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$FDC and Valley National Bank, a subsidiary of $VLY, entered into long-term agreement to provide secure commerce solutions for bank's merchant clients. The referral relationship will provide $FDC's cutting-edge solution suite to bank's business client base across their network of more than 200 branches in New Jersey, New York, and Florida.
The iPhone maker $AAPL's revenue jumped 12.6% to $88.29Bil in 1Q18, though the number of iPhone units sold fell 1% YoY, thanks to the pricier iPhones that increased the company's margins. Japan had the highest growth in revenue of 26% followed by Rest of Asia Pacific, Europe & Greater China. $AAPL guided for 2Q18 revenue of between $60-62Bil.
Geographically for 1Q18, $AAPL showed good growth across all regions. Japan showed the highest momentum with revenue surging 26% YoY, while China revenue grew 11%, driven by higher sales of the company's premium smartphone iPhoneX. The company also reported that its active installed base of devices reaches 1.3Bil in January.
$AMZN announced the opening of The Spheres, its newest Seattle HQ buildings which have no enclosed offices or conference spaces. The Spheres feature treehouse meeting rooms, river and waterfall features, a four-story living wall, and epiphytic trees. The project created more than 600 full-time jobs, and is part of a more than $4Bil investment.
$LKSD's BoD declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.26 per common share. This dividend is a 4% increase from the level paid quarterly since October 2016. The dividend is payable on March 2, 2018 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 15, 2018.
$BAC said it expects solid NII growth in 2018 from loan and deposit growth. "The increase is going to depend upon the amount of loan growth, the utilization of rates increasing along the forward curve and obviously our ability to manage the deposit rate pay," CFO Paul Donofrio said.
$AMZN has chosen 20 metropolitan areas as proposed locations for HQ2, its second headquarters. These are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington DC.
$AMZN reviewed 238 proposals from across the US, Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, its second headquarters in North America. The company has chosen 20 metropolitan areas for the next phase of the process. $AMZN expects to make a decision in 2018. The company plans to invest over $5Bil and create as many as 50,000 jobs at HQ2.
Spurred by the Republican tax reform, $AAPL said it would increase its direct contribution to the US economy to over $350Bil over the next five years. The tech giant expects to invest over $30Bil in capital expenditures in the US during this period and create over 20,000 jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one.
$AMZN said Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting February 1, giving users access to a catalogue of more than 45MM songs and hundreds of playlists and personalised stations. New subscribers can sign up for a free 90-day trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time.
Net interest income grew 11.4% to $11.46Bil for $BAC in 4Q17. This was primarily driven by three interest rate increases in 2017. However, non-interest income fell 7% to $9Bil due to the impact of the tax act and lower mortgage banking income.
Joining the bandwagon of other banking giants, $BAC reported 4Q17 earnings that almost halved to $2.37Bil, or 20 cents per share, weighed down by charges related to Republican tax reforms, as well as lower trading. Excluding this charge, net income was 47 cents per share. Revenue for the quarter edged up 2% to $20.4Bil.
Amazon Web Services, Inc., an $AMZN company, announced that Comcast Cable has selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. Comcast Cable will expand its use of AWS by migrating material workloads and building new applications on AWS.