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April 14, 2014
10:56 EDTMA, V, WFC, JPMMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
Shares of MasterCard (MA) are climbing after research firm Robert W. Baird upgraded the stock to Outperform from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. Shares of peer Visa (V) are also rising after Pacific Crest initiated coverage on the stock. WHAT'S NEW: MasterCard has a strong business model and fears about the stock may be a bit overdone, Baird analyst David Koning wrote. Credit card data from JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) indicated that volumes were largely steady versus Q4, so fears about weak Q1 volumes are probably exaggerated, the analyst contended. Meanwhile, MasterCard is unlikely to be badly hurt by ongoing litigation with some merchants, or by weakness in Russia, Koning added. Similarly, MasterCard could lose some market share to MCX, a new mobile payment platform being introduced by retailers, but the impact should not be very significant, according to the analyst, who recommended buying the stock following its recent weakness. Koning raised his rating on the shares to Outperform from Market Perform and has an $83 price target on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Research firm Pacific Crest earlier today initiated coverage of Visa (V) with an Outperform rating. Visa is well-positioned to benefit from the proliferation of mobile payments and the extension of digital payments to under served markets, the firm contended. It set a $241 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, MasterCard rose $1.83, or 2.66%, to $70.51, while Visa gained 1.8% to $200.16.
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October 14, 2014
08:08 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports $300M reserve release due to improved credit quality
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08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q3 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.02
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06:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan: While challenges remain in recovery, US economy is exception
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06:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 Consumer & Business banking deposits up 9%
Reports Q3 credit card sales volume up 12%; Reports Q3 client investment assets up 16%. Reports Q3 Business Banking loan origination up 27%.
06:06 EDTJPMUKAR sells GBP 2.7B mortgage portfolio to JPMorgan consortium
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05:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 headcount 138,686 vs. 156,064 last year
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05:31 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 results included $2.96B in other expenses
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05:24 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports Q3 EPS 1.36, consensus $1.38
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October 13, 2014
15:24 EDTWFC, JPMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan technical notes ahead of results
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13:40 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
Wells Fargo October call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 20, January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
12:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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12:30 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: JPMorgan to report after disclosing massive security breach
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07:39 EDTJPMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:19 EDTMA, V, WFC, JPMAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTJPM, WFCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTWFC, JPMBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTWFC, JPMBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
06:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $5M to settle discrimination allegations
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