Markets Listless as Investors Await Bank Earnings: Live Business Updates

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For some companies, the only response to the pandemic has been to hunker down and try to avoid running out of cash before their customers can return.

Pret, the 37-year-old British sandwich and coffee chain that’s ubiquitous in central London, is now clearly willing to try anything, Eshe Nelson reports:

  • Pret wants to sell its food in supermarkets, and has already begun selling coffee beans on Amazon.com.

  • It has signed up to all the major food delivery platforms to bring its sandwiches, soups and salads to its work-from-home customers.

  • It opened a so-called dark kitchen in North London to prepare its food strictly for delivery, modeled on the success of Sweetgreen and Shake Shack,

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M&T Bank: A Cheap Valuation Sets Up The Stock To Bounce After Third Quarter Earnings (NYSE:MTB)

Investment Thesis

Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, M&T Bank Corporation (MTB) is a $140 billion asset holding company and parent to M&T Bank. MTB has offices located throughout the Northeastern United States. Specifically, the bank has 785 branches located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and a few other states.

While MTB is more of your classical “loans and deposits” type community banks, relative to super regional peers, it does have a strong wealth management presence associated with its Wilmington Trust business. While most other banks focus on growth first, I believe MTB is more focused on sound credit quality above all else. As one can see from the charts below (under “Credit Analysis”), the bank did quite well during the last recession in terms of credit pain.

As one can see from the valuation chart below, the current valuation (in terms of Price to Tangible

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Business of Football: Dak Prescott’s injury won’t significantly hurt his career earnings

In the aftermath of Dak Prescott’s bone-chilling injury and reaction on Sunday, many have asked me about his business decision to turn down a multi-year offer from the Cowboys to instead play on a one-year contract with no security beyond it. Here are some thoughts.

We do not know what the Cowboys were offering, but we do know from their contract history that they prefer long deals—the longer the better—with guarantees only in the low-risk early years of the deal. They have previously signed star players to contracts with lengths up to 10 years, which are essentially one- or two-year contracts with team options following that. Amid that landscape, the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes agreed to a 12-year deal, one that only secures $63 million over the next three years (Ryan Tannehill is making $91 million over the same time frame). Wanting both a better deal from the Cowboys and

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Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Walgreens and More Major Earnings This Week

ThinkstockA new earnings reporting season kicks off this week, with the big banks and a few other companies leading the way. Although coronavirus concerns have been minimized as the broad markets have stabilized, there still will be an impact on these reports.

Banks will be central in leading the economic recovery, through small business lending, among other things. The numbers that these institutions post will be an important barometer for what comes next.

24/7 Wall St. has put together a preview of some of the major companies kicking off the new earnings reporting season.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) is expected to reveal its third-quarter results on Tuesday before the open. The consensus estimates call for $0.90 in earnings per share (EPS), as well as $17.17 billion in revenue. Citigroup stock recently has been trading near $45 a share. The consensus price target is $65.36. The stock has a 52-week

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Wall Street Week Ahead: U.S. earnings improvement expected, but still a weak quarter

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While good business news has been in short supply, investors may take slight comfort in coming weeks from U.S. corporate earnings that are likely to be bad, but not as bad as they have been.

FILE PHOTO: The Wall Street sign is pictured at the New York Stock exchange (NYSE) in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Analysts expect third-quarter S&P 500 earnings to have fallen 21% compared with the year-ago quarter, a big improvement from second-quarter’s 30.6% drop that was most likely the low point for earnings this year because of coronavirus-fueled lockdowns, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Earnings reporting will get rolling next week with results from some of the big U.S. banks, likely impacted by near record low interest rates and the pandemic-induced recession. JPMorgan & Co. JPM.N and Citigroup C.N both

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Del Taco Restaurants (TACO) Q3 Earnings Preview: What’s in the Cards?

Del Taco Restaurants (TACO) is expected to deliver flat earnings compared to the year-ago quarter on lower revenues when it reports results for the quarter ended September 2020. 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 stock might move higher if these key numbers top expectations in the upcoming earnings report, which is expected to be released on October 15. On the other hand, if they miss, the stock may move lower.

While the sustainability of the immediate price change and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management’s discussion of business conditions on the earnings call, it’s worth handicapping the probability of a positive EPS surprise.

Zacks Consensus Estimate

This restaurant chain is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.10 per share in

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