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News For C;BA;BAC;BLK;NUS;KSWS;CBS;CLSN;WSM;PWER;AB From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
08:04 EDTCCiti reports book value per share of $66.79 at end Q1
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08:03 EDTCCorbat says Citi had 'strong quarter overall'
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08:02 EDTCCiti reports Q1 common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 11.0%
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08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q1 EPS ex-CVA/DVA $1.52, consensus $1.39
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07:55 EDTBACBank of America Q1 results 'simply dreadful,' says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Bank of America $1B in "retirement-eligible incentive costs" and $0.5B of "market-related adjustments" to net interest income are not one-time items. The firm says that the bank's revenue fell significantly, while its core operating expenses have not followed suit. However, the firm still finds the stock's valuation attractive and recommends buying the shares.
07:19 EDTCOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
05:48 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 AUM up 8%
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05:47 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 long-term net inflows of $70.4B
Flows were positive across all long-term asset classes, client types, regions and investment styles, with active net inflows of $32B and index net inflows of $38B. Reports Q1 Institutional long-term net inflows of $21B. Long-term net inflows were positive across all regions, with net inflows of $47.5B, $17.7B and $5.2B from clients in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, respectively. At March 31, 2015, BlackRock managed 62% of its long-term AUM for investors in the Americas and 38% for clients in EMEA and Asia-Pacific.
05:45 EDTBLKBlackRock reports Q1 adjusted EPS $4.89, consensus $4.52
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April 15, 2015
17:19 EDTBABoeing awarded $321.8M government contract
Boeing was awarded a $321.8M cost-plus-incentive-fee undefinitized contract to complete development of the base line Apache attack helicopter, and for the integration of modifications. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018. Bids were solicited with one received. FY15 research, development, testing, and evaluation funds in the amount of $51.46M were obligated at the time of the award.
16:27 EDTCLSNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:01 EDTC, BACOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
14:58 EDTCEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Citi after asset sales, CCAR approval
Citigroup (C), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report first quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $19.82B. The consensus range is $1.32-$1.45 for EPS on revenue of $18.43B-$20.36B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Citi said it was committed to its 2015 targets and to returning capital to shareholders. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported fourth quarter EPS of 6c, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 11c. The company’s revenue came in below expectations at 17.81B. Citi CEO Michael Corbat said at the time: "While the overall results for 2014 fell short of our expectations, we did make significant progress on our top priorities... Although we made some difficult decisions over the course of the year, I believe they allowed us to put our franchise in a position to have a successful 2015." NEWS: On March 2, Costco (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). Under the terms of the agreements, Citi would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. The next day, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf (LEAF) for a purchase price of $4.25B. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to approvals and other customary conditions. The sale, along with retirement of related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1B, the bank stated. On March 5, the Federal Reserve said that Citi had passed its Dodd-Frank stress test, as did all 31 banks that were examined. About a week later, the central bank announced it had not objected to the capital plans of 28 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. After the Fed advised Citi that it has no objection to the planned capital actions requested by the bank, Citi said it will increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. Citi also announced plans for a common stock repurchase program of up to $7.8B during the five quarters starting in the Q2. At the end of March, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Also in March, Citi announced that it has sold 396M common shares in Akbank T.A.S. through an equity offering representing its entire 9.9% equity interest in the company. Total proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.15B at then current exchange rates. The financial terms of those two transactions are not material to Citi, the bank noted. STREET RESEARCH: On February 10, Deutsche Bank upgraded Citi to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $51. Deutsche said then that it believed the decline in the stock since the firm's December 4 downgrade had priced in some of the earnings risk, but added the FY15 consensus estimates for Citi still looked too high. On March 17, Deutsche Bank further raised its price target for Citi shares to $56 from $54, citing positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, its credit card deal with Costco and the Fed's stress test results. On March 3, JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup to Overweight, saying the Costco co-branding credit card deal will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm said it expects the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. The next day, Morgan Stanley said it believes Citi's sale of OneMain and its new Costco partnership imply, when taken together, that the bank is substituting OneMain's higher risk assets with the Costco portfolio, which has a lower yield, risk and RWA. Such a trade will be viewed favorably by regulators, the firm said. Morgan Stanley, which has an Overweight rating on Citi, said then it sees potential upside to its $60 price target on Citi shares if capital freed from the OneMain sale is returned to shareholders. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's report, Citi rose over 1% to $53.31. Over the last three months, Citi shares are up nearly 13%.
14:06 EDTCCiti reports March credit loss 2.50% vs. 2.55% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.58% vs. 1.61% last month.
12:30 EDTCLSNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:13 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 2.94% vs. 2.98% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.80% vs. 1.86% last month.
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTCLSNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:25 EDTBACBofA expects to remain opportunistic to meet future funding needs
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08:22 EDTBACBank of America sees added costs of about $100M in 2015 due to CCAR resubmission
As previously reported, the Fed issued a conditional non-objection to Bank of America’s capital plan upon which the firm is required to resubmit its plan and address certain weaknesses identified in the capital planning process, with resubmission of the capital plan to occur by September 30. The bank said in slides for its Q1 earnings call that Terry Laughlin has been assigned to lead the CCAR resubmission as well as a longer-term comprehensive evaluation and enhancement of the overall process. BofA noted it has engaged independent third parties to review work streams addressing identified areas to strengthen and implement “best-in-class” processes and controls and that it expects additional associated costs to be approximately $100M in 2015.
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