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April 11, 2014
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
Reports Q1 revenue $20.63B, consensus $20.6B.
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July 22, 2015
09:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Pelos to oversee commercial, corporate, treasury mangement
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTWFCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTWFCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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July 17, 2015
18:08 EDTWFCPredatory lending lawsuits against Wells Fargo dismissed, Reuters says
Wells Fargo won the dismissal of two lawsuits that had accused the company of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in predatory lending practices in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTWFCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
14:00 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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July 15, 2015
11:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo to host investor meeting
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July 14, 2015
18:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO eyes additional GE Capital assets, Reuters says
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16:24 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion following the market's last three days of gains. With headwinds such as the Greek debt crisis and the Iran nuclear deal out of the way for the time being, investors are able to turn their attention more fully to the earnings season. Reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were mostly in-line with expectations, if not better than hoped, in several dimensions. The averages began to drift higher, with the Dow surpassing the 18,000 level again and the Nasdaq rising back above 5,100. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading slipped 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, BOE Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked as high as $38.82 late this morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal. Twitter, which has been the frequent subject of takeover speculation, closed up 93c, or 2.6%, at $36.71. The Securities and Exchange Commission will need to add this latest apparent hoax to the list of others it is investigating, including a filing made two months ago by "PTG Capital Partners" purporting to outline its offer to acquire Avon Products (AVP)... JPMorgan (JPM) reported quarterly earnings before the open, beating on both the top and bottom line. Banking peer Wells Fargo (WFC) also reported its results this morning, with earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations. Shares of both banks rose about 1% following their reports. Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slipped about 0.5% to $99.78 despite reporting better than expected earnings, posting revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which rose $2.00, or 11.36%, to $19.61 following a Wall Street Journal report last night that claims China's Tsinghua offered to acquire the company for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher were shares of WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 71c, or 6.38%, to $11.83 after announcing an agreement to buy RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35B plus the assumption of $400M in debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $2.24, or 18.73%, to $9.72 after announcing last night that its CEO Jill Granoff has resigned. In the wake of that news, William Blair downgraded the stock today to Market Perform from Outperform. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which dropped $4.73, or 7.44%, to $58.81 after cutting both quarterly and yearly guidance last night, which was followed by a downgrade of the stock at Citi this morning. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 75.90, or 0.42%, to 18,053.58, the Nasdaq rose 33.38, or 0.66%, to 5,104.89, and the S&P 500 gained 9.35, or 0.45%, to 2,108.95.
14:13 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Bank of America continues Q2 earnings for big banks
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12:28 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
10:54 EDTWFCWells Fargo says home purchases in Q2 'strongest' in some time
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10:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo says ongoing U.S. economic expansion 'on track'
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09:20 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Natural Health Trends Corp. (NHTC), up 16.2% following second quarter guidance... Transgenomic (TBIO), up 14% after launching genetic test for Leukodystrophy diagnosis... Biocept (BIOC), up 12.4% after launching diagnostic assay for BRAF mutations in melanoma patients... Micron (MU), up 13.1% after WSJ reports that Tsinghua made $23B acquisition offer... SanDisk (SNDK) and AMD (AMD) are up 3.8% and 3.1%, respectively, following reports of Tsinghua offer to Micron... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.2% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1%... JPMorgan (JPM), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Vince Holding (VNCE), down 16.3% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Tonix Pharmaceuticals (TNXP), down 8.3% after 2.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $7.50... Spirit Airlines (SAVE), down 7.4% after pricing pressure leads to reduced fiscal 2015 margin view... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 2.8% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
08:05 EDTWFCWells Fargo expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio for FY15
Wells Fargo said its noninterest expense declined $38 million from the prior quarter to $12.5 billion, primarily due to lower employee benefits, which were seasonally elevated in first quarter 2015. This decline was partially offset by higher operating losses, reflecting higher litigation accruals for various legal matters, as well as higher salaries, outside professional services, and advertising and promotion expense. The efficiency ratio improved to 58.5 percent in second quarter 2015, compared with 58.8 percent in the prior quarter. The company expects to operate within its targeted efficiency ratio range of 55 to 59 percent for full year 2015.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 credit losses $650M vs. $708M last quarter
Wells Fargo said "Credit losses were $650 million in second quarter 2015, compared with $708 million in the first quarter, an 8 percent improvement. The quarterly loss rate was 0.30 percent with commercial losses of 0.06 percent and consumer losses of 0.53 percent. Nonperforming assets declined by $438 million, or 12 percent, from the prior quarter. Nonaccrual loans decreased $67 million as deterioration in the energy portfolio was offset by improvements across other portfolios. We released $350 million from the allowance for credit losses in the second quarter, reflecting continued credit quality improvement and more specifically, improvement in the residential real estate portfolio. Future allowance levels may increase or decrease based on a variety of factors, including loan growth, portfolio performance and general economic conditions."
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 10.5%
Capital levels remained strong in the second quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 under Basel III of $139.9 billion. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III was 10.5 percent3. In second quarter 2015, the Company purchased 36.3 million shares of its common stock and paid a quarterly common stock dividend of $0.375 per share, up from $0.35 per share a year ago.
08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO says bank 'well positioned' for the future
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08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 EPS $1.03, consensus $1.03
Reports Q2 revenue $21.32B, consensus $21.7B.
07:32 EDTWFCFederal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to hold a symposium
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