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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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April 15, 2015
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:25 EDTBACBofA expects to remain opportunistic to meet future funding needs
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08:22 EDTBACBank of America sees added costs of about $100M in 2015 due to CCAR resubmission
As previously reported, the Fed issued a conditional non-objection to Bank of America’s capital plan upon which the firm is required to resubmit its plan and address certain weaknesses identified in the capital planning process, with resubmission of the capital plan to occur by September 30. The bank said in slides for its Q1 earnings call that Terry Laughlin has been assigned to lead the CCAR resubmission as well as a longer-term comprehensive evaluation and enhancement of the overall process. BofA noted it has engaged independent third parties to review work streams addressing identified areas to strengthen and implement “best-in-class” processes and controls and that it expects additional associated costs to be approximately $100M in 2015.
07:08 EDTBACBank of America reports Book Value per Share up 4% to $21.66
Estimated common equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel 3, Standardized Approach, Fully Phased-in, was 10.3%; Advanced Approaches 10.1%. Reports estimated Supplementary Leverage Ratios above 2018 required minimums, with bank holding company at 6.3% and primary bank at 7.1%. Reports global excess liquidity sources of $478B, up $51Bf rom 1Q14 and reports time-to-required funding at 37 months. Reports tangible book value per share increased 7% from year ago to $14.79 per share and book value per share increased 4% from year ago to $21.66 per share.
07:05 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 provision for credit losses $765M
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07:04 EDTBACBank of America CEO says seeing 'encouraging' signs in consumer, client activity
“Continuing the trend from last quarter, we saw core loan and deposit growth, higher mortgage originations, and increased wealth management client balances," said CEO Brian Moynihan. “We retained a top position in investment banking as our team generated the highest advisory fees since the Merrill Lynch merger. We see continued encouraging signs in customer and client activity, with consumer spending increasing and utilization of credit by our commercial customers rising. This should bode well for the near-term economic outlook. At a time of continued low interest rates, we had good expense control as we focus on responsible growth with a balanced platform to create long-term value for customers and shareholders.” "We continued to strengthen an already strong and liquid balance sheet this quarter," said CFO Bruce Thompson. "We improved our liquidity, accreted capital and tightly managed expenses in a challenging interest rate environment. Meanwhile, credit quality remained strong, reflecting both the economic environment and our risk underwriting."
07:02 EDTBACBank of America reports Q1 EPS with items 27c, consensus 29c
Reports Q1 revenue $21.2B, consensus $21.5B. Results Include $1.0B, or 6c per share, in annual retirement-eligible incentive costs and $0.5B, or 3c per share, in charges to revenue for market-related net interest income adjustments.
06:11 EDTBACRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
15:34 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:34 EDTBACBank of America April 16 straddle priced for 3.4% movement into Q1
14:38 EDTBACEarnings Watch: Bank of America to report after mixed reviews from Fed
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14:36 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The stock is trading up to resistance at the 50-day moving average, last at $15.95. Since November 2013, the stock has been trading in a range bound largely by $15 at the low and $18 at the high. A break of either end of the range would help guide where shares might trade thereafter. Failing news that is sufficiently bullish or bearish, we could expect the stock to trade in the same range until another catalyst emerges. On better news, resistance above current levels would be at $16.62, $17.22, and then at $18. If the news is more bearish than expected, a breakdown below $15 might be probable. In that event next support levels below $15 as downside objectives would be at $14.37 which is the 52-week low and then at $13.49 and $12.80.
07:35 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 13, 2015
09:24 EDTBACBank of America shares are cheap, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said its sum of the parts of analysis of Overweight rated Bank of America indicates a value of $21. The firm said Bank of America's current share price implies no value for the wealth management division, which it values at $4.84 per share. Morgan Stanley said shares are cheap and recommends purchase.
07:19 EDTBACbloomberg to hold a summit
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April 10, 2015
09:57 EDTBACBank of America April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:21 EDTBACBofA Merrill poaches JP Morgan's Brabazon for M&A group, Reuters reports
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April 8, 2015
10:26 EDTBACBofA Merill Lynch names De Giorgi, Assef as investment banking co-heads, FT says
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April 7, 2015
11:02 EDTBACAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:16 EDTBACRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmEx’s margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
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