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February 28, 2013
11:36 EDTJAH, CHS, AMTD, BSFT, BDBDHigh option volume stocks: BDBD AMTD JAH BSFT CHS
News For BDBD;AMTD;JAH;BSFT;CHS From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
10:00 EDTCHSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
09:24 EDTCHSChico's FAS upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital
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06:26 EDTCHSChico's FAS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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January 28, 2015
09:02 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade forms strategic alliance with National Advisors Trust
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January 23, 2015
12:00 EDTAMTDE-Trade rallies after Q4 results beat estimates, capital plan approved
Shares of online broker E-Trade Financial (ETFC) are rising after the company’s fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced it has received regulatory approval realign its organizational structure. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, E-Trade reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $461M, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 23c and $445.11M, respectively. Quarterly results excluded a $59M pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of corporate debt. For the quarter, Daily Average Revenue Trades, or DARTs, were 168,000, an increase of 10% from the third quarter. The company ended Q4 with 3.1 million brokerage accounts, an increase of 17,000 from the end of Q3, and brokerage account attrition for Q4 was 9.1%. E-Trade said that the company added $3.5B in net new brokerage assets in Q4, or an annualized growth rate of 5.8%. The company also ended the quarter with $290B in total customer assets, compared with $282B at the end of Q3. Provision for loan losses was $10M in Q4, unchanged from Q3, while net-charge offs were $7M, comapred with $10M in Q3. The company reported bank and consolidated Tier 1 leverage ratios of 10.6% and 8.1%, respectively, as of December 31, compared with 10.4% and 7.7% in the prior quarter. WHAT’S NOTABLE: E-Trade announced that it has received regulatory approval to operate E*TRADE Bank at a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9%, and realign its organizational structure by moving its two broker-dealers-- E*Trade Securities and E*Trade Clearing -- from under E*Trade Bank, which it says will simplify the distribution of capital generated by those entities to the parent company. E*Trade Securities will be moved in early February, while the move of E*Trade Clearing is expected to be completed later in the year. The approval to move these subsidiaries allows the company to distribute approximately $430M of their excess capital to the parent, the company added. Separately, the company announced on its earnings conference call that Chief Marketing Officer Liza Landsman will leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Credit Suisse upgraded E-Trade to Outperform from Neutral. The firm believes E-Trade is on the path to unlock substantial value and views the company's regulatory approval to separate its broker dealer unit and release excess capital from the bank subsidiary is a "turning point" for value creation. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $28 from $24. Another firm, JMP Securities, said E-Trade achieved a "crucial milestone." After E-Trade announced that it had received approval to move forward on its capital plan, freeing up significant excess capital, JMP Securities believes that this development could add 50c-$1.00+ to the company's EPS. The firm kept a $28 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, E-Trade rose $2.05, or about 9.05%, to $24.70 on approximately twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 17% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online brokers include Charles Schwab (SCHW) down 1.12%, TD Ameritrade (AMTD), down 0.4%, and Interactive Brokers (IBKR), up 1.34%.
January 21, 2015
07:33 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 investment product fee revenues $83M
The company’s results for Q1 include net new client assets of $18.8B, an annualized growth rate of 11%, up 30% year-over-year.
07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 EPS 39c, consensus 40c
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:06 EDTJAHHigh option volume stocks
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09:38 EDTJAHActive equity options trading
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07:04 EDTJAHJarden sees FY15 adj. EPS $2.75-$2.90, consensus $2.93
For 2015, the Company anticipates organic net sales growth to be within its long-term average target range of 3-5%. Including the negative impact of current foreign currency rates.
07:03 EDTJAHJarden sees Q4 revenue $2.4B, consensus $2.32
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