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June 30, 2014
09:57 EDTESYJY, UTL, RYN, DG, BEBE, TLYS, MBI, WFC, SYT, FMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Johnson Rice... Fresenius Medical (FMS) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Rayonier (RYN) downgraded at RBC Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Tilly's (TLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Unitil (UTL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... easyJet (ESYJY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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July 17, 2015
07:44 EDTSYTMonsanto COO: Hostile Syngenta takeover 'some way off,' Reuters says
Monsanto (MON) president and COO Brett Begemann said that any hostile bid for Syngenta (SYT) is "some way off," Reuters reports, citing an interview with Begemann. Monsanto said it is more interested in Syngenta's research capabilities, product liability exposure, and te quality of its reported sales, meaning taking an offer directly to the company's shareholders was "not a very compelling idea," the report says. Reference Link
July 16, 2015
06:44 EDTSYTMonsanto-Syngenta tie-up needs many concessions, WSJ reports
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July 15, 2015
13:34 EDTTLYSNRF forecast hurting retail sector, says Brean Capital
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11:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo to host investor meeting
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07:45 EDTSYTSenator urges Monsanto to reconsider inversion if Syngenta deal succeeds
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that in a meeting with Monsanto (MON) CEO Hugh Grant, Durbin urged the company to keep its United States tax address if its intended acquisition of Syngenta (SYT) succeeds. “Like so many large companies in the U.S., Monsanto has prospered in large part due to U.S. taxpayer-funded programs and services... I urged Monsanto CEO High Grant to reconsider the company’s corporate inversion plans to move its tax address to Europe. I also made it very clear that I will do all I can in Congress to close the loophole that allows corporations to avoid their U.S. tax responsibility,” said Durbin.
July 14, 2015
18:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO eyes additional GE Capital assets, Reuters says
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16:51 EDTSYTPaulson takes stake in Syngenta to support Monsanto merger, Bloomberg says
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16:42 EDTSYTPaulson builds Syngenta stake to back Monsanto deal, Bloomberg says
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16:24 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion following the market's last three days of gains. With headwinds such as the Greek debt crisis and the Iran nuclear deal out of the way for the time being, investors are able to turn their attention more fully to the earnings season. Reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were mostly in-line with expectations, if not better than hoped, in several dimensions. The averages began to drift higher, with the Dow surpassing the 18,000 level again and the Nasdaq rising back above 5,100. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading slipped 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, BOE Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked as high as $38.82 late this morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal. Twitter, which has been the frequent subject of takeover speculation, closed up 93c, or 2.6%, at $36.71. The Securities and Exchange Commission will need to add this latest apparent hoax to the list of others it is investigating, including a filing made two months ago by "PTG Capital Partners" purporting to outline its offer to acquire Avon Products (AVP)... JPMorgan (JPM) reported quarterly earnings before the open, beating on both the top and bottom line. Banking peer Wells Fargo (WFC) also reported its results this morning, with earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations. Shares of both banks rose about 1% following their reports. Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slipped about 0.5% to $99.78 despite reporting better than expected earnings, posting revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which rose $2.00, or 11.36%, to $19.61 following a Wall Street Journal report last night that claims China's Tsinghua offered to acquire the company for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher were shares of WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 71c, or 6.38%, to $11.83 after announcing an agreement to buy RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35B plus the assumption of $400M in debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $2.24, or 18.73%, to $9.72 after announcing last night that its CEO Jill Granoff has resigned. In the wake of that news, William Blair downgraded the stock today to Market Perform from Outperform. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which dropped $4.73, or 7.44%, to $58.81 after cutting both quarterly and yearly guidance last night, which was followed by a downgrade of the stock at Citi this morning. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 75.90, or 0.42%, to 18,053.58, the Nasdaq rose 33.38, or 0.66%, to 5,104.89, and the S&P 500 gained 9.35, or 0.45%, to 2,108.95.
14:13 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Bank of America continues Q2 earnings for big banks
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12:28 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
10:54 EDTWFCWells Fargo says home purchases in Q2 'strongest' in some time
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10:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo says ongoing U.S. economic expansion 'on track'
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09:20 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
08:05 EDTWFCWells Fargo expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio for FY15
Wells Fargo said its noninterest expense declined $38 million from the prior quarter to $12.5 billion, primarily due to lower employee benefits, which were seasonally elevated in first quarter 2015. This decline was partially offset by higher operating losses, reflecting higher litigation accruals for various legal matters, as well as higher salaries, outside professional services, and advertising and promotion expense. The efficiency ratio improved to 58.5 percent in second quarter 2015, compared with 58.8 percent in the prior quarter. The company expects to operate within its targeted efficiency ratio range of 55 to 59 percent for full year 2015.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 credit losses $650M vs. $708M last quarter
Wells Fargo said "Credit losses were $650 million in second quarter 2015, compared with $708 million in the first quarter, an 8 percent improvement. The quarterly loss rate was 0.30 percent with commercial losses of 0.06 percent and consumer losses of 0.53 percent. Nonperforming assets declined by $438 million, or 12 percent, from the prior quarter. Nonaccrual loans decreased $67 million as deterioration in the energy portfolio was offset by improvements across other portfolios. We released $350 million from the allowance for credit losses in the second quarter, reflecting continued credit quality improvement and more specifically, improvement in the residential real estate portfolio. Future allowance levels may increase or decrease based on a variety of factors, including loan growth, portfolio performance and general economic conditions."
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 10.5%
Capital levels remained strong in the second quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 under Basel III of $139.9 billion. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III was 10.5 percent3. In second quarter 2015, the Company purchased 36.3 million shares of its common stock and paid a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.375 per share, up from $0.35 per share a year ago.
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO says bank 'well positioned' for the future
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08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.03
Reports Q2 revenue $21.32B, consensus $21.7B.
07:32 EDTWFCFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hold a symposium
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