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November 16, 2012
16:18 EDTSHLD, FLO, DELL, SHF, CS, DVAX, PENN, JPMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher on the day after positive news out of Washington regarding the fiscal cliff saw stocks surge back into the green near midday. The averages drifted just north of the flat-line for the remainder of the trading session before riding a late day rally to head into the weekend with modest gains, though not enough to keep them from finishing down on the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production unexpectedly declined 0.4% in October, compared to forecasts for a 0.2% gain, though the Fed said that Superstorm Sandy cut total production by almost 1 percentage point... COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS) both agreed to pay settlements relating to their sale of residential mortgage-backed securities. JPMorgan agreed to pay $297M, with most of that payment related to Bear Stearns actions, while Credit Suisse will pay $120M to settle the charges. Shares of JPMorgan edged up 14c, or 0.36%, to $39.53 on the day, while shares of Credit Suisse fell 43c, or 1.92%, to $21.94... Shares of PC maker Dell (DELL) traded down 72c, or 7.53%, to $8.84 after the company's quarterly results missed estimates on both the top and bottom lines... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penn National (PENN), up $10.62, or 28.24%, to $48.23 after announcing its intent to separate its gaming assets and real estate assets into two publicly traded companies. Also higher were shares of Schiff Nutrition (SHF), up $9.84, or 29.01%, to $43.76 after the Reckitt Bensicker commenced a tender offer to acquire the company for $42 per share, and Flower Foods (FLO), which rose $2.06, or 10.17%, to $22.32 after Hostess Brands said it would liquidate, which could allow Flower to gain market share or look at a deal to acquire Hostess assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Dynavax (DVAX), down $2.19, or 47.30%, to $2.44 after an FDA advisory committee voted that there was insufficient data to adequately support the safety of its Heplisav vaccine. Also trading lower were shares of Sears Holding (SHLD), down $10.99, or 18.79%, to $47.49, after the company reported its domestic comparable store sales declined 3.1% in Q3... INDICES: The Dow gained 45.93, or 0.37%, to 12,588.31; the Nasdaq rose 16.19, or 0.57%, to 2,853.13; and the S&P 500 added 6.55, or 0.48%, to 1,359.88.
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December 15, 2014
11:17 EDTSHLDSears to have about 1,700 Sears, Kmart stores in operation going into 2015
On a company blog post, Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said: "At our most recent Town Hall meeting with our associates, I explained that I want us to operate our stores both profitably and with excellence. Both, not just one or the other.This is the background behind our decision to close more than 200 Kmart and Sears stores in 2014. Most of these stores were losing money, some for a long time. Because of the impact on our dedicated associates and our Shop Your Way members, these decisions were not taken lightly, or without our working to improve the performance of these stores over many years. Going into 2015, we will have approximately 1,700 Sears and Kmart big box stores in operation, representing about 200 million square feet of space." Reference Link
07:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports November net credit losses 2.61% vs. 2.26% last month
Reports November delinquency rate 1.34% vs. 1.34% last month.
December 12, 2014
15:09 EDTJPMJPMorgan slips lower in late afternoon trading, levels to watch
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14:04 EDTPENNAtlantic City reports November gaming win down 10.3% to $202.5M
New Jersey reported total Atlantic City gaming win from current operators for the month of November was $202.5M, compared to the $181.7M for November 2013, reflecting an 11.5% increase. Total gaming win from the industry including discontinued operators reflects a 10.3% decrease compared to $225.7M in November 2013. As of November 30, 506,172 Internet gaming accounts have been created, up 5.7% from the 479,073 accounts as of October 31. For the month, Internet Gaming Win including discontinued operators was $8.7M. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
08:09 EDTJPMBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
13:40 EDTCSEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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10:17 EDTCS, JPMFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) $4M; Needham & Company LLC $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
10:13 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:20 EDTJPM, JPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgrade JPMorgan to Outperform from Underperform. The analyst expects JPMorgan to benefit from progress in revenue efficiency, operating leverage and structurally lower credit costs. Additionally, CLSA believes the sum-of-the-parts valuation discount provides the possibility of a breakup or restructuring if the company does not succeed. Price target raised to $70 from $60.
December 10, 2014
14:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan leads banks lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2.5% to $60.94. At that price next major support is at $59.83, the last price for the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $61.31.
12:24 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan drops 2% after CFO talks down Q4 numbers
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06:17 EDTJPMJPMorgan faces $22B capital hole under new Fed rules, Financial Times says
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTJPMFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTJPMFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
December 8, 2014
10:47 EDTPENNPenn National management to meet with Wells Fargo
Dinner Meeting with Management to be held in New York on December 11 hosted by Wells Fargo.
07:56 EDTCSRBS asks Credit Suisse, others for Coutts bids by Christmas, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTJPMValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTJPMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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December 7, 2014
18:31 EDTCSCredit Suisse assesses prime brokerage business, Reuters says
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