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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTNQ, ZIGO, WFC, HLF, HRB, JPM, AME, BOFIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
News For JPM;WFC;BOFI;HRB;ZIGO;AME;HLF;NQ From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
09:56 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
09:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces municipal bond agreement with LPL Financial
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) announced that it has signed an agreement with LPL Financial (LPLA) to provide access to new issue municipal bonds to LPL financial advisors. Under the agreement, LPL will be a preferred retail dealer for J.P. Morgan, further expanding the investment bank’s distribution channels for new issue municipal bonds.
08:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded at BMO Capital
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07:39 EDTBOFICFA Society of Cleveland to hold a conference
Midwest Investment Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio on November 18.
07:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:20 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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November 17, 2014
10:06 EDTJPMSears Canada, JPMorgan Chase announce changes to credit card program
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06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.26% vs. 2.24% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.34% vs. 1.30% last month.
November 16, 2014
17:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan settles mineral rights suit in Texas, Bloomberg says
JPMorgan settled a lawsuit by Texas mineral-rights owners that accused the bank of negotiating "sweetheart deals" with oil company clients to cheat them out of $681M in compensation, says Bloomberg. Beneficiaries of the South Texas Syndicate Trust alleged that JPMorgan entered into favorable deals for its commercial banking clients on the trust’s rights in the Eagle Ford, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTHLFSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:07 EDTHLFHerbalife director linked to Brazilian fraud case, Reuters reports
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November 13, 2014
17:35 EDTWFCOcwen unit signs mutual termination agreement with Wells Fargo
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17:32 EDTWFCWells Fargo, Ocwen agree to cancel sale of mortgage servicing rights
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) announced that its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Ocwen Loan Servicing have mutually decided to cancel a previously announced sale to Ocwen of certain Wells Fargo residential mortgage servicing rights. Cancelation of the transaction is not expected to be material to Wells Fargo’s consolidated financial results.
13:52 EDTAMEAmetek earns 'solid' returns on acquisitions, says Oppenheimer
After Spruce Point Capital issued a negative report on Ametek, Oppenheimer offered a response and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Opco says Ametek earns "solid" returns on acquisitions while its inventory turns remain consistent with historical levels. The firm says the report contains "arbitrary correlations." Shares of Ametek are down 4% to $50.13 in afternoon trading.
12:53 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3
Expects Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3, reflecting normal seasonality in purchase market, while gain on sale margin is expected to remain within range of last four quarters. Expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio range of 55%-59% in Q4. Wells Fargo said that while there is potential for continued net interest margin pressure, focus remains on growing net interest income over time. The comapny said it expects future reserve releases absent signification deterioration in the economy, but expect a lower level of future releases as the rate of improvement in credit loans and loan portfolio grows. Expects share count to continue to decline in Q4 as result of anticipated net share repurchases. Says mortgage business profitable and very pleased with that segment. Comments taken from slides for presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banking and Financial Services Conference.
10:27 EDTAMEHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTAMEAmetek mentioned cautiously by Spruce Point
Spruce Point issued a cautious report on Ametek and placed a "Strong Sell" rating and $27-$36 price target on the stock. Reference Link
09:33 EDTHRBH&R Block downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast
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08:33 EDTWFCWells Fargo sells federal student loans to Navient
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) Education Financial Services announced that Navient (NAVI) will purchase a principal balance of $8.5B of Federal Family Education Loan Program loans, which are included in Wells Fargo’s held-for-sale loan portfolio. Due to a change in federal law, Wells Fargo has not issued federal student loans since June 30, 2010. This sale supports Wells Fargo’s ongoing strategic focus on its private student lending business. “By selling these FFELP loans to Navient, Wells Fargo will be in a position to focus more on meeting the needs of our private student loan customers,” said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services. “We are deeply committed to the private student loan business because next to purchasing a home or saving for retirement, paying for an education is one of the most important financial events for our customers.” ). The sale is expected to close in a series of transactions, substantially all of which are expected to be completed in fourth quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the sale is not material to Wells Fargo.
07:38 EDTJPMBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
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