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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTWFCMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:19 EDTBBYUPS, FedEx peers see business in bulky item deliveries, WSJ says
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05:37 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM BBY
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November 17, 2015
17:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Timothy Sloan as COO
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10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney management to meet with Buckingham
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07:50 EDTWFCClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTWFCBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
07:35 EDTARQLArQule reports enrollment of first patient in Phase 1 Proteus syndrome trial
ArQule and the National Human Genome Research Institute, or NHGRI, of the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, announced enrollment of the first patient in the phase 1 clinical trial for Proteus syndrome. This trial, with ARQ 092, an orally available, selective pan-AKT inhibitor, marks the first clinical trial in this rare disease. Proteus syndrome is characterized by overgrowth of the skeleton, skin, adipose tissue and central nervous system. Additionally, ArQule received orphan drug designation from the FDA for ARQ 092 in Proteus syndrome. This marks an important regulatory milestone and the first orphan drug designation for this population. Proteus syndrome impacts fewer than one in a million people worldwide.
07:01 EDTAXPGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
November 16, 2015
16:29 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces plans to retire $500M asset-based term loan
J. C. Penney Company announced that it has received $500M of incremental bank commitments to increase the size of the Revolving Line of Credit under its existing Senior Secured Asset-Based Credit Facility to $2.35B from $1.85B. In connection with upsizing the revolving credit facility, the Company also intends to prepay and retire the outstanding principal amount of its $500M Term Loan previously issued under the ABL, which is scheduled to mature in June 2019. The Company expects to close these transactions in December.The Company expects that retirement of the ABL Term Loan will reduce interest expense by approximately $20M annually, beginning in 2016. The $2.35B ABL revolving line of credit, which will also mature in June 2019, will remain available for seasonal working capital needs and general corporate purposes. Marvin Ellison, chief executive officer, said, "We proactively pursued this transaction to reduce our long-term debt and ongoing interest expense and to further enhance our financial flexibility while maintaining our strong liquidity position as we continue to make progress on our goal of $1.2B in EBITDA by 2017."
12:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports October net write-offs 1.3% vs. 1.2% last month
Reports October 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 1.0% last month.
11:35 EDTJCPDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
11:31 EDTAXPMarriott announces plans to buy Starwood in $12.2B cash and stock deal
Shares of Marriott International (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) fell after the two companies announced that Marriott will acquire Starwood in a cash and stock deal valued at $12.2B. WHAT'S NEW: Under the terms of the agreement, Starwood shareholders will receive 0.92 shares of Marriott Class A common stock and $2 in cash for each share of Starwood stock. When the deal closes, Starwood stakeholders will own roughly 37% of the combined entity's stock, the companies said. Marriott expects the deal to be earnings accretive by the second year after the merger, excluding the impact of transaction and transition costs. Marriott president and chief executive officer Arne Sorenson will remain in both positions following the merger. The transaction, which has been approved unanimously by the boards of both companies, is expected to close in mid-2016. In a statement announcing the deal, Marriott said it remains committed to its management and franchise strategy. Additionally, Marriott said it expects to deliver at least $200M in annual cost savings in the second full year after closing. Marriott expects to return at least $2.25B in dividends and share repurchases to investors, and believes it can reutrn "at least as much" in the first year following the closing. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On a conference call discussing the deal, Sorenson said that Starwood brands will "remain in place" and that he is focused on increasing appeal to younger travelers. Sorenson also said that the agreement includes a $400M break-up fee. Marriott chief financial officer Carl Berquist added that Starwood will continue its asset sale program. Starwood Chairman Bruce Duncan said that "all possible options" were considered and the company spoke to a "wide range" of interested parties. OTHER BIDDERS: On November 2, CNBC's David Faber reported that Starwood and rival Hyatt (H) were still in talks over a potential merger deal and that deal was about "a week away." In addition, The Wall Street Journal reported on October 27 that Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels, HNA Group and China Investment Corporation were vying for government clearance to submit an offer to acquire Starwood. On July 30, media reports emerged that Starwood had reached out to possible suitors about a buyout, including InterContinental (IHG), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), and several sovereign wealth funds. Intercontinental denied it was involved in any such discussions with Starwood the day the story was reported. STREET RESEARCH: In response to the acquisition news, RBC Capital Markets analyst Wes Golladay said that Marriott may look to convert some of Starwood's hotels, likely older Sheratons, to its new Delta brand. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Marriott declined 0.14% to $72.64 and Starwood fell 6.25% to $70.24. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hyatt rallied 3.4%, InterContinental was down 1.77% and Wyndham Worldwide lost 2.07% following the deal announcement. American Express (AXP), which announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card in early June, slipped 0.62% in morning trading.
11:24 EDTWFCClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
10:11 EDTERICHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abengoa (ABGB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... CDTi (CDTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... CNH Industrial (CNHI) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Clayton Williams (CWEI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Roth Capital... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Endo (ENDP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Five Below (FIVE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Garrison Capital (GARS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded on investor sentiment, costs at RBC Capital... MannKind (MNKD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Griffen Securities... Media General (MEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Progressive (PGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Sabra Health Care (SBRA) downgraded on challenges, investor sentiment at Stifel... Simon Property (SPG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Springleaf (LEAF) downgraded after settlement on acquisition reached at BMO Capital... Steiner Leisure (STNR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Taubman Centers (TCO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... TerraForm Power (TERP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Violin Memory (VMEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Vipshop (VIPS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Wolseley (WOSYY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:01 EDTERICOoredoo Gropu signs 5-year frame agreement with Ericsson
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08:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
06:32 EDTBBYBest Buy downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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05:26 EDTERICEricsson CEO says no talks with Cisco about merger or acquisition
Ericsson (ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President, CEO and member of the board, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition."
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