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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTJPM, WFC, NQ, ZNGA, HRB, BOFI, VJET, ZIGO, AMEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. 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 and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% 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. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
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October 14, 2014
08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q3 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.02
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06:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan: While challenges remain in recovery, US economy is exception
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06:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 Consumer & Business banking deposits up 9%
Reports Q3 credit card sales volume up 12%; Reports Q3 client investment assets up 16%. Reports Q3 Business Banking loan origination up 27%.
06:06 EDTJPMUKAR sells GBP 2.7B mortgage portfolio to JPMorgan consortium
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05:51 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; DRYS ZNGA
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05:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 headcount 138,686 vs. 156,064 last year
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05:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 results included $2.96B in other expenses
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05:24 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 EPS 1.36, consensus $1.38
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October 13, 2014
15:24 EDTJPM, WFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan technical notes ahead of results
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13:40 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
Wells Fargo October call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 20, January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
12:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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12:30 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: JPMorgan to report after disclosing massive security breach
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07:39 EDTJPMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTWFC, JPMAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTWFC, JPMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTWFC, JPMBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTJPM, WFCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
06:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $5M to settle discrimination allegations
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