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March 15, 2013
14:37 EDTBAC, KKD, DFS, COF, AXP, EOG, CHK, JPM, GS, WFC, MS, C, ULTAStocks set to end week higher as data helps lift shares
Stronger than expected U.S. economic data have left the market poised for yet another weekly advance... MACRO NEWS: The U.S. government reported lower than expected weekly jobless claims and an index of retail sales for February came in significantly higher than expected. However, an index of consumer sentiment for March was meaningfully below economists' consensus estimate... Economic data out of China, meanwhile, was somewhat weak, as the country reported that its industrial production rose 9.9% in January and February, the smallest advance since October 2012... COMPANY NEWS: The Fed approved the capital allocation plans of most of the nation's largest banks, including Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS) and Wells Fargo (WFC). The Fed did not object to the substance of capital plans submitted by Goldman Sachs (GS) and JPMorgan (JPM), but required those two institutions to submit new plans to address "weaknesses in their capital planning processes." The central bank also approved capital plans submitted by American Express (AXP), Capital One (COF) and Discover Financial (DFS)... Most natural gas stocks advanced significantly this week as the price of the commodity rose... On a negative note, Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sells doughnuts and coffee, sank after reporting lower than expected fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share. Also, Ulta Salon (ULTA), a retailer that specializes in beauty products, plunged after its first quarter guidance came in below analysts' consensus estimate.
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October 16, 2014
09:34 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says global share of announced M&A 29%, up 300 bps from 2013
Goldman Sachs CFO Harvey Schwartz is speaking on the company's Q3 earnings conference call.
09:23 EDTGS, CHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTC, JPMUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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08:27 EDTBACBank of America weakness overdone, buy shares, says Morgan Stanley
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08:23 EDTBACBofA CEO steps point to extended stay in post, Reuters reports
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan has taken more control over the bank's retail business, has shifted executives into new positions and his sway with directors has increased since he recently became chairman, all of which signal that he plans to remain at the bank for "a minimum of five years," according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:44 EDTBACBank of America quarterly results trumped by market sell-off, says UBS
UBS believes Bank of America posted better than expected earnings with core expenses declining, but that the results were overshadowed by the market sell-off. The firm saw improved expense management and believes the company's changes to its portfolio will eventually be impacted by short term interest rates. UBS reiterates its Buy rating and $20 price target on Bank of America.
07:40 EDTGSGoldman: Net provisions for litigation for Q3 $194M vs. $142M a year ago
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07:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says total staff increased 3% during Q3
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07:39 EDTGSGoldman CEO: Client activity driven by improving U.S. economic conditions
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07:38 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 11.8% at September 30
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07:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs raises quarterly dividend to 60c per share
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07:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q3 EPS $4.57, consensus $3.21
Reports Q3 revenue $8.39B, consensus $7.85B.
07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.
07:29 EDTCCitigroup upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus
Argus upgraded Citigroup to Hold based on valuation and management's progress in improving the loan portfolio and reducing expenses.
07:23 EDTJPMIBF Conferences to hold a summit
Ophthalmology Innovation Summit is being held in Chicago on October 16.
07:21 EDTCCFA Institute to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.
06:10 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded American Express to Neutral with a $90 price target citing a more balanced outlook following the company's Q3 results.
05:57 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Bank of America to Outperform with a $20 price target citing book value growth following the company's Q3 results. Shares closed yesterday down 28c to $15.48.
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