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December 31, 2012
06:07 EDTJPM, MS, GS, FBOn 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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April 15, 2015
15:57 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April 200 straddle priced for 2.1% movement into Q1
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14:42 EDTGSEarnings Watch: Goldman to report amid optimism on fixed income, trading
Goldman Sachs (GS) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Wednesday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 9:30 am ET. Goldman is an investment bank. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $4.26 on revenue of $9.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $4.11-$4.44 on revenue of $8.72B-$9.65B. LAST QUARTER: Goldman reported higher than expected fourth quarter profits and revenue. However, the revenue of its investment banking and institutional client services businesses fell 16% and 8% respectively versus the same period a year earlier, while the revenue of its fixed income business tumbled 19% year-over-year. In March, Goldman passed the Fed's stress test, and it raised its quarterly dividend by 5c to 65c per share. In April, Reuters reported that Global investment banking fees dropped 8% to $20B in the first quarter, representing the weakest start to the year for the fees since 2012, according to Reuters. Deal activity in Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan was weak during the quarter, the news service stated. On a positive note for Goldman investors, The Wall Street Journal on April 2 quoted NAB Research and Deutsche Bank as saying that volatility in the currency market had risen 18% from January to mid-March, which should boost profitability for the fixed-income trading businesses at major banks. PEER RESULTS: Perhaps boding well for Goldman, JPMorgan reported on Monday that its Q1 gross investment banking revenue from its commercial banking clients had soared 68%, STREET RESEARCH: On April 7, research firm Susquehanna raised its Q1 EPS estimate for Goldman to $4.24 from $3.60, citing improved trading and fixed income forecasts. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $198 from $190 and set a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Goldman's stock has jumped almost 13% over the last three months and almost 30% over the last year.
07:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan to hold a conference
Public Finance Transportation & Utility Conference is being held in New York on April 15-16.
07:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan Q1 results solid, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that JPMorgan's expenses were more favorable than expected, while its trading results were strong. The firm keeps a $70 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports March net credit losses 2.61% vs. 2.42% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.23% vs. 1.35% last month.
06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTJPM, MS, GSRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
19:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley nearing $1B deal for oil trading and storage unit, WSJ says
Castleton Commodities International has become the leading bidder for Morgan Stanley's oil-trading and storage unit, offering more than $1B for the business, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Any potential deal remains weeks away, said the sources.Reference Link
18:41 EDTJPMTarget close to $20M settlement with MasterCard over data breach, WSJ says
According to people familiar with the negotiations, Target (TGT) is approaching a settlement with MasterCard (MA) to reimburse financial institutions roughly $20M for costs they incurred from the retailerís massive data breach in 2013, The Wall Street Journal reports. Target is negotiating a separate settlement with Visa (V), according to sources, WSJ added. Reference Link
16:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan looks like a buy after earnings, Barron's says
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16:53 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
14:05 EDTGSGoldman Sachs April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:24 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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09:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan core EPS beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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09:13 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM), up 1%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up marginally... Triangle Petroleum (TPLM), up 4.2%... Fastenal (FAST), up 5%. ALSO HIGHER: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI), up 13.5% after announcing that it will present NurOwn Phase 2a clinical data at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting... Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 7.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Solazyme (SZYM), up 7.5% after announcing a strategic agreement with Flotek (FTK)... Cleveland BioLabs (CBLI), up 6.8% after receiving funding recommendation from the Department of Defense... Nordic American Tanker (NAT), up 3.2% after raising quarterly dividend to 38c from 22c... Ocwen (OCN), up 3.8% after reporting preliminary fiscal 2014 results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down just under 1%. ALSO LOWER: Norfolk Southern (NSC), down 5.8% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... RXi Pharmaceuticals (RXII), down 14.3% after filing to sell $20M of common stock and warrants... Arrowhead Research (ARWR), down 4.5% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies.
09:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan says reasonable to expect 'modest' further reserve builds due to E&P
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09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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08:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan says business simplification to have overall neutral impact to Q2 P&L
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