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November 14, 2012
07:01 EDTCCitigroup shareholders ask board to explore structural changes
Trillium Asset Management, on behalf of the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, along with the AFSCME Employees Pension Plan recently filed a shareholder proposal with Citigroup asking the company's board of directors to explore a possible separation of one or more of its business units. Citigroup's shares have consistently traded below book value since late 2008, it failed the Federal Reserve's CCAR stress tests in March, and regulators continue to forbid it from returning significant capital to stockholders due to concerns over its financial stability.
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January 16, 2015
08:24 EDTCCiti catalysts can still drive multiple expansion, says Wells Fargo
After Citi reported slightly lower than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo thinks the company still has several positive upcoming catalysts that could cause its multiple to rise. The firm cut its price target on the name to $57-$60 from $60-$63 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
January 15, 2015
16:20 EDTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
14:05 EDTCCiti reports December credit loss 2.79% vs. 2.37% last month
Reports December delinquencies 1.56% vs. 1.52% last month.
12:26 EDTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:22 EDTCCiti sees FY15 trading revenue performing in-line with the market
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12:14 EDTCCiti CFO says committed to equities business, performance ex-AMEA good
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11:39 EDTCCiti says 2015 repositioning costs 'shouldn't be like' 2014
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11:34 EDTCCiti sees Citi Holdings staying 'at or above' breakeven in FY15
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11:32 EDTCCiti sees FY15 revenue growth for Citicorp in low to mid single digit percentage
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11:30 EDTCCiti sees 1H15 NIM to be 'more or less flat' to FY14 levels
Comment from Q4 earnings conference call.
10:19 EDTCCiti says committed to 2015 targets, returning capital to shareholders
Citi says active sales processes ongoing for consumer operations marked for exit. Will continue to serve institutional clients in these countries, but operations will be reported as part of Citi Holdings as of 1Q15. Citi says active processes underway to exit certain non-core institutional businesses in a "timely and economically rational manner." Says roughly half of those non-core institutional businesses operationsí pre-tax loss in 2014 was directly related to repositioning and other actions associated with the exits. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. Citi is targeting a 2015 institutional clients group efficiency ratio of 43%-57%, compared to a ratio of 59% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 58%. Citigroup reports a Q4 net interest margin of 2.92%, up from 2.91% in Q3 and from 2.88% in 4Q13. Citi sees positioning for increased return of capital over time in 2015. Comments from slides for Q4 earnings conference call.
09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net interest margin 2.92%
08:07 EDTCCitigroup reports Citi Holdings assets down 16% to $98B
Citigroup reports Q4 Citi Holdings revenues of $1.3B, which included CVA/DVA of negative $5M, compared to $1M in the prior year period. Excluding CVA/DVA, Citi Holdings revenues increased slightly from the prior year period driven by higher gains on asset sales and lower cost of funds. As of the end of the quarter, Citi Holdings assets were $98B, 16% below the prior year period, and represented approximately 5% of total Citigroup assets. Citi Holdings allowance for credit losses was $4.5B at the end of Q4, or 6.20% of loans, compared to $6.5B, or 6.98% of loans, in the prior year period. 90+ days delinquent consumer loans in Citi Holdings decreased 28% to $2.0B, or 2.88% of loans.
08:05 EDTCCiti CEO says overall 2014 results fell short of expectations
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08:03 EDTCCiti reports Q4 net credit losses down 12% from prior year to $2.2B
Citi reports Q4 legal and related expenses and repositioning charges totaled $3.5B in the current quarter, compared to $1.0B in the prior year period. Citigroupís cost of credit in Q4 was $2.0B, a decrease of 3% from the prior year period, primarily reflecting a $299M improvement in net credit losses, partially offset by a lower net release of loan loss reserves. Reports Q4 loan loss reserve release of $441M. Reports Q4 provision for benefits and claims $206M. Citigroupís book value per share was $66.16 and its tangible book value per share was $56.83, each as of quarter end, representing 1% and 3% increases, respectively, versus the prior year period. At quarter end, Citigroupís Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 Capital ratio was 10.5%, up from 10.1% in the prior year period. Citigroupís estimated Basel III Supplementary Leverage ratio for the fourth quarter 2014 was 6.0%, up from 5.4% in the prior year period.
08:00 EDTCCiti reports Q4 EPS 6c, consensus 11c
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06:25 EDTCJPMorgan, Citi fire or suspend Forex employees after Justice Dept probe, WSJ say
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