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March 26, 2014
18:04 EDTZION, HSBC, SAN, C, RBSFed objects to capital plans of Citigroup, four others
Citigroup (C) and four other banks had their capital plans rejected by the Federal Reserve. The capital plans of the North American units of three international banks, HSBC (HSBC) of Britain, Santander (SAN) of Spain, and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), were rejected along with Zions Bancorporation (ZION), as the firm did not meet the minimum, post-stress tier-1 common ratio of 5%. WHAT'S NEW: Twenty five of the thirty banks that underwent the Federal Reserve stress test passed. The Federal Reserve objected to the plans of Citigroup, HSBC, Santander, and Royal Bank of Scotland based on qualitative concerns, while rejecting Zions' plan because it did not meet a minimum post-stress capital requirement. Passing the stress test is critical for the banks to get approval for dividend raises and increased share repurchase plans. CITIGROUP: The Fed noted that Citigroup has made progress in improving general risk management and control over the pasty several years but added "its 2014 capital plan reflected a number of deficiencies in its capital planning practices, including in some areas that had been previously identified by supervisors as requiring attention." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Citigroup traded down almost 6% in the after-hours to $47.30, Banco Santander was lower by almost 1% to $9.08, HSBC Holdings was up fractionally to $50.57, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group was down 0.6% to $9.94 and Zions was unchanged at $30.20.
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:09 EDTCCiti reports February credit loss 2.55% vs. 2.30% last month
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14:08 EDTSAN, RBS, HSBCEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:25 EDTSANBanco Santander able to easily sell subprime auto loan bond, NY Times says
Banco Santander last week was able to easily sell its bond comprised mostly of subprime auto loans, according to The New York Times. The deal was worth $712M, the newspaper noted. Reference Link
March 13, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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15:40 EDTC, RBSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTRBS, CDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
13:55 EDTRBSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
11:48 EDTHSBCFrench prosecutor requests criminal trial HSBC Swiss unit, Guardian says
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05:57 EDTCJudge blocks Citi from processing Argentine bond payment, Financial Times says
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March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTSANOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 12, 2015
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12:29 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nationís M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banksí new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinsonís disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
10:46 EDTCCiti, American Express, Regions Financial seen as CCAR winners
Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC) after the CCAR results were announced. WHAT'S NEW: Citi and Regions Financial were the biggest winners of the CCAR process, Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O' Connor wrote. Noting that Citi won approval to pay a quarterly dividend of 5c per share and buy back $7.8B of its shares, the analyst wrote that the figures were in-line with expectations or better than expected. Many investors probably were relieved by the news, the analyst stated. Addressing Regions Financial, O'Connor wrote that the bank's $875M share buyback plan was much higher than the $625M that Deutsche Bank had expected. The analyst had a mixed take on Bank of America. After the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime, the analyst wrote that the news was slightly disappointing. However, since some had worried that the Fed would reduce Bank of America's capital ratios when it exits parallel run, the news was positive overall for the bank, O'Connor wrote. Also upbeat on Citi and Regions was BMO Capital analyst Lana Chan, who predicted that Citi's stock should "re-rate" on the news and kept a $63 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Regions Financial's buyback was 85% above Chan's forecast, she reported. The large size of the buyback indicates that the company believes its stock is undervalued, the analyst added. Bank of America "seems to have just squeaked by with a conditional pass," and its $4B share buyback plan "is more than a token," wrote Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski . The analyst continued to recommend Bank of America's stock. American Express (AXP) was the "standout of the CCAR process," as it received permission for a total payout of over 100% to shareholders in 2015, Kotowski stated. The analyst, however, kept a Perform rating on AmEx shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Citi jumped 3.2% to $54, Regions rallied 3.3% to $9.85, American Express added 1.5% to $80.62, and Bank of America slid 0.6% to $16.
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08:50 EDTCCiti shares to re-rate after capital return approved, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital predicts that Citi's shares will "re-rate" after the Fed approved the bank's 5c per share dividend and $7.8B share buyback initiative. The firm keeps a $63 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:44 EDTCDeutsche calls Citi, Regions biggest stress test winners
Deutsche Bank views Citi (C) and Regions Financial (RF) as the biggest winners coming out of the Federal Reserve's stress tests. Citi's non-objection, buybacks of $7.8B and a quarterly dividend of 5c were all in-line to better than expected, while Regions' buybacks of $875M was much higher than its $625M estimate, Deutsche points out. The firm believes KeyCorp (KEY), Morgan Stanley (MS) and SunTrust (STI) were also winners after announcing larger than expected buybacks. It views the results for Bank of America (BAC) as a "slight disappointment," but adds some investors may be relieved by the lack of rejection to the capital plan.
07:09 EDTSANCitigroup to hold a conference
23rd Annual Latin America Conference in New York on March 12-13.
06:23 EDTHSBC, CHSBC, Citi, others linked to foreign money laundering bank, WSJ says
HSBC (HSBC), Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), and Deutsche Bank (DB) reportedly had correspondent-banking relationships with Banca Privada díAndorra, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the Treasury Departmentís Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Treasury Department Tuesday labeled Banca Privada a "primary money-laundering concern" allegedly working with organized crime, and HSBC "immediately terminated" its relationship with the bank upon learning of the link, said a person familiar with the matter. The three other banks stated they will or have taken appropriate action, and the Treasury Department has not accused the firms of any wrongdoing. Reference Link
06:17 EDTRBSRBS loses key pre-trial battle in GBP 30M lawsuit, Financial Times reports
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