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November 3, 2009
06:20 EDTBAC, WMT, FOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Last year pensions for key executives jumped an average of 19%, and over 200 executives climbed over 50%, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. That happened as share prices at the companies declined an average 37% in 2008...FINANCIAL TIMES: In addition to a renewed drive to open a second Supercenter store in Chicago, retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) is also raising its political profile in Philadelphia and continuing to cultivate the ground for a potential move into New York City, the Financial Times reported. Wal-Mart has stepped up efforts to mobilize local political support for new store openings in U.S. cities and urban areas that were last month identified as a growth priority for the retailer by CEO Mike Duke...BARRON'S: Ford (F) seems to be back in the "driver's seat," Barron's said, reporting a Q3 profit surprise and cutting expenses faster than expected. The company is operating more effectively than it was a year ago, with more cash on the books and free cash flow for the first time since 2007...BLOOMBERG: Bloomberg reported that Bank of America (BAC) broadened its search for a CEO to include candidates who want to live in New York. Leading internal CEO candidates are Chief Risk Officer Gregory Curl and consumer banking chief Brian Moynihan.
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March 26, 2015
11:46 EDTBACBofA: Naming CEO Moynihan chairman followed 'probing independent review'
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10:15 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
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10:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility flat into U.S. strategic update
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09:02 EDTWMTSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Samís Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:17 EDTBACSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:08 EDTWMTStratasys' MakerBot expands 3D printer sales to Sam's Club locations
MakerBot (SSYS) says it recently started selling the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer at more than 300 Samís Club (WMT) retail locations across the United States.
March 25, 2015
09:25 EDTFFord issues three safety recalls in North America
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March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTBACMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTFFord, GM considering asking for lower-paid workers, Bloomberg says
Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) are considering asking the United Auto Workers union to create a lower-pay tier of employee at U.S. auto factories, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The union, on the other hand, is considering eliminating the existing tier structure altogether, according to a person familiar with the union leadership. The proposed lower tier worker would not assemble cars, said the sources. Reference Link
March 23, 2015
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has fined Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit $2.5M for failing to supervise employees properly, Reuters reports. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith was accused of failing to stick to its own compliance rules. Reference Link
06:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Trinity church courtcase scheduled for April 8, WSJ says
A U.S. appeals court on April 8 will decide whether Wal-Mart shareholder Trinity church can force the company to hold a shareholder vote on gun sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wal-Mart maintains that what it chooses to sell in its stores is a matter of "regular business" and is not subject to shareholder review. Cornell law professor Lynn Stout and three dozen of her peers have submitted friend of the court briefs to support Trinity, which won an initial case against Wal-Mart in November. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
18:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart shareholders allowed to vote for independent chairman, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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08:01 EDTFStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May after the SEC allowed a small shareholder the right to challenge the board on a break-up, reports the Financial Times. Bank of America's board could be under pressure to appoint a committee to examine a plan for divesting all non-core banking businesses if a proposal from Barlett Naylor of Public Citizen is adopted. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTBACU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTBACSEC says BofA must put investment bank spinoff to shareholder vote, Reuters says
The SEC has told Bank of America that it must allow shareholders to vote on whether the company will attempt to spin off its investment bank unit, reports Reuters, citing a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A bank spokesperson said the company "will respond to the proposal in our proxy statement." Reference Link
06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walmex unit to expand more slowly this year, Reuters reports
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March 18, 2015
09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
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