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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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October 13, 2014
10:23 EDTFFord to hire 850 workers for Dearborn Rouge factories, WSJ says
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10:12 EDTJCPHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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08:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
07:39 EDTJPMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:22 EDTSNESony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
07:19 EDTC, WFC, BAC, JPMAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:15 EDTGS, WMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:44 EDTF, USB, FIATY, WFC, JPM, GM, TM, C, MS, GS, BACRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTGS, MSBlackRock, Morgan Stanley to buy shares in Link Net, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may not close Rosneft deal, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
00:04 EDTWFC, BAC, JPM, USB, CBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
17:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTC, USB, MS, JPM, BAC, GS, WFCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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
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