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June 16, 2014
10:10 EDTOMI, EXC, AXP, SEMI, NTRI, EDAP, ADS, STO, NCQ, CSGPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alliance Data (ADS) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... American Express (AXP) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... CoStar Group (CSGP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... EDAP TMS (EDAP) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Exelon (EXC) reinstated with an Outperform, added to Focus List at Credit Suisse... NovaCopper (NCQ) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Owens & Minor (OMI) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Statoil (STO) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank.
News For ADS;AXP;CSGP;EDAP;EXC;NCQ;NTRI;OMI;STO;SEMI From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
07:34 EDTADSAlliance Data sees Q3 core EPS $3.90, consensus $3.97
Sees Q3 revenue $1.52B, consensus $1.62B. Expects Q3 foreign exchange headwinds of $56M to revenue and $11M to adjusted EBITDA, included in Q3 guidance.
07:33 EDTADSAlliance Data raises FY15 core EPS view to $15.00 from $14.90, consensus $14.97
Backs FY15 revenue view $6.5B, consensus $6.56B.
07:32 EDTADSAlliance Data reports Q2 core EPS $3.32, consensus $3.25
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July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTAXPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:47 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees marketing expenses increasing 'substantially' in 2H
Comment from Q2 earnings call.
16:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees substantial increase in investment in 2H
"We continue to see opportunities across the company and this quarter marked the initial stage of a ramp up in investment spending on growth initiatives. As planned, we expect to increase our investments substantially in the second half of the year. Our focus will be on: acquiring new Card Members; gaining additional business from consumer, small business and middle market customers; expanding our presence internationally; growing our merchant network; building our loyalty coalition business; and introducing new digital capabilities," said the company.
16:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express Q2 ROI 28.1% vs. 28.8 % last year
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16:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.32
Reports Q2 revenue $8.28B, consensus $8.46B.
15:26 EDTADSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:26 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
15:01 EDTAXPEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
10:55 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
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July 21, 2015
13:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
American Express July weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 20, September is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 22.
08:33 EDTEDAPEDAP receives feedback from FDA on Direct De Novo 510(k) petition for Ablatherm
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July 16, 2015
12:36 EDTAXPOakmark's Nygren lists American Express, Fiat Chrysler among new holdings
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12:02 EDTEXCGE says GS Power selects 7HA.02 gas turbine, clutched steam turbine
Korea’s GS Power has selected GE’s (GE) high efficiency 7HA.02 gas turbine, and associated clutched steam turbine, for a new combined-cycle power plant in Anyang, Korea. This marks the 17th order for GE’s HA gas turbine technology, which also celebrates its first commercial shipment to Électricité de France this month, and the first U.S. groundbreaking for two future Exelon (EXC) plants in Texas. With the GS Power project, 17 HA units have been ordered and 61 HA units have been technically selected by customers around the world.
10:00 EDTSTOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
05:22 EDTSTOStatoil upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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July 15, 2015
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports June net write-off rate 1.3% vs. 1.3% last month
Reports 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 0.9% last month.
07:36 EDTADSAlliance Data reports June average receivables up 33% to $11.09B
Reports June net charge-offs as percentage of receivables 4.4% vs. 4.5% last month. Reports June net charge-offs $40.21M. Reports June delinquency rate 4.1% vs. 3.9% last month.
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