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February 21, 2013
06:04 EDTGOOG, YUM, DPZ, BKW, MCD, WFC, PHM, DHI, KB, TOL, MSFT, IBMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed officials are split over an early retreat from the experimental programs created to revive the U.S. economy as minutes released from the Fed's January policy meeting show officials concerned that the current easy-money policies could lead to excessive risk-taking and instability in financial markets, the Wall Street Journal reports...Google (GOOG) has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, sources say, as the company tries to go against Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. builders (TOL, KB, DHI, PHM) broke ground on fewer homes last month but a jump in permits for future construction to a four and a half year high indicated the housing market recovery remains on track. Another report showed wholesale prices increased in January for the first time in four months, Reuters reports...The Volcker Rule is expected to be finalized as soon as this year. Major banks are already pulling back from private equity investments ahead of the rules. But not Wells Fargo (WFC). The bank invests in buyouts and venture capital deals largely on its own, with capital only from Wells Fargo itself and some employees. By avoiding equity from outside investors, the bank is considered to be engaging in "merchant banking," likely to be exempt under the new rule, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Americans are eating less fast food and pizza (MCD, BKW, DPZ, YUM). Adults consumed an average of 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food in 2007-2010, a decline from 12.8% in 2003-2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, Bloomberg reports...IBM (IBM) plans to release a prototype next year of an alternative rechargeable lithium-ion battery it calls “lithium air” that would mark a step forward by packing in more storage capacity. Finding a solution to the shortcomings of batteries has the potential to revolutionize everything from transportation to hand-held gadgets, Bloomberg reports.
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTWFCBig 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
06:13 EDTYUMTaco Bell to launch new high-end menu, Business Insider reports
Yum! Brands' Taco Bell is launching a high-end menu that's rich in protein and low in calories, reports Business Insider. The menu, called the Cantina Power Menu, will come with all-white-meat chicken or grilled USDA-select steak that could have more than 20 grams of protein or fewer than 500 calories. The menu will launch on July 17. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOGJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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05:57 EDTGOOGSamsung revamping app store for phones and tablets, Re/code reports
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July 10, 2014
19:38 EDTGOOGYelp says Google results favoring Google+ local listings, WSJ reports
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17:02 EDTYUMCosi names Scott Carlock as CFO
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15:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly 52 straddle priced for 2% move into Q2
15:13 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
10:46 EDTGOOGYelp retreats after analyst says review growth slowed
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10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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09:35 EDTGOOGRed Hat, Google collaborate on open standard for Docker containers at scale
Red Hat (RHT) and Google (GOOG) are collaborating to drive a new open standard around orchestrating Docker containers, a standard for application packaging in containerized environments, at scale for the management of cloud application deployments, Red Hat announced in a post to its corporate website. Reference Link
07:47 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
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06:26 EDTGOOG, MSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFTIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures invests in Europe
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05:49 EDTGOOGYelp review growth outpacing Google Plus, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says its data shows that despite being a more mature platform, Yelp (YELP) continues to outpace Google Plus (GOOG) in terms of review growth. Yelp reviews over the past month have increased by 3% versus Google's up 2%, Piper says. The firm remains positive on Yelp shares with an Overweight rating and $80 price target.
05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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