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November 8, 2012
12:40 EDTQCOM, JPM, BWC, MWW, PANL, MCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, extending yesterday's slide after the futures trading had hinted a reversal might be ahead. The averages began the session slightly higher but failed to gain any upside momentum and eventually crossed into negative territory. When it was reported that EU finance ministers wanted to wait for a report from the Troika before committing bailout funds to Greece, the averages weakened further. Although each of the indices remain lower, trading has been range bound near the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 355,000, which was lower than expected, but the data was impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in September to $41.5B, as exports climbed 3.1 % and imports rose 1.5% as well. In Europe, the European Central Bank held its main interest rate at 0.75% and reiterated its willingness to make bond purchases to aid Spain, though the nation continues to resist asking for a bailout. The Bank of England also held its rates steady and halted expansion of its third round of quantitative easing. The Greek Parliament passed austerity measures, but reports indicated that euro zone finance ministers may delay its next trance of aid until they get a full report on the country’s compliance with the terms of its bailout... COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) shares briefly rallied but pulled back to be up just over 0.5% near midday after the company said it had been given Federal Reserve approval to buyback up to $3B in stock in the first quarter of 2013. The bank also disclosed that it had reached an 'agreement in principle' to settle certain probes from the Securities and Exchange Commission... McDonald’s (MCD) said comparable store sales fell 1.8% in October, which was the first monthly decline in nine years, and shares fell about 1.5%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Worldwide (MWW), up over 16% following its stronger than expected earnings report and announcement of restructuring plans. Also higher were shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which rose more than 6% as Deutsche Bank raised its price target on the stock to $74, citing the company's results and guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Universal Display (PANL), down 18% after it lowered its FY12 revenue view, which prompted downgrades at Wedbush and Avondale but also defenses of the stock from JMP Securities and Cowen. Also declining was Babcock & Wilcox (BWC) down 11% after its earnings and revenue fell short of expectations... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 32.63, or 0.25%, to 12,900.10; the Nasdaq was down 16.27, or 0.55%, to 2,921.02; and the S&P 500 was down 5.09, or 0.37%, to 1,389.44.
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May 14, 2015
09:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan to buy $45B in mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen
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06:49 EDTJPMBanks to pay several billion over alleged currency violations, NY Times says
Barclays (BCS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are expected to agree to pay a combined "several billion dollars" as part of a settlement with the U.S. over alleged foreign exchange rigging, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The banks are also expected to plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations, but it is not anticipated that their operations will be significantly affected as a result of those pleas, the newspaper stated. Meanwhile, UBS (UBS) will pay a fine of up to $500M related to alleged "foreign currency misconduct," the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 13, 2015
07:34 EDTQCOMEdX and Qualcomm collaborate to build next-generation mobile learning experience
EdX and Qualcomm Education, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced a collaboration to further develop edX's MOOC mobile capabilities and enhance its open source platform to benefit connected learners around the world. As part of the collaboration, Qualcomm Education will contribute engineering resources and will license elements of its SDK code, which edX will distribute to the Open edX community.
May 12, 2015
14:13 EDTJPMBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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May 11, 2015
19:45 EDTMCDMcDonald's to simplify drive-thru, add mid-priced items, WSJ says
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTJPMBarclays expected to pay GBP2B to settle forex rigging charges, FT says
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09:37 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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08:48 EDTMCDPanera Bread appoints Drew Madsen President effective May 11
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08:18 EDTJPMBanks executives seek to push back on 'false, damaging' statements, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan price traget raised to $73 from $68 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated JPMorgan's price target to $73 following a meeting with Chairman Jamie Dimon. The analyst believes earnings surprises are likely and the market is over-discounting the impact of regulation. BofA/Merrill expects JPMorgan to benefit from its multi-dimensional model, EPS sensitivity to rising interest rates, and a shift in Fed monetary policy which will drive bond market volatility.
07:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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07:26 EDTQCOMQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
May 10, 2015
20:03 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, UBS consider exiting U.K., Financial Times says
Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and UBS (UBS) are considering exiting their London operations due to the U.K.'s bank levy, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. There is particular focus among the banks to reduce repurchase agreements, said three senior industry figures. The Financial Times notes that the recent Conservative win could see political maneuvers to reduce or renegotiate the levy, potentially persuading the banks to stay. Reference Link
13:29 EDTMCDMcDonald's shares could stall near $97, Barron's says
Despite the company's recent turnaround plan, shares of McDonald's look "ambitiously" priced, Barron's contends in a feature article. Barron's argues that the turnaround plan focuses on bookkeeping details rather than improving the fundamentals of its food business. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMCDStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
16:05 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 8, 2015
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13:32 EDTQCOMParkerVision weakness attributed to patent appeal proceedings
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports April global comparable sales down 0.6%
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06:48 EDTJPMBanks to erase debt of bankrupt consumers from reports, NY Times says
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