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August 29, 2012
16:27 EDTJOSB, WLP, ARQL, YELP, DY, COn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher as the Fed's Beige Book and reports on second quarter economic growth and July pending home sales were all encouraging. Stock futures were generally quiet in premarket trading but rose a bit after the GDP revision, leading to a slightly higher open for the broader market. The averages moved in a very narrow range for much of the day before solidifying in positive territory after the Beige Book said that moderate expansion in the economy had continued since the last report. A late day fade dented the gains, but the averages hung on to post modest increases... ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Federal Reserve's Beige Book, its anecdotal account of the state of the economy, stated that economic activity in nine of the Fed's 12 districts rebounded. The U.S.'s second estimate of Q2 GDP growth was revised up to 1.7% from 1.5%, as expected, and Q2 personal consumption growth was revised upward to 1.7% from a prior 1.5% estimate as well. Pending home sales grew 2.4% on a month-over-month basis in July, which was ahead of forecasts... COMPANY NEWS: WellPoint (WLP) rose $4.41, or 7.68%, to $61.80 as investors responded favorably to the decision of its CEO, Angela Braly, to submit to shareholder pressure and resign... Citigroup (C) agreed to pay $590M to settle a shareholder lawsuit that claimed it misled investors about the bank's growing problems before the financial crisis... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Yelp (YELP), up $4.11, or 22.51%, to $22.37, with the move attributed to a short squeeze after an IPO lockup period expired, and JoS. A Bank (JOSB), up $5.81, or 13.96%, to $47.44, after its earnings and revenues beat expectations. Noteworthy losers included Dycom (DY), down $3.60, or 19.07%, to $15.28, and ArQule (ARQL), down $1.24, or 18.51%, to $5.46, following their earnings reports... INDICES: The Dow gained 4.49, or 0.03%, to 13,107.48; the Nasdaq rose 4.05, or 0.13%, to 3,081.19; and the S&P 500 advanced 1.19, or 0.08%, to 1,410.49.
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April 15, 2015
14:06 EDTCCiti reports March credit loss 2.50% vs. 2.55% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.58% vs. 1.61% last month.
08:17 EDTCSAP's financial integration platform selected by Citi and Asian Paints
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06:11 EDTCRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
18:41 EDTCTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailerís massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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11:16 EDTYELPCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:35 EDTCCitigroup looks to sell retail FX operations, Reuters says
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07:58 EDTCCiti appoints Jamie Forese as sole president, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
12:17 EDTCCiti's Bird to replace Medina-Mora, run global consumer bank, WSJ reports
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12:05 EDTCCiti's Bird to replace Medina-Mora, run global consumer bank, Bloomberg says
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April 10, 2015
06:11 EDTCCiti's head of franchise risk and strategy to retire, WSJ reports
Citigroup's head of franchise risk and strategy, Brian Leach, will retire as of April 30, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing memos from Leach and Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat. Mark Carawan, the bank's audit head, John Davidson, the bank's compliance head, and Chef Risk Offiver Brad Hu, will now report directly to Corbat. Reference Link
April 9, 2015
19:39 EDTCCiti weighs return to Cuba, Reuters says
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17:08 EDTCCiti head of Franchise Risk and Strategy, Brian Leach, to retire on April 30
Brian Leach, Citiís Head of Franchise Risk and Strategy, has submitted a notice of retirement to Citi. The effective date of the retirement is April 30.
15:08 EDTYELPYelp May volatility elevated at 61 into Q4 and outlook
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07:35 EDTCFitch Ratings to hold a webcast
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06:57 EDTCCitibank sued by Argentina over deal with creditors, Reuters reports
Citibank Argentina has been sued by Argentina over what it says is an illegal deal with a group of creditors in conflict with the government over unpaid debt, Reuters reports. Citigroup says it is "disappointed" by Argentina's legal actions and has denied violating laws. Reference Link
April 8, 2015
16:01 EDTCActionable Options for Wednesday, April, 8
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April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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11:02 EDTCAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:16 EDTCRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmExís margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
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