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December 31, 2012
06:07 EDTFB, MS, JPM, GSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Facebook (FB) has received negative reviews from investors since its IPO, but securities analysts who work at the investment banks that did the deal have never wavered in their enthusiasm. Since it went public in May, analysts at Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) have issued 40 reports on the stock and every one has urged investors to buy, the Wall Street Journal reports...A group of pension funds that oversee over $3T in assets asked the SEC to revamp rules on how corporate executives can trade their company stock, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Congress will return today without a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff" and only a few hours of actual legislative time scheduled in which to act if an agreement materializes, Reuters reports...Germany will avoid recession in 2013 and achieve growth rates similar to 2012, said Dieter Hundt, leader of Germany's employer association, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: This year, Treasuries gave up their first-place rank among world bonds as signs of improvement in the world economy cut demand for the safety of U.S. debt, Bloomberg reports...Hedge funds lowered bullish commodity bets to a six-month low as rising concern that slowing economic growth will erode demand drove prices toward the first fourth-quarter retreat since the global recession, Bloomberg reports.
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July 17, 2014
07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says results included net discrete tax benefit of 31c per share
07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 60c ex-DVA, tax benefit, consensus 55c
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07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 Institutional Securities revenue $4.2B
Institutional Securities net revenues for the current quarter were $4.2B compared with $4.4B a year ago. DVA resulted in positive revenue of $87M in the current quarter compared with $175M a year ago. Excluding DVA, net revenues for the current quarter of $4.2B were relatively unchanged from a year ago. Wealth Management net revenues for the current quarter were $3.7B compared with $3.5B a year ago. Investment Management net revenues of $692M increased from $673M in the prior year. Results reflect higher gains on investments in Merchant Banking and higher results in Traditional Asset Management, partly offset by lower revenues in the Real Estate Investing business driven by the deconsolidation of certain legal entities associated with a real estate fund sponsored by the Firm.
07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio approx. 15.2% at June 30
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 94c, consensus 55c
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06:50 EDTFBAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:38 EDTMSStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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06:00 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
15:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July 32.5 straddle priced for 3.3% move into Q2
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14:57 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report amid optimism on Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Morgan Stanley is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 55c on revenue of $8.2B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-64c on revenue of $7.58B-$8.65B. Morgan Stanley (MS) reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as the company's revenue rose to $8.9B from $8.2B. The company's wealth management unit generated pre-tax income of $691M, versus $597M in the same period a year earlier. Morgan Stanley's investment management unit saw its pre-tax income from continuing operations rise to $263M from $187M, while the pre-tax income of its institutional Securities division rose $1.4B, up from $799M. Morgan Stanley's wealth management business will continue growing and the business' return on equity will eventually be well over 10%, said the company's CEO, Tom Gorman last month, according to The New York Times. But declines in the bank's fixed income revenues may make it harder for its securities businesses to exceed a 10% return on equity, and the firm has significantly reduced its trading operations, the newspaper quoted the CEO as saying. PEERS: On July 15, Goldman Sachs reported stronger than expected results, as the bank's investment banking unit saw its net revenue rise 15% year-over-year, while the net revenues generated by its Institutional Client Services unit dropped 11%. But Goldman's investing and lending unit saw its net revenues surge 46% year-over-year. Citigroup (C), on July 14, reported higher than expected Q2 EPS excluding certain items but lower than expected revenue. Revenue from Citi's Institutional Client Group dropped 11%, as revenue from fixed income and equity markets fell. STREET RESEARCH: On July 10, research firm Bernstein recommended Morgan Stanley's stock due to its exposure to high margin investment banking. Bernstein also liked Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is up almost 9% over the last three months and it has surged over 23% in the last twelve months.
08:25 EDTJPMCNBC / Institutional Investor to host a conference
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07:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan retreats from mortgage lending on foreclosure concerns, Reuters says
JPMorgan is retreating from making home loans to less creditworthy borrowers after losing confidence in its ability to recover much money from home foreclosures, even with government assurance, according to Reuters, citing comments from the CEO of JPMorgan's residential mortgage banking business Kevin Watters. Reference Link
July 15, 2014
17:59 EDTGSGoldman Sachs looks undervalued, Barron's says
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16:40 EDTGS, JPMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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12:21 EDTJPM, GSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:53 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says Fed's tapering executed 'quite well'
Says Fed's tapering has been a success.
11:26 EDTGSGoldman Sachs doesn't see more significant asset reductions related to review
Doesn't see any more significant asset reductions related to its balance sheet review. Regarding its tax rate, CFO Schwartz says "We're a high taxpayer." Sees headcount increasing by year-end. Says hiring in asset management, cutting staff in fixed income trading.
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