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January 11, 2013
09:17 EDTBA, BBY, INFY, AXP, DNDN, ARQL, WFC, CTSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Infosys (INFY), up 15.5%... ALSO HIGHER: Cognizant (CTSH), up 3.6% following better than expected report from peer Infosys... Dendreon (DNDN), up 13.5% after upgrade to Outperform at Bernstein... Best Buy (BBY), up 6.5% after reporting holiday SSS, cutting FY13 free cash flow view... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.9%... ALSO LOWER: J.C. Penney (JCP), down 6.5% after downgrade to Sell at UBS... Boeing (BA), down 1.9% after FAA to conduct special review of 787 Dreamliner... American Express (AXP), down 0.6% after announcing plans to cut 5,400 jobs, pre-announcing preliminary Q4 earnings... ArQule (ARQL), down 17.1% after Phase 2 trial for cancer treatment failed to meet primary endpoint.
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April 11, 2014
09:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 NIM down 7 bps to 3.2%
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09:15 EDTINFYInfosys CEO Shibulal to retire, board commences search
Infosys announced earlier today that its board has begun the search to select the successor to Mr. S. D. Shibulal, its CEO and Managing Director. Shibulal has expressed his desire to retire as the CEO and MD of the company and as a member of the board either on the date of the last board meeting before his superannuation - January 9, 2015 or when his successor is ready to assume office, whichever date is earlier. The board said it will short list and evaluate an internal slate of candidates with the assistance of Development Dimensions International The board has also appointed Egon Zehnder, an executive search firm, to assist in identifying an external slate of candidates.
09:13 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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08:15 EDTWFCWells Fargo continues to expect future reserve releases
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Basel III Advanced Tier 1 ratio 10.04%
Wells said capital continued to strengthen in the first quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 of $132.7B under the Basel III General Approach, or 11.36% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III under the Advanced Approach, fully phased-in, was 10.04%.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 provision for credit losses $325M
Reports net charge-offs of $825M, down $594M from first quarter 2013. Reports $500M reserve release due to continued strong credit performance and improved economic conditions. Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said, "First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission." CFO Tim Sloan said, “We are very pleased with Wells Fargo’s performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year.”
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
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07:15 EDTINFYInfosys hires headhunter to help with new CEO search , Bloomberg says
The nominations committee of Infosys' board has hired executive search firm Egon Zehnder to begin the search for a successor to CEO S.D. Shibulal, according to Bloomberg, citing an e-mailed statement from the software-services provider. Reference Link
07:01 EDTDNDNDendreon: Immune responses enhanced when Provenge given after ADT
Dendreon Corporation announced the presentation of preliminary data from a long-term analysis of the Phase II STAND study demonstrating that tumor-specific T-cell responses appear to be enhanced and sustained when PROVENGE is given after androgen deprivation therapy in patients with biochemically-recurrent prostate cancer at high risk for metastases. These data will be presented at the 29th Annual European Association of Urology Congress taking place from April 11-15, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.
April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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15:25 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo April weekly 50 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
12:36 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Wells Fargo to report results after dividend hike
Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $20.6B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 90c-$1.02 on revenue of $19.5B-$22.41B. LAST QUARTER: Wells Fargo reported higher than expected Q4 EPS and revenue. The company said that it believes it can continue to grow its net interest margin over time. In a statement, CEO John Stumpf said, "Strong earnings power and capital levels, and an improving economic outlook are major reasons why we look ahead to 2014 with optimism." On March 26, Wells Fargo reported that the Federal Reserve had approved the bank’s capital allocation plan. Under the plan, Wells plans to pay a dividend of 35c per share. The dividend, which was increased 16.7% over prior levels, must be approved by the bank’s board of directors at its April 29 meeting. The bank also authorized the repurchase of an additional 350M shares of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH. In a note to investors on April 8, UBS wrote that Q1 may be the first quarter in four years that Wells Fargo’s EPS will not grow versus the previous quarter, as it believes the bank was hit with seasonal costs in Q1 that were not offset by revenue increases. The bank’s EPS will drop to 97c in Q1, down from $1.00 in Q4, but will still be up 5% versus the first quarter of 2013, the firm predicted. On a positive note, UBS contended that Wells Fargo was "a relative winner" of the Fed’s capital plan approval process. Although Wells' board has approved a 350M share increase in the bank’s stock repurchases, it typically doesn’t carry out large share repurchases, UBS stated. Wells should benefit from a continued U.S. economic recovery, but its shares already reflect such an outlook, according to UBS, which kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer was somewhat upbeat about the sector's outlook. In a note to investors on April 3, the firm predicted that bank stocks would outperform the broader market by a few hundred basis points per year. Loan growth "remains sluggish," but reduced credit costs and expenses should enable banks to report results that show slight year-over-year improvements, the firm contended. PRICE ACTION: Wells’ stock is little changed over the last month, but is up 6% so far this year and nearly 29% over the last 12 months.
07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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06:35 EDTWFCMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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April 9, 2014
13:49 EDTBABoeing, Air Canada sign agreement for Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox
Boeing (BA) announced that Air Canada (AIDIF) has signed an agreement to implement the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support maintenance operations for its 767, 777, 787 and 737 MAX airplane fleets. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers access to information that technicians need to resolve airplane maintenance issues. As part of the Toolbox deployment project, Boeing will also provide services for transition and migration of customized data from maintenance management applications currently used by Air Canada, and will enable integration with existing maintenance resource planning systems.
10:16 EDTCTSHHigh option volume stocks: IMGN GTN RDA AXAS CTSH
06:35 EDTWFCRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTWFCBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
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