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April 27, 2012
16:28 EDTMDRX, EXPE, MXWL, SBUX, PG, BAC, F, MRK, GS, AMZN, CRAY, CVXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures traded around fair value for most of the pre-market trading session, with a bit of a swoon following the disappointing Q1 GDP report. The futures gathered themselves before the close of the pre-market trading session which led to a slightly higher open for the broader market. The averages hung near the flat line until the University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading gave investors a reason to buy. Although the volume was light, the averages achieved gains of roughly 0.5% and then drifted lower for the remainder of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product reportedly grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the first quarter, versus an expected increase of 2.5%. Personal consumption increased 2.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 2.3%. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence report had a reading of 76.4, versus the expected 75.7. Regarding Europe, S&P cut its credit rating on Spain to BBB+ from A and said its long-term outlook is negative...COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN), Ford (F) and Starbucks (SBUX) all exceeded expectations on the top and bottom lines, but only Amazon was rewarded by investors. Shares of the internet giant advanced more than 15% on the heels of upgrades from Goldman (GS), Merrill Lynch (BAC), Nomura and Sun Trust...The three Dow components reporting earnings, Chevron (CVX), Merck (MRK) and Procter & Gamble (PG), all declined despite each beating consensus earnings expectations. P&G was the Dow's worst performer, sliding 3.9%, after lowering its outlook for next quarter...MAJOR MOVERS: Among the biggest gainers were: Cray (CRAY) which soared 27.9% to $11.38 after forecasting higher than expected Q2 revenue, and Expedia (EXPE) which rallied 23.5% to $40.31 after reporting Q1 EPS that trounced analysts' expectations. The losers included Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX) which tumbled 35.7% to $10.29 after drastically reducing its FY12 EPS forecast, and Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) which fell 39.2% to $9.60 after issuing a disappointing Q2 sales forecast. INDICES: The Dow rose 23.69 to 13,228.31, the S&P gained 3.38 to 1,403.36, and the Nasdaq added 18.59 to 3,069.20.
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06:21 EDTGSGoldman Sachs helped Apollo in Caesar's restructuring deal, NY Post reports
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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15:27 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus 11c; Bank of America (BAC), consensus 32c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 24c; Fastenal (FAST), consensus 39c.
15:07 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTBACBank of America January 16 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q4
13:25 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after mixed competitors' results
Bank of America (BAC), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, January 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $20.94B. The consensus range is 30c-39c for EPS on revenue of $20.39B-$21.48B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected third quarter results, as it said its customer and client activity was "solid." Its net chargeoffs declined across most major portfolios versus the same period a year earlier, and its tangible book value increased 4% over the same period in 2013 to $14.13 per share. COMPETITORS' RESULTS: Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line fourth quarter profit and slightly higher than expected fourth quarter revenue. The bank said that its credit quality continued to improve last quarter. The bank's commercial and consumer loans, as well as its deposits also increased, it stated. However, its home lending originations fell to $44B from $48B in Q3. Also, JPMorgan (JPM) reported weaker than expected results, and noted that legal expenses lowered its EPS by 26c. Notably the results for JPMorgan's Corporate and Investment Bank sank significantly last quarter, compared with the previous quarter. The unit's net revenue fell to $7.4B from $9.1B, while its net income dropped to $972M from $1.7B. STREET RESEARCH: Large banks were hurt by trading volatility last quarter, research firm MKM Partners wrote last month. "Trading and investment banking are key quarterly swing factors" for Bank of America, the firm stated. MKM cut its Q4 EPS estimate for the bank by 9% to 32c. On the other hand, Barron's on December 27 named Bank of America as one of its ten favorite stocks for 2015. The bank had to absorb "massive legal charges" last year, but these charges should quickly decline in 2015, the magazine forecast. Bank of America trades at 12 times the consensus 2015 EPS estimate of $1.48, and its EPS is expected to reach about $2 by 2017, Barron's stated. Additionally, the bank will benefit if interest rates rise, Barron's believes. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock has fallen 7% over the last month, and 5% over the last year.
12:49 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
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10:27 EDTAMZNFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTBACOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:34 EDTMRKMerck and Practice Fusion's health vaccine initiative shows positive results
Merck and Practice Fusion announced the results of a recent collaboration designed to improve public health outcomes through a Population Health Management program for adult vaccines. Launched in April, the program contributed to a statistically significant relative increase in recorded vaccinations among eligible patients on Practice Fusion's EHR platform. During the four-month test period, Practice Fusion observed a 73% relative increase in recorded vaccinations in test versus control patients.
07:42 EDTAMZNEtsy looking to raise $300M with IPO as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg says
Etsy, which operates a website that allows people to sell handmade crafts, is working with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on an initial public offering that could come as soon as this quarter, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Etsy seeks to raise $300M via the offering, the report said. Publicly traded companies in the e-commerce space include Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Alibaba (BABA) and zulily (ZU). Reference Link
07:37 EDTMDRXJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:34 EDTBACNew rules prompt BofA to sever ties with 150 hedge funds, Bloomberg reports
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07:31 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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07:13 EDTAMZNAmazon could buy controlling stake in Blue Dart, Economic Times reports
Amazon is said to be in preliminary talks to buy a controlling stake in Blue Dart, a courier and integrated express package distribution company, The Economic Times reports, citing sources. One source says Amazon could buy a 75% stake in Blue Dart held by DHL Express Singapore, though it was noted that talks are currently at an early stage. Reference Link
06:57 EDTBACBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:54 EDTCVXEnergy Department says oil production to rise this year, NY Times says
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06:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Q4 profit reduced by loan write-down, Reuters says
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