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Why Are Wall Street Banks Fighting Over Gamers?

There’s a new type of talent on the hitlist of Wall Street banks: It’s digital, and dipping its fingers into the gaming world to hijack developers and engineers, even from the massively popular Fortnite. But when it comes to competing with Silicon Valley, the banks are reportedly having an easy enough time of find... Read More

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Home Depot (HD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst Elizabeth Suzuki saying peak growth has passed. 2. J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Argus with analyst John Eade saying he anticipates continued losses for the stock for the next two years while also warning that at a current share price below $2, the company is operating with a more elevated risk. 3. Nvidia (NVDA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley FBR and to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs. 4. Michael Kors (KORS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer with analyst Brian Nagel saying he is "concerned" that ongoing challenges with inventory management and replenishment...

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst James Faucette saying he thinks consensus estimates now imply a more realistic scenario for QCT margins and that lowered expectations on a resolution with Apple (AAPL) gives room for the stock to react positively should legal proceedings trigger a settlement. 2. Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Martin Auster saying with uniQure's (QURE) update validating AMT-061, its second generation hemophilia B gene therapy construct incorporating the Padua variant, and Freeline's initial data...

RYB, Bright Scholar slide on new Chinese stock policy for private kindergartens

Shares of RYB Education (RYB) and Bright Scholar Education (BEDU) are under pressure following news reports saying that China will not allow private kindergartens to sell shares to the public either by themselves or as part of asset packages. PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS BARRED FROM SELLING STOCK: Amid public outcries over several cases of child abuse at private kindergartens across the country, China said it will not allow private kindergartens to sell shares to the public either by themselves of as part of asset packages, according to Caixin Global's CX Live, citing a policy document...

Largest Oil-Focused Hedge Fund Suffers Worst Loss Ever, Denies NatGas Liquidation

After 'oil god' Andy Hall shut down his main fund in 2017, Pierre Andurand has taken on the mantra of the world's largest oil trader. But the last few years have been tempestuous to say the least. After facing huge losses in Q1 last year, Andurand blamed his losses on the irrational actions of CTAs and trend-followers. Well its Q3 2018, and as The Wall Street Journal reports, Andurand, who runs one of the last big oil-focused hedge funds, took significant losses in October as petroleum prices cratered...

Bank Stocks Dive After Maxine Waters Threatens End To Regulation-Rollback

US financials stocks have tumbled from opening higher after Rep. Maxine Waters - soon to take over the powerful House Financial Services Committee when the new Congress convenes in January - laid down the law on what will and won't happen under Democrat rule. As CNBC reports, the California Democrat said efforts to loosen the reins on Wall Street financial institutions won't be tolerated should she be committee chair, as expected. "Make no mistake, come January, in this committee the days of this committee weakening regulations and putting our economy once again at risk of another financial crisis will come to an end," Waters said...

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Aramark (ARMK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird analyst Andrew Wittmann citing its recent underperformance, improving free cash flow, roughly 10% earnings growth, synergy benefits, and a steadier business model. 2. CAE (CAE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie. 3. TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley analyst Michael Cyprys saying he favors discount brokers in a more volatile, late cycle environment. 4. Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi with analyst...

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades

Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Lumentum (LITE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan with analyst Samik Chatterjee saying yesterday's negative pronouncement underscored the challenges likely to be faced by Apple (AAPL) supply chain companies in delivering to investor expectations as Apple continues to prioritize its premium pricing strategy on iPhones relative to volumes. 2. Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst Curtis Nagle citing expectations for slowing industry growth, difficult comps in key products and cost inflation...

Amazon confirms New York, Northern Virginia selected for new headquarters

Amazon announced that it has selected New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the locations for its new headquarters. Amazon will invest $5B and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters locations, with more than 25,000 employees each in New York City and Arlington. The new locations will join Seattle as the company's three headquarters in North America. In addition, Amazon announced that it has selected Nashville for a new Center of Excellence for its Operations business, which is responsible for the company's customer fulfillment, transportation, supply chain, and other similar activities...

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