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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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May 20, 2015
10:09 EDTCCiti, JPMorgan, RBS, Barclays, UBS agreed to guilty pleas in forex settlement
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10:05 EDTCCiti announces ForEx settlements with Department of Justice, Federal Reserve
Citi announced that it has entered into settlements with the United States Department of Justice and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to resolve investigations into Citiís foreign exchange business. The settlement with the DOJ includes a guilty plea by Citicorp, a subsidiary of Citigroup, to a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and fine of $925M. The settlement with the Fed includes the entry of a cease and desist order and a civil money penalty of $342M. Citi also announced that it has reached a separate agreement to settle related private U.S. class action claims for a payment of $394M, subject to court approval. Citi expects to maintain its licenses and does not expect a material impact on its operations or ability to serve its clients. The payments required by each of the settlements Citi announced today are covered by existing legal reserves and will not require a charge to earnings in the second quarter of 2015.
10:05 EDTCCiti announces ForEx settlements with Department of Justice, Federal Reserve
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08:21 EDTCATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
16:12 EDTDYDycom reports Q3 total revenue $456.93M, consensus $468.2M
16:11 EDTDYDycom sees Q4 EPS 74c-82c, consensus 58c
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16:10 EDTDYDycom reports Q3 EPS 58c, consensus 37c
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15:42 EDTCBanks' settlement over forex rigging to be announced tomorrow, CNBC says
Several banks are said to plan to plead guilty and pay "billions" in fines in a settlement over their roles in foreign exchange manipulation that is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. Prior media reports have listed Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), UBS (UBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C) as having been in talks with U.K. and U.S. authorities for their roles in foreign currency rigging.
15:00 EDTDYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 72c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 28c... Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), consensus $1.20... Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), consensus 49c... Keysight Technologies (KEYS), consensus 65c... Nordson (NDSN), consensus 86c... ViaSat (VSAT), consensus 42c... Dycom Industries (DY), consensus 37c.
10:27 EDTYELPYelp May weekly calls active on renewed talk of buyout
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09:51 EDTYELPYelp early strength attributed to talk of buyout
The early move higher in shares of Yelp is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG) may have interest in acquiring the online review site. The Wall Street Journal on May 7 reported that Yelp has hired banks to explore a sale. Shares of the company are up $1.05 to $47.61 in early trading.
May 18, 2015
10:03 EDTYELPYelp slips after analyst says stock already reflects takeover probability
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10:01 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTCMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:01 EDTCList of potential buyers of Citi Egyptian retail unit narrows, Reuters reports
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07:12 EDTCBarclays expected to face over GBP250M in fines for rigging, Telegraph says
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06:15 EDTCCiti divests 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) has sold its 16% stake in Grupo Aeromexico, the Mexican airline says, Reuters reports. According to the airline, Barclays Capital (BCS) acquired about 8% of shares through a financial operation with Delta (DAL). Reference Link
05:46 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded Yelp to Neutral from Overweight saying a takeout is priced into shares at current levels. Munster sees a 65% chance of Yelp eventually getting acquired at a valuation at or slightly below the current share price. The stock has rallied 24% since it was reported that the company hired a bank to explore a sale, the analyst points out. He lowered his price target for shares to $46 from $70. The review website closed Friday down 46c to $46.89.
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