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Morning Brief: JPMorgan, Citi, Wells Fargo kick off earnings season

Friday, April 13, 2018

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On Friday morning, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC), and PNC Financial (PNC) will all report earnings, marking the unofficial beginning of first quarter earnings season. Results from JPMorgan and Wells Fargo, two of the three largest banks in the country by assets, will be the most closely watched, and investors will pay careful attention to any commentary from JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon on the company’s earnings call.

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Trump orders review of U.S. Postal Service following criticism of Amazon: President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the creation of a task force to study the U.S. Postal Service and its financial difficulties, after recently claiming without evidence that deliveries for Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) were costing the service money. The task force will look into the post office’s business model, similar to a commission set up by U.S. President George Bush in 2002. [Reuters]

Trump u-turn on TPP may help him win allies in China trade fight: President Donald Trump’s move on Thursday to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership back on the agenda shows that he may have a new appreciation of the trade pact’s strategic value as he threatens tariffs on China. Trump had withdrawn from the agreement during his first week in office, citing threats to American workers. Eleven other nations in the Asia Pacific, including key U.S. allies, completed the deal last month. [Bloomberg]

White House plans to escalate trade pressure on China:  The Trump White House, confident that its hard-line strategy is succeeding, is planning to ratchet up the pressure on China by focusing on new tariffs and threatening to block Chinese technology investment in the U.S., according to officials familiar with the strategy. [The Wall Street Journal]

Rite Aid shareholders sour on Albertsons deal: Some Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) shareholders plan to oppose a merger with grocer Albertsons Cos. that they believe undervalues the struggling pharmacy chain. Rite Aid’s shares have fallen about 20% since the companies said they would merge on Feb. 20, a sign of deepening investor disapproval. Albertsons is closely held. Rite Aid said Thursday that same-store sales fell 1.7% in its fourth quarter, the sixth straight period of declines for the key metric. [The Wall Street Journal]

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A standard economy class train, operated by Pakistan Railways, sitting at Karachi Cantonment railway station in Karachi, Pakistan. Beijing is set to upgrade a 1,163-miles track from Karachi to Peshawar near the Afghan border with an $8 billion loan to Pakistan. It’s part of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road trade initiative, which includes $60 billion of badly-needed works financed in Pakistan. Photographer: Asim Hafeez/Bloomberg

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    Business
    The Telegraph

    Facebook under fire as US officials back removal of Zuckerberg as chairman

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  • TSMC Q3 profit slips 0.9 percent amid trade war uncertainty
    Business
    Reuters

    TSMC Q3 profit slips 0.9 percent amid trade war uncertainty

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  • Ken Langone: 'Who the hell in their right frame of mind would be buying bonds now?'
    Business
    Yahoo Finance

    Ken Langone: 'Who the hell in their right frame of mind would be buying bonds now?'

    Billionaire investor and philanthropist Ken Langone, the founder of The Home Depot (HD) and chairman of Invemed Associates, argued that there’s some “big time” structural problems in the market right now. Because if we are on a trajectory of raising rates that means, and if it keeps going that way and I don’t know how high it will go, and it keeps going that way then all the sudden the guy who bought those bonds is going to be looking at a fairly decent loss,” Langone said.

  • A former GE exec who trained new managers found that almost all of them were making the same mistake
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    Business Insider

    A former GE exec who trained new managers found that almost all of them were making the same mistake

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    Finance
    Zacks

    Alibaba (BABA) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

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  • Is "the Apple Store of Weed" a Buy After the Biggest Marijuana Acquisition in U.S. History?
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    Motley Fool

    Is "the Apple Store of Weed" a Buy After the Biggest Marijuana Acquisition in U.S. History?

    MedMen's cannabis retail locations are upscale and well designed, just as Apple Stores are. MedMen stock has more than doubled so far in 2018, performing better than several more well-known Canadian marijuana stocks.

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    News
    Associated Press

    You've won the Mega Millions jackpot. Now what?

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  • Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility
    Business
    WTKR - Norfolk

    Employee Accused of Urinating on Production Line at Food Processing Facility

    Smithfield Foods, Inc. said in a statement Tuesday that it disposed of more than 50,000 pounds of product after reports of an employee urinating at his station at the company’s processing facility in Virginia.

  • Intel restructures manufacturing organization
    Finance
    American City Business Journals

    Intel restructures manufacturing organization

    Chip giant Intel is restructuring its technology and manufacturing business group as it chases more connected device markets and grapples with delays on its next chip generation. In a memo to employees, reviewed by the Business Journal, Group President and Chief Engineering Officer Murthy Renduchintala described splitting the technology and manufacturing business into three groups. The three new groups are technology development, manufacturing and operations and global supply chain.

