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August 20, 2014
17:12 EDTMET, HPQ, BAC, HTZ, BRK.AOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The broader market opened slightly lower as investors moved to the sidelines awaiting the release of the minutes from last monthís FOMC meeting. There was little else for investors to key in on as the geopolitical situations were fairly quiet and the economic calendar was devoid of any major releases. As a result the averages drifted throughout the morning but by lunch time had crossed into positive ground. From there the Dow would take the lead while the Nasdaq lagged. The knee jerk reaction to the Fedís minutes, which showed a more heated debate about when to raised interest rates, pushed the market lower. After digesting the notes the market turned and closed with its fifth positive finish in the past six sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Mortgage Bankers' Association Purchase Applications showed a week-over-week drop of -0.4% in the purchase index, but a 3% rise in the refinance index... The EIA Petroleum Status Report showed a 4.5M draw in oil inventories to 362.5M barrels during last week... In the Fed minutes released at 2:00 pm ET, "many" FOMC members said that stimulus may have to be removed sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: After the close, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) reported in-line Q3 earnings and Q4 guidance... Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) consented to a final judgment whereby it agreed to pay a civil penalty of $896,000 for failure to comply with the premerger reporting and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott Rodino Act... Bank of America (BAC) reached a $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, according to the Associated Press... MetLife (MET) has been moved closer to potentially being designated as a "systemically important financial institution," according to the Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Hertz (HTZ) rebounded after Carl Icahn reported an 8.48% stake in the company and said he plans to hold talks with the management. The stock closed down 3.9% after trading down over 9% intra-day. INDEXES: The Dow closed up 59.54, or 0.35%, to 16,979.13, the Nasdaq closed down 1.03, or 0.02%, to 4,526.48, and the S&P 500 closed up 4.91, or 0.25%, to 1,986.51.
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January 15, 2015
09:21 EDTBACBank of America says funded exposure to oil/gas about $23B at end year
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09:15 EDTBACOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTBACBofA CFO says Q4 noninterest expense lowest since Merrill Lynch merger
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09:05 EDTBACBank of America sees pick-up in mortgage production in Q1 from re-fi
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07:32 EDTBACBank of America down 2.2% after Q4 revenue miss
07:30 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 FTE headcount down 2.5% from Q3
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07:14 EDTBACBank of America CEO says bank enters 2015 'in good shape'
"In 2014, we continued to invest in our businesses while reducing expenses and resolving our most significant litigation matters. Last quarter, consumer deposits and loan originations were solid; wealth management client balances grew to $2.5 trillion; we increased lending to middle-market and large companies; and we retained a leadership position in investment banking. There's more work and tremendous opportunity ahead as we improve on the platform we've built to serve our customers and clients, and we enter 2015 in good shape to manage both the opportunities and the challenges the markets and economy will offer," said CEO Brian Moynihan.
07:09 EDTBACBank of America reports book value per share $21.32 at Dec. 31, 2014
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07:07 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 charge-offs $0.9B
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07:04 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 results include 7c per share charges
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07:02 EDTBACBank of America reports Q4 EPS ex-charges 32c, consensus 32c
Reports Q4 revenue ex DVA/FVA $19.58B, consensus $20.94B.
January 14, 2015
15:27 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Citigroup (C), consensus 11c; Bank of America (BAC), consensus 32c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 24c; Fastenal (FAST), consensus 39c.
15:07 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:00 EDTBACBank of America January 16 straddle priced for 3.3% movement into Q4
13:25 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after mixed competitors' results
Bank of America (BAC), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, January 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $20.94B. The consensus range is 30c-39c for EPS on revenue of $20.39B-$21.48B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected third quarter results, as it said its customer and client activity was "solid." Its net chargeoffs declined across most major portfolios versus the same period a year earlier, and its tangible book value increased 4% over the same period in 2013 to $14.13 per share. COMPETITORS' RESULTS: Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line fourth quarter profit and slightly higher than expected fourth quarter revenue. The bank said that its credit quality continued to improve last quarter. The bank's commercial and consumer loans, as well as its deposits also increased, it stated. However, its home lending originations fell to $44B from $48B in Q3. Also, JPMorgan (JPM) reported weaker than expected results, and noted that legal expenses lowered its EPS by 26c. Notably the results for JPMorgan's Corporate and Investment Bank sank significantly last quarter, compared with the previous quarter. The unit's net revenue fell to $7.4B from $9.1B, while its net income dropped to $972M from $1.7B. STREET RESEARCH: Large banks were hurt by trading volatility last quarter, research firm MKM Partners wrote last month. "Trading and investment banking are key quarterly swing factors" for Bank of America, the firm stated. MKM cut its Q4 EPS estimate for the bank by 9% to 32c. On the other hand, Barron's on December 27 named Bank of America as one of its ten favorite stocks for 2015. The bank had to absorb "massive legal charges" last year, but these charges should quickly decline in 2015, the magazine forecast. Bank of America trades at 12 times the consensus 2015 EPS estimate of $1.48, and its EPS is expected to reach about $2 by 2017, Barron's stated. Additionally, the bank will benefit if interest rates rise, Barron's believes. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock has fallen 7% over the last month, and 5% over the last year.
12:49 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTBACOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
07:34 EDTBACNew rules prompt BofA to sever ties with 150 hedge funds, Bloomberg reports
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06:57 EDTBACBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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