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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTVJET, ZNGA, JPM, AME, BOFI, NQ, ZIGO, HRB, WFCOn 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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May 15, 2015
07:50 EDTJPMDOJ tearing up prior UBS rigging settlement after new violations, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports April Net Credit Losses 2.34% vs. 2.61% last month
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May 14, 2015
09:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan to buy $45B in mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen
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09:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan to buy $45B in mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen
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06:51 EDTWFCWells Fargo looking to streamline operations, Charlotte Observer says
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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
07:11 EDTBOFIDA Davidson to hold a conference
17th Annual Financial Services Conference is being held in Denver on May 11-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 13 at 10 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 12, 2015
17:15 EDTVJETvoxeljet reports total backlog of 3D printers at March 31 was EUR2.643M
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17:13 EDTVJETvoxeljet reaffirms FY15 revenue view EUR23M-EUR24M, consensus EUR23.52M
The primary drivers of the Company’s anticipated revenue growth for the year ending December 31 are expected to be increased global Systems sales; continued Services revenue growth at its facility in Friedberg, Germany; contribution from Voxeljet of America; and a full year’s contribution from voxeljet UK, the Company’s Services facility outside London, England. Based on these factors, the Company expects Services revenue growth to outpace Systems revenue growth in 2015.
17:12 EDTVJETvoxeljet reports Q1 EPS (EUR49c) , consensus (EUR11c)
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16:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $77M in trust fund case, St. Louis Today says
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14:13 EDTJPMBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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07:48 EDTWFCStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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07:37 EDTAMEOppenheimer to hold a conference
10th Annual Industrial Growth Conference is being held in New York on May 12-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 12 at 8:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 11, 2015
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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08:18 EDTWFC, JPMBanks 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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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
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