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July 30, 2015
09:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express, Best Buy announce e-commerce technology integration
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08:59 EDTMAMasterCard price target raised to $122 from $106 at BMO Capital
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08:45 EDTBACMerill Lynch brokers threaten to leave 'in mass,' Fox Business reports
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07:18 EDTACNCerner could receive 20%-30% of DoD award, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates Cerner (CERN) could receive 20%-30% of the $4.33B Department of Defense contract awarded to the team of Cerner, Leidos (LDOS), Accenture (ACN) and their bidding group. Deutsche believes the contract also provides "significant indirect benefits" for Cerner in the marketplace. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:55 EDTBACBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
05:55 EDTMAMasterCard, Samsung extends partnership to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe
MasterCard (MA) and Samsung (SSNLF) announced they are extending their global partnership leveraging the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service to deliver Samsung Pay in Europe. Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service that will enable consumers to use their Samsung flagship mobile devices to make every day in-store purchases at contactless and magnetic stripe terminals leveraging NFC and MST technologies.
July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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15:57 EDTACNLeidos-led group wins 'massive' health records contract, Nextgov reports
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11:54 EDTMA, VMerchants file challenge to Visa, MasterCard antitrust settlement, WSJ reports
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11:05 EDTV, MAMerchants file challenge to Visa, MasterCard antitrust settlement, WSJ reports
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10:03 EDTMATD Bank announces routing agreement with MasterCard
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
09:41 EDTMA, VMasterCard CEO going 'to wait and watch' before conclusions on Visa Europe
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09:34 EDTMAMasterCard says most business drivers showing higher growth since end Q2
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09:30 EDTMAMasterCard backs FY15 'as reported' revenue growth view of low single digits
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09:10 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says loyatly, safety and security among M&A focuses
MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga said loyalty, data analytics, processing and safety and security remain the company's M&A focus areas.
09:08 EDTMAMasterCard CEO says economies in U.S., Europe continuing to improve
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08:04 EDTMAMasterCard reports Q2 worldwide purchase volume up 12% to $841B
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08:02 EDTMAMasterCard reports Q2 EPS ex-items 85c, consensus 85c
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07:44 EDTVTotal System price target raised to $53 from $42 at Susquehanna
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07:21 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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07:09 EDTVNTVVantiv sees Q3 adjusted EPS 54c-56c, consensus 55c
Sees Q3 revenue $410M-$415M, consensus $409M.
07:08 EDTVNTVVantiv raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $2.15-$2.20, consensus $2.13
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07:07 EDTVNTVVantiv reports Q2 adjusted EPS 56c, consensus 54c
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July 28, 2015
18:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart warns suppliers to comply with labeling laws, WSJ reports
Last week, Wal-Mart sent a memo to hundreds of suppliers warning them to comply with labeling laws, noting that the amount inside a package should match what is printed on the outside, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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15:21 EDTVNTV, MANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.
14:55 EDTAXP, WMT, V, MAEarnings Watch: MasterCard reports after peers warn of currency headwinds
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13:43 EDTTIEarnings Watch: Akamai reports as cloud services, content streaming accelerate
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09:09 EDTDFSDiscover Global Network partners with Creditcall to expand card acceptance
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09:01 EDTVVisa, Orbitz to offer fully integrated business travel, expense solution
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07:18 EDTACNAccenture selected by Ohio National for ALIP platform
Accenture has been selected by Ohio National Financial Services, a provider of individual life insurance, annuities, retirement plans and disability income insurance to modernize their new individual life business, underwriting and policy administration capabilities. Ohio National will implement the Accenture Life Insurance & Annuity Platform to help get new products to market faster and more efficiently, allowing the company to respond quickly to marketplace needs.
07:02 EDTMAMasterCard July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:35 EDTMA, VLawyer emails could end Visa, MasterCard settlement, WSJ reports
A series of emails between opposing lawyers is threatening to sink a $6B class-action antitrust settlement between Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), and millions of merchants, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lawyers representing roughly 100 large merchants are expected to formally notify the card companies that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old agreement, the report says, citing people familiar with the plans. The two lawyers in question are also close friends and the merchants plan to argue that the communication between the two involved confidential information and resulted in the merchants getting inadequate representation, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTAXP, VVisa signs commercial agreement with Stripe, Re/code reports
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July 27, 2015
08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
08:28 EDTVVisa price target raised to $86 from $75 at BMO Capital
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06:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo currently testing mobile biometrics, WSJ reports
Wells Fargo is currently testing voice recognition and eye scanning in an effort to use biometrics technology to authenticate customers using their mobile applications, the Wall street Journal reports, citing comments from Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo's new Innovation Group. Wells Fargo's mobile development efforts include testing an assist using artificial intelligence technology and the bank expects to launch the software in 2016, the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTV, AXPStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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16:22 EDTVOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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12:54 EDTVOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTVVisa price target raised to $85 form $72 at Susquehanna
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09:14 EDTVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
07:01 EDTXRXXerox sees FY15 adjusted EPS at lower end of 95c-$1.01, consensus 98c
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06:58 EDTXRXXerox sees Q3 adjusted EPS 22c-24c, consensus 25c
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06:58 EDTXRXXerox reports Q2 adjusted EPS 22c, consensus 22c
Reports Q2 revenue $4.59B, consensus $4.64B.
