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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.
News For JPM;WFC;NQ;ZNGA;HRB;BOFI;VJET;ZIGO;AME From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
10:03 EDTJPMChase, Enterprise Car Sales announce multi-year private-label agreement
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTAMEAmetek management to meet with
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07:28 EDTJPM, JPMJPMorgan upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mike Mayo upgraded JPMorgan to Buy from Outperform with a $78 price target. Mayo said JPMorgan offers the most stable earnings of U.S. global banks for the past decade, a resilient balance sheet, and a dividend yield above the 10 year bond that implies outperformance 85% of the time historically.
August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTJPMS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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12:26 EDTWFCAvolon Capital acquires Airbus A321-200 aircraft on lease to Vueling Airlines
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10:10 EDTAMEHigh option volume stocks
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07:34 EDTJPMJP Morgan volatility at high end of range
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07:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo volatility at high end of range
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August 21, 2015
11:24 EDTHRBIntuit plummets after Q1, FY16 outlooks trail estimates
Shares of tax preparation software provider Intuit (INTU) are sinking after the company's first quarter and fiscal 2016 outlooks significantly trailed analyst's consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Intuit reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of (5c) and revenue of $696M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of (12c) and $738.98M, respectively. In the U.S., TurboTax Online units increased 11% and total TurboTax units grew 7%, excluding the Free File Alliance, the company said. Additionally, Intuit said it reached 1.075M QuickBooks Online subscribers through the end of Q4 and increased total QuickBooks online subscribers by 57% for the year. Brad Smith, Intuit's president and Chief Executive Officer said the company closed out fiscal year 2015 "on a strong note," adding that the company's small business momentum "continues to build and our QuickBooks Online ecosystem growth is accelerating." Looking ahead, Intuit said it expects Q1 adjusted EPS of (4c)-(3c) and revenue of $660M-$680M, well below analysts' consensus estimates of of 6c and $776.36M, respectively. For FY16, the company expects adjusted EPS of $3.40-$3.45 and revenue of $4.53B-$4.6B, far short of the consensus of $3.82 and $5.04B, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In its earnings release, Intuit announced its intent to divest Demandforce, QuickBase and Quicken. The divestment will help Intuit "focus on and invest in businesses that strengthen the ecosystem and align with two strategic goals: to be the operating system behind small business success, and to do the nations' taxes in the U.S. and Canada," the company said. As a result of the decision, the company said FY16 adjusted EPS will be reduced by about 10c and revenue will be reduced by approximately $250M, as the company reports these assets as discontinued operations. Separately, Intuit raised its dividend for the first quarter by 20% to 30c per share, payable on October 19. ANALYST REACTION: First Analysis analyst James Macdonald downgraded Intuit this morning to Underweight from Equal Weight. Macdonald said Intuit's small business online ecosystem has "relatively low monetization." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Intuit fell $10.80, or 10.41%, to $92.23 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 5% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the tax preparation space include Liberty Tax (TAX), up 0.16%, and H & R Block (HRB), down 1.5%.
08:40 EDTJPMCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
09:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints General Ray Odierno as senior advisor
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the appointment of retired four-star General Raymond T. Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, to a senior advisory capacity at the firm, effective September 1.
05:48 EDTWFCStocks with implied volatility movement; WFC XLI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Wells Fargo (WFC) 16, Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) 18 according to iVolatility.
August 19, 2015
14:42 EDTJPMBanks cooperate on data company to lower costs, WSJ says
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August 18, 2015
17:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo to build additional car loan branches, Reuters says
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16:58 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to settle investment bias charges for $150M, WSJ says
JPMorgan is in advanced discussions with the SEC to settle allegations that it inappropriately guided clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.31% vs. 2.34% last month
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05:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Christopher Mutascio upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform with a $77 price target, suggesting total return potential of 16%. Mutascio views the stock's valuation as attractive and highlights the "high dividend yield in a low-interest-rate environment."
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