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News For VIX;C;BAC;AAPL From The Last 14 Days
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April 16, 2015
08:43 EDTAAPLSunPower's China joint venture with Apple to provide solar power in China
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08:37 EDTBACBank of America outlook remains positive, says RBC Capital
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08:07 EDTCCiti rises 2% to $54.20 after Q1 earnings beat expectations
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08:04 EDTCCiti reports book value per share of $66.79 at end Q1
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08:03 EDTCCorbat says Citi had 'strong quarter overall'
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08:02 EDTCCiti reports Q1 common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 11.0%
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08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q1 EPS ex-CVA/DVA $1.52, consensus $1.39
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07:55 EDTBACBank of America Q1 results 'simply dreadful,' says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes that Bank of America $1B in "retirement-eligible incentive costs" and $0.5B of "market-related adjustments" to net interest income are not one-time items. The firm says that the bank's revenue fell significantly, while its core operating expenses have not followed suit. However, the firm still finds the stock's valuation attractive and recommends buying the shares.
07:44 EDTAAPLApple calls audible to award 30% of A9 chip orders to TSM, Apple Insider says
Apple (AAPL) has made a "last minute decision" to recruit TSMC (TSM) for 30% of A9 chip orders for its next iPhone after GlobalFoundries continued to experience poor yield rates on production of the next-generation CPU, reports AppleInsider. According to a note from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, Globalfoundries A9 chip yield rate was at about 30% iyeld rate, well below the "basic requirement" of 50%. Kuo adds that Apple is concerned that Samsung's (SSNLF) chipmaking business may not be able to supply enough of its 14-nanometer design. Reference Link
07:19 EDTCOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
06:43 EDTAAPLAnalyst: Apple Watch pre-orders exceed 2.3M, MacRumors reports
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch, Apple Watch, has sold over 2.3M units since pre-orders opened, MacRumors reports. The analyst notes that Apple is targeting production of 2M-3M Apple Watch units per month, and that apple could reach 2.5M units produced in June without potential bottlenecks to production. Reference Link
06:25 EDTAAPLPoll: Six percent of Americans intend to buy Apple Watch, Reuters says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Hold at Maxim
Target $144.
05:50 EDTAAPLApple to equip next iPhone next iPhone with Force touch tech, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTBAC, C, AAPLOptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
15:05 EDTAAPLEarnings Watch: SanDisk to report Q1 results after lowering revenue guidance
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14:58 EDTCEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Citi after asset sales, CCAR approval
Citigroup (C), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report first quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $19.82B. The consensus range is $1.32-$1.45 for EPS on revenue of $18.43B-$20.36B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Citi said it was committed to its 2015 targets and to returning capital to shareholders. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported fourth quarter EPS of 6c, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 11c. The company’s revenue came in below expectations at 17.81B. Citi CEO Michael Corbat said at the time: "While the overall results for 2014 fell short of our expectations, we did make significant progress on our top priorities... Although we made some difficult decisions over the course of the year, I believe they allowed us to put our franchise in a position to have a successful 2015." NEWS: On March 2, Costco (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). Under the terms of the agreements, Citi would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. The next day, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf (LEAF) for a purchase price of $4.25B. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to approvals and other customary conditions. The sale, along with retirement of related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1B, the bank stated. On March 5, the Federal Reserve said that Citi had passed its Dodd-Frank stress test, as did all 31 banks that were examined. About a week later, the central bank announced it had not objected to the capital plans of 28 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. After the Fed advised Citi that it has no objection to the planned capital actions requested by the bank, Citi said it will increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. Citi also announced plans for a common stock repurchase program of up to $7.8B during the five quarters starting in the Q2. At the end of March, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Also in March, Citi announced that it has sold 396M common shares in Akbank T.A.S. through an equity offering representing its entire 9.9% equity interest in the company. Total proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.15B at then current exchange rates. The financial terms of those two transactions are not material to Citi, the bank noted. STREET RESEARCH: On February 10, Deutsche Bank upgraded Citi to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $51. Deutsche said then that it believed the decline in the stock since the firm's December 4 downgrade had priced in some of the earnings risk, but added the FY15 consensus estimates for Citi still looked too high. On March 17, Deutsche Bank further raised its price target for Citi shares to $56 from $54, citing positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, its credit card deal with Costco and the Fed's stress test results. On March 3, JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup to Overweight, saying the Costco co-branding credit card deal will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm said it expects the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. The next day, Morgan Stanley said it believes Citi's sale of OneMain and its new Costco partnership imply, when taken together, that the bank is substituting OneMain's higher risk assets with the Costco portfolio, which has a lower yield, risk and RWA. Such a trade will be viewed favorably by regulators, the firm said. Morgan Stanley, which has an Overweight rating on Citi, said then it sees potential upside to its $60 price target on Citi shares if capital freed from the OneMain sale is returned to shareholders. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's report, Citi rose over 1% to $53.31. Over the last three months, Citi shares are up nearly 13%.
14:06 EDTCCiti reports March credit loss 2.50% vs. 2.55% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.58% vs. 1.61% last month.
10:13 EDTBACBank of America reports March default rate 2.94% vs. 2.98% last month
Reports March delinquency rate 1.80% vs. 1.86% last month.
10:06 EDTAAPLSamsung creates team to work exclusively on Apple devices, Bloomberg reports
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