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April 11, 2014
17:09 EDTEBAY, GM, JPM, WFCStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower in a choppy week of trade that saw sellers take control in the week's final two sessions. The Nasdaq, which has been leading the market lower over the last few weeks of trade, was the week's laggard, with the tech index logging its first close below 4,000 since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., economic data came in a bit better than expected, with initial jobless claims reported at 300,000, less than expectations for 320,000 and lower than the prior month's revised reading of 332,000. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April reading, better than March's 80.0... On Wednesday, the minutes from the FOMC's latest meeting were released, indicating that some Committee members were concerned that its new forward guidance could imply a change in its policy intentions. The Committee also said the severe winter weather in much of the U.S. held down economic activity early in the year, and said international developments, including those in China and Ukraine, bear watching... China's imports fell 11.3% from the prior month, sharply lower than expectations for expansion of 3.9%, with the world's second largest economy also reporting exports that fell 6.5% against estimates for a 4.8% increase. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) was again in the news this week, with the carmaker on Thursday placing two engineers on paid leave as part of its investigation into the circumstances leading to recall of more than 2.6M vehicles due to ignition defects. Later that same day, the company said it expects to take a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter on recall-related repairs. Late in the session on Friday, a trove of documents were released by the the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, which indicated, among other things, that CEO Mary Barra knew in 2011 about the company's handling of Saturn and Chevrolet models being probed by the NHTSA related to defects... Banking giants Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings Friday morning, with Wells' results beating expectations while JPMorgan missed estimates... eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn agreed to settle their proxy fight, with Icahn agreeing to withdraw his proposal for eBay to spin-off its PayPal unit. INDEXES: The Dow lost 2.4% to 16,026.75, the S&P 500 lost 2.6% to 1,815.69, and the Nasdaq lost 3.1% to 3,999.73.
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January 21, 2015
16:26 EDTEBAYeBay says plans 'on track' to separate eBay, PayPal
The company said, "Looking ahead, our plans are on track to separate eBay and PayPal into independent companies in the second half of 2015, and we are confident this is the right strategic path for each business."
16:24 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted operating margin 27.7%
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16:21 EDTEBAYeBay reports mobile payment volume grew 58% in Q4
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16:20 EDTEBAYeBay enters standstill agreement with Carl Icahn
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay to reduce workforce globally by approximately 7% in Q1
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16:17 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY15 adjusted EPS $3.05-$3.15, consensus $3.26
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16:16 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q1 adjusted EPS 68c-71c, consensus 76c
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16:15 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q4 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 89c
Reports Q4 revenue $4.9B, consensus $4.93B.
15:27 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
14:00 EDTEBAYeBay technical comments ahead of earnings, levels to watch
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13:54 EDTJPM, GMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
13:38 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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11:34 EDTEBAYAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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January 20, 2015
13:19 EDTEBAYeBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTEBAYGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTWFC, JPMMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
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