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News For FMER;MMC;BCS;ZION;TRV;WFC From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
07:21 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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05:51 EDTBCSBarclays reports Q2 adjusted profit before tax GBP 1.85B vs. GBP1.66B last year
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July 28, 2015
10:22 EDTZIONZions Bancorp management to meet with Evercore ISI
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07:34 EDTFMERFirstMerit reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 34c
Returns on average common equity and average assets for the second quarter 2015 were 7.85% and 0.90%, respectively, compared with 8.08% and 0.93%, respectively, for the first quarter 2015 and 8.62% and 0.98%, respectively, for the second quarter 2014. Net interest income on a fully tax-equivalent basis was $189.0M in the second quarter 2015 compared with $189.6M in the first quarter 2015 and $199.7M in the second quarter 2014. Noninterest income, excluding gains and losses on securities transactions1, for the second quarter 2015 was $66M, an increase of $500K, or 0.80%, from the first quarter 2015 and a decrease of $6.5M or 8.92% from the second quarter 2014. Included in noninterest income this quarter were costs of $1.8M associated with branch closures.
07:13 EDTMMCMarsh & McLennan reports Q2 adjusted EPS 80c, consensus 79c
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July 27, 2015
06:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo currently testing mobile biometrics, WSJ reports
Wells Fargo is currently testing voice recognition and eye scanning in an effort to use biometrics technology to authenticate customers using their mobile applications, the Wall street Journal reports, citing comments from Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo's new Innovation Group. Wells Fargo's mobile development efforts include testing an assist using artificial intelligence technology and the bank expects to launch the software in 2016, the report says. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
18:57 EDTWFCWells Fargo 'poised for growth,' Barron's says
Wells Fargo is a "high quality" value stock and the "well-managed" company could be "poised for growth" given the potential for interest rate hikes before the end of the year, Barron's contends in its 'Weekday Trader' column. Reference Link
10:00 EDTBCSBarclays in talks to sell Portuguese banking unit, Bloomberg reports
Barclays is in advanced discussions with a Spanish bidder to sell its Portuguese banking unit, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the plan. The sale would exclude Barclays' Portuguese credit-card business, the report says. Interested parties may include Bankinter, the report says. Reference Link
09:06 EDTWFCSEI Investments extends long-term realtionship with Wells Fargo
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08:37 EDTBCSBarclays announces strategic partnership with Elkhorn Capital
Barclays announced a strategic partnership with Illinois-based investment firm Elkhorn Capital Group. The partnership is designed to extend Barclays’ product availability by bringing together its extensive experience in creating distinctive investment concepts with Elkhorn’s independent product expertise. The partnership will allow Barclays and Elkhorn to collaborate in offering clients access to additional products based on Barclays’ strategies.
July 22, 2015
09:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Pelos to oversee commercial, corporate, treasury mangement
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06:15 EDTBCSBarclays close to SFO settlement over Qatar bribes, Daily Mail reports
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July 21, 2015
16:28 EDTTRVOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:21 EDTTRVOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:48 EDTTRVTravelers says evaluates M&A opportunities 'all the time'
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07:02 EDTTRVTravelers reports adj. book value per share increased 5% from the prior year end
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07:00 EDTTRVTravelers reports Q2 EPS $2.53, consensus $2.12
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06:08 EDTBCSU.K. watchdog visited Barclays 186 times in 2014, Bloomberg reports
The FCA's supervisory team made 186 visits to Barclays (BCS) in 2014, more than any other British bank that year, Bloomberg reports. HSBC (HSBC) was next highest with 85 visits, with RBS (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) following with 65 and 58 encounters, respectively, the report says. Reference Link
July 20, 2015
17:50 EDTZIONZions Bancorp sees net interest income moderately increasing in 12 months
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16:12 EDTZIONZions Bancorp reports Q2 EPS ex-items 41c, consensus 38c
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15:01 EDTTRVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTZIONNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
13:03 EDTWFCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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08:53 EDTTRVTravelers August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:24 EDTBCSBarclays has no new target for layoffs, Reuters reports
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTWFCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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17:32 EDTBCSBarclays to cut 30,000 jobs in two years, The Times says
Barclays plan to cut 30,000 jobs within two years as it considers accelerating its cost-cutting program, reports The Times, citing senior sources. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
18:08 EDTWFCPredatory lending lawsuits against Wells Fargo dismissed, Reuters says
Wells Fargo won the dismissal of two lawsuits that had accused the company of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in predatory lending practices in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTWFCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... 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: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday 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... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
14:00 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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10:05 EDTTRVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:09 EDTTRVTravelers initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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July 16, 2015
18:37 EDTBCSFINRA fines Barclays $800,000 over data reporting errors, Reuters says
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11:43 EDTTRVTravelers management to meet with Bernstein
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