  • Housing Stocks Tumble Midday; Home Depot Dents Dow
    Finance
    Investing.com

    Housing Stocks Tumble Midday; Home Depot Dents Dow

    Investing.com - Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and other housing-leveraged stocks fell in midday trading following disappointing data on home construction. Home Depot fell about 4.2% at 12:08 PM ET (16:08 GMT) and was a drag on the Dow Jones Industrial Average

  • Sears soars 36% — one day after filing for bankruptcy (SHLD)
    Business
    Business Insider

    Sears soars 36% — one day after filing for bankruptcy (SHLD)

    The retailer received approval on Tuesday to access a $300 million loan to keep it afloat during bankruptcy. Sears Holdings soared as much as 124% — one day after filing for bankruptcy — as the embattled retailer received approval to access a $300 million loan to keep it afloat during bankruptcy.

  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Q3 Earnings Preview: Here's What to Look Out For
    Business
    Zacks

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Q3 Earnings Preview: Here's What to Look Out For

    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on higher revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2018. This widely-known consensus outlook gives a good sense of the company's earnings picture, but how the actual results compare to these estimates is a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price. The earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 24, 2018, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations.

  • Home Depot Stock Falls 4.5% on Credit Suisse’s Downgrade
    Finance
    Market Realist

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    Motley Fool

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    CNBC Videos

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  • Why American Airlines Group Stock Jumped 6% -- Then Gave Most of It Back
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Why American Airlines Group Stock Jumped 6% -- Then Gave Most of It Back

    Shares of American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) popped 6.4% in early trading Wednesday before retracting to close the day up less than 1% -- just 0.9%, to be precise. An upgrade assigned to the stock by Deutsche Bank appears to be the primary reason for the move. A Deutsche Bank analyst upgraded American Airlines stock from "hold" to "buy" on Wednesday, as we're told by our friends at StreetInsider.com.

  • At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman
    Business
    Reuters

    At Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman

    State treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, co-filed the proposal. A similar shareholder proposal seeking an independent chair was defeated in 2017 at Facebook, where Zuckerberg's majority control makes outsider resolutions effectively symbolic.

  • AT&T (T) Q3 Earnings Preview: How Are Events Shaping Up?
    Business
    Zacks

    AT&T (T) Q3 Earnings Preview: How Are Events Shaping Up?

    The market expects AT&T (T) to deliver a year-over-year increase in earnings on higher revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2018. This widely-known consensus outlook is important in assessing the company's earnings picture, but a powerful factor that might influence its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates. The stock might move higher if these key numbers top expectations in the upcoming earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 24.

  • Business
    Benzinga

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  • Where Will NVIDIA Be in 5 Years?
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    Motley Fool

    Where Will NVIDIA Be in 5 Years?

    At one time, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) floated under the radar in the technology sector. Its graphics processing units (GPUs) were then niche tech products that appealed mainly to graphic artists and hardcore PC gamers, but that all changed over the last

  • Nvidia (NVDA) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know
    Business
    Zacks

    Nvidia (NVDA) Dips More Than Broader Markets: What You Should Know

    Heading into today, shares of the maker of graphics chips for gaming and artificial intelligence had lost 9.29% over the past month, lagging the Computer and Technology sector's loss of 4.86% and the S&P 500's loss of 3.08% in that time. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $3.25 billion, up 23.44% from the year-ago period. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

  • Business
    Bloomberg

    TSMC's Sales Outlook Falls Short as Smartphone Demand Stalls

    TSMC, which is also struggling with a slowdown in cryptocurrency mining demand, is expecting sales of $9.35 billion to $9.45 billion this quarter, lagging the $9.55 billion average estimate. For 2019, Taiwan’s largest company also foresees a bump in spending -- key to retaining its technological edge -- to as much as $12 billion. While TSMC remains the exclusive maker of iPhone processors, it’s coming up against a global smartphone market that’s seeing little growth as customers take longer to replace devices and brands fail to come up with innovative designs.

  • Kinder Morgan Canada's profit surges on TransMountain sale
    Business
    Reuters

    Kinder Morgan Canada's profit surges on TransMountain sale

    The company said on Wednesday it expects to return about C$1.2 billion ($921.5 million) or C$11.40 per restricted voting share from the sale to its shareholders. Its parent, U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc, closed the sale of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government for C$4.5 billion in August. Kinder Morgan Canada said net income rose to C$1.35 billion in the three months ended Sept. 30, from C$42.4 million, a year earlier.

  • Steven Mnuchin, Who Sat on Sears' Board for Years, Could Impact the Pensions of Thousands of Workers
    Business
    Fortune

    Steven Mnuchin, Who Sat on Sears' Board for Years, Could Impact the Pensions of Thousands of Workers

    Long before he was Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin was a student at Yale University. One of those was Eddie Lampert. Lampert, of course, is the recently departed CEO of Sears Holdings, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday.

  • Netflix soaring with earnings beat, Target shares slip and Home Depot takes a dive with Credit Suisse downgrade
    Finance
    Yahoo Finance

    Netflix soaring with earnings beat, Target shares slip and Home Depot takes a dive with Credit Suisse downgrade

    Let’s check out the Yahoo Finance charts of the day. Netflix (NFLX): Shares are up in early trade, at around 6.3%.  The streaming giant reported strong user growth and exceeded expectations for adding subscribers during the third quarter. Netflix easily