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February 15, 2013
06:10 EDTAAMRQ, HLF, EBAY, AMZN, CAH, STZ, BUD, BRK.A, HNZ, LCC, WFCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: A flurry of acquisitions (AAMRQ, LCC, HNZ, BRK.A, BUD, STZ, CAH) announced yesterday suggests that major deal-making is back after a nearly six-year absence. The $40B-worth of deals struck Thursday brings the total value of M&A transactions announced since January to nearly $160B, the fastest start to a year since 2005, according to Dealogic, the Wall Street Journal reports...Lawmakers reintroduced legislation that could force Internet retailers (AMZN, EBAY) to collect sales taxes, the latest effort by states and the federal government to end what they call a handicap on brick-and-mortar businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Hedge fund manager William Ackman, who called Herbalife (HLF) a pyramid scheme, said the biggest risk in shorting the company was whether regulators would take time to focus on the matter. "Could we get the SEC, the FTC and the regulators around the world interested?," he asked, Reuters reports...Two midtown Manhattan skyscrapers owned by international real estate firm Hines are for sale, sources say, as sales of New York office buildings show signs of heating up, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: European Central Bank council member Jens Weidmann said an appreciating euro alone won’t trigger a cut in interest rates and the exchange rate’s gains are justified by the economic outlook, Bloomberg reports...Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC), expanding its securities unit to challenge its Wall Street competitors, is broadening U.K. commercial property lending as European banks are forced to retreat, Bloomberg reports.
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16:00 EDTA, AMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:25 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:24 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services CTO says ARM CPUs may be considered, The Register says
Amazon (AMZN) Web Services chief technology officer Werner told The Register that the company is “always looking for efficiency” and may consider using ARM (ARMH) CPUs in the future. Vogels said another processor architecture AWS has considered is IBM's (IBM) Power, the report noted. Reference Link
13:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo April weekly 50 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
12:52 EDTEBAYCarl Icahn says eBay separation 'not if but when'
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12:36 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Wells Fargo to report results after dividend hike
Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $20.6B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 90c-$1.02 on revenue of $19.5B-$22.41B. LAST QUARTER: Wells Fargo reported higher than expected Q4 EPS and revenue. The company said that it believes it can continue to grow its net interest margin over time. In a statement, CEO John Stumpf said, "Strong earnings power and capital levels, and an improving economic outlook are major reasons why we look ahead to 2014 with optimism." On March 26, Wells Fargo reported that the Federal Reserve had approved the bank’s capital allocation plan. Under the plan, Wells plans to pay a dividend of 35c per share. The dividend, which was increased 16.7% over prior levels, must be approved by the bank’s board of directors at its April 29 meeting. The bank also authorized the repurchase of an additional 350M shares of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH. In a note to investors on April 8, UBS wrote that Q1 may be the first quarter in four years that Wells Fargo’s EPS will not grow versus the previous quarter, as it believes the bank was hit with seasonal costs in Q1 that were not offset by revenue increases. The bank’s EPS will drop to 97c in Q1, down from $1.00 in Q4, but will still be up 5% versus the first quarter of 2013, the firm predicted. On a positive note, UBS contended that Wells Fargo was "a relative winner" of the Fed’s capital plan approval process. Although Wells' board has approved a 350M share increase in the bank’s stock repurchases, it typically doesn’t carry out large share repurchases, UBS stated. Wells should benefit from a continued U.S. economic recovery, but its shares already reflect such an outlook, according to UBS, which kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer was somewhat upbeat about the sector's outlook. In a note to investors on April 3, the firm predicted that bank stocks would outperform the broader market by a few hundred basis points per year. Loan growth "remains sluggish," but reduced credit costs and expenses should enable banks to report results that show slight year-over-year improvements, the firm contended. PRICE ACTION: Wells’ stock is little changed over the last month, but is up 6% so far this year and nearly 29% over the last 12 months.
12:25 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:18 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO confirms plans to expand Amazon Fresh offering, Re/code reports
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the company is planning to expand Amazon Fresh beyond its current three markets, Re/code reports, citing the CEO's 2013 letter to shareholders. He commented that "We’ll continue our methodical approach – measuring and refining Amazon Fresh – with the goal of bringing this incredible service to more cities over time." Bezos also commented on drones, saying "The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles and we are in the design phase on generations 7 and 8." Reference Link
11:15 EDTSTZOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ BBBY FDO EPB
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
09:28 EDTSTZConstellation Brands outlook has improved, says RBC Capital
After Constellation Brands reported higher than expected Q4 adjusted EPS, RBC Capital is more confident that the company's beer and wine segments can beat expectations. The firm still thinks the company's free cash flow can reach $1B in the long-term a nd keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
09:21 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO says Icahn now becoming 'long-term shareholder'
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08:35 EDTEBAYEBay volatility expected to move on settling proxy contest with Carl Icahn
eBay volatility is expected to move on settling a proxy contest with Carl Icahn. Overall option implied volatility 29 is near its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says appointment will expand independent directors to 10
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08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says to appoint David Dorman as independent director
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08:21 EDTEBAYeBay, Carl Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn
eBay announced that it has reached an agreement with investor Carl Icahn, ending the proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting of stockholders. Icahn is withdrawing both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s Board of Directors. The company said it has agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint business executive David Dorman as an independent director to its Board of Directors. This will expand the number of independent directors to 10 on the 12-member board. The other two directors are eBay Founder and Chairman Pierre Omidyar, the company’s largest shareholder, and company President and CEO John Donahoe. Dorman is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Carl, settling proxy issues and enabling our board and management team to focus our full attention on a goal every shareholder agrees on – growing PayPal and eBay, and delivering sustainable shareholder value,” said eBay President and CEO John Donahoe. “As a result of our conversations, it became clear that Carl and I strongly agree on the potential of PayPal and our company,” Donahoe said. “I respect Carl’s willingness to work together to drive sustainable shareholder value today and into the future. His record shows that he has done this with many other companies in the past. Icahn has signed a confidentiality agreement covering any non-public information that directors and certain officers of the company may share with him. In addition, the company agreed not to adopt a policy precluding such persons from speaking to Icahn, and that it would advise them that they may speak to Icahn if they are willing to do so.
08:18 EDTEBAYeBay, Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn, CNBC says
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07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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06:35 EDTWFCMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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