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May 21, 2012
16:16 EDTFB, BLK, LOW, WPRT, KKD, ETN, CBE, JPM, YHOO, BCSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in spite of Facebook (FB) breaking its IPO pricing. Stock futures were higher throughout the premarket trading session as the market got ready to bounce from its two week tailspin. There was little reaction to the better than expected Chicago Fed National Activity Index but the futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages began the day slightly higher but moved firmly into the green shortly after midmorning. The market then moved in a narrow range for most of the session, but with an upward trend, as the market finally broke its losing streak... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to +0.11 for the month of April from -0.29 in March... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook shares fell below their $38 issue price in premarket trading and continued to slide as much as 13.7% before finding a level near $33. In its second day of trading the stock closed down $4.20, or 10.99%, at $34.03... Yahoo! (YHOO) agreed to sell half of its 40% stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1B and laid out a joint agreement for a plan to dispose of the remainder of its stake over time. Yahoo did not give exact plans for what it will do with the proceeds, expected to be about $4.2B after taxes, but did increase its share repurchase authorization by $5B concurrently with the transaction... JP Morgan (JPM) slid close to another 3% as the company's CEO Jamie Dimon announced at an investor conference that the bank is suspending its share repurchase program for the time being as it works to strengthen its capitalization ahead of new regulations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cooper Industries (CBE), up $14.04, or 25.14%, to $69.88, after agreeing to be acquired by Eaton Corporation (ETN) in a cash and stock deal valued at $72.00 per share, and Krispy Kreme (KKD), up 61c, or 10.15%, to $6.62, following its report of better than expected earnings. Also higher were shares of Westport Innovations (WPRT), up $2.83, or 11.93%, to $26.56, as Craig-Hallum said in a note to investors that the firm sees more catalysts heading into Westport's analyst day later this week and continues to recommend the stock as the shift towards natural gas in trucking is hitting a tipping point. Noteworthy losers included Lowe's (LOW), down $2.88, or 10.11%, to $25.60, after its sales and profits beat estimates but its yearly earnings guidance came in below consensus, and BlackRock (BLK), down $4.18, or 2.43%, to $167.73, as Barclays (BCS) announced plans to sell its entire 19.6% stake in the alternative investment manager... INDICES: The Dow gained 135.10, or 1.09%, to 12,504.48; the Nasdaq rose 68.42, or 2.46%, to 2,847.21; and the S&P 500 added 20.77, or 1.60%, to 1,315.99.
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July 11, 2014
11:16 EDTYHOOAOL, Yahoo CEOs have late-night talk, WSJ reports
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTFBFacebook should move higher on strong quarter, says Deutsche Bank
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07:30 EDTBCSBarclays to re-purpose cashiers with more customer-focused role, FT says
Barclays plans to have its 6,500 cashiers change their positions away from processing simple transactions and turning more toward giving customers advice, said Financial Times, which noted that the bank will give those employees an automatic 2.8% annual pay raise from October. Reference Link
07:20 EDTJPMBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:48 EDTBCSBank of England says banks' capital requirement could rise, Reuters reports
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06:10 EDTFBJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
17:49 EDTYHOOAlibaba may begin IPO process by end of month, WSJ reports
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16:25 EDTLOWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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12:53 EDTFBFacebook research practices investigated by Irish watchdog, WSJ says
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11:35 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAL
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11:26 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FB
Twitter (TWTR) July 42 call option implied volatility increased 11% to 54, Facebook (FB) August 72.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 53 according to IVolatility.
10:18 EDTLOWHome Depot, Lowe's estimates cut after warnings from floor, farm retailers
Weak results from Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) do not bode well for Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) near-term outlook, Deutsche Bank warned in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators and farm products retailer Tractor Supply pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and Lowe's. The comparative sales of Home Depot and Lowe's have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, explained Baker. Lumber Liquidators, like Home Depot and Lowe's, is exposed to housing markets, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, like Tractor Supply, Home Depot and Lowe's are exposed to the outdoor/weather sensitive sector, according to Baker. However, there are differences in the companies' business models, and comparative sales at Home Depot and Lowe's are probably trending better than at Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators, Baker believes. He lowered his second quarter comparative sales growth forecast for Lowe's to 4% from 4.5%, and for Home Depot to 4.5% from 5%. Baker's Q2 EPS estimates for both home improvement companies are now 1c below consensus levels. He kept a Buy rating on Lowe's and Hold ratings on Home Depot and Tractor Supply. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Home Depot fell 2% to $79.07, Lowe's declined 1.8% to $47.02, Tractor Supply tumbled 5% to $58.23, and Lumber Liquidators plunged 22% to $54.70. Shares of Tile Shop (TTS), which is also exposed to housing markets, fell 11% to $11.55 in early trading.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:10 EDTETNMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:08 EDTBCSECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banks’ balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
06:52 EDTBCSGoldman gains energy marketer Golender from Barclays, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) appointed oil marketer Roy Golender as vice president of energy sales from Barclays (BCS), according to Reuters citing a company spokesman. Golender's LinkedIn profile says that while at Barclays Golender spent four years in commodity derivatives sales. Reference Link
06:48 EDTLOWHome Depot, Lowe's estimates lowered at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) preannounced Q2 comp misses. The firm says that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Deutsche calls its negative earnings revisions "relatively minor," as it thinks comps are probably holding up better at Home Depot and Lowe's. It keeps a Buy rating on Home Depot and a Hold rating on Lowe's.
06:21 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints Li as new China head, Reuters says
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) said it has appointed former UBS (UBS) banker David Li as the new head of its China division to replace top China banker Fang Fang who left the firm in March, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the U.S. company. Reference Link
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