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December 19, 2012
10:10 EDTUSB, SD, KB, CPWR, BJRI, SYMM, PFG, HRB, CB, BBT, WFC, SWHC, PDCE, GTAT, CP, AXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Express (AXP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Chubb (CB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Compuware (CPWR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland Securities... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... H&R Block (HRB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... KB Financial Group (KB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... PDC Energy (PDCE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Principal Financial (PFG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen... Symmetricom (SYMM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
News For AXP;BBT;BJRI;CP;CB;CPWR;GTAT;HRB;KB;PDCE;PFG;SD;SWHC;SYMM;USB;WFC From The Last 14 Days
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May 22, 2015
07:01 EDTHRBH&R Block initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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May 21, 2015
12:33 EDTWFCWells Fargo to add Financial Engines advice to platform, Reuters reports
Wells Fargo (WFC) plans to add Financial Engines' (FNGN) advice offering to the bank's retirement platform, according to Reuters, citing a Wells Fargo presentation. Shares of Financial Engines are up 7% following the report. Reference Link
12:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo to sign 401(k) pact with Financial Engines, Reuters reports
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May 20, 2015
08:21 EDTWFC, USBATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
07:32 EDTAXPPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
07:13 EDTUSBBarclays to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTCPWolfe Research to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp and Bank of America win dismissal of mortgage claims, Reuters says
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May 18, 2015
12:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in New York on May 20 hosted by Guggenheim.
10:01 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:51 EDTBJRIBJ's Restaurants management to meet with Stephens
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09:46 EDTWFCMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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07:46 EDTAXPAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
05:49 EDTPDCEPDC Energy initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
Target $77.
May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTWFC, USBBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports April net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports April 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 1.0% last month.
10:01 EDTPFGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:03 EDTUSBU.S. Bank, REI renew mutli-year contract
U.S. Bank (USB) announces the long-term renewal of its co-brand partnership with REI and the launch of the new REI World MasterCard. Under the agreement, the new REI co-branded credit cards will offer members more opportunities to earn through everyday purchases. The card portfolio will be converted to MasterCard (MA) with EMV chip-card technology, better protecting members from card-present counterfeit fraud.
06:44 EDTCPEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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05:50 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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