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June 27, 2014
07:15 EDTV, BAC, AXP, WFC, C, MA, JPM, COFLenders take on more card risk as issuance to subprime borrowers rises, WSJ says
The number of credit cards issued by banks and other lenders to subprime borrowers jumped 39% compared to the prior year in the first quarter to 3.7M, rising to the highest level since 2008, said The Wall Street Journal, citing data from Equifax. Large U.S. banks that issue credit cards include Capital One (COF), Citibank (C), Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Operators of card payment processing networks include Visa (V), MasterCard (MA) and American Express (AXP). Reference Link
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January 25, 2016
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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06:43 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Cheryl Pate downgraded American Express (AXP) to Equal Weight saying double digit earnings growth is pushed out until at least 2018. The company's growth story is "increasingly under pressure" amid an evolving payments landscape, Pate tells investors in a research note. The analyst cut her price target for American Express shares to $64. The stock closed Friday down $7.59 to $55.05 following the company's Q4 earnings miss. Pate sees a better risk/reward for shares of Discover (DFS), her top pick in the credit card space. Oppenheimer analyst Ben Chittenden this morning upgraded American Express to his firm's neutral rating.
06:12 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer
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05:56 EDTAXPTwitter could name Leslie Berland as new CMO this week, Re/code reports
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January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTAXP, BACStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
January 22, 2016
16:36 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks opened sharply higher thanks to gains in oil prices and speculation on potential stimulus programs in Japan, China and the European Union. The averages had a midday swoon and lost about half of their gains, but the market was able to find a level where it reversed and regained upside momentum. The Nasdaq was the day's clear winner with gains of more than 2% and led the other indexes with its best gains of the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12.12% to $55.05 after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors... Apple (AAPL) rose 5.32% to $101.42 after Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying the iPhone maker's shares ahead of its earnings report next week, contending that the stock will rally over the next six months. Munster believes shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from current levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 50.67% to $17.99 after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger (SLB) to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Meanwhile, Schlumberger shares gained 6.12% to $65.21 after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. Among the noteworthy losers was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 29.86% to $8.74 and was downgraded to Underperform at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. Also lower were shares of Tutor Perini (TPC), which fell 16.69% to $10.68 after the Construction & Engineering company cut its FY15 forecast and gave lower than expected guidance for the next fiscal year as well. INDEXES: The Dow gained 210.83, or 1.33%, to 16,093.51, the Nasdaq rose 119.12, or 2.66%, to 4,591.18, and the S&P 500 added 37.91, or 2.03%, to 1,906.90.
16:01 EDTC, BAC, AXPActionable Options for Friday January 22
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12:32 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as they bid for their first two-day winning streak in what feels like a very long time amid a very tough start to 2016. The morning's strength was attributed to a continued rebound in oil prices and the prospects for economic stimulus in Japan, China and Europe. Oil prices remain higher by roughly 7% near noon and are holding solidly above $31 per barrel. As the first major winter storm bears down on the East coast, investor participation may slow down during the afternoon hours. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12% after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors, evidenced by Keefe Bruyette's downgrade of the stock as well as CNBC's David Faber reporting that ValueAct is no longer an American Express shareholder... Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid 2% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) gained nearly 5% after reporting earnings that topped expectations, approving a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and saying it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 41% after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Also higher was Canadian Pacific (CP), which gained 12% and was upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital following its quarterly results. In addition, Sprint (S) was 13% higher after saying it will release earnings on January 26, which was earlier than expected, and also after JPMorgan said that the company's 2016 cash burn fears are overdone. Among the noteworthy losers was Rockwell Collins (COL), which fell 3.5% after it reported quarterly earnings and issued fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. Also lower was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 33% and was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.77, or 0.83%, to 16,014.45, the Nasdaq was up 90.73, or 2.03%, to 4,562.79, and the S&P 500 was up 27.79, or 1.49%, to 1,896.78.
