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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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September 10, 2014
08:02 EDTAXPApple Pay positive for Visa, MasterCard and American Express, says BofA/Merrill
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07:54 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO says 'working hard' to return more capital to shareholders
Comments from Wells Fargo CFO John Shrewsberry speaking at the Barclays Global Financial Services conference.
07:29 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q3 mortgage originations in line with Q2
Wells Fargo said it expects Q3 mortgage originations to be in line with Q2, while gain on sale margin is expected to remain within the range of the last four quarters. The bank expects to operate within its targeted efficiency ratio range of 55%-59% in Q3.Wells Fargo said it continues to be well positioned relative to liquidity LCR standards and while there is potential for continued NIM pressure, the bank's focus remains on growing net interest income over time. Wells noted that it continues to expect future reserve releases absent significant deterioration in the economy, but expect a lower level of future releases as the rate of credit improvement slows and the loan portfolio continues to grow. Information from slides for CFO John Shrewsberry's presentation at the Barclays Global Financial Services conference.
07:16 EDTWFCRepublicans, Democrats both push for harder 'too big to fail' rules, WSJ says
Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle urged U.S. regulators to push forward additional regulations to ensure the biggest banks aren't "too big to fail," said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks 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
06:35 EDTWFCFed may raise capital requirement for some banks to 11.5%, NY Times reports
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September 9, 2014
17:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo confirms Apple Pay available to customers
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14:54 EDTAXP, WFCApple announces Apple Pay
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07:29 EDTWFC, ERICUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTAXP, ERICThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTERICThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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07:11 EDTERIC, WFCUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:33 EDTWFCFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTWFCFed to require large US banks to have extra financial padding, WSJ reports
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September 8, 2014
11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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10:23 EDTINFYSyntel names Christopher Mason as North America sales head
Syntel (SYNT) announced earlier today the appointment of Christopher Mason as Head - North America Sales, effective September 8. Prior to joining Syntel, Mason served as Global Head of Business Development for the global sourcing division at Infosys (INFY).
10:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express President says won't comment on press speculation on Apple
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07:24 EDTAXP, WFCBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
06:21 EDTBBYSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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September 5, 2014
07:26 EDTAXPApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
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