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March 16, 2012
16:21 EDTOGXI, WFC, RIG, DSCO, FRO, PWRD, COn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures were quiet throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a relatively flat open for the broader market. The action characterized the day’s activity as the averages moved in a narrow range throughout the session and investors ignored economic data points The action was particularly quiet given it was quadruple witching; the day when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and stock futures expire. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the CPI showed that prices rose 0.4% in February, in-line with the expected increase. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed an increase of 0.1% versus the expected increase of 0.2%. U.S. industrial production was flat in February, versus expectations of rise of 0.4%. Capacity utilization was reported at 78.7%, down from January's upwardly revised 78.8%. In March, U.S. consumer sentiment dipped 1 point to 74.3 according to the preliminary University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for a 76.0 reading... MARKET NEWS: Shares of Transocean (RIG) moved up about 4% after the company's monthly fleet update spurred an upgrade at Global Hunter and price target increases at Citigroup (C) and Susquehanna…MAJOR MOVERS: Among the biggest gainers were Frontline Ltd. (FRO) which soared 23.6% to $7.64 after Wells Fargo (WFC) noted charter costs had risen significantly, and Perfect World (PWRD) which rallied 27.6% to $16.01 after reporting better than expected Q4 results. The losers included Discovery Labs (DSCO) which tumbled 18.5% to $2.85 after announcing a 16M share offering, and OncoGenex Pharmaceutical (OGXI) which fell 20.7% to $13.81 after announcing a 4M share offering. INDICES: The Dow fell 20.14 to 13,232.62, the S&P gained 1.57 to 1,404.17, and the Nasdaq lost 1.11 to 3,055.26.
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July 15, 2015
14:53 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:05 EDTCCiti reports June credit loss 2.49% vs. 2.86% last month
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13:56 EDTCEarnings Watch: Analysts mixed on Citi after settlements, asset sales
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13:50 EDTCEarnings Watch: Goldman Sachs to report after last quarter's earnings beat
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11:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo to host investor meeting
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July 14, 2015
18:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO eyes additional GE Capital assets, Reuters says
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16:24 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion following the market's last three days of gains. With headwinds such as the Greek debt crisis and the Iran nuclear deal out of the way for the time being, investors are able to turn their attention more fully to the earnings season. Reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were mostly in-line with expectations, if not better than hoped, in several dimensions. The averages began to drift higher, with the Dow surpassing the 18,000 level again and the Nasdaq rising back above 5,100. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading slipped 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, BOE Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked as high as $38.82 late this morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal. Twitter, which has been the frequent subject of takeover speculation, closed up 93c, or 2.6%, at $36.71. The Securities and Exchange Commission will need to add this latest apparent hoax to the list of others it is investigating, including a filing made two months ago by "PTG Capital Partners" purporting to outline its offer to acquire Avon Products (AVP)... JPMorgan (JPM) reported quarterly earnings before the open, beating on both the top and bottom line. Banking peer Wells Fargo (WFC) also reported its results this morning, with earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations. Shares of both banks rose about 1% following their reports. Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slipped about 0.5% to $99.78 despite reporting better than expected earnings, posting revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which rose $2.00, or 11.36%, to $19.61 following a Wall Street Journal report last night that claims China's Tsinghua offered to acquire the company for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher were shares of WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 71c, or 6.38%, to $11.83 after announcing an agreement to buy RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35B plus the assumption of $400M in debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $2.24, or 18.73%, to $9.72 after announcing last night that its CEO Jill Granoff has resigned. In the wake of that news, William Blair downgraded the stock today to Market Perform from Outperform. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which dropped $4.73, or 7.44%, to $58.81 after cutting both quarterly and yearly guidance last night, which was followed by a downgrade of the stock at Citi this morning. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 75.90, or 0.42%, to 18,053.58, the Nasdaq rose 33.38, or 0.66%, to 5,104.89, and the S&P 500 gained 9.35, or 0.45%, to 2,108.95.
14:13 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Bank of America continues Q2 earnings for big banks
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12:28 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
11:40 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; BBRY RIG
BlackBerry (BBRY) December 9 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 44, Transocean (RIG) November 17 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43 according to IVolatility.
10:54 EDTWFCWells Fargo says home purchases in Q2 'strongest' in some time
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10:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo says ongoing U.S. economic expansion 'on track'
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09:56 EDTCScotiabank to acquire Citi's Retail, Commercial Banking ops in Panama, Costa Rica
Scotiabank (BNS) announced that an agreement has been reached to acquire Citigroup's (C) retail and commercial banking businesses in Panama and Costa Rica, subject to regulatory approval. Scotiabank's common equity tier one capital ratio will be impacted by approximately 15 basis points. This transaction will aim to provide a significant lift to the Bank's market share in credit cards to approximately 18% in Panama and 15% in Costa Rica, ranking Scotiabank number two in both countries in this segment. This acquisition will nearly triple Scotiabank's customer base in these two countries from approximately 137,000 to 387,000. Citibank's operations in Costa Rica and Panama include 27 branches which serve more than 250,000 retail and commercial banking customers. The agreement also includes the assumption of Citigroup employees from the retail and commercial banking businesses in Panama and Costa Rica by Scotiabank Panama and Costa Rica, respectively. Until the transaction receives the necessary regulatory approvals, all operations, branches, products and benefits programs will continue to operate as usual. Scotiabank and Citibank will work together to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees.
09:20 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
08:05 EDTWFCWells Fargo expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio for FY15
Wells Fargo said its noninterest expense declined $38 million from the prior quarter to $12.5 billion, primarily due to lower employee benefits, which were seasonally elevated in first quarter 2015. This decline was partially offset by higher operating losses, reflecting higher litigation accruals for various legal matters, as well as higher salaries, outside professional services, and advertising and promotion expense. The efficiency ratio improved to 58.5 percent in second quarter 2015, compared with 58.8 percent in the prior quarter. The company expects to operate within its targeted efficiency ratio range of 55 to 59 percent for full year 2015.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 credit losses $650M vs. $708M last quarter
Wells Fargo said "Credit losses were $650 million in second quarter 2015, compared with $708 million in the first quarter, an 8 percent improvement. The quarterly loss rate was 0.30 percent with commercial losses of 0.06 percent and consumer losses of 0.53 percent. Nonperforming assets declined by $438 million, or 12 percent, from the prior quarter. Nonaccrual loans decreased $67 million as deterioration in the energy portfolio was offset by improvements across other portfolios. We released $350 million from the allowance for credit losses in the second quarter, reflecting continued credit quality improvement and more specifically, improvement in the residential real estate portfolio. Future allowance levels may increase or decrease based on a variety of factors, including loan growth, portfolio performance and general economic conditions."
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 10.5%
Capital levels remained strong in the second quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 under Basel III of $139.9 billion. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III was 10.5 percent3. In second quarter 2015, the Company purchased 36.3 million shares of its common stock and paid a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.375 per share, up from $0.35 per share a year ago.
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO says bank 'well positioned' for the future
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08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.03
Reports Q2 revenue $21.32B, consensus $21.7B.
07:32 EDTWFCFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hold a symposium
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