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November 15, 2012
12:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express October net write-off rate 1.9% vs. 1.9% last month
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March 25, 2015
15:47 EDTAXPAmerican Express CFO says pleased with results of Fed CCAR review
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15:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express targets 2015 operating expense growth of below 3%
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14:25 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees returning to positive EPS growth in FY16
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14:24 EDTAXPAmerican Express repeats view for FY15 EPS to likely be flat to down modestly
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14:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express CEO says committed to long-term 8%+ revenue growth target
American Express, on average and over time, has financial targets for revenue growth of 8%+, though it will not see that level of revenue growth over short-term, said CEO Ken Chenault during the company's investor day meeting. On average and over time, American Express sees EPS growth of 12%-15% and ROE growth of 25%+.
14:00 EDTAXPAmerican Express CEO says 'numbers didn't add up' with Costco
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13:56 EDTAXPAmerican Express says remedies filed with court in suit with DOJ
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13:53 EDTAXPAmerican Express says Bluebird, Serve load volume up 300%+ from 2012-2014
American Express said the increase in platform load and merchant spend for Bluebird and Serve are both up 300%+ from 2012 to 2014, albeit off a small base. Comments from American Express investor day presentation.
07:54 EDTAXPAmerican Express March weekly volatility elevated into investor day
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March 24, 2015
08:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express to benefit from increased spend, says Morgan Stanley
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March 23, 2015
12:31 EDTAXPFly Watch: American Express analyst day seen as possible catalyst
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March 22, 2015
11:26 EDTAXPAmerican Express to host investor day
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March 19, 2015
09:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Charles Schwab confirm co-brand relationship
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07:28 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Charles Schwab reach co-brand agreement, Reuters says
American Express (AXP) stated Thursday it has reached a deal with Charles Schwab (SCHW) to offer cards under both company names, reports Reuters. The deal is a multi-year agreement and will involve two kinds of cards, though precise details will not be announced until near the expected launch date in early 2016. Reference Link
07:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
06:16 EDTAXPAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 16, 2015
12:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports February net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.4% last month
Reports February 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 1.0% last month.
March 12, 2015
12:29 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nationís M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banksí new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinsonís disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
10:46 EDTAXPCiti, American Express, Regions Financial seen as CCAR winners
Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC) after the CCAR results were announced. WHAT'S NEW: Citi and Regions Financial were the biggest winners of the CCAR process, Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O' Connor wrote. Noting that Citi won approval to pay a quarterly dividend of 5c per share and buy back $7.8B of its shares, the analyst wrote that the figures were in-line with expectations or better than expected. Many investors probably were relieved by the news, the analyst stated. Addressing Regions Financial, O'Connor wrote that the bank's $875M share buyback plan was much higher than the $625M that Deutsche Bank had expected. The analyst had a mixed take on Bank of America. After the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime, the analyst wrote that the news was slightly disappointing. However, since some had worried that the Fed would reduce Bank of America's capital ratios when it exits parallel run, the news was positive overall for the bank, O'Connor wrote. Also upbeat on Citi and Regions was BMO Capital analyst Lana Chan, who predicted that Citi's stock should "re-rate" on the news and kept a $63 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Regions Financial's buyback was 85% above Chan's forecast, she reported. The large size of the buyback indicates that the company believes its stock is undervalued, the analyst added. Bank of America "seems to have just squeaked by with a conditional pass," and its $4B share buyback plan "is more than a token," wrote Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski . The analyst continued to recommend Bank of America's stock. American Express (AXP) was the "standout of the CCAR process," as it received permission for a total payout of over 100% to shareholders in 2015, Kotowski stated. The analyst, however, kept a Perform rating on AmEx shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Citi jumped 3.2% to $54, Regions rallied 3.3% to $9.85, American Express added 1.5% to $80.62, and Bank of America slid 0.6% to $16.
08:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express the standout winner of CCAR, says Oppenheimer
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