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October 2, 2015
13:26 EDTJPMBanks, brokers slide as weak jobs report pushes out rate hike
Shares of banks and brokers are sliding after a weak jobs report pushed out the probability of near-term rate hike. WHAT'S NEW: Friday morning, the Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added only 142,000 jobs in September compared to economists expectations of 203,000. The Labor Department's September jobs report strengthened the argument that the Fed will not raise rates in October, and even lessened the probability of a December rate hike. An increase in interest rates would let banks and brokers benefit from higher spreads on deposits. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), and Wells Fargo (WFC) are all declining despite a rebound in the broad market. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of online brokers, including TD Ameritrade (AMTD), Charles Schwab (SCHW), E*TRADE (ETFC), and Interactive Brokers (IBKR) are also lower in afternoon trading.
11:39 EDTFLOFlowers Foods to hold a webcast
Management discusses their recent acquisitions, including Dave's Killer Bread and Alpine Valley Bread, on a webcast being held on October 7 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
11:29 EDTJPMStocks with call strike movement; JPM BAC
JPMorgan (JPM) December 65 call option implied volatility increased 10% to 26, Bank of America (BAC) February 17 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 30 according to iVolatility.
October 1, 2015
19:15 EDTJPMJPMorgan preparing $18B bid for U.K. mortgage pool, Bloomberg says
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19:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan to pay $595M in credit-default swap suit, Bloomberg says
JPMorgan (JPM) is set to pay $595M to settle allegations that major banks as well as Markit (MRKT) colluded to control information in the credit-default swaps market, reports Bloomberg, citing people briefed on the matter. Morgan Stanley (MS), Barclays (BCS), and Goldman Sachs (GS) will pay a respective $230M, $175M, and $164M, sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
17:47 EDTJPMJudge rules in favor of JPMorgan in $8.6B Lehman fight, WSJ says
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08:51 EDTJPMOversold bank stocks due for a bounce, says Baird
Following the worst quarter for the S&P 500 and for the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index since the third quarter of 2011, Baird analyst David George contends that "broadly oversold" bank stocks are due for a bounce. The analyst believes that even in-line results should help improve the bearish sentiment on the sector and could see bouncebacks for defensive names like JPMorgan (JPM), PNC (PNC) and BB&T (BBT) as well as for higher-beta names like Bank of America (BAC) and Capital One (COF).
08:00 EDTJPMSecurity Traders Association to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTCSSEC Commissioner calls for increased transparency for dark pools, Reuters says
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September 30, 2015
09:31 EDTPENNLas Vegas reports August gaming win down 1.4% to $908.24M
Las Vegas strip August gaming win fell 4.7% to $527.38M. Publicly traded companies in the casino space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesars (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
09:12 EDTSHLDSears volatility at low end of 52-week range
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07:46 EDTJPMFed liftoff may be more turbulent for banks than expected, WSJ says
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07:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan must face 'London Whale' class action suit, Reuters reports
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07:18 EDTJPMSecurities Industry and Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
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07:07 EDTPENNDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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September 29, 2015
10:57 EDTPENNPenn National to hold an investor meeting and facility tour
Management holds an Investor Meeting and Facility Tour to introduce their recently acquired property, The Tropicana, in Las Vegas on September 29 at 9 pm.
09:22 EDTJPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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September 28, 2015
15:15 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay $4.25M over deficient blue sheet submissions
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10:18 EDTSHLDJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
07:50 EDTPENNUBS and Deutsche Bank to co-host a forum
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