11:49 EDTAXPAmerican Express down 13% to $54.48, near lows of session
11:49 EDTAXPOptions with increasing put volume
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11:46 EDTAXPValueAct no longer American Express shareholder, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:27 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; BAC BABA
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10:41 EDTAXPAmerican Express cost cuts not enough to turn Street more bullish
The shares of American Express (AXP) are sinking after the company reported stronger than expected results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. A number of analysts reacted negatively to the company's results, with research firm Keefe Bruyette downgrading the stock and UBS reiterating its Sell rating and lowering its price target. BACKGROUND: American Express reported Q4 earnings per share of $1.23, excluding some items, versus the consensus outlook of $1.13. The credit card network's revenue came in slightly above expectations. It provided fiscal 2016 EPS guidance of EPS $5.40-$5.70, versus the consensus outlook of $5.41. However, excluding one-time items, the guidance only implies a 2%-8% year-over-year increase, Keefe Bruyette analyst Sanjay Sakhrani stated. Additionally, the company provided fiscal 2017 EPS guidance of "at least" $5.60, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $5.99. CEO Kenneth Chenault stated, "A number of cyclical factors in the broader economy have also weighed on our performance and influenced our outlook. Against that backdrop, and the fact that revenue growth has not accelerated as we anticipated, we are moving aggressively to streamline the company and drive efficiencies in order to take out $1 billion from our overall cost base by the end of 2017." ANALYST REACTION: Sakhrani downgraded American Express to Market Perform from Outperform, noting that its revenue growth failed to accelerate in 2016 as the company had hoped it would. Consequently, the company is undertaking initiatives which are meant to spark its growth but have caused analysts' profit expectations to drop, Sakhrani explained. Moreover, the company is facing tough competitive and regulatory headwinds, Sakhrani believes. For the analyst ,however, the bottom line is that it's difficult to be constructive on the stock given the large amount of time it will take for the company's profit growth to return to its previous 12%-15% rate. He slashed his price target on the name to $67 from $95. American Express' EPS beat UBS' outlook because its expenses came in below expectations, while its net interest income beat expectations, wrote Matthew Howlett, an analyst at the firm. Moreover, its non-interest revenue came in significantly below UBS' estimate, according to the analyst. More importantly, excluding one-time items, American Express' EPS will decline 3% this year to $4.89, as the company will find it difficult to increase its revenue while cutting its expenses, Howlett predicted. He expects the company to increase its marketing expenditures, and predicted that investors will assign the stock a lower multiple, given the changes to its business model and skepticism about its ability to meet its guidance. Howlett cut his price target on the name to $54 from $67 and kept a Sell rating on the shares. American Express' growth outlook remains uncertain, as the growth of its core business looks to be "subdued" going forward, wrote Jefferies analyst John Hecht. The company's EPS growth from 2013-2017 looks to be mainly due not to its core business, but to cost cutting and share repurchases, the analyst believes. Hecht cut his price target on the stock to $58 from $70 and kept a Hold rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the quarter preceding American Express' report, analysts at Goldman Sachs and UBS had downgraded their ratings on the card issuer's shares, with Goldman taking it to Neutral from Buy and UBS cutting AmEx to Underperform, its version of a sell rating. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, American Express sank 10.6% to $56 per share.
09:34 EDTVActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... American Express (AXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Baidu (BIDU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) downgraded to Underperform at Needham... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Foresight Energy (FELP) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LDR Holding (LDRH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... MGIC Investment (MTG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pengrowth Energy (PGH) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank... Rocky Brands (RCKY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Skechers (SKX) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... TerraForm Global (GLBL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... WP Glimcher (WPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust.
09:28 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT), up 12.5%... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says that Apple could rally over 50% by September... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), up 6.4% after announcing that it is suspending its quarterly preferred stock dividends... NephroGenex (NRX), up 27.3% after the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board recommendation to continue the Pyridorin study... Avon Products (AVP), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 6.7% after Reuters reports that Indonesia asked the company to set aside another $530M into an escrow account for the miner to extend its permit to export copper concentrate. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Express (AXP), down 6.9%... Starbucks (SBUX), down 2.6%... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), down 32.3%... GE (GE), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Barrick Gold (ABX), down 3.4% after giving fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 production guidance and announcing potential asset impairment charges of $1B-$1.2B.
07:24 EDTAXPAmerican Express turnaround could take years, says UBS
UBS noted American Express reported better than expected Q4 earnings as the company cut its operating expenses. The firm feels the earnings beat means very little, as the company's billed business and higher loan loss provision were weaker. UBS also sees a lower multiple for the shares as the company revised its guidance for the second time and investors question their change in business model. UBS reiterated its Sell rating and lowered its price target to $54 from $67 on American Express shares.
07:20 EDTAXPAmerican Express price target lowered to $58 from $70 at Jefferies
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07:06 EDTMA, VVisa MasterCard attractive at current levels, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer is upbeat on Visa and MasterCard based on what the firm sees as their "defensible market positions and strong long-term prospects." The firm expects the companies to benefit form solid volume growth this year. It prefers Visa over MasterCard due to the former's recent co-brand wins and accretion from its acquisition of Visa Europe. .
05:44 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Sanjay Sakhrani downgraded American Express to Market Perform saying the company's road ahead "could be bumpy for the foreseeable future." The analyst sees an extended timeline for a return to the company's 12%-15% earnings growth targets and cut his price target for the shares to $67 from $95.
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