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November 20, 2012
12:40 EDTHPQ, PDCO, KO, JPM, CLF, GMCR, BBY, KKD, CSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as a surprisingly large write-down, and associated charges of fraud, from Dow component Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) somewhat overshadowed better than expected U.S. housing data. Stocks began the day moderately lower, with the early weakness attributed to a downgrade of French sovereign debt. The averages found a level almost immediately from which they began paring their losses. The averages were mixed and sitting on either side of the flat line as Fed Chairman Bernanke gave a speech stating that the fiscal cliff has the potential to influence economic growth significantly, for better or worse, this coming year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts increased 3.6% in October from the prior month, to an annual rate of 894K, versus expectations for a decline of 3.7%. Building permits declined 2.7%, to an 866K annual rate, versus expectations for a decline of 2.9%. In Europe, Moody's downgraded France's government bond rating to Aa1 from Aaa... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard shares plunged 11% to a 10-year low after the company recorded a $8.8B write-down "linked to serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” related to its purchase of U.K. software company Autonomy. Almost lost in the scandal were H-P's results, as its quarterly earnings beat expectations but its view for profit next quarter trailed Street estimates... Best Buy's (BBY) earnings fell short of lowered expectations, its same store sales declined 4.3% and the company lowered its free cash flow view by almost a half a billion dollars, sending shares down 12%... In the financial sector, JPMorgan (JPM) announced a new Chief Financial Officer and Credit Suisse (CS) said it will combine its asset management unit with its private bank resulting in a simplified corporate structure with only two arms... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), which rose 6% after it named former Coca-Cola (KO) executive Brian Kelley as its new CEO. Also higher were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), up 22% after its Q3 results topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers were Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), down 9% following a downgrade to Sell at Goldman, and Patterson Companies (PDCO), down 7% after the company lowered its FY13 EPS view... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 2.42, or 0.02%, to 12,798.38; the Nasdaq was down 3.44, or 0.12%, to 2,912.63; and the S&P 500 was down 0.33, or 0.02%, to 1,386.56.
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February 18, 2015
07:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural finalizes energy agreement with We Energies in U.P. of Michigan
Cliffs Natural (CLF) has finalized an interim power agreement with Wisconsin Energy's (WEC) utility energy segment We Energies for its Michigan operations. The company stated that this is "one key step in a series of contemplated short and long-term agreements that are essential to the viability of its iron ore mines in the Upper Peninsula".
07:15 EDTJPMPeterson Institute for International Economics to hold a discussion
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06:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan may shrink interest-rate trading, other units, Bloomberg says
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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February 17, 2015
16:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs agreement with Coca-Cola affiliate
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10:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports January net credit losses 2.53% vs. 2.56% last month
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07:15 EDTKO, GMCRConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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February 15, 2015
16:36 EDTCSCredit Suisse could rise over 20%, Barron's says
Credit Suisse shares continue to look cheap and shares could see a 20% upside and a 3.3% dividend this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
17:40 EDTHPQRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:35 EDTKOS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
13:50 EDTKO, GMCRKeurig Green Mountain moves higher after Coke raises stake
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13:42 EDTKO, GMCRCoca-Cola raises stake in Keurig Green Mountain to 16%
On February 11, Credit Suisse delivered to the Coca-Cola's (KO) Atlantic Industries about 6.38M shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) common stock pursuant to a previously disclosed letter agreement, dated as of May 12, 2014, between Atlantic and CS for a total acquisition cost of about $830.37M. All such purchases were made using Atlantic's cash on hand, a regulatory filing showed.
11:29 EDTGMCRJ.M. Smucker trades higher despite cautious comments on Q4, FY15
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09:34 EDTCSCredit Suisse upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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06:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan Asia investment bank Vice Chairman steps down, Financial Times says
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06:01 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
HP February call option implied volatility is at 23, March is 30, April is at 28, August is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 24.
February 12, 2015
15:38 EDTJPMFed to release results from latest bank stress tests in March
The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced that results from the latest supervisory stress tests conducted as part of the Dodd-Frank Act will be released on Thursday, March 5, and the related results from the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, CCAR, will be released on Wednesday, March 11. Results for both exercises will be released at 4:30 p.m. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:37 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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05:47 EDTCSCredit Suisse proposes to keep 2014 dividend unchanged at CHF0.70
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05:45 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q4 net income CHF921M vs. CHF(476M) last year
Reports Q4 revenue CHF6.38B vs. CHF5.92B last year. Reports look-through CET1 ratio of 10.2% as of the end of Q4. The bank said, "Implementing significant measures expected to more than offset impact of changing currency and interest rate environment after Swiss National Bank actions. Economic value of variable incentive compensation awarded for 2014 for the Group 9% lower than in 2013; reflecting continued compensation discipline and stable reported pre-tax income, including the impact of the US cross-border settlement."
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