Frontrunning: July 23


This Is The Government: Your Legal Right To Redeem Your Money Market Account Has Been Denied – THE SEQUEL

Frontrunning: July 23 (ZeroHedge, July 23, 2014):

  • Here come the gates which we predicted in 2010: SEC Is Set to Approve Money-Fund Rules (WSJ)
  • Dick’s cuts 400 jobs as golf now less popular (MW)
  • Kerry arrives in Israel, pushes for peace (Reuters) (Sure!)
  • Pay Penalty Haunts Recession Grads as U.S. Economy Mends (BBG)
  • Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health-Law Subsidies (WSJ)
  • Rebel Stronghold Donetsk Holds Breath as Shellfire Mounts (BBG)
  • Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race (Reuters)
  • Five held in China food scandal probe, including head of Shanghai Husi Food (Reuters)
  • Jobs Hold Sway Over Yellen-Carney as Central Banks Splinter (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest


* Two U.S. appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on subsidies for health coverage purchased on federal insurance exchanges, clouding a major part of Obama’s health law. (

* The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that Deutsche Bank AG’s U.S. operations suffer from a litany of serious financial reporting problems that the lender has known about for years but not fixed. (

* The U.S. barred flights to Israel’s main international airport outside Tel Aviv for at least 24 hours after a rocket from Gaza landed nearby, angering Israel, which said the ban was a boon to Hamas’s efforts to isolate the country. (

* The new rules by Securities and Exchange Commission are likely aimed at avoiding a repeat of investor stampede out of the $2.6 trillion industry that threatened to freeze corporate lending during the 2008 financial crisis. According to the plan, “prime” money funds whose shares are held by corporations and large institutional investors will have to abandon a stable $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds. The plan also would allow all funds to temporarily stop investors from redeeming shares in times of market tumult or impose fees on them to do so. (

* A group of cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s store in Massachusetts are a big enough lot to try to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a ruling that could advance organized labor’s quest to unionize subsets of workers in varied industries. (

* Apple Inc reported a 12 percent profit growth and strong sales of iPhone. It sold about 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter, up 12.7 percent. But Apple struggled for the second consecutive quarter to sell iPads, with unit sales falling 9.2 percent after a 16 percent drop three months earlier. (

* CIT Group Inc agreed to buy OneWest Bank NA’s parent company for $3.4 billion in the largest full-bank acquisition announced since 2012. The takeover of IMB Holdco LLC, which is OneWest’s parent company, will bump CIT’s assets up to $67 billion. (

* Blackstone Group has agreed to buy a majority stake in auto-repair shop chain Service King Collision Repair Centers from Carlyle Group LP with a view to fund the company’s future growth. The deal values Service King at about $650 million. (

* Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc is cutting hundreds of jobs in its golf division as fewer Americans hit the links. A spokeswoman for the PGA of America said more than 400 of its members who were employed as golf instructors at Dick’s were notified Tuesday that they would be laid off. (

* J.P Morgan Chase & Co is nearing a deal to sell half its stake in the portfolio of its buyout arm, One Equity Partners. J.P. Morgan is in advanced discussions with investment firms Lexington Partners LP and Carlyle Group LP’s AlpInvest Partners unit, to sell half of the roughly $4.5 billion in investments One Equity manages for the bank. (

* William Ackman had promised a “death blow” against Herbalife Ltd, Wall Street instead gave new life to the nutritional-supplement company’s stock. Ackman on Tuesday sought to prove once and for all his longstanding allegation that Herbalife is a fraud and a pyramid scheme. In a presentation, Ackman unveiled what he described as new evidence supporting his argument that the company is a “criminal enterprise.” (


Brussels is considering whether to reopen draft antitrust settlement with Google Inc, a move that could pose regulatory challenges to the Internet giant’s European operations.

ARM Holdings reported a royalty revenue rise of just 2 percent from chips shipped in products such as Samsung’s and Apple’s smartphones, and said it expected royalty revenue growth to reaccelerate towards a more normal level in the second half.

Respondents to a UK Treasury review have warned of potential risk to the UK and other non-euro states of losing their influence over financial legislation as a report cited significant benefits from access to the single market in financial services and the free movement of capital.

