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January 11, 2013
12:21 EDTWFC, AXP, BBY, INFY, UPIP, ERIC, JCP, ARQL, BVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow managing to cross back into positive ground near noon. The averages began the session in relatively quite fashion and traded in a narrow range throughout the morning. There was little reaction to the pre-market release of both the trade balance report for November and import and export price data for December. The focus for investors was more on the release of earnings from banking giant Wells Fargo (WFC), the first of the big U.S. banks to report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit grew in November to $48.7B, after analysts called for the deficit to shrink to $41.3B. However the gap's widening was driven by an increase in consumer goods imports, which is a potentially positive signal for consumer spending. Import prices decreased 0.1% in December, versus an expected increase of 0.1%, while export prices were similarly down 0.1% in the month, which matched expectations. In Asia, Japan's government approved $116B in new stimulus spending. Also, China's consumer price index grew 2.5% in December from the prior year, overshooting expectations for a less pronounced pick-up from the 2.0% growth rate of November. Producer prices, however, fell 1.9% from the prior year, which was roughly in-line with expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Wells Fargo's headline results topped expectations, as its EPS of 91c and $21.9B revenue both beat consensus. However, Wells’ Q4 net interest margin slid 10 basis points from the prior quarter to 3.56% and its stock declined 1% in midday trading... Shares of another newsmaker in the financial sector, American Express (AXP), fared a bit better, rising about 0.35%. AmEx said it plans to cut 5,400 jobs, with the largest cuts to come in its travel business. The company also said last night that cardmember spending rose 8% in Q4 and reported preliminary quarterly profit that beat Street expectations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Best Buy (BBY), which rose over 12% after reporting its domestic same-store sales were flat during the holiday season, but also cutting its view of free cash flow for this year. Also higher were shares of Infosys (INFY), up 17% after its results and guidance topped expectations, and Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 30% after the company announced a patent purchase agreement with Ericsson (ERIC) and the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Northland. Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) sunk nearly 6% after UBS said the retailer's earnings outlook is deteriorating and downgraded the stock to Sell. Among the other noteworthy losers were ArQule (ARQL), down 15% after a Phase 2 trial for its cancer treatment failed to meet its primary endpoint, and Bazaarvoice (BV), down 11% after the Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit against the company and its stock was downgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 6.12, or 0.05%, to 13,477.34; the Nasdaq was down 2.29, or 0.07%, to 3,119.47; and the S&P 500 was down 1.81, or 0.12%, to 1,470.31.
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July 11, 2014
07:20 EDTWFCBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:16 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $31 at Citigroup
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05:38 EDTINFYInfosys reaffirms FY15 revenue growth outlook 7%-9%
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05:37 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q1 EPS 84c, consensus 76c
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July 10, 2014
15:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly 52 straddle priced for 2% move into Q2
15:43 EDTINFYInfosys technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:13 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
10:05 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:10 EDTAXPMorgan Stanley's Vintage Values 2015 list selected
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07:31 EDTINFY, INFYInfosys re-initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: LL PBPB VNO FDO WFC COST ZUMZ UAL BA
July 9, 2014
17:48 EDTAXPAmerican Express initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie
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12:05 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP DDD
3D Systems (DDD) November 65 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 47, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 47 according to IVolatility.
10:02 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Wells Fargo July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, July is at 20, August is at 15, October is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 11.
07:28 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded at Guggenheim
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06:38 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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July 8, 2014
16:46 EDTINFYInfosys initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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