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January 11, 2013
12:21 EDTJCP, INFY, WFC, BV, ERIC, BBY, ARQL, UPIP, AXPOn 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.
News For WFC;AXP;BBY;INFY;UPIP;ERIC;JCP;ARQL;BV From The Last 14 Days
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February 19, 2015
12:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express confirms intent to appeal federal court ruling
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12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express antitrust ruling manageable, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes American Express' loss in its antitrust suit brought by the DOJ is not as bad as it appears and should be manageable, noting that the company is appealing and that the judge appears to have given the company some wiggle room to reach a compromise. The firm maintains its Buy rating on the stock.
11:00 EDTAXPAmerican Express plans to appeal antitrust ruling, CNBC reports
American Express stated to CNBC that the company is "disappointed" with a court decision in an antitrust matter and plans to file an appeal. "The court's ruling will not provide any benefit to consumers and will, in fact, harm competition by further entrenching the two dominant networks. We continue to believe that the Department of Justice's arguments are flawed and believe we should prevail on appeal," American Express stated. Reference Link
10:22 EDTAXPAmerican Express down 2% after district court ruling on antitrust laws
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10:12 EDTAXPAmerican Express directed to submit proposed remedy to antitrust concerns
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06:47 EDTWFCReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
February 18, 2015
10:42 EDTERICEricsson to hold a briefing
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer Norrman provides information on the company's participation at Mobile World Congress 2015 on an industry analyst telebriefing to be held on February 19 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
09:37 EDTAXPOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:32 EDTBBYComarco files patent suit against Best Buy
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08:21 EDTERICBofa European telecom equipment analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:21 EDTWFCJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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05:13 EDTINFYInfosys announces multi-year, multimillion-dollar partnership with ABN AMRO
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February 17, 2015
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports January write-off rate 1.4% vs. 1.3% last month
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10:00 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTAXPActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
04:40 EDTAXPStocks with implied volatility movement; AXP GDP
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February 16, 2015
10:49 EDTINFYInfosys to acquire automation technology firm Panaya for $200M
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