The Blue Note Milano became the first jazz club to list its shares on a stock exchange, and raised 1.4 million pounds by listing 40 of its shares on the Milan AIM Small-Cap Index.

Secure Trust Bank, which was spun out of the Arbuthnot Banking Group in 2011 and is its retail banking arm, aims to launch an invoice financing business this quarter.


* President Obama, citing a “skills gap” that prevents many unemployed workers from qualifying for new jobs, signed legislation on Tuesday to strengthen federal job-training programs. The new law seeks to impose more accountability on the federal-state training partnerships by requiring a “job-driven checklist” to ensure that federal money is used effectively and by providing data-driven tools to give workers better information about career prospects. (

* On Tuesday, U.S. small-business lender CIT Group Inc said it would acquire the bank that rose from IndyMac’s ashes – OneWest Bank Group LLC – paying $3.4 billion in cash and stock to its hedge fund and private equity owners. The deal illustrates how casualties of the financial crisis have moved on, and even prospered. (

* Despite widespread anger over the Malaysia Airlines plane’s downing, European nations have shied away from measures that would further isolate Russia. At a meeting in Brussels, foreign ministers of the European Union’s 28 member states agreed to draw up a new, broader list of targets for sanctions, including Russian individuals and entities, said Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief. (

* State attorneys general must investigate, and consider taking legal action against, e-cigarette companies that appear to be using some of the same advertising tactics that once drew young adults into smoking, a Kentucky deputy attorney general told his law enforcement colleagues gathered in Park City, Utah for a retreat to discuss emerging legal issues in states nationwide. (

* Top properties in Hong Kong are resisting market forces. While cooling measures have affected most real estate, the very rich are holding onto the city’s most expensive homes.(

* For Apple Inc, the iPhone continues to be the device that makes the company tick. While top rivals like Samsung Electronics are starting to show weakness in phone sales, Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in the third fiscal quarter, up 13 percent from the period a year ago. (

* Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Satya Nadella said the two most important trends for the company’s future are mobile and cloud computing. But it is much better in cloud computing than in mobile. (

* Chrysler Group LLC said on Tuesday that it was recalling an undisclosed number of older Jeep SUVs to correct an ignition-related stalling problem similar to the flaw that has consumed General Motors Co this year. The recall could potentially cover 792,300 Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees worldwide that were manufactured between 2005 and 2007. (

* Deutsche Bank AG’s primary regulator in the United States, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has found serious problems with the bank’s financial reporting procedures and oversight. (

* LinkedIn Corp made its second acquisition in as many weeks, agreeing to buy the marketing firm Bizo for about $175 million. Last week, LinkedIn bought Newsle, a start-up that searches the Internet for relevant articles. (



* U.S. ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman had little to say on Tuesday about a possible decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, but that didn’t stop Canada’s ambassador to the United States from bluntly stating there’s no proof that the pipeline shouldn’t be built. (

* U.S. flights to Israel were grounded on Tuesday by the Obama administration, fearing missile strikes at Tel Aviv’s airport could imperil U.S. airliners and passengers. Air Canada also canceled its Tuesday evening overnight flight. (

Reports in the business section:

* Target Corp is pushing its suppliers in Canada to give it a 2 percent cost break to help the U.S. discounter turn around its struggling Canadian operations and win an increasingly tough retail battle. (


* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not intend to testify in the trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy because he doesn’t have any useful information to offer, his office said on Tuesday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police laid 31 criminal charges against Duffy last week, and experts say Harper could be called to testify, although he could invoke parliamentary privilege to avoid the witness box. (

* The federal New Democratic Party (NDP) wants the House of Commons to pay for the party’s legal costs in a lawsuit it filed against the House board that monitors spendings of members of Parliament. The NDP made the request on Tuesday during a closed-door meeting of the Board of Internal Economy. (


* Ulyanovsk in Russia will be home to Bombardier Inc’s newest factory if a planned joint venture comes to fruition. But the escalating crisis in Ukraine and the threat of additional sanctions against Moscow could halt progress on those talks just as Bombardier gets set to grab a piece of the growing Russian aviation market. (

* Canadian negotiators will meet with their Japanese counterparts next week in Ottawa for another round of talks on a free-trade agreement between the two countries. (



– The risk of credit default may increase significantly as the number of bonds due to mature rises, along with the pressure of high yields and a slowdown in economic growth, the newspaper said in a commentary.


