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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTAME, BOFI, NQ, ZIGO, HRB, WFC, VJET, ZNGA, JPMOn 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.
News For JPM;WFC;NQ;ZNGA;HRB;BOFI;VJET;ZIGO;AME From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
06:04 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA XOMA
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Zynga (ZNGA) 60, XOMA (XOMA) 253 according to iVolatility.
July 1, 2015
12:19 EDTJPMBlackstone, JPMorgan among giants interested in Worldpay, Sky News says
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10:38 EDTWFCWells Fargo July volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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09:41 EDTNQRosenblatt sees increased likelihood of asset sales for NQ Mobile
09:33 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTWFC, JPMU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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07:52 EDTJPMCommerzbank sells portfolios of CRE loans totaling EUR2.9B to JPMorgan, Oaktree
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05:50 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; ZNGA MBI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Zynga (ZNGA) 66, MBIA (MBI) 114 according to iVolatility.
June 30, 2015
16:01 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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10:09 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
07:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded JPMorgan based on valuation.
June 25, 2015
10:31 EDTHRBH&R Block July calls active
H&R Block July 30 and 31 calls are active on total call volume of 5,300 contracts (420 puts). July call option implied volatility is at 26, August is at 26, October is at 25; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 33. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan executive Patrick Moore leaves company, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTWFC, JPMFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan in settlement talks with SEC to settle product steering probe, WSJ says
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June 24, 2015
08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTJPMDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
June 23, 2015
13:02 EDTWFCSumitomo, others show interest in GE railway-leasing business, WSJ says
Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group is interested in buying General Electric's (GE) railway-leasing business, says the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Wells Fargo (WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions have also shown interest in GE Capital Rail Services, which may be worth around $4B, added the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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