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November 3, 2009
06:20 EDTWMT, BAC, FOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Last year pensions for key executives jumped an average of 19%, and over 200 executives climbed over 50%, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. That happened as share prices at the companies declined an average 37% in 2008...FINANCIAL TIMES: In addition to a renewed drive to open a second Supercenter store in Chicago, retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) is also raising its political profile in Philadelphia and continuing to cultivate the ground for a potential move into New York City, the Financial Times reported. Wal-Mart has stepped up efforts to mobilize local political support for new store openings in U.S. cities and urban areas that were last month identified as a growth priority for the retailer by CEO Mike Duke...BARRON'S: Ford (F) seems to be back in the "driver's seat," Barron's said, reporting a Q3 profit surprise and cutting expenses faster than expected. The company is operating more effectively than it was a year ago, with more cash on the books and free cash flow for the first time since 2007...BLOOMBERG: Bloomberg reported that Bank of America (BAC) broadened its search for a CEO to include candidates who want to live in New York. Leading internal CEO candidates are Chief Risk Officer Gregory Curl and consumer banking chief Brian Moynihan.
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October 15, 2014
06:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart partners with VUDU for digital movie access offering
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October 14, 2014
15:29 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:14 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after upbeat notes from analysts
Bank of America (BAC) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Wednesday, October 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Bank of America is a financial services company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (9c) on revenue of $21.36B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (14c)-(5c) on revenue of $20.73B-$21.93B. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its net charge-offs dropped to $1.1B in Q2 from $1.4B in Q1 and $2.1B in Q2 of 2013. Its provision for credit losses tumbled to $411M from $1.2B in the same period a year earlier. The drop was driven by lower levels of delinquencies across its consumer lending portfolio, as well as improvement in its consumer real estate portfolios, the bank stated. Bank of America added that its net interest income was positioned to rise as interest rates increased.. The bank's investment banking pipeline remained strong, while the second half of 2014 "looks healthy," the bank's CEO said. On August 6, the bank increased its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. On August 21, Bank of America announced that it had reached a $16.65B settlement with the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General on charges related to its residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligation businesses. On September 10, the bank said its credit quality continued to improve, while most of its exposure to legacy mortgages had been eliminated. PEER RESULTS :Three large banks reported their Q2 results today. Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected Q3 results today, while Wells Fargo's (WFC) results were roughly in-line with expectations. JPMorgan's (JPM) profit beat expectations, but its revenue came in slightly lower than expected. JPMorgan reported that its consumer and business banking deposits had risen 9%, and it lowered its fiscal 2014 charge-off guidance. The global economy faces challenges, but the U.S. economy is steadily improving, the bank stated. Citi said that its net credit losses had tumbled 14% from year ago levels, while its book value per share had risen 4% versus the same period a year earlier. Citi added that its consumer banking revenue was continuing to grow. As for Wells Fargo, the bank released $300M of its reserves due to improved credit quality, and said that it continued to sees signs of an improving economy. However, the bank added that its net interest margin had fallen to 3.06% from 3.15% as of June 30. STREET RESEARCH: On October 2, UBS upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Hold. The bank should be under less pressure than its peers to raise the interest rates it pays on deposits as the Federal Reserve starts to increase rates, the firm believes. Research suggests that holders of deposit accounts at Bank of America are less sensitive to rates than holders of deposit accounts at other banks, the firm explained. This situation should enhance the bank's ability to benefit from rising interest rates, according to UBS, which raised its price target on the shares to $20 from $16.80. On September 8, Goldman Sachs upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Neutral. The bank's business mix has improved significantly, as it has begun obtaining a greater percentage of its revenue from more profitable businesses, Goldman stated. Consequently, the bank's earnings per share volatility has decreased, Goldman believes. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $19 from $17. On September 20, Barron's echoed Goldman's enthusiasm, saying that Bank of America's earnings per share could hit $2 by 2017, up from an estimated 75c this year, while its cumulative dividends between now and 2017 could reach $1 per share. The stock could be worth $25 by 2017, the magazine stated. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock is up 15% in the last year, but it is down 1.5% in the last month.
15:02 EDTBACBank of America October 16.5 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:47 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages in the last three months, trading up over 5%. The trend in the shares has been bullish with relatively low volatility. In technical terms the short-term and intermediate-term picture is bullish. On a longer-term basis however, the stock is at an interesting juncture. On a 5-year chart, the last 2.5 years to present are a mirror of the period from 5 years to 2.5 years ago. That puts the stock right back at resistance levels from early 2010. The key for the stock now is either breaking through resistance at the $18.50 area, or, fading. A breakout above $18.50 on strong news and a positive outlook would be very long-term bullish for share price. Resistance above $18.50 is at $18.99. Equally, news that fails to push the stock above that area could be a catalyst for a resumption of consolidation as traders await another upside catalyst. Support in that event is at $15.45, $14.98, and $14.02.
10:01 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:24 EDTFFord upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
06:15 EDTFFord downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Ford to Neutral citing lack of near-term catalysts and less balance sheet optionality. Price target lowered to $17 from $21.
October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTBACOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
11:00 EDTFFord adding 850 more jobs at Ford Rouge Center to build new F-150
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10:23 EDTFFord to hire 850 workers for Dearborn Rouge factories, WSJ says
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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07:19 EDTBACAmEx, 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
07:15 EDTWMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:44 EDTF, BACRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTBACBanking 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
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:03 EDTBACBanks 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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