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February 25, 2013
06:07 EDTJCP, WFC, BAC, MS, C, YUM, BBRY, AAPL, VLKAY, TM, FIATY, F, GM, IVZOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: J.C. Penney (JCP) CEO Ron Johnson has seen sales fall by double-digits. By the end of 2012, analysts were warning the company could run short on cash. Penney's stock finished last year down more than 40%. Johnson was viewed as something of a savior when he was hired from Apple in 2011 but sources say he ignored conventional industry wisdom and moved too abruptly to impose practices inspired by his time at Apple. On Wednesday Penney reports results for the all important holiday quarter, the Wall Street Journal reports...An uptick in the housing market and rising consumer confidence resulted in another month of strong U.S. car and pickup sales that will be evident on Friday when auto makers post their February sales. Over 1.2M new vehicles were estimated to have been sold in the month, a 4.3% increase over a year earlier and a 15% increase over January, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Apple (AAPL) faces new competition in India from BlackBerry (BBRY) and is now aggressively pushing the iPhone through installment payment plans that make it more affordable, a new distribution model and a heavy marketing blitz. The new-found interest there suggests a subtle strategy shift for Apple, which has moved tentatively in emerging markets, Reuters reports...Yum Brands (YUM) will step up its monitoring of suppliers and improve testing of poultry as it looks to reverse a steep drop in business at its KFC restaurants in China after a chicken safety scare, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: U.S. banks want to capitalize on a dearth of financing for Europe’s commercial property market that’s driven lending margins to five times the level prior to the 2008 crisis. Citigroup (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) are following insurers and distressed investors allocating capital to the region as local banks, which overextended during the last boom, are forced to contract amid new regulations, Bloomberg reports...As the bond market expects inflation to stay at about the past decade’s average, the biggest buyers of government debt say they need protection from rising consumer prices as central banks focus on growth. Pacific Investment Management Co. and Invesco (IVZ) say growing central-bank tolerance of inflation means securities with interest or principal tied to consumer prices are the ones to own, Bloomberg reports.
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July 10, 2014
13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
10:27 EDTAAPLInvenSense likely won designs across Apple product lines, says Rosenblatt
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09:56 EDTF, FIATYFord, Fiat Chrysler inquire about EU changes, FT says
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09:56 EDTAAPLApple reportedly orders 68M iPhone 6 units, Mac Rumors reports
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09:50 EDTFFord 'committed' to South Africa, minimizes worries over strikes, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, Lazard recommended at Bernstein
Bernstein recommends Morgan Stanley (MS) and Lazard (LAZ) for their exposure to high margin investment banking. The firm also likes Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management.
08:10 EDTAAPLMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:54 EDTAAPLTSMC begins shipping microprocessors to Apple, WSJ reports
TSMC (TSM) has begun shipping microprocessors to Apple (AAPL) for use in smartphones and tablets, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the matter, TSMC began shipping the microprocessors in Q2 and agreed to work together on more advanced chips next year. Reference Link
06:56 EDTBACBank of America July volatility elevated into Q2 and capital outlook
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06:34 EDTVLKAYChina exempts new energy cars from sales tax, Xinhua reports
China announced yesterday that new energy cars would be exempt from a 10% sales tax starting in September, according to Xinhua. The tax will not have to be paid by buyers of qualified pure electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric cars and fuel cell cars from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, the news service quoted the Chinese government as saying. Tesla (TSLA), Volkswagen (VLKAY), and Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are among the companies that are poised to benefit from the decision. Reference Link
06:29 EDTBACBank of America requests 5c dividend reapproval, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
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06:26 EDTAAPLTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTGMGeneral Motors to replace faulty ignition switch kits, Detroit News says
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06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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06:18 EDTAAPLIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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06:16 EDTBACHolder refuses meeting with BofA head, Reuters says
Attorney General Eric Holder has formally decided to not meet with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan to discuss a multibillion-dollar agreement, as talks to resolve investigations into shoddy mortgage securities sold by the firm and its divisions are delayed, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said that no discussions between the bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have occurred since the second week in June. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGM recalling Saab convertibles due to safety defect, Detroit News reports
Around 28,790 Saab convertibles from the 2004-2011 model years are being recalled by General Motors, as the driver's seat belt retractor can break, the Detroit News reports. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAAPLApple wins EU trademark for store layouts, AP reports
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