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November 16, 2012
16:18 EDTSHLD, SHF, CS, DVAX, PENN, JPM, FLO, DELLOn 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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November 27, 2015
08:40 EDTJPMLarge Banks reduce number of loans to small businesses, WSJ says
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06:52 EDTSHLDLands' End to offer 40% off outerwear at Sears stores for Black Friday
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November 25, 2015
12:46 EDTJPMFederal Reserve approves final rule for capital plan and stress test regulations
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November 24, 2015
15:05 EDTJPMFed to provide means for banks examiners to express divergent views
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10:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan asks users of Quicken to verify data, WSJ reports
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06:20 EDTSHLDRetailers hunt for new breaches after warning on malware, Reuters says
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November 23, 2015
09:00 EDTJPMChase Visa cardholders can now use Samsung Pay
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06:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse's 2015 compensation structure under consideration, Bloomberg says
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06:06 EDTCSCredit Suisse unit receives civil investigative demands from DOJ, Reuters says
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November 20, 2015
12:40 EDTSHLDOptions with increasing implied volatility:TERP CHK NMBL SHLD POM
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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
November 17, 2015
18:34 EDTJPMU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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07:50 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTJPMBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
November 16, 2015
11:35 EDTSHLDDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
11:24 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
November 13, 2015
08:13 EDTFLOFlowers Foods pullback a buying opportunity, says Stephens
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