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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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August 22, 2014
07:42 EDTBACBank of America DOJ settlment removes a major overhang, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley lowered Bank of America's Q3 EPS estimate to (4c) from 34c based on the DOJ settlement and said it removes a major overhang. The firm views shares as cheap and expects the stock to rally as expenses continue to declines. Shares are Overweight rated with a $22 price target.
August 21, 2014
15:37 EDTBACBank of America reiterated as an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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15:25 EDTBACBank of America rallies following DOJ/State AGs settlement news
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10:34 EDTBACOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTBACBank of America volatility expected to move on $16.65B settlement with DOJ
Bank of America volatility is expected to move on paying a $16.65B settlement with DOJ. Overall option implied volatility of 21 is below its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
09:11 EDTBACSEC says Bank of America settles two cases
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09:09 EDTBACBofA settlement to reduce Q3 pre-tax earnings by approx. 43c per share after tax
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09:09 EDTBACBofA to pay $9.65B in cash, $7B worth of consumer relief in settlement
Borrower relief will be in the form of mortgage modifications, including first-lien principal and forbearance forgiveness and second-lien extinguishments, low- to moderate-income mortgage originations, and community reinvestment and neighborhood stabilization efforts, with initiatives focused on communities experiencing, or at risk of, urban blight. This includes lien releases, uninhabitable and abandoned property demolition, and remediation and property donations. Also, Bank of America will support the expansion of available affordable rental housing. Bank of America has committed to complete delivery of the relief by no later than August 31, 2018. The consumer relief will be subject to oversight by an independent monitor.
09:07 EDTBACBofA to pay $16.65B in settlement with DOJ, state AGs
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09:03 EDTBACBank of America to pay $16.65B in settlement with DOJ, Bloomberg reports
08:41 EDTBACBank of America, DOJ settlement to be announced today, CNBC reports
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06:43 EDTBACRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTBACBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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17:12 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:35 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
Bank of America along with federal and state authorities agreed upon a $17B settlement for the bank in connection with the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, says AP. Reference Link
14:20 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
08:38 EDTBACRevolution Lighting enters loan, security agreement with BofA
Revolution Lighting (RVLT) announced that it has entered into a three year loan and security agreement with Bank of America (BAC). The agreement allows Revolution Lighting to borrow up to $25M on a revolving basis. Borrowings under the agreement are determined on specified percentages of eligible receivables and inventory, and bear interest either on the base rate plus specified margins or at LIBOR plus specified margins, at the election of Revolution Lighting. The loan provides Revolution Lighting with favorable interest rates with an initial interest rate of 3%. The agreement contains customary covenants and restrictions typical of these agreements.
August 19, 2014
06:20 EDTBACBofA COO transfers, senior manager assumes role, Bloomberg says
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August 18, 2014
06:47 EDTBACU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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