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March 8, 2014
20:07 EDTJPMJPMorgan's sale of private equity unit stalls, Reuters says
The auction for JP Morgan's private equity business, One Equity Partners, has stalled, says Reuters, citing sources. Reference Link
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July 15, 2014
12:21 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
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09:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan rallies after earnings, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTJPMActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Portales
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09:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan continues to see share buyback as back-end loaded
JPMorgan CFO says company does not give specific guidance on share repurchases, but that the bank has capacity to do share buybacks in the second half of the year.
09:21 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says mortgage production environment remains challenging
JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake speaking on earnings conference call.
08:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports firm NIM down 1 bp, core NIM down 2 bps
JPMorgan reports Q2 firm and core NIM down 1 bp and 2 bps sequentially, to 2.19% and 2.64%, respectively, primarily due to lower loan yields, partially offset by lower long-term debt yields.
08:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO Dimon says feels great, prognosis excellent for condition
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08:30 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees current fixed income and equities environment to persist in Q3
In Fixed Income & Equities, JPMorgan expects the current environment to persist into Q3 with normal seasonal trends. In Securities Services, sees revenue to decrease by approximately $100M in Q3 from $1.14B in Q2, due to seasonality. In Treasury Services, expects revenue to be flat vs. Q2 at approximately $1B in Q3, primarily due to the impact of business simplification and lower trade finance balances and spreads. JPMorgan sees FY14 pretax margin and ROE to be lower than Q2, as the business continues to invest in both infrastructure and controls as well as select front office hiring, but is on track to deliver TTC targets for FY15. Guidance in slides for Q2 earnings conference call.
08:26 EDTJPMJPMorgan expects FY14 adjusted expense $58B+/-
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07:23 EDTJPMFortune to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan CEO says saw encouraging signs toward end of Q2
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07:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q2 Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 9.8%
Reports Common Equity Tier 1 of $161B, or ratio of 9.8%. Reports Firm Supplementary Leverage Ratio of 5.4%. Reports "core loans" up 8% compared with the prior year. Consumer & Community Banking: average Consumer & Business Banking deposits up 9%; credit card sales volume up 12%; record client investment assets up 19%; record Business Banking loan originations up 46% Corporate & Investment Bank: maintained #1 ranking for Global Investment Banking fees with 8.2% wallet share YTD; assets under custody up 14%. Commercial Banking: period-end loan balances up 9%, driven by 14% growth in Commercial Real Estate; gross investment banking revenue with Commercial Banking clients up 25%. Asset Management: twenty-first consecutive quarter of positive net long-term client flows; record client assets up 15%; record loan balances up 17%.
07:05 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports headcount down 8,871 to 245,192
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07:04 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q2 provision for credit losses $692M
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07:02 EDTJPMJPMorgan says Q2 results include $500M after-tax, or 13c, legal expense
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07:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.46, consensus $1.29
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06:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports June net charge losses 2.84% vs. 3.05% last month
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