– Chinese consumers in Shanghai will be entitled to a no-questions-asked refund for products bought online, according to a new local law approved by the Shanghai People’s Congress. China’s e-commerce sector has been booming, creating the need for greater consumer protection online.


– In the wake of typhoon Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades, 800,000 people have been resettled and 240,000 are in urgent need of basic necessities, local authorities told the paper.

Hong Kong


— A radar station that is sitting on public land at the top of Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong has been secretly handed to the People’s Liberation Army, according to lawmaker Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, who is threatening to take the government to court for keeping the public in the dark. (

— Twelve mainland airports will be hit by widespread delays until the middle of next month because of what are believed to be PLA military exercises. China’s civil aviation regulator said that flights in and out of airports, including in Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan, would be affected. (

— Confidence among Hong Kong’s small and medium-sized enterprises is improving but investment sentiment has fallen for two consecutive quarters, a new survey for the Hong Kong Productivity Council shows. (


— Next Media Ltd boss and strident Beijing critic Jimmy Lai Chee-ying said he did nothing wrong in donating some HK$40 million ($5.2 million) to pan-democrats, including five legislators, insisting it was his own personal money to hand out and not received from foreign governments. (

— Retail rents at top-tier districts in Hong Kong may fall up to 8 percent this year amid a slowdown in sales and high rents. Cushman & Wakefield Executive Director Michelle Woo said cautious sentiment and high rents in Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui are forcing retailers to leave. (

— China Telecom launched its 4G service covering 16 mainland cities, offering monthly plans ranging from 59 yuan ($9.51) to 599 yuan. (


— Macau is expected to post another month of decline in gaming revenue, down 2 to 4 percent year on year in July to between 28.5 billion patacas ($3.57 billion) and 29 billion patacas, according to analyst estimates.


The Times



Royal Bank of Scotland has been heavily criticised for misleading MPs over its contentious division for struggling businesses.



Weir Group, which tried and failed to tie up with Metso, has since been weighing whether to bid for Outotec , another Helsinki-listed company in much the same market of producing industrial pumps for the mining industry.

The Guardian



Property values in the Greater Manchester city of Salford have risen faster than in any other town in Britain since the start of 2014, as the area continues to benefit from the relocation of the BBC and other broadcasters to the waterfront MediaCity development.



A government review looking into freedom of movement across the EU has not recommended any sweeping reforms to immigration rules in a report likely to disappoint Conservative Eurosceptics.

The Telegraph



Europe has enough spare capacity in liquefied natural gas to meet a large part of the region’s needs if Russia retaliates against the latest EU sanctions by restricting gas supplies.



The Espirito Santo family’s holding company has been placed in receivership. Luxembourg’s district court said it had agreed to a request from Espirito Santo International that it be placed under “controlled management”.

Sky News



The European Commission is likely to announce its ruling after several months examining a form of subsidy guaranteeing long-term prices to companies for supplying renewable energy sources.



Britain’s largest high street banks will announce next week that they are setting aside more than 1 billion pound ($1.71 billion)in additional provisions to compensate customers who were mis-sold payment protection insurance.

The Independent



Paul Fisher, who has left the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee after five years, defends decisions made at the height of the crisis in an interview.



Shares in Royal Mail today touched their lowest level since October’s privatisation as it delivered the gloomy news that revenues at its crucial parcel division are being threatened by strong competition from Amazon.

