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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTWFC, AXPStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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15:39 EDTAXPCostco deal with Visa, Citi has 'near zero' acceptance costs, Bloomberg says
Costco’s (COST) acceptance costs will be near zero under the terms of its new deal with Visa (V) and Citigroup (C), compared to the roughly 0.6% of each transaction it currently pays to incumbent card partner American Express (AXP), reported Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the deal. Reference Link
10:31 EDTAXPAmerican Express hits a fresh 52-week low after results, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAXPActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTWFCU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2015
16:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 ROE 29%, up from 28.3% a year ago
16:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express says Q1 results negatively affected by stronger U.S. dollar
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16:05 EDTAXPAmerican Express expects FY15 EPS flat to modestly down, consensus $5.48
The company said, “As previously reported, we expect full year 2015 earnings will be flat to modestly down year-over-year with the headwinds we’re facing and as we ramp up investments to help offset the impact from ending our relationship with Costco in the U.S. next year. Looking further ahead, we have a range of growth opportunities across the business and continue to be very positive about the moderate to long term outlook for our company.”
16:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 provisions for losses totaled $420M
Consolidated provisions for losses totaled $420M, down 13% from $485M a year ago. The decrease primarily reflected a larger reserve release this quarter compared to last year. Credit indicators continued to be at historically strong levels.
16:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 EPS $1.48, consensus $1.37
Reports Q1 revenue $7.95B, consensus $8.21B.
15:23 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:58 EDTAXPEarnings Watch: American Express to report results amid headwinds, controversy
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12:57 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q1 report
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05:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express announces partnership with Jawbone
American Express and Jawbone announced a new partnership giving eligible U.S. American Express Card Members the ability to tap to pay with the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker anywhere American Express contactless payments are accepted in the U.S. This partnership and product launch marks the first time consumers can use a wearable fitness tracker with an embedded NFC chip for Amex payments, redefining what is possible with a 24/7 activity tracker.
April 15, 2015
12:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports March net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
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11:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rally would be opportunity to issue shares, says Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital continues to expect elevated debt levels to erode the value of J.C. Penney shares, but it thinks favorable operating momentum could drive the stock price above $10. Imperial believes such a rally would provide Penny with a "great opportunity" to issue additional shares to pay down debt. The firm keeps an Underperform rating on Penny with a $3 price target. Shares of the retailer are up 9c to $9.23 in late morning trading.
08:06 EDTWFCWells Fargo Capital Finance names Guy Fuchs president and COO
Wells Fargo & Company announced that Guy Fuchs has been appointed president and COO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, the bank’s asset-based lending unit, effective immediately. Fuchs, a 14-year veteran of the firm, will continue to report to Henry Jordan, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance. In his new role, Fuchs will oversee the three core business groups of Capital Finance and the shared service teams that are critical to those groups’ operations.
07:46 EDTERICEricsson, Juniper in focus for deals after Nokia-Alcatel tie-up, Bloomberg says
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06:11 EDTWFCRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. 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 dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
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."
16:07 EDTBBYBest Buy chairman retiring June 9, CEO Joly to take on chairman role
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15:38 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:26 EDTWFCWells Fargo April 54.5 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q1
15:06 EDTERICNokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel wireless assets, Bloomberg says
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14:57 EDTERICEricsson trades higher after report of possible Alcatel-Lucent-Nokia deal
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12:39 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Wells Fargo April call option implied volatility is at 27, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
11:16 EDTWFCConocoPhillips looks to sell noncore U.S. acreage, Reuters says
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07:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express shares could hit $105 in 18 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Robert Napoli says shares of American Express (AXP) are trading at nearly a 20% valuation discount to the S&P 500, reflecting "very high" pessimism in the name. Napoli tells investors today that other periods of "extreme pessimism" for American Express included 1998, 2001, and 2008/2009, with each proving to be a buying opportunity. He believes the current period will be no different. Napoli expects Amex shares to trend to historical valuation levels as investors look past the loss of Costco (COST) and better appreciate the company's growth opportunities. The analyst believes a stock price of around $105 is “reasonable” in about 18 months. The credit card issuer closed Friday up 43c to $79.59.
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
05:31 EDTERICEricsson announces joint initiative with Scania and Sweden's RIT
Ericsson has announced that it is to join forces with Scania and Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology in their Integrated Transport Research Lab to explore the transport solutions of the future. The joint initiative, which will explore areas such as autonomous buses and improved systems for traffic management, forms part of the "5G for Sweden" program that was announced in March. The ITRL Lab is set to run until the end of June 2021.
April 10, 2015
16:19 EDTWFCStocks finish week higher as investors speculate jobs data could delay rate hike
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16:14 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:46 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:29 EDTAXPAmerican Express April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:38 EDTWFCBlackstone and Wells Fargo confirm acquisition of GE real estate assets
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06:35 EDTWFCGE releases financial details of GE Capital assets sale
Approximately $16B of after-tax charges are expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 in connection with the plan – of which about $12B are non-cash. The charges include taxes on repatriated earnings, asset impairments due to shortened hold periods, and charges on businesses held for sale, including goodwill allocation. GE expects that the earnings impact of the GE Capital exits will be offset by the buyback over the exit period. GE has amended its income maintenance agreement to guarantee all tradable senior and subordinated debt securities and all commercial paper issued or guaranteed by GECC. The guarantee will replace the current income maintenance covenant. GE will maintain substantial liquidity and capital through the transition and does not expect to issue incremental GE Capital long-term debt for at least five years. Commercial paper will be further reduced to approximately $5 billion by the end of 2015.
06:34 EDTWFCGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTWFCBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTWFCBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTWFCGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:38 EDTWFCGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
09:18 EDTBBY, JCPBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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05:33 EDTERICEricsson launches closed captioning service in U.S.
Ericsson announced the United States launch of a closed captioning service, a service which displays text on a television, video screen, or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information. The company will establish a broadcast and media services hub based in Atlanta, Georgia to provide closed captioning and video description services to both domestic and international clients effective from April 2015.
April 8, 2015
09:38 EDTAXPAmerican Express upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Portales
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06:30 EDTAXPCapital One remains top card issuer pick at Citigroup
In its preview of Q1 results, Citigroup says Capital One (COF) remains its top pick among the card issuers given the company's "strong" card loan growth, capital return and "reasonable" valuation. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $95 price target. The firm continues to see a "modestly" improving U.S. consumer, and also has Buy ratings on American Express (AXP), Discover (DFS), MasterCard (MA), Synchrony Financial (SYF) and Visa (V). Citi thinks investor sentiment has become more negative for card issuers around provisioning for loan growth with the group posting mixed stock performance thus far in 2015.
April 7, 2015
19:54 EDTAXPCisco, American Express invest in mobile wallet startup, Economic Times says
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11:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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10:05 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:51 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded at Oppenheimer
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07:16 EDTAXPRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
06:36 EDTAXPAmerican Express downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
April 6, 2015
16:24 EDTERICNeuStar sues FCC after ruling gave Ericsson contract, Bloomberg says
12:47 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Wells Fargo April call option implied volatility is at 22, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
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