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October 12, 2012
14:25 EDTWFC, JPM, CMI, SMarket set to end week lower as IMF, World Bank forecasts weigh on shares
Stocks are set to end the week lower after the IMF reduced its forecast for 2012 global growth and the World Bank cut its estimate for 2012 Asian economic growth. MACRO NEWS: The IMF on Tuesday lowered its forecast for economic growth this year to 3.3% from 3.5%, while the World Bank on Monday reduced its outlook for 2012 Asian growth to 7.2% from 7.6%... On the other hand, some positive U.S. economic data was released, as the government reported that jobless claims had reached a four and a half year low last week, and an index of consumer confidence reached its highest level in almost five years... The euro zone also released relatively upbeat economic data, as the bloc said that its industrial production rose 0.6% month-over-month in August, versus the consensus estimate of a 0.4% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Sprint (S) said that it was in talks that could result in Japanese telecom company Softbank obtaining a majority stake in the American company. Softbank could buy over two-thirds of the Sprint for $12.8B, Reuters had reported earlier... In the financial sector JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) both reported higher than expected EPS, although Wells' revenue came in below expectations... On a negative note, engine-maker Cummins (CMI) reduced its full year revenue and EBIT guidance.
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November 24, 2015
10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Citizens Financial (CFG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Copsync (COYN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... CyrusOne (CONE) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... DuPont Fabros (DFT) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Equinix (EQIX) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Granite Construction (GVA) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Internap (INAP) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Hold at Berenberg... Nucor (NUE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PowerSecure (POWR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Regions Financial (RF) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Steel Dynamics (STLD) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Stellar Biotechnologies (SBOT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... SunTrust (STI) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Teladoc (TDOC) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... (WIX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Zions Bancorp (ZION) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
November 23, 2015
16:17 EDTWFCWells Fargo initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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09:00 EDTJPMChase Visa cardholders can now use Samsung Pay
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November 20, 2015
07:36 EDTSSprint lowers FY15 adjusted EBITDA view to $6.8B-$7.1B
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07:35 EDTSSprint signs $1.2B deal for sale and lease-back of certain leased devices
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07:33 EDTSSprint signs $1.2B deal for sale and lease-back of certain leased devices
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November 19, 2015
09:21 EDTWFCConsolidated Tomoka buys office complex in Raleigh for $42.3M
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November 18, 2015
16:45 EDTSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher from the opening bell onward despite housing starts data that was weaker than expected. Investors waited for the release of the FOMC minutes and saw what they had suspected; that the Fed was reinforcing its message that the December meeting is an option for the central bank to begin raising interest rates. The visibility on rates gave investors confidence, leading to a late-day rally that saw the averages close at their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell 4.3% to $69.78 after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in the new quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 3.17% to $117.29 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation... Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "Sell" rating, saying he expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 but that Exxon's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Despite Molchanov predicting Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016, the stock rose about 1% to $80.74 today amid a rally in oil prices. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Fairchild (FCS), which jumped $1.52, or 8.5%, to $19.40 after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON), whose stock fell 7.9% to $9.89 after the news. Also higher were Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), with the two railway operators advancing a respective 5.8% and 6.35% after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Additionally, ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% to $40.93 after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which dropped $4.98, or 9.4%, to $48.00 after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law. Also lower was Sprint (S), which fell 9.3%, to $3.99 after announcing a 50% discount for new customers switching from competing wireless carriers. GoPro (GPRO) declined 5.1% to $19.81 after research firm Piper Jaffray noted that the company has been offering discounts on its cameras, including featuring them on "flash sale" sites, and cut its price target on the stock to $15 per share. INDEXES: The Dow rose 247.66, or 1.42%, to 17,737.16, the Nasdaq gained 89.19, or 1.79%, to 5,075.20, and the S&P 500 advanced 33.14, or 1.62%, to 2,083.58.
11:33 EDTSSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
08:55 EDTWFC, JPMMorgan 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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17:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Timothy Sloan as COO
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16:21 EDTSSprint to hold a press conference with a conference call hookup
Sprint CEO Claure makes a major announcement and will answer questions from participating journalists at a Press Conference to be held on November 18 at 12:15 pm.
07:50 EDTWFC, JPMClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTWFC, JPMBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
November 16, 2015
16:53 EDTSPaulson reduced stake in Valeant
Paulson & Co. gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), CIT Group (CIT), Precision Castparts (PCP), Cameron (CAM), and Altera (ALTR). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Post Holdings (POST), Starwood Hotels (HOT), LivaNova (LIVN), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP). DECREASED STAKES: Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Computer Sciences (CSC), and Oasis Petroleum (OAS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), Broadcom (BRCM), and Sprint (S).
11:24 EDTJPM, WFCClearing 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 13, 2015
18:09 EDTSSprint to restructure into four regional hubs, slash jobs, Bloomberg says
Sprint is creating four regional hubs and cutting some jobs to focus on service quality and customer retention in 19 major U.S. markets, part of CEO Marcelo Claure's restructuring efforts, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
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