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April 14, 2014
08:59 EDTYHOO, CVM, NBG, WBMD, ICPT, ACOR, LXRX, MDT, EW, FB, C, AKBAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Citigroup (C), up 3.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 1.7% after upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Facebook (FB), up 2.5% after Financial Times reports company looking to provide financial services... Lexicon (LXRX), up 19.5% after achieving positive results in Type 1 diabetes clinical trial... Akebia (AKBA), up 13.8% after initiated at Nomura, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and UBS... WebMD (WBMD), up 10% after saying it now sees Q1 adjusted EBITDA to come in above the high end of its previous guidance... Intercept (ICPT), up 4.9% after reporting additional data from POISE trial at EASL... Ewards Lifesciences (EW), up 11.3% after a district court granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the U.S. Medtronic shares down 5.2% following the news. ALSO LOWER: National Bank of Greece (NBG), down 10.7% after Reuters says bank selected Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) as global coordinators for a planned equity offering... : CEL-SCI (CVM), down 10.6% after announcing intent to offer common stock, six month warrants in 'best efforts' offering... Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), down 6.2% after pushing off start of Phase 3 study of dalfampridine-QD to second half of year.
News For YHOO;C;FB;EW;MDT;LXRX;ACOR;ICPT;WBMD;NBG;CVM;AKBA From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
08:00 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 revenue $20B ex- CVA/DVA
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07:59 EDTCCitigroup reports Q3 EPS $1.15 ex CVA/DVA, consensus $1.12
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07:13 EDTCCitigroup chairman suggests wrapping FDIC, OCC into single regulator, WSJ says
Citigroup Chairman Michael O'Neill is calling for a more rational regulatory landscape, the Wall Street Journal reports. He suggests wrapping the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency into a single banking regulator. Reference Link
October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTCOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report with shares up 11% over last six months
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13:48 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
Citigroup October call option implied volatility is at 39, November is at 25, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
13:10 EDTFB, YHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
09:22 EDTMDTMedtronic announces positive data from CoreValve ADVANCE DA Study
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07:37 EDTEWAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:13 EDTMDTBioFlorida to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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00:04 EDTCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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). Reference Link
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