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April 25, 2014
10:01 EDTSZEVY, UN, USG, LAMR, GM, ERIC, BRCM, AET, LLTC, KLAC, FBC, DWA, ADI, LTM, HSBC, FITB, COG, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Analog Devices (ADI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded at Needham... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) downgraded at BMO Capital... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Lamar Advertising (LAMR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Linear Technology (LLTC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Suez Environnement (SZEVY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays.
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July 21, 2015
09:43 EDTFITBFifth Third says fundamental drivers continue to be healthy
09:40 EDTGMJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
09:28 EDTFITBFifth Third sees 'stable' NIM in 2H vs. Q1
Sees CEO transition going "smoothly." Says "pleased" with core trends, though environment continues to challenge banks. Says "comfortable" with current portfolio. Says plans to close 105 branches by the middle of 2016. Sees $65M in savings from plan, $5M than original expectations. Updated outlook "not materially different" from January, April outlook. Says "comfortable" with FY NII expectations. Expects NII to grow y/y, sees Q3 NII slightly higher than Q2; sees NII growing in Q4 over Q3. Sees NIM "stable" in 2H vs. Q1, doesn't expect NIM to widen further in Q3. Sees 2H NIM stable with 1H. Sees Q3 mortgage banking net revenue somewhat below Q2, but above last year's Q3. Sees strong 2H for total fee income. Sees 2H IT expenses about 10% higher than 1H. Sees core expenses up in Q3 vs. Q2, driven by marketing. Sees total expenses in 2H about 2.5% higher than 1H. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:45 EDTAMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:43 EDTFITBFifth Third sees $155M share repurchase completed on or before July 28
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06:33 EDTFITBFifth Third reports Q2 EPS 36c, consensus 38c
Reports Q2 return on assets of 0.90%, return on average common equity of 8.1%, return on average tangible common equity of 9.7%. Reports Q2 pre-povision revenue of $496M. Reports Q2 net charge-offs declined 15%. Reports Common equity Tier 1 ratio of 9.41%. Reports Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 10.49%. Reports tangible common equity ratio of 8.51%. Reports book value per share of $17.62.
06:08 EDTHSBCU.K. watchdog visited Barclays 186 times in 2014, Bloomberg reports
The FCA's supervisory team made 186 visits to Barclays (BCS) in 2014, more than any other British bank that year, Bloomberg reports. HSBC (HSBC) was next highest with 85 visits, with RBS (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) following with 65 and 58 encounters, respectively, the report says. Reference Link
06:05 EDTCOGCabot Oil & Gas initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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05:34 EDTAMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
15:01 EDTFITBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:46 EDTAMZNAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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12:16 EDTGMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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07:39 EDTUNUnilever Q2 results should beat expectations, says Bernstein
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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05:17 EDTUNAlibaba, Unilever sign strategic partnership agreement
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