVeriFone upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
13:09 EDTBACFINRA fines Merrill $1.9M for fair pricing violations
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has fined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated $1.9M for fair pricing and supervisory violations in connection with more than 700 retail customer transactions in distressed securities over a two-year time period. Merrill Lynch was also ordered to pay more than $540,000 in restitution, plus interest, to affected customers. Reference Link
10:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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10:34 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTWFC, BACOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
09:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart sees 6c impact to Q4 EPS from Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling
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09:39 EDTWMTWal-Mart says Pennsylvania Supreme Court largely upholds class action ruling
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07:20 EDTBACBank of America volatility elevated at 25
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05:54 EDTWFCStocks with implied volatility movement; TC WFC
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Thompson Creek (TC) 114, Wells Fargo (WFC) 23 according to iVolatility.
December 15, 2014
18:30 EDTPAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: VeriFone Systems (PAY), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 10.7% after receiving FDA fast track designation for NEOD001... Boeing (BA), up 2.3% after increasing dividend by 25% and authorizing a $12B share repurchase plan... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 4.6% after reporting new discoveries at Chapada, El Penon. LOWER: Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS), down 2% after reporting fourth quarter volume guidance and fiscal 2015 production guidance.
16:58 EDTPAYVeriFone announces partnership with First Data
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16:14 EDTBACBank of America initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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16:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
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16:07 EDTPAYVeriFone sees Q1 EPS 40c, consensus 45c
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16:05 EDTPAYVeriFone sees FY15 EPS $1.85-$1.90, consensus $1.97
Sees FY15 revenue $2.02B-$2.04B, consensus $2.03B
16:03 EDTPAYVeriFone reports Q4 EPS 44c, consensus 41c
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15:21 EDTPAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include VeriFone Systems (PAY), consensus 41c; FuelCell Energy (FCEL), consensus (2c); Willbros Group (WG), consensus 15c.
14:11 EDTPAYVeriFone technical comments ahead of results
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13:56 EDTPAYVeriFone technical comments ahead of results
The stock has been in a downtrend since topping out near the 52-week high in November. That 52-week high, at $38.26, has been notable resistance in the prior year. If the news is weaker than expected, the downtrend could extend. Support levels that could become additional downside objectives are at $31.13, $30.19, and $28.95. A move that takes the shares below $30 would signal a potential major topping pattern that could be long-term bearish for price. If the news is better than expected, resistance levels that could become upside objectives are at $34.94, $36.53, $37.46, and the 52-week high at $38.26.
12:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports November write-off rate 1.4% vs. 1.3% last month
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10:13 EDTBACBank of America reports November default rate 3.08% vs. 2.81% last month
Reports November delinquency rate 1.91% vs. 1.94% last month.
10:10 EDTPAYHigh option volume stocks:
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09:20 EDTBACFirst South Bancorp completes purchase of nine branches from Bank of America
First South Bancorp (FSBK), the parent holding company of First South Bank, announced that the bank has completed its acquisition of nine branch banking operations in eastern and central North Carolina from Bank of America (BAC). The purchase was finalized and the branches were converted to First South Bank branches during the weekend of December 12-14 and opened for business as First South Bank branches Monday morning, December 15.
08:15 EDTDFSDiscover reports November net charge-offs 1.87% vs. 1.53% last month
Reports November delinquency rate 1.52% vs. 1.53% last month.
December 12, 2014
09:08 EDTACNHatch to look to push tech worker bill, Reuters reports
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08:43 EDTWMTWal-Mart cuts prices on iPhone, BGR reports
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08:09 EDTWFCBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
07:21 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a discussion
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTBAC, WFCFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
10:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Delta Air Lines announce multi-year partnership extension
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 10, 2014
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15:19 EDTTITelefonica, Oi, Claro to offer $15B for Tim Participacoes, Bloomberg says
Telefonica (TEF), Oi SA (OIBR), and America Movil (AMX, AMOV) owned Claro plan to team up on a takeover bid for Tim Participacoes (TSU) that would value it at about $15B, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Telecom Italia (TI), which owns 67% of Brazil’s Tim Participacoes, believes Tim should be valued at about $25B or more, including debt, according to a person familiar with the matter, the report noted. Shares of Tim trading in New York are up about 6.6% to $23.69 in afternoon trading after rising as high as $26.54 immediately following the headlines from Bloomberg's report. Reference Link
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
12:50 EDTAXPAmerican Express says company was impacted by modest growth of global economy
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12:24 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:03 EDTBACJPMorgan drops 2% after CFO talks down Q4 numbers
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08:52 EDTACNAccenture December volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:24 EDTDFSDiscover sees efficiency ratio modestly above target next year
08:23 EDTDFSDiscover says performance against 2014 priorities good except in mortgages
Discover Financial CEO David Nelms says performance year-to-date against its 2014 priorities has been generally good, with the exception of its goal to expand in mortgages. Aside from mortgages, its efforts to expand direct consumer banking products has been good, the executive indicated.
08:13 EDTDFSDiscover sees over $35M in extra 2015 costs for EMV card issuance
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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14:57 EDTWFC, BACFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTBAC, WFCFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. 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).
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTBACBank of America sees Q4 sales and trading revenue down linked-quarter, y/y
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:26 EDTWFCDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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14:50 EDTMA, VVisa price target raised to $295 from $260 at Argus
Argus raised its FY15 and FY16 adjusted EPS estimates for Visa (V) and correspondingly increased its price target on the stock to $295 from $260. The firm, which keeps a Buy rating on Visa, expects rising transaction volume to lead to higher consensus earnings estimates and believes the stock should trade at a higher multiple than peer MasterCard (MA), given its faster EPS growth rate and more consistent earnings performance.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:04 EDTACNAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
09:04 EDTMAMasterCard, Dynamics announce joint commercial initiative
In conjunction with the Series C funding announcement issued earlier, MasterCard and Dynamics Inc. also announced a joint commercial initiative to drive innovation in the interactive payment card market. The collaboration enables MasterCard to offer exclusive Dynamics products to its issuers globally, providing consumers with added choice, flexibility and security at the point of sale.
07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:35 EDTBAC, WFCValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks 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
06:13 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
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05:24 EDTACNAccenture awarded contract by Japan Tourism Agency
The Japan Tourism Agency, or JTA, has awarded Accenture a seven-month contract to provide management consulting services to help increase the number of tourists to Japan. The effort is part of the government’s initiative to attract 20M foreign tourists in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Accenture will present recommendations to JTA based on a survey the company develops to better understand the challenges tourists say they face in traveling to the country. The survey, which will be conducted at airports and other travel locations, will examine the environment for welcoming foreign guests in Japan, including communications infrastructure, payment and purchase options and multilingual support options. Results and recommendations will be shared across Japan and abroad.
December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMADow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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15:12 EDTWMTBarnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
11:23 EDTBACOption volume leaders
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:19 EDTWMTDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
06:25 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Whole Foods (WFM) 20, Visa (V) 16 according to iVolatility.
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