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March 15, 2013
14:37 EDTKKD, AXP, JPM, MS, DFS, EOG, GS, C, ULTA, COF, CHK, WFC, BACStocks 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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November 13, 2015
08:26 EDTMSFederal Reserve Board to hold a conference
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08:22 EDTAXPAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO 2015 is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13-17 with webcasted presentations to begin on November 13 at 11:50 am. Webcast Link
November 12, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
12:00 EDTBACBank of America names David Leitch as general counsel, effective January 1
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09:36 EDTCHK, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTJPM, AXPPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
08:22 EDTDFSDiscover is the Top Card Pick over next year at Morgan Stanley
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07:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Montclair, NJ on November 12 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:12 EDTJPM, BAC, WFC, GS, C, MSMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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November 11, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 11, 2015
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09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo 'pleased' with status of Credit Suisse recruitment deal, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTBACBank of America CEO: U.S. consumer spending robust in October, Bloomberg says
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06:19 EDTGSAppNexus talks to Goldman, other banks about IPO plans, Business Insider reports
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November 10, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; November 10, 2015
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13:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports 10.46% passive stake in Boot Barn
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10:02 EDTJPMHackers linked to JPMorgan breach indicted in U.S., Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TGT VLO BAC FB W RAX V PHM
06:36 EDTJPM, BAC, WFCBank of America cuts info flow from data to certain financial sites, WSJ reports
Bank of America (BAC) is on a list of banks that will temporarily cut off the flow of information to certain websites and mobile applications that collect consumer financial data, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal previously reported that JP Morgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) have engaged in similar practices. The move reflects the tension between big banks and tech firms over these services, the report says. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGSCredit Suisse, Goldman weighing promoting CDS clearing, Bloomberg says
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