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July 11, 2014
12:36 EDTMTG, LO, JOEZ, AMZN, WFC, RCII, RAIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and fairly flat at midday as fears about Europe's periphery may have lessened a bit after stock markets in Portugal rebounded, though they have not left the picture by any means. The day's big events stateside, including the earnings report from Wells Fargo (WFC) and the confirmation that Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) are in talks about a potential tie-up, have not been enough so far to encourage buyers to step in with conviction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data was reported early in the session. The June federal budget statement is expected to be released at 2:00 pm ET, with analysts predicting a $79.0B surplus for the month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo, the nation’s largest mortgage lender and the first major U.S. bank to report on its second quarter results, slipped xx% near noon after posting earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard advanced 3%, while Reynolds American fell 2%, after the two cigarette makers confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed 4.5% after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Also higher was Joe's Jeans (JOEX), which rose 16% and was upgraded to Buy at B. Riley following the company's Q2 earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which plunged 11% after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower was MGIC Investment (MTG), which fell nearly 11% and was removed from Goldman's Conviction Buy list due to increased uncertainty from the release of the FHFA's proposed private mortgage insurer eligibility requirements. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 26.29, or 0.16%, to 16,888.78, the Nasdaq was up 5.66, or 0.13%, to 4,401.86, and the S&P 500 was down 2.71, or 0.14%, to 1,961.97.
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTWFCFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
December 10, 2014
08:17 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expected to outperform this holiday season, says Nomura
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06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon's publishing boss to leave company, Seattle Times reports
The boss of Amazon's publishing division is leaving after a little more than a year in the job, The Seattle Times reports, citing a confirmed statement from an Amazon spokeswoman. Daphne Durham was at the company for over 15 years. Mikyla Bruder will assume most of Durham’s responsibilities. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch to acquire GoodGame agency, terms not disclosed
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTWFCFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTWFCFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. 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).
07:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com continuing to gain share, says Pacific Crest
After conducting a consumer technology survey, Pacific Crest reports that 81% of respondents plan to shop at Amazon this holiday, while 31% plan to do most or nearly all of their online holiday shopping on the website. The firm thinks the company is continuing to gain share and it recommends buying the stock.
06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazon’s traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customer’s offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
05:34 EDTAMZNChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:26 EDTWFCDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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08:25 EDTRAIReynolds American CFO change not related to negative event, says RBC Capital
After Reynolds' CFO retired, RBC Capital says that the CFO's retirement appears to have been planned ahead of time and does not indicate any problems at the company. The firm keeps a Top Pick rating on the shares.
07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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07:06 EDTMTGMGIC Investment reports November primary new insurance written $2.9B
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06:35 EDTWFCValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks 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
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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