Fly On The Wall Pre-Market Buzz


Domestic economic reports scheduled for today include:
MBA mortgage applications for week of July 18 at 7:00



Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Kimberly Clark (KMB) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel
Spansion (CODE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies


21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
King Digital (KING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
Lexmark (LXK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Liberty Property (LPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Liberty Property (LPT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
Lufthansa (DLAKY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
McDonald’s (MCD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
McDonald’s (MCD) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
New Oriental Education (EDU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
New Oriental Education (EDU) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill


Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
American Realty (ARCP) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
Douglas Emmett (DEI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Endo (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Envision Healthcare (EVHC) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Gentherm (THRM) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
HCP Inc. (HCP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Health Care REIT (HCN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Mallinckrodt (MNK) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Mellanox (MLNX) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Parkway Properties (PKY) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Perrigo (PRGO) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Retail Opportunity Investments (roic) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Trinseo S.A. (TSE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Ventas (VTR) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho


Apple (AAPL) said it sold sold 35.2M iPhones in Q3
Safeway (SWY) received subpoena from U.S. DEA concerning the company’s record keeping, reporting and related practices associated with the loss or theft of controlled substances
Broadcom (BRCM) said it will wind down the cellular baseband chip business
Unwired Planet (UPIP) filed a lawsuit against Microsoft (MSFT) for breach of contract
Ballard Power Systems (BLDP) received a purchase order from New Flyer Industries for the delivery of Ballard’s first next-generation FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell power module to a North American bus manufacturer
Puma Biotechnology (PBYI) reported positive top line results from Phase III PB272 trial
Chrysler (FIATY) recalled older-model SUVs over ignition switch concerns


Companies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include:
Apple (AAPL), Thermo Fisher (TMO), Juniper (JNPR), Broadcom (BRCM), Customers Bancorp (CUBI), MarketAxess (MKTX), Air Products (APD), Evercore Partners (EVR), W.R. Grace (GRA), TE Connectivity (TEL), Check Point (CHKP), BE Aerospace (BEAV), STMicroelectronics (STM), Flagstar Bancorp (FBC), Linear Technology (LLTC), Merchant Bancshares (MBVT), Cathay General (CATY), Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), ViewPoint Financial (VPFG), Trustmark (TRMK), Xilinx (XLNX), FMC Technologies (FTI), ACE Limited (ACE), Vascular Solutions (VASC), Xoom (XOOM), Exponent (EXPO), Meridian Interstate Bancorp (EBSB), ZixCorp (ZIXI), IDEX Corp. (IEX), Discover (DFS), Manhattan Associates (MANH), Covanta (CVA), iRobot (IRBT), Electronic Arts (EA), Hawaiian Holdings (HA), VMware (VMW), Cubist (CBST)

Companies that missed consensus earnings expectations include:

Microsoft (MSFT), Potlatch (PCH), Praxair (PX), Whirlpool (WHR), JAKKS Pacific (JAKK), ClickSoftware (CKSW), Unisys (UIS), Fulton Financial (FULT), Eagle Materials (EXP), Forward Air (FWRD), Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Bridge Capital Holdings (BBNK)

Companies that matched consensus earnings expectations include:

Pacific Premier (PPBI), First Midwest (FMBI), First Busey (BUSE), F.N.B. Corp. (FNB), UMB Financial (UMBF), Eagle Bancorp (EGBN), Ameris Bancorp (ABCB), Pzena Investment (PZN), Pzena Investment (PZN), Total System (TSS)


DuPont (DD) to lay off ‘low single digits’ of employees, Bloomberg reports
Pepsi (PEP) called on by Calstrs to give Trian place on board, FT reports
GM (GM) for years changed auto ignitions over stalling, WSJ reports
StubHub (EBAY) accounts targeted by cyber thieves, AP reports
YouTube’s (GOOG) Chris LaRosa quits as music head, WSJ reports
JPMorgan (JPM) in advanced talks to sell half its stake in buyout arm, WSJ says
Repsol (REPYY) exploring bid for Talisman Energy (TLM), Bloomberg reports
Google (GOOG), Spotify didn’t talk about a deal, Re/code says


BofI Holding (BOFI) files to sell $50M in common stock
Farmland Partners (FPI) files to sell 3.72M shares of common stock
La Jolla (LJPC) files to sell common stock
Medical Transcription Billing (MTBC) 4.08M share IPO priced at $5.00
MeetMe (MEET) announces proposed public offering of common stock

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