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March 21, 2014
08:02 EDTC, BAC, WFC, USB, MSBanks expanding 'concierge' services to lure, keep ultra-rich, WSJ says
Several banks, including units of Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Citi (C), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Morgan Stanley (MS), have expanded the menu of lifestyle-advisory, or "concierge," services they offer to ultra-rich clients, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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July 11, 2014
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 net charge offs $717M
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08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports loans $828.9B at June 30, up $2.5B from March 31
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08:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO says 'optimistic' about bank's future
“Our strong results in the second quarter reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and our long-term focus on meeting the financial needs of our customers,” said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “By continuing to serve customers we grew loans, increased deposits and deepened our relationships. Our results also reflected strong credit quality driven by an improved economy, especially the housing market, and our continued risk discipline. We are committed to both maintaining strong capital levels and returning more capital to our shareholders. In the second quarter we increased our common stock dividend 17 percent and repurchased 39.4 million shares. We remain dedicated to building long-term shareholder value, and I am optimistic about the future as we continue to focus on meeting the needs of our consumer, small business and commercial customers.” CFO John Shrewsberry said, “The primary drivers of Wells Fargo’s business remained strong in the second quarter, with broad-based loan growth, increased deposit balances, and improved credit quality. Revenue increased linked quarter as the Company grew both net interest income and noninterest income, a reflection of Wells Fargo’s diversified business model. These solid fundamental business results led to an increase in pre-tax income linked quarter. Net income was down as the Company’s effective tax rate was lower in the first quarter due to a $423 million discrete tax benefit.”
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q2 EPS $1.01, consensus $1.01
Reports Q2revenue $21.07B, consensus $20.82B.
07:34 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:30 EDTWFCGlobal Interdependence Center to hold a summit
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07:20 EDTBAC, WFC, C, USB, MSBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. 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
July 10, 2014
15:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly 52 straddle priced for 2% move into Q2
15:13 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
09:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, Lazard recommended at Bernstein
Bernstein recommends Morgan Stanley (MS) and Lazard (LAZ) for their exposure to high margin investment banking. The firm also likes Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management.
06:56 EDTBACBank of America July volatility elevated into Q2 and capital outlook
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06:29 EDTBACBank of America requests 5c dividend reapproval, WSJ reports
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06:28 EDTWFCOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: LL PBPB VNO FDO WFC COST ZUMZ UAL BA
06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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06:16 EDTBACHolder refuses meeting with BofA head, Reuters says
Attorney General Eric Holder has formally decided to not meet with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan to discuss a multibillion-dollar agreement, as talks to resolve investigations into shoddy mortgage securities sold by the firm and its divisions are delayed, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said that no discussions between the bank and the U.S. Department of Justice have occurred since the second week in June. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
13:14 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp July volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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07:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Wells Fargo July weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, July is at 20, August is at 15, October is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 11.
06:51 EDTBAC, CBofA also in talks with DOJ to settle civil probes over mortgage unit, WSJ says
In addition to the talks with Citigroup (C), the Department of Justice has also has been in talks with Bank of America (BAC) to resolve civil probes over its mortgage business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCCitigroup close to settling mortgage probe for $7B, NY Times reports
Citigroup is nearing a deal with the Justice Department, under which the bank would pay about $7B to settle a civil probe of mortgage investments it sold, according to The New York Times. Dow Jones yesterday reported that Citigroup would pay about $4B to settle the probe. Reference Link
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