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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTHRB, WFC, VJET, ZNGA, JPM, AME, BOFI, NQ, ZIGOOn 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 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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12:54 EDTHRBOptions with increasing call volume
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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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September 30, 2015
18:21 EDTWFCGeneral Electric confirms sale of railcar services to Wells Fargo
General Electric (GE) confirmed that it has reached separate agreements to sell its tank car fleet assets and railcar repair facilities to Marmon Holdings and its remaining railcar leasing business, General Electric Railcar Services to Wells Fargo (WFC). Terms of the transactions are not being disclosed. "We expect to be substantially done with our exit strategy [to sell most of the assets of GE Capital] by the end of 2016," noted GE Capital chairman and CEO Keith Sherin. "GE and its board of directors have determined that market conditions are favorable to pursue disposition of these assets. GE Capital will retain the financing 'verticals' that relate to GE's industrial businesses," the company noted. The sale of the tank car assets is effective immediately and closed Wednesday. The sale of the railcar repair facilities is expected to close in Q4. The sale of the remaining railcar leasing business is expected to close by the end of 1Q16. When completed, the rail transactions, which represent about $4B of ending net investment, will contribute approximately $1.3B of capital to the overall target of approximately $35B of dividends expected to GE under this plan. The company also noted that the completion of the sale of GE's European fleet businesses to Arval, a fully owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas (BNPQY), is expected to close in Q4.
18:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo First Union Rail to acquire GE Railcar services, terms not disclosed
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18:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo First Union Rail to acquire GE Railcar services
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07:46 EDTWFC, JPMFed 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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September 29, 2015
09:38 EDTHRBH&R Block management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:22 EDTJPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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September 28, 2015
09:36 EDTWFC Active equity options trading on open
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September 25, 2015
07:33 EDTWFCGlobal Interdependence Center to co-host a discussion
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September 24, 2015
07:10 EDTWFC, JPMBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
September 23, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
September 22, 2015
17:22 EDTWFCOakland accusses Wells Fargo of mortgage discrimination, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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