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February 15, 2013
06:10 EDTHNZ, WFC, AMZN, BUD, LCC, HLF, CAH, BRK.A, AAMRQ, EBAY, STZOn 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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April 14, 2015
12:24 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
11:45 EDTAMZNAmazon fulfillment, third party strength reasons to be bullish, analysts say
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11:16 EDTAMZNCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:07 EDTEBAYStocks with call strike movement; EBAY RAD
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10:50 EDTWFCWells Fargo says 'hopeful' first-time homebuyers returning to market
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10:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target
Says adjusted tax rate leaves company in "mid-32%" range for rest of year. Says will look to work closely with GE Capital (GE) as it sells other businesses. Sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target. Says "optimistic" about Q2.
10:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo says not 'meaningfully constrained' by leverage ratio
Says "disciplined" in managing relationships. Says sees minimal losses related to energy loans. Says oil exposure stable from Q4. Says not "meaningfully constrained" by leverage ratio. Says "not standing still" on expenses. CEO Stumpf says bank having strongest deposit growth in his 30 years with company. Says "looking hard" at acquiring more assets. Says "serving our customers is the first call on our capital," and says will take advantage if growth opportunities arise. Sees deposits outpacing loan growth for next few quarters.
10:34 EDTSTZOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:26 EDTWFCWells Fargo says underlying economic expansion 'largely on track'
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10:01 EDTSTZ, BUDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
09:59 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:27 EDTWFCWells Fargo slips lower following earnings
In the pre-market shares are down over 1% to $53.94. At that price next support is at $53.29. Resistance is at $54.63, the 50-day moving average.
08:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo expects 2015 efficiency ratio range 55%-59%
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08:08 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 credit losses $708M vs. $735M last quarter
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 10.86%
Wells Fargo reports Q1 Common Equity Tier 1 of $139.2B under Basel III, or 10.86% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under the Basel III framework was 10.53%. During Q1, the company purchased 48.4M shares of its common stock and entered into a $750M forward repurchase transaction for an additional 14M shares, which settled in early April.
08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.04, consensus 98c
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07:44 EDTAMZNBaird survey suggests accelerating growth trends for Amazon.com
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target raised to $465 from $400 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Amazon.com shares to $465 from $400 after analyzing the retailing giant's fulfillment capabilities. The firm believes Amazon's fulfillment strategy will drive revenue growth acceleration in the medium to longer-term and margin improvement with scale. It views Amazon's fulfillment initiatives as part of a "bigger, multi-faceted strategy focused on better customer segmentation and category leadership." Jefferies keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of Amazon closed yesterday down 29c to $382.36.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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