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January 15, 2013
13:31 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Outlook mixed into JPMorgan's Q4 results
JPMorgan (JPM) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Wednesday, January 16, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. JPMorgan is a bank that engages in investment and commercial banking, as well as other financial services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.16 on revenue of $24.42B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 98c-$1.29 on revenue of $23.05B-$26.55B. LAST QUARTER: JPMorgan reported Q3 EPS of $1.40 against estimates for $1.21, on revenue of $25.15B against estimates for $24.53B. Last quarter the bank reported that the credit metrics of its mortgage banking business had improved modestly, enabling it to lower its related loan loss reserves by $900M. However, JPMorgan added that it expected to see high default related expenses for awhile longer. The credit trends in the bank’s credit card portfolio continued to improve, and its capital reserves increased. Investment banking fees jumped 38% compared with the same period in 2011, but fixed income and equity markets revenue was flat. On November 8, the bank announced that it had received permission from the Fed to buy back up to $3B of its stock in 1Q13. On the legal front, the bank agreed on November 16 to pay $297M to settle charges by the SEC that the bank and its Bear Stearns subsidiary had misled investors in mortgage-backed securities that they issued. On December 4, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake said the bank’s mortgage business was benefiting from low interest rates, while it could offset the pressure on its net interest margin through net interest income. It also said its Q4 mortgage banking origination levels would be at or above Q3 levels, while its total quarterly net charge-offs would come in below $600M. On January 9, the bank said that it expected to take a $700M pre-tax charge for Q4 related to the settlement of improper foreclosure charges. STREET RESEARCH: On January 3, Sterne Agee upgraded the bank’s stock to Buy from Neutral, due to improved unit performance in large corporate/middle market lending and mortgage banking, improving credit quality, respectable loan growth, and its dominant market share position. Conversely, on January 4, Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on JPMorgan to Buy from Conviction Buy, citing what it sees as a lack of earnings catalysts, and relative valuation. Goldman had a $52 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, JPMorgan’s stock has risen almost 9% to above $46, after reaching a trough of ~$39 in mid-November.
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May 28, 2015
05:49 EDTJPMJPMorgan told to provide communication with China officials, Financial Times say
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May 27, 2015
14:50 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO says trading revenue for quarter tracking similar to last year Q2
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May 26, 2015
06:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan, other banks close branches on border to avoid laundering, WSJ says
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May 20, 2015
16:26 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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12:33 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session relatively unchanged from yesterday’s close and continue to trade in a holding pattern as investors await the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., EIA inventory data showed a 2.67M barrel fall in crude stocks, versus expectations for a 1.75M barrel decrease. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its last rate setting meeting at 2 pm EDT. In Asia, Japan's GDP accelerated to a 2.4% growth pace in the first quarter, which was much better than expected. Japanese stock markets rallied on the news, sending the Nikkei 225 average to its best level in 15 years. COMPANY NEWS: Five of the world's largest banks - Citi (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS), The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS) - agreed to pay more than $5B and plead guilty to felony charges related to manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates. In conjunction with previously announced settlements with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad, today’s resolutions bring the total fines and penalties paid by these five banks for their conduct in the foreign exchange spot market to nearly $9B, the Department of Justice stated... Target (TGT) shares advanced 1% after the retailer's first quarter earnings topped expectations and it raised the low-end of its fiscal year profit forecast. Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said the company was pleased with its first quarter traffic and sales, particularly in its signature categories, which drove better-than-expected profitability through improved gross margin and continued expense management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which rallied 53% after the company announced that, following meetings with the FDA, it would submit its eteplirsen drug to the FDA for approval on a rolling basis, with various components of the application being submitted separately. Eteplirsen is a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. Also higher was Pep Boys (PBY), which gained 14% after The Wall Street Journal said private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and other potential suitors have expressed interest recently in buying the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Etsy (ETSY), which operates an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade items and vintage goods. The stock, which priced its IPO at $16 and opened for trading at $31 per share, dropped 22% to trade near $16.50 after the company issued its first financial report since coming public in April. Also lower were shares of several airline stocks, led by Southwest (LUV), which was down 8% near noon. In a regulatory filing last night, Southwest indicated it expects FY15 capacity growth to increase 7%-8% and to grow another 6%-7% in FY16. Buckingham downgraded Southwest to Neutral from Buy this morning, stating it has a more cautious revenue outlook for the company due to a worsening backdrop as competitors vow to compete aggressively. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 6.10, or 0.03%, to 18,306.29, the Nasdaq was up 1.65, or 0.03%, to 5,071.69, and the S&P 500 was down 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,127.34.
10:15 EDTJPMFive banks agree to parent-level guilty pleas in settlement over forex rigging
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10:09 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, RBS, Barclays, UBS agreed to guilty pleas in forex settlement
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10:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan announces $892M in settlements with DOJ, Fed
JPMorgan Chase announced settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Reserve relating to the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) trading business. Under the DOJ resolution, JPMorgan will plead guilty to a single antitrust violation and pay a fine of $550M. Under the resolution with the Fed, the bank will pay a fine of $342M and has agreed to the entry of a Consent Order. JPMorgan said it has previously reserved for these settlements. These settlements are in addition to agreements announced in November 2014 with the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to the FX trading business. The press release stated, "The conduct underlying the antitrust charge is principally attributable to a single trader (who has since been dismissed) and his coordination with traders at other firms." Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said: “The conduct described in the government’s pleadings is a great disappointment to us. We demand and expect better of our people. The lesson here is that the conduct of a small group of employees, or of even a single employee, can reflect badly on all of us, and have significant ramifications for the entire firm. That’s why we’ve redoubled our efforts to fortify our controls and enhance our historically strong culture."
08:21 EDTJPMATM data theft soars to highest rate in two decades, WSJ says
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May 19, 2015
15:42 EDTJPMBanks' settlement over forex rigging to be announced tomorrow, CNBC says
Several banks are said to plan to plead guilty and pay "billions" in fines in a settlement over their roles in foreign exchange manipulation that is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to CNBC's Kate Kelly. Prior media reports have listed Barclays (BCS), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), UBS (UBS), JPMorgan (JPM) and Citigroup (C) as having been in talks with U.K. and U.S. authorities for their roles in foreign currency rigging.
09:37 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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May 18, 2015
09:46 EDTJPMMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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07:12 EDTJPMBarclays expected to face over GBP250M in fines for rigging, Telegraph says
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May 15, 2015
10:47 EDTJPMNCR Corp. working with JPMorgan on sale, dealReporter says
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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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06:49 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

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