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February 25, 2013
05:55 EDTPRU, PRU, PRU, CHH, CHH, CHH, BDN, BDN, BDN, AEC, AEC, AEC, JPM, JPM, JPM, BX, BX, BX, BLK, BLK, BLK, MCO, MCO, MCO, WFC, WFC, WFC, MAR, MAR, MARWells Fargo to host a conference
16th Annual Real Estate Securities Conference is being held in New York on February 25-27.
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTWFC, JPMBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. 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
06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
15:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly 52 straddle priced for 2% move into Q2
15:13 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
08:10 EDTPRUMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: LL PBPB VNO FDO WFC COST ZUMZ UAL BA
06:21 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints Li as new China head, Reuters says
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) said it has appointed former UBS (UBS) banker David Li as the new head of its China division to replace top China banker Fang Fang who left the firm in March, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the U.S. company. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
11:02 EDTCHHComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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10:02 EDTMCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
07:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Wells Fargo July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, July is at 20, August is at 15, October is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 11.
06:01 EDTMCOMoody's downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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July 8, 2014
13:39 EDTJPMJPMorgan seeks hundreds of millions in annual expense cuts, WSJ reports
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13:39 EDTJPMJP Morgan names Blessing as Vice Chair of IB EMEA, Bloomberg reports
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13:35 EDTMARMarriott price target raised to $75 from $70 at Argus
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13:19 EDTJPMJP Morgan July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
JP Morgan July call option implied volatility is at 19, August is at 17, October is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 15.
13:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan plans hundreds of millions in expense cuts this year, Dow reports
JPMorgan plans hundreds of millions of dollars in expense savings this year via office locations, third-party contracts and market data cuts, Dow Jones reports, citing sources.
12:58 EDTJPM, BLKBlackRock poaches JPMorgan Asset Management's Chris Jones, Reuters reports
BlackRock (BLK) has hired Chris Jones, an adviser from JPMorgan Asset Management (JPM), Reuters reports. Jones will serve as co-head of BlackRock's Global Fundamental Equity. Reference Link
10:28 EDTPRUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A.O. Smith (AOS) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Aspen Aerogels (ASPN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... CSC (CSC) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Consumer Portfolio (CPSS) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Credit Acceptance (CACC) initiated with a Sell at Compass Point... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Masimo (MASI) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Memorial Resource (MRD) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... MetLife (MET) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Mueller Water (MWA) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... New York REIT (NYRT) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ophthotech (OPHT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Prudential (PRU) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... RCS Capital (RCAP) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... St. Jude Medical (STJ) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... T-Mobile (TMUS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Waddell & Reed (WDR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Xerox (XRX) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:46 EDTPRUPrudential initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton
Target $104.
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