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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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April 11, 2014
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.
08:38 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and revenue growth outlook
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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.”
08:02 EDTAAPLApple Q1 should be in line but slight risk to Q2, says Cowen
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08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
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07:37 EDTMS, CGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:31 EDTF, GM, TM, VLKAY, FIATYChina auto sales growth slowed in March, WSJ reports
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said 1.71M passenger vehicles were sold there in March, which was up 7.9% from a year earlier but a slower growth rate than the 11% year-over-year increase seen in the January-to-February period, reported The Wall Street Journal. The association cited weak sales of minivans, which fell 23% in the month, as a large factor, the report noted. Publicly traded automakers include Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Fiat (FIATY), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:09 EDTCLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:03 EDTCCitigroup volatility increases into Q1and capital outlook
Citigroup April call option implied volatility is at 43, May is at 27, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
06:47 EDTAAPLSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTAAPLDocuments: Samsung misled investors about Galaxy tablet sales, Fotune says
According to documents revealed in the Samsung (SSNLF)-Apple (AAPL) lawsuit, Samsung misled the public about how many tablets it sold in 2011, Fortune reports. Strategy Analytics told the world Samsung sold 2M Galaxy Tablets in six weeks, when "it took Samsung all of 2011 to sell half that many." Reference Link
06:40 EDTGM, VLKAYGM surpasses VW in Q1 China sales, Bloomberg says
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06:36 EDTGMSafety advocates unnerved by accidents in recalled GM cars, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTCCitigroup unit in California facing DOJ probe, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTGM, FFord upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
05:43 EDTTMToyota upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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