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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTJPMOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
14:13 EDTJPMEarnings Watch: Bank of America continues Q2 earnings for big banks
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12:28 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer. Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic 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: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
12:02 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Portales
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09:42 EDTJPMDimon says may not be on JPMorgan's future earnings calls
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09:35 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:33 EDTGSSEC to hold an outreach program
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09:20 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
09:07 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says possibly could reserve for downgrades of O&G clients
JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake noted that additional oil & gas provisioning doesn't "necessarily translate" to losses.
08:38 EDTJPMLake says JPMorgan 'largest, fastest growing' in mobile among big U.S. banks
JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake is speaking on the company's second quarter earnings conference call.
08:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO Lake says 'meaningful progress' made on balance sheet in Q2
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07:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan says headcount in Consumer & Community Banking down about 6,000 ytd
07:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q2 Firm NIM up 2 bps sequentially to 2.09%
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07:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees CIB simplification to cause Q3 Markets revenue to be down 9%
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07:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees year-over-year core loan growth to continue at 10%+/-
Firmwide, JPMorgan expect year-over-year core loan growth to continue at 10%+/-, expects 2H15 NCOs to be consistent with 1H15, and expects FY15 adjusted expense of $57B+/-. In Consumer & Community Banking, the bank expects Mortgage Banking noninterest revenue for FY15 to be down about $1B year-over-year on lower servicing revenue as well as lower repurchase benefits, expects Card Services revenue rate in 2015 to remain at the low end of the target range of 12%-12.5% and expects Card Services FY15 NCO rate to be slightly less than 2.5%. In Asset Management, the bank expects FY15 pretax margin and ROE to be at the low end of its TTC targets. In Commercial Banking, the bank expects expense to be about $720M per quarter for the rest of the year. Guidance from slides for Q2 earnings conference call.
07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan rises 2% to $69.38 after Q2 earnings top consensus
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07:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon says businesses performed well in quarter
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, commented on the Q2 financial results: Our Company had strong results this quarter, and each of our businesses performed well, with broad and consistent underlying growth. This quarter was another example of the power of our platform and risk discipline, and of being there for our clients as we always are in good times and in volatile markets. We are focused on executing on our commitments and weve made good progress this quarter, including meeting regulatory requirements, reducing non-operating deposits, and adding to our capital. We are also on target to deliver on our expense commitments. We continue to add value to our customers, clients and communities, and, as always, we operate with fortress principles."
07:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports tangible book value per share up 7% to $46.13
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07:00 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q2 EPS $1.54, consensus $1.44
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06:08 EDTGSEthan Allen, La-Z-Boy rival Ashley Furniture won't be sold, WSJ reports
Ashley Furniture CEO Todd Wanek and Chairman Ron Wanek say that their family has decided not to sell the furniture retailer and will retain their controlling stake, The Wall Street Journal reports. The publication previously said Ashley was working with Goldman Sachs to explore a potential deal, with possible bidders including several private equity firms. The company confirmed that several potential suitors indicated interest in Ashley. Reference Link
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