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January 15, 2013
06:08 EDTGS, TM, FIATY, F, GM, WMT, MCD, JCP, KMB, PG, C, WFC, BAC, MS, USB, JPM, SNEOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed Chairman Bernanke said he still wasn't satisfied with the economy's progress and indicated that he plans to stick with the unconventional programs the central bank is using to lift output. The Fed has said that continuing these programs—such as an $85B-a-month bond-buying effort—depends on progress in the U.S. job market, the Wall Street Journal reports...American workers are opening their first paychecks of the year and finding an unpleasant surprise: The government's take has gone up. That consumers remain tentative threatens to put a drag on economic growth. The effect for companies is that this will likely cement a frugal attitude that led consumers to cut back on eating out and shift to less-expensive store brands, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) plans to hire over 100,000 veterans in the U.S. over the next five years, Reuters reports...The message from automotive CEOs at the opening of the 2013 Detroit auto show: Sportscars are hot, electrics are not, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Wall Street investment banks, loathed by investors in 2011 and hurt by weak trading last year, are poised for a return to the spotlight. Investment-banking and trading revenue likely surged 44% in the period from a year earlier, according to estimates by Morgan Stanley, Bloomberg reports...Bond risk for Japan’s major companies, from Toyota (TM) to Sony (SNE), fell to a 10- month low as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s $116B stimulus plan added fuel to the longest stock-market rally since 1989, Bloomberg reports.
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July 11, 2014
05:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded its rating on Procter & Gamble (PG) shares to Market Perform citing a lack of lack of fundamental progress despite the company's increased innovation. Wells says P&G's U.S. share trends have weakened amid competition. The firm cut its price target range for shares to $85-$87 from $88-$90.
July 10, 2014
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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14:01 EDTTMToyota selects KDC to develop new North American headquaters
Toyota announced that it has selected Dallas-based KDC Real Estate Development & Investments, one of America's leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, to develop its new North American headquarters campus in the Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Toyota recently finalized the purchase of its new headquarters site and expects to begin occupying the campus in late 2016 or early 2017. Once completed, the headquarters will be home to about 4,000 Toyota employees.
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.
11:02 EDTSNEWi-LAN, Sony enter license agreement
Wi-LAN (WILN) announced that the company and Sony (SNE) have entered into a multi-year license agreement related to WiLAN's portfolio of television technologies. The agreement includes certain 3D television technology developed by SENSIO Technologies. SENSIO's S2D Switch technology is exclusively available from WiLAN. All remaining terms of the license agreement are confidential.
09:56 EDTFIATY, FFord, Fiat Chrysler inquire about EU changes, FT says
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09:50 EDTFFord 'committed' to South Africa, minimizes worries over strikes, Reuters says
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09:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, Lazard recommended at Bernstein
Bernstein recommends Morgan Stanley (MS) and Lazard (LAZ) for their exposure to high margin investment banking. The firm also likes Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management.
06:56 EDTBACBank of America July volatility elevated into Q2 and capital outlook
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06:52 EDTGSGoldman 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
06:29 EDTBACBank of America requests 5c dividend reapproval, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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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
06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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06:18 EDTSNEIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:16 EDTBACHolder refuses meeting with BofA head, Reuters says
Attorney General Eric Holder has formally decided to not meet with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan to discuss a multibillion-dollar agreement, as talks to resolve investigations into shoddy mortgage securities sold by the firm and its divisions are delayed, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said that no discussions between the bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have occurred since the second week in June. Reference Link
06:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
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