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January 16, 2013
15:00 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America shares rallying ahead of earnings report
Bank of America (BAC) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Thursday, January 17, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Bank of America is a bank that provides a wide array of financial services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 2c on revenue of $21.03B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 0c-5c on revenue of $18.22B-$23B. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported Q3 EPS of 0c against estimates for (7c), on revenue of $19.41B against estimates for $18.35B. The bank's Q3 results were negatively impacted by 28c per share of one-time items, it reported. Credit quality improved across most of its major portfolios, as the bank's provision for credit losses sank to $1.77B, down from $3.4B during the same period in 2011. The total client balances in its Global Wealth and Investment Management unit rose 3% over the prior quarter to $2.3T, However, the revenue from its Consumer and Business Banking unit fell $379M year-over-year to $1.3B and its consumer real estate services unit reported a net loss of $877M. The bank stated that it was focused on working to return cash to shareholders, as its balance sheet was strong. Last month, however, the bank's CEO, Brian Moynihan, said that it would have to generate consistent earnings before the Fed would enable it to return cash to shareholders. On January 7 Bank of America reached a settlement with Fannie Mae over soured mortgage-backed investments. Under the deal, Bank of America agreed to pay Fannie Mae $3.6B in cash and buy back $6.75B in loans that it sold to the government-backed institution. Also on January 7, Bank of America announced that it had agreed to sell $215B in mortgage servicing assets to Nationstar (NSM), and reached a settlement with federal authorities over improper foreclosure practices. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts' outlook on Bank of America has been mixed in recent weeks. Credit Suisse downgraded the stock to Neutral from Outperform on January 9, citing valuation. Meanwhile, RBC Capital increased its price target on the shares to $14 from $12 on January 8, as the firm believes the bank's settlement with Fannie Mae and its sale of $306B of mortgages will improve the consistency of its earnings. The firm maintained an Outperform rating on the stock. Analyst Meredith Whitney was very bullish on December 19, telling the Wall street Journal that the bank's stock represented a "big opportunity, now that the bank had gotten the "junk out of the trunk." PRICE ACTION: Over the past 12 months, Bank of America's stock has risen about 77%, and its momentum has continued over the last three months, with the shares up nearly 25% over that period.
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September 10, 2014
11:58 EDTBACBank of America sees modest improvement in charge-offs in Q3
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11:56 EDTBACBofA sees reducing branches to 5,000 by end of year
Bank of America sees consolidating some branches with Merrill offices. Comments made at Barclays conference.
11:48 EDTBACBank of America said to be planning job cuts next week, Bloomberg reports
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11:30 EDTBACBofA says most exposure on legacy mortgage issues 'in rear-view mirror'
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11:26 EDTBACBofA says credit quality trends continue to improve
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11:19 EDTBACBofA to continue execution of nonperforming loan sales
Bank of America sold $2.1B nonperforming loans in 2Q14; approximately $2B expected to be sold in 3Q14.
11:15 EDTBACBofA Basel 3 Common Equity Tier 1 Capital $137.2B as of June 30
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07:16 EDTBACRepublicans, Democrats both push for harder 'too big to fail' rules, WSJ says
Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle urged U.S. regulators to push forward additional regulations to ensure the biggest banks aren't "too big to fail," said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks 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
06:35 EDTBACFed may raise capital requirement for some banks to 11.5%, NY Times reports
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06:20 EDTBACBarclays hires BofA Merrill Lynch's Richard Casavechia, FT reports
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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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14:54 EDTBACApple announces Apple Pay
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:33 EDTBACFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTBACFed to require large US banks to have extra financial padding, WSJ reports
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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10:48 EDTBACBank of America upgraded as legal issues recede
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10:06 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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05:40 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded its rating on Bank of America (BAC) shares to Buy citing the resolution of a lot of the bank's legal issues and the shift of its earnings mix towards higher growth businesses. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $19 from $17. Bank of America closed Friday down 9c to $16.02.
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