06:46 EDTVVisa CEO: FIFA response to scandal 'wholly inadequate,' WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart increases offerings in baby category
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July 23, 2015
20:03 EDTTITelecom Italia identifies 1,700 redundant jobs within the company
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19:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
18:57 EDTWFCWells Fargo 'poised for growth,' Barron's says
Wells Fargo is a "high quality" value stock and the "well-managed" company could be "poised for growth" given the potential for interest rate hikes before the end of the year, Barron's contends in its 'Weekday Trader' column. Reference Link
17:43 EDTVVisa up 7% after reporting Q3 results
16:45 EDTVVisa files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:30 EDTVVisa looks to resolve discussions with Visa Europe by October-end
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16:12 EDTVVisa backs FY15 annual operating margin in mid 60s
Sees FY15 annual free cash flow greater than $6B.
16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY15 common stock EPS growth mid-teens range
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16:11 EDTVVisa moves up after earnings news
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16:08 EDTVVisa reports Q3 payments volume growth 11%
Reports payments volume, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, on which fiscal third quarter service revenue is recognized, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2 trillion. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, was 11% over the prior year at $1.3 trillion. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 8% for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, were 18.0 billion, an 8% increase over the prior year. As a result of recent changes in Russian National Payment System law, the Company has transitioned the processing of Russian domestic transactions to the Russian National Payment Card System during the fiscal third quarter. This impacted processed transactions growth negatively by approximately 2 percentage points during the quarter.
16:07 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS 74c, consensus 59c
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15:04 EDTVNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:17 EDTMA, AXP, VEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
14:11 EDTVVisa July weekly straddle 71.5 priced for 3.3% movement into Q3
12:32 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:54 EDTXRXOptions with increasing call volume
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09:06 EDTWFCSEI Investments extends long-term realtionship with Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTACNAccenture acquisitions positive, says SunTrust
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07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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05:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires remaining shares of Yihaodian
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July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTAXPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
17:47 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees marketing expenses increasing 'substantially' in 2H
Comment from Q2 earnings call.
16:37 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 personal loan net charge-off rate up 15 points to 2.1%
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16:35 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 card 30+ day delinquency rate down 8 points to 1.55%
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16:34 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 net charge-offs up 3% to $347M due to loan growth
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16:32 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 card net charge-offs down 5 points to 2.28%
Net charge-off rate for credit card loans decreased 5 basis points from the prior year to 2.28% and the delinquency rate for loans over 30 days past due decreased 8 basis points to 1.55%.
16:30 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 Basel III CET1 capital ratio 14.5%
Reports Q2 Basel III Tier 1 capital ratio 15.3%. Reports Q2 fully phased-in Basel III CET1 capital ratio 14.4%. Data provided in Q2 earnings presentations slides within a regulatory filing.
16:08 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 Payment Services transaction dollar volume down 7% to $47.5B
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16:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express sees substantial increase in investment in 2H
"We continue to see opportunities across the company and this quarter marked the initial stage of a ramp up in investment spending on growth initiatives. As planned, we expect to increase our investments substantially in the second half of the year. Our focus will be on: acquiring new Card Members; gaining additional business from consumer, small business and middle market customers; expanding our presence internationally; growing our merchant network; building our loyalty coalition business; and introducing new digital capabilities," said the company.
16:07 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q2 EPS $1.33, consensus $1.32
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16:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express Q2 ROI 28.1% vs. 28.8 % last year
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16:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.32
Reports Q2 revenue $8.28B, consensus $8.46B.
15:26 EDTDFS, AXPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
15:01 EDTV, AXP, MAEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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12:47 EDTDFSDiscover to pay $18.5M in fines related to student loan servicing practices
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12:12 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:55 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
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09:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Pelos to oversee commercial, corporate, treasury mangement
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08:38 EDTWMTNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
13:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
American Express July weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 20, September is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 22.
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
09:05 EDTACNAccenture to acquire EnergyQuote JHA, terms not disclosed
Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire EnergyQuote JHA, a Pan-European energy management and procurement services provider. The acquisition will bolster Accenture’s energy procurement capabilities in Europe and further enhance its ability to deliver energy management as-a-service to clients. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
07:23 EDTTIAkamai and Telecom Italia announce partnership agreement
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:46 EDTWMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:03 EDTBAC, WFCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:16 EDTACNAccenture acquires full ownership stake in Solium from BBVA
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTWFC, BACFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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July 17, 2015
18:08 EDTWFCPredatory lending lawsuits against Wells Fargo dismissed, Reuters says
Wells Fargo won the dismissal of two lawsuits that had accused the company of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in predatory lending practices in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTWFC, BACStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... 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: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday 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... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTBACBank of America provides mid-cycle stress test results
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14:00 EDTWFC, BACEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:24 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:57 EDTXRXXerox reaffirms Q2 adjusted EPS guidance view of 21c-23c, consensus 22c
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07:52 EDTXRXXerox announces changes in government healthcare strategy
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
12:36 EDTAXPOakmark's Nygren lists American Express, Fiat Chrysler among new holdings
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10:00 EDTACNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTBACBank of America expense savings run-rate sustainable, says Morgan Stanley
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