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July 12, 2013
12:44 EDTWBMD, JPM, BA, MDCO, ATHN, FDX, CERE, WFC, UPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were lower at midday following earnings reports from two of the nation's largest banks and a profit warning from the biggest delivery company. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., producer prices rose 0.8% last month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Prices excluding food and energy components rose 0.2%, versus expectations for them to increase 0.1%. The preliminary University of Michigan consumer confidence index for came in at 83.9, versus expectations for a reading of 84.7. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) both reported headline earnings and revenue that beat analysts' consensus forecast. Wells Fargo shares rose nearly 2% afterward, while JPMorgan was fractionally higher... Another bellwether company, UPS (UPS), saw its shares fall almost 6% after the company reduced its guidance for 2013 earning per share, citing overcapacity in the global air freight market, increasing customer preference for lower-yielding shipping solutions, and a slowing U.S. industrial economy. Peer FedEx (FDX) slid over 2% as well... Boeing (BA) declined more than 6% following a fire at Britain's Heathrow airport involving one of the company's 787 jets, which is the same model of plane that had previously been grounded over concerns about the potential for its batteries to ignite. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was athenahealth (ATHN), which jumped over 15% after inking a deal with Ascension that prompted bullish analyst notes from Leerink Swann and Piper Jaffray. Also higher were shares of WebMD (WBMD), which advanced 26% after the company's preliminary quarterly results beat consensus and it raised its full-year revenue outlook. Among the noteworthy losers were Ceres (CERE), which dropped 27% after the company said the commercial ramp of sweet sorghum in Brazil is likely to fall below expectations this year and its shares were downgraded by multiple Street research firms. Also lower were shares of The Medicines Co. (MDCO), which fell 8% following a court ruling related to patent lawsuit related to one of its drug. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 34.58, or 0.22%, to 15,426.34; the Nasdaq was down 0.25, or 0.01%, to 3,578.05; and the S&P 500 was down 2.25, or 0.13%, to 1,672.77.
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April 10, 2014
15:25 EDTJPM, WFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:25 EDTCERENotable companies reporting after market close
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13:33 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Analysts mixed on JPMorgan into Q1 results
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13:08 EDTJPMJP Morgan April weekly 58 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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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.
08:37 EDTJPMDimon admits JPMorgan had 'tin ear' when listening to regulators, Reuters says
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said the company had a “tin ear” when dealing with regulators before settling investigations into mortgage lapses and trading losses, according to Reuters, citing comments from Dimon in a letter to the bank's investors. Dimon said, "Our response generally was, ‘We know what we’re doing.' Well, we should have done more self-examination. We need to be better listeners.” Reference Link
07:43 EDTJPMJPMorgan (JPM) CEO says 2013 was a year of 'pain,' WSJ reports
J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon acknowledged in his annual shareholder letter that legal issues and new regulations faced by the bank made 2013 "the most painful, difficult and nerve-wracking experience" he has ever dealt with professionally, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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06:41 EDTJPMGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTJPM, WFCMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
13:49 EDTBABoeing, Air Canada sign agreement for Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox
Boeing (BA) announced that Air Canada (AIDIF) has signed an agreement to implement the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support maintenance operations for its 767, 777, 787 and 737 MAX airplane fleets. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers access to information that technicians need to resolve airplane maintenance issues. As part of the Toolbox deployment project, Boeing will also provide services for transition and migration of customized data from maintenance management applications currently used by Air Canada, and will enable integration with existing maintenance resource planning systems.
07:54 EDTATHNathenahealth earnings not impacted by OIG opinion, says Leerink
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07:51 EDTJPMJP Morgan April volatility up into Q1 and outlook
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07:50 EDTJPMCEO Dimon says U.S. banking system 'sound,' Europe lagging, Reuters says
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07:36 EDTFDXCFA Society of Cleveland to hold a luncheon meeting
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07:22 EDTATHNathenahealth confirms OIG terminates advisory opinion on HIE pricing
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07:18 EDTJPMLevy Economics Institute to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTWFC, JPMRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTJPM, WFCBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
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