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April 13, 2012
16:16 EDTWFC, JPM, GOOG, AAPL, LNG, CSTR, PWAV, TLBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as a report that indicated slowing growth in China weighed on sentiment. Stock futures were lower in pre-market trading, leading to a lower open for the market. The selling gained momentum following the slightly disappointing University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. The averages pared their losses by midday but weakness in shares of Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) kept the Nasdaq lagging the other averages. As the news flow began to slow the market drifted in a narrow range, until a late sell-off pushed the averages to new lows into the closing bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline consumer price index rose 0.3% in March, while the core reading which removes food and energy was up 0.2%, with both readings matching expectations. The consumer sentiment index fell to 75.7, versus expectations of 76.2. In China, the nation's gross domestic product grew at its slowest pace in three years, rising only 8.1%, when published forecasts were near 8.4% and "whisper numbers" for the growth rate were even higher. In Europe, the cost of insuring against a Spanish default jumped to an all-time record as investors fear the nation may become the fourth, and by far the largest, euro-region member to need a bailout... COMPANY NEWS: Wells Fargo (WFC) and JP Morgan (JPM), the nation's two largest home lenders, kicked off bank earnings season by reporting better than expected profits, with strong mortgage results helping revenue at both. However, both banks slid amid a broad decline in financial stocks, with Wells Fargo falling $1.18, or 3.47%, to $32.84 and JP Morgan losing $1.63, or 3.64%, to $43.21... Google's earnings beat consensus estimates but more attention was paid to the company's announcement of a novel new share structure. Google's creation of a new class of nonvoting shares, to be distributed to existing stockholders effectively producing a 2-for-1 stock split, will let the company issue new shares without diluting the founders’ voting power, which raised concern among corporate-governance watchdogs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cheniere Energy (LNG), up $1.12, or 7.13%, to $16.82, ahead of the government's decision on the company's request to build a Louisiana plant to export liquefied natural gas, and Coinstar (CSTR), up $4.47, or 7.29%, to $65.78, after the company pre-announced higher than expected quarterly results. Noteworthy losers included Powerwave Technologies (PWAV), down 84c, or 39.07%, to $1.31, following its forecast of Q1 revenue well below the consensus estimate, and Talbots (TLB), down 46c, or 14.70%, to $2.67, after its Q4 results and Q1 guidance both disappointed... INDICES: The Dow lost 136.99, or 1.05%, to 12,849.59; the Nasdaq fell 44.22, or 1.45%, to 3,011.33; and the S&P 500 dropped 17.31, or 1.25%, to 1,370.26.
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October 13, 2014
13:40 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
Wells Fargo October call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 20, January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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12:30 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: JPMorgan to report after disclosing massive security breach
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:39 EDTJPMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
07:19 EDTWFC, JPMAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTJPM, WFCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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00:04 EDTJPM, WFCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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13:03 EDTJPM, WFCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space 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
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