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March 17, 2014
06:32 EDTAXP, JPM, GS, WFC, STT, MSU.S. banks' $75B payout on the line in fed tests, Bloomberg says
The largest U.S. banks are about to learn whether they can pay out more than $75B in excess capital to investors as the Federal Reserve finishes stress tests of their ability to overcome new economic catastrophes, reported Bloomberg. Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan (JPM) would lead a 69% rise in dividends and stock buybacks over the next year after the central bank releases results of its yearly tests. The tests also cover the largest regional banks and security firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), credit card issuers such as American Express (AXP) and custodial banks such as State Street (STT). Reference Link
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January 21, 2015
15:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express January weekly 87 straddle priced for 2.2% movement into Q4
15:03 EDTAXPEarnings Preview: American Express to report results amid upbeat credit trends
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13:54 EDTJPMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:40 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been trading largely in a range of $85 to $95 for the past year with the exception of the market dip last October. A breakout above $95 or a breakdown below $85 may therefore be important for gauging how shares will trade post-earnings. At the current price of $87.29, the $85 level is close by and on a disappointment may well best tested. Support below $85 is at $82.86 and $81.35. On a positive surprise, it would be a stretch for the stock to make it above the top of the range at $95 in one step. A failure to break out above $95 would leave the shares range-bound, but potentially with a new range, higher, low. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objective are at $90.90, $93.30, and $95. On an extreme positive surprise a test of the 52-week high at $96.24 could take place. A breakdown below $85 would be longer-term bearish for price.
07:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's deferment of bonuses lowered to 50%, NY Post says
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January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
13:08 EDTMSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
American Express January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 27, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 21.
10:58 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports 6.1% passive stake in Madison Square Garden
09:14 EDTMSMorgan Stanley does not see lower oil hurting physical oil business sale process
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09:11 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says still committed to sale of oil and gas commodities business
08:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley sees 'clear path' to ROE of 10%
Morgan Stanley sees driving ROE above 10% in Fixed Income and Commodities. On reduction and optimization of Risk-Weighted Assets in Fixed Income and Commodities, the firm said it is on track to achieve year end 2015 target of below $180B and sees additional capital opportunity through passive roll-down of $25B of RWAs by year-end 2018. Morgan Stanley sees a "meaningful reduction" in funding costs due to spread tightening and roll-off of older more expensive debt. For target Compensation/Net Revenue ratios, Morgan Stanley sees Institutional Securities 39% in 2015 in a flat revenue environment; sees Wealth Management 55% over time in a flat interest rate environment; and sees Investment Management 40% over time. Morgan Stanley intends to continue to increase its capital return to shareholders over time, subject to regulatory approval, the company noted. Comments and guidance from Q4 earnings conference call and slides.
07:28 EDTGSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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07:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says Q4 affected by 'choppy market conditions'
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 book value of $34.62
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 14.2%
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07:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 continuing ops EPS 47c, consensus 48c
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07:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 EPS ex-DVA 40c, consensus 48c
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
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