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News For WFC;AXP;BBY;INFY;UPIP;ERIC;JCP;ARQL;BV From The Last 14 Days
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April 14, 2015
12:24 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
12:09 EDTAXPAmEx to team up with Jawbone for payments via fitness bands, WSJ reports
American Express is planning to team up with Jawbone to allow AmEx cardholders to make purchases via their fitness bands at certain merchants, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. A source says that the payment mechanism is not expected to be part of Jawbone's UP3, which will begin shipping this month, but will be available on a future offering. It is unclear whether Jawbone will expand the program to accept payments processed by MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Reference Link
11:55 EDTERICCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
10:50 EDTWFCWells Fargo says 'hopeful' first-time homebuyers returning to market
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10:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target
Says adjusted tax rate leaves company in "mid-32%" range for rest of year. Says will look to work closely with GE Capital (GE) as it sells other businesses. Sees remaining at high end of 55%-59% efficiency ratio target. Says "optimistic" about Q2.
10:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo says not 'meaningfully constrained' by leverage ratio
Says "disciplined" in managing relationships. Says sees minimal losses related to energy loans. Says oil exposure stable from Q4. Says not "meaningfully constrained" by leverage ratio. Says "not standing still" on expenses. CEO Stumpf says bank having strongest deposit growth in his 30 years with company. Says "looking hard" at acquiring more assets. Says "serving our customers is the first call on our capital," and says will take advantage if growth opportunities arise. Sees deposits outpacing loan growth for next few quarters.
10:26 EDTWFCWells Fargo says underlying economic expansion 'largely on track'
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10:16 EDTERICHigh option volume stocks
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09:59 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15
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09:27 EDTWFCWells Fargo slips lower following earnings
In the pre-market shares are down over 1% to $53.94. At that price next support is at $53.29. Resistance is at $54.63, the 50-day moving average.
08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
08:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo expects 2015 efficiency ratio range 55%-59%
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08:08 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 credit losses $708M vs. $735M last quarter
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 10.86%
Wells Fargo reports Q1 Common Equity Tier 1 of $139.2B under Basel III, or 10.86% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under the Basel III framework was 10.53%. During Q1, the company purchased 48.4M shares of its common stock and entered into a $750M forward repurchase transaction for an additional 14M shares, which settled in early April.
08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.04, consensus 98c
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05:51 EDTERICNokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) said in a statement, "In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." Nokia cautioned that there "can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction." The statement comes after Bloomberg reported yesterday afternoon that Nokia was in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent's wireless assets to better compete with Ericsson (ERIC) in telecommunications equipment. Shares of Nokia are down 65c to $7.65 in pre-market trading while Alcatel-Lucent is up 22c to $4.57.
April 13, 2015
16:35 EDTUPIPUnwired Planet appoints Teksler as CEO, effective June 1
Unwired Planet announced that Boris Teksler will join the company as CEO, effective June 1. Teksler will also become a member of the board of directors. Teksler is currently senior EVP and president of the technology business group at Technicolor.
16:21 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express transferred with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo transferred coverage of American Express with a Market Perform rating and raised its price target range for shares to $80-$83 from $78-$83. Wells says the stock's valuation is at the top of major credit card issuers, which it feels adequately reflects Amex's "superior return profile."
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