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October 12, 2012
14:25 EDTS, JPM, WFC, CMIMarket 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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12:12 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:53 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile dive after merger talks reportedly end
Shares of wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that Sprint has ended its pursuit of buying T-Mobile. Previous reports had suggested that Sprint was interested in acquiring its competitor. In the wake of the news, Wells Fargo remained upbeat on Sprint, while FBR Capital wrote that the deal could still occur. WHAT'S NEW: Sprint has ended its pursuit of T-Mobile due to opposition to the tie-up by regulators multiple news outlets reported last night, citing unnamed sources. Sprint also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son said "While we continue to believe industry consolidation will enhance competitiveness and benefit customers, our focus moving forward will be on making Sprint the most successful carrier." ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche wrote that the news on Sprint should improve going forward, while the company should benefit from new spectrum it has acquired. History suggests that the best time to buy Sprint's stock is when it appears to be capitulating, added the analyst, who believes that the company is still well-positioned to pursue other strategic alternatives. However, Fritzsche thinks that some of T-Mobile's "likely and logical" partners may not be ready to make a deal in the near-term, while the company has "more questions than answers." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Sprint and a Market Perform rating on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon wrote that he was not convinced that Sprint had abandoned its bid for T-Mobile. Rather, the companies are probably not prepared yet to make a deal that is likely to be approved by regulators, the analyst stated. The deal could be approved if the companies demonstrate that their combined network would improve the experience of users, and the companies are taking steps to meet this goal, according to Dixon, who kept a Market Perform rating on Sprint. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the wake of the news that Sprint will apparently drop its pursuit of T-Mobile, French telecom company Iliad (ILIAF), which has made a bid for T-Mobile, sees no immediate need to boost its takeover offer, according to The Wall Street Journal. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Sprint fell 17.9% to $5.98 and T-Mobile sank 6.1% to $31.85.
09:28 EDTSIliad continues with T-Mobile bid, won't boost for now, WSJ says
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09:13 EDTSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
08:31 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
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08:30 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
08:22 EDTSSprint news to improve going forward, says Wells Fargo
After multiple news outlets reported that Sprint (S) would abandon its efforts to buyT-Mobile (TMUS), Wells Fargo thinks that the news on Sprint will improve as the company moves beyond many of its network challenges and begins to benefit from its 2.5 GHz spectrum. The firm believes that the company is well-positioned to seek other strategic alternatives and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:20 EDTJPMFed, FDIC tell big banks to revise 'living will' plans
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08:19 EDTJPMAshland enters into 10b5-1 plans to repurchase $250M of common stock
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08:09 EDTSSoftbank seen as still interested in M&A after dropping T-Mobile plans, WSJ says
Despite the reports that Sprint (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) is no longer pursuing a deal for T-Mobile (TMUS), some analysts said they doubted that the setback had killed the company's appetite for a big acquisition of a network operator, though they said the company might shift its focus from the U.S. to Europe, according to The Wall Street Journal. An analyst at SMBC Nikko said he thought Softbank might announce another deal shortly, but that rather than aiming to buy another mobile operator that it would try to build up its digital content portfolio, the report added. Reference Link
07:55 EDTJPMJP Morgan August volatility increases as shares pull back
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07:51 EDTST-Mobile volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to be purchased
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07:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo relaxes 'jumbo' mortgage guidelines, Reuters says
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07:39 EDTSFBR not convinced Sprint will abandon T-Mobile bid
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07:30 EDTSSprint volatility expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile
Sprint (S) option implied volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile (TMUS). Overall option implied volatility of 49 is near its 26-week average of 50 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:40 EDTWFCWells Fargo volatility at two-year average
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06:23 EDTWFCSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a seminar
Compliance & Legal Society Regional Seminar to be held in San Francisco on August 6.
06:19 EDTWFCCFA Society of Minnesota to hold a conference
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06:03 EDTSSprint could name Marcelo Claure as new CEO, Reuters reports
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