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April 10, 2014
13:33 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Analysts mixed on JPMorgan into Q1 results
JPMorgan (JPM), a financial holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.40 on revenue of $24.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.28-$1.54 on revenue of $23.19B-$25.42B. LAST QUARTER: JPMorgan reported higher than expected Q4 earnings, excluding certain items, and slightly lower than expected revenue. The bank’s provision for credit losses tumbled $552M versus the same period a year earlier to $104M, but its mortgage application volumes sank 52% to $31.3B. The net income generated by JPMorgan’s Card, Merchant Services & Auto jumped 23%, year-over-year, and its net income from its mortgage banking unit surged 34%. Its real estate portfolios generated net income of $1.2B, up from $410M. The company’s mortgage production unit generated a $274M loss, and net revenue from its corporate and investment bank dropped to $6.02B from $7.6B in the year-ago period. The bank predicted that its net interest income and net interest margin would be relatively stable in the near-term. On March 26, the bank announced that the Fed had approved its plan to increase its dividend to 40c from 38c and repurchase $6.5B of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH: On April 9, RBC Capital cut its estimates for JPMorgan, but noted that JPMorgan has strong earnings power and a best-in-class management team, and kept a $67 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. More upbeat on JPMorgan was Macquarie, which upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform in a note to investors on April 4. JPMorgan is one of the cheapest ways for investors to benefit from improving U.S. and European economies and increasing short-term interest rates, the firm contended. Additionally, JPMorgan’s asset management business should generate a higher share of the company’s core earnings going forward, Macquarie predicted. This change should be positive for the stock, as asset management companies tend to get high valuations, the firm reported. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $68 from $62. PRICE ACTION: JPMorgan’s stock is little changed this year, but down about 3% in trading this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
News For JPM From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2015
15:05 EDTJPMFed to provide means for banks examiners to express divergent views
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10:20 EDTJPMJPMorgan asks users of Quicken to verify data, WSJ reports
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November 23, 2015
09:00 EDTJPMChase Visa cardholders can now use Samsung Pay
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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
November 17, 2015
18:34 EDTJPMU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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07:50 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTJPMBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
November 16, 2015
11:24 EDTJPMClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
November 12, 2015
09:19 EDTJPMPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
06:12 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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