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August 29, 2012
16:27 EDTWLP, C, YELP, JOSB, DY, ARQLOn 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 14, 2014
10:02 EDTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:38 EDTCCitigroup rallies after results, levels to watch
Shares are up over 4.1% at time of writing to $47.59 following better than expected earnings. At that price next resistance is at $48.36, a pivot high. Support is at $47.12. Rafferty Capital upgraded the stock to Hold from Sell.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital
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08:38 EDTYELPYelp non-restaurant business growing, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest reports that Yelp's non-restaurant consumer usage and review base has grown. Non-restaurant businesses are the primary source of growth for Yelp, added the firm, which keeps a $115 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
08:10 EDTCCitigroup shares up 3% in pre-market trading after Q1 report
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08:09 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 net interest margin rose to 2.9%
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08:05 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 loan loss reserve release of $673M
Reports Q1 net credit losses of $2.4B, down 15% versus prior year period. CVA/DVA was $7M, or $4M after-tax, in the first quarter, compared to negative $319M, or negative $198M after-tax, in the prior year period. Q1 included a $210M tax charge related to corporate tax reforms enacted in two states. These reforms lowered marginal tax rates, resulting in a reduction in Citigroup’s state deferred tax assets. CEO Michael Corbat said, “Despite a quarter that was difficult for our company, we delivered strong results. Both our consumer and institutional businesses performed well and we grew both loans and deposits while holding the line on our expenses. We reduced our deferred tax assets more than any other quarter since the crisis and drove Citi Holdings closer to break even. $4B in net income helped generate $6B in regulatory capital during the quarter and increased our estimated Tier 1 Common ratio to 10.4% on a Basel III basis. Very cognizant of our shareholders desire to see a sustainable return of capital, we are engaged with the Fed to better understand their expectations regarding the CCAR process. We are committed to bringing our capital planning process to the highest possible standards, befitting an institution of our global reach. I will dedicate whatever resources and make whatever changes necessary to achieve this critical goal."
08:02 EDTCCitigroup reports estimates Basel III Tier 1 common ratio of 10.4%
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08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q1 EPS ex CVA/DVA $1.30, consensus $1.14
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06:59 EDTCCitigroup says client information leaked at Korean credit units, Bloomberg says
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April 13, 2014
19:07 EDTCCitigroup to eliminate another 200 to 300 jobs, WSJ says
Citigroup has eliminated another 200 to 300 jobs including Steve Prince, the younger brother of former CEO Charles Prince, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal report, a Citigroup spokeswoman said the bank is continuing to "tightly manage expenses, making targeted head count reductions in light of current market conditions." Reference Link
April 11, 2014
15:20 EDTCNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
Notable companies reporting before Monday's open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus $1.14, and M&T Bank (MTB), consensus $1.61.
10:25 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTCGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:09 EDTCLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:03 EDTCCitigroup volatility increases into Q1and capital outlook
Citigroup April call option implied volatility is at 43, May is at 27, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
06:20 EDTCCitigroup unit in California facing DOJ probe, WSJ reports
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