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February 11, 2013
10:14 EDTTFX, SSD, MNRO, RNST, WFC, KR, BPL, NVO, STR, USB, VMW, TSO, SWFT, KNX, HTLD, GPK, MRTN, FUL, ATRO, NKE, BBVA, AOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Astronics (ATRO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... H.B. Fuller (FUL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Heartland Express (HTLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Marten Transport (MRTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Questar (STR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Swift Transportation (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Novo Nordisk (NVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Buckeye Partners (BPL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Kroger (KR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teleflex (TFX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus.
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April 11, 2014
10:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees FY NIM growth similar to last year
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09:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo rises after results beat expectations, levels to watch
The shares are trading up following results, last at $47.97. At that price, the next major resistance level is at the 52-week high of $50.49. Support is at $46.72, the low of the session.
09:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 NIM down 7 bps to 3.2%
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09:13 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
08:15 EDTWFCWells Fargo continues to expect future reserve releases
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Basel III Advanced Tier 1 ratio 10.04%
Wells said capital continued to strengthen in the first quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 of $132.7B under the Basel III General Approach, or 11.36% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III under the Advanced Approach, fully phased-in, was 10.04%.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 provision for credit losses $325M
Reports net charge-offs of $825M, down $594M from first quarter 2013. Reports $500M reserve release due to continued strong credit performance and improved economic conditions. Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said, "First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission." CFO Tim Sloan said, “We are very pleased with Wells Fargo’s performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year.”
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
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April 10, 2014
15:25 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:53 EDTFULH.B. Fuller raises quarterly dividend to 12c from 10c per share
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13:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo April weekly 50 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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.
10:00 EDTTFX, STROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTNKENike upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded Nike to Outperform from Neutral. The firm is positive on Nike based on expectations for overseas revenue acceleration, strong futures orders, valuation, lower cost of production in Vietnam and sportswear category growth. Price target raised to $84 from $80.
07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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07:26 EDTTFXTeleflex initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc
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06:35 EDTUSB, WFCMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTSTRQuestar initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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05:57 EDTNKENike upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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