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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTZIGO, HRB, WFC, VJET, ZNGA, JPM, AME, BOFI, NQOn 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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December 11, 2014
07:20 EDTJPM, JPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgrade JPMorgan to Outperform from Underperform. The analyst expects JPMorgan to benefit from progress in revenue efficiency, operating leverage and structurally lower credit costs. Additionally, CLSA believes the sum-of-the-parts valuation discount provides the possibility of a breakup or restructuring if the company does not succeed. Price target raised to $70 from $60.
December 10, 2014
14:18 EDTJPMJPMorgan leads banks lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2.5% to $60.94. At that price next major support is at $59.83, the last price for the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $61.31.
12:24 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan drops 2% after CFO talks down Q4 numbers
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08:58 EDTNQNQ Mobile holder RPL agrees to additional two-year voluntary lock-up
NQ Mobile stated that, as a sign of confidence in the future of the company, RPL Limited, a substantial shareholder of NQ Mobile which is owned and controlled by the founders of NQ, has agreed to an additional two-year voluntary lock-up that will expire in December 2016. RPL is a limited liability company organized under the laws of the British Virgin Islands. As of October 15, , RPL held 50,352,941 Class B common shares, equivalent to approximately 10.07M ADSs, of NQ Mobile, representing approximately 11.3% of NQ Mobile's outstanding shares. RPL agreed it will not sell any of its shares until December 2016. In addition to the lock-up by RPL, the founders and NQ Mobile's senior management reiterate their intention to purchase additional shares in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations.
08:56 EDTNQNQ Mobile Co-CEO and Chairman Lin steps down
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08:37 EDTNQNQ Mobile Co-CEO and Chairman Lin steps down
06:17 EDTJPMJPMorgan faces $22B capital hole under new Fed rules, Financial Times says
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December 9, 2014
17:31 EDTHRBH&R Block receives inquiry from California AG on RAC product
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14:57 EDTWFC, JPMFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTJPM, WFCFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. 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).
12:25 EDTHRBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTHRBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:08 EDTHRBH&R Block reports Q2 EPS (45c), consensus (42c)
Reports Q2 revenue $134.63M, consensus $141.99M.
15:26 EDTWFCDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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15:19 EDTHRBNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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06:35 EDTWFC, JPMValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks 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
06:21 EDTJPMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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