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January 16, 2013
14:08 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report results after naming new CEO
Citigroup (C) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Thursday, January 17, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. Citigroup is a bank that provides a wide array of financial services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 96c on revenue of $18.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 84c-$1.09 on revenue of $16.49B-$19.57B. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported Q3 EPS of $1.06 -- excluding certain items related to the valuation of derivatives -- against estimates for 96c, on revenue of $19.41B against estimates for $18.35B. Last quarter the bank's fixed income jumped 63% year-over-year, but its global consumer banking revenue increased just 2% and its overall securities and banking revenue fell 29% Citigroup stated that it was managing its risks "very carefully," and predicted that its net interest margin would remain pressured in the fourth quarter, but added that it expected to benefit from strong mortgage refinancing trends in the fourth quarter. In November former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit resigned after reportedly clashing with the bank's board over management issues. The board selected Michael Corbal, who was serving as Citigroup’s CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa, to replace Pandit. The bank on December 5 announced that it would cut 11,000 positions and on January 7 named two co-presidents, Jamie Forese and Manuel Medina-Mora. Forese is heading the bank's institutional businesses, while Medina-Mora is overseeing its Global Consumer Banking and its franchise in Mexico. Also on January 7 Citigroup estimated that it would take a pretax charge of $305M to settle charges of mortgage foreclosure improprieties. STREET RESEARCH: Several research firms have issued optimistic notes about Citigroup in recent weeks. On January 7 Wells Fargo added Citigroup to its Priority Stock List. Wells upgraded the stock because of what it sees as the bank's diversified fee revenue streams,ability to realize operating leverage gains, improving capital return, and ability to obtain above average returns from a late stage credit recovery. RBC Capital on January 9 increased its price target on Citigroup to $48 from $44. Although RBC lowered its estimates for the bank to reflect lower expected capital markets revenue from fixed income trading, the firm expects the stock to be supported by cost cutting and the continuing recovery of the U.S. economy. It maintained an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Citigroup's stock has risen over 14% to above $42, after reaching a trough of ~$34 in early December.
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July 14, 2014
07:03 EDTCCitigroup CEO: Settlement in best interests of shareholders
07:02 EDTCCitigroup CEO says has resolved substantially all legacy RMBS, CDO litigation
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07:01 EDTCCitigroup to take charge of approximately $3.8B pre-tax in Q2
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07:01 EDTCCitigroup to settle DOJ, FDIC claims for $7B
Citigroup announced that it has reached an agreement to settle the ongoing investigation of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, part of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Today’s agreement resolves actual and potential civil claims by the U.S. Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008. Under the terms of the settlement, Citigroup will pay a total of $4.5B in cash and provide $2.5B in consumer relief. The cash portion consists of a $4 billion civil monetary payment to the DOJ and $500M in compensatory payments to the State AGs and the FDIC. The consumer relief will be in the form of financing provided for the construction and preservation of affordable multifamily rental housing, principal reduction and forbearance for residential loans, as well as other direct consumer benefits from various relief programs. Citigroup has agreed to provide the consumer relief by the end of 2018. Michael Corbat, CEO of Citigroup, said, “The comprehensive settlement announced today with the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, and the FDIC resolves all pending civil investigations related to our legacy RMBS and CDO underwriting, structuring and issuance activities. We also have now resolved substantially all of our legacy RMBS and CDO litigation. We believe that this settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders, and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future, not the past.”
07:00 EDTCCitigroup announces settlement with RMBS Working Group
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July 13, 2014
20:31 EDTCCitigroup's $7B U.S settlement on mortgages expected Monday, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTCOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:44 EDTCCitigroup technical comments ahead of results
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15:28 EDTCCitigroup July 47 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
12:12 EDTCCitigroup to host conference call
Management holds a 2Q Fixed Income Investor Review conference call on July 18 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:28 EDTCURS Corporation working with banks on potential sale, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
07:20 EDTCBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space 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
July 10, 2014
06:20 EDTCCalifornia, New York among states to share in Citigroup settlement, LA Times say
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July 9, 2014
06:51 EDTCBofA also in talks with DOJ to settle civil probes over mortgage unit, WSJ says
In addition to the talks with Citigroup (C), the Department of Justice has also has been in talks with Bank of America (BAC) to resolve civil probes over its mortgage business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCCitigroup close to settling mortgage probe for $7B, NY Times reports
Citigroup is nearing a deal with the Justice Department, under which the bank would pay about $7B to settle a civil probe of mortgage investments it sold, according to The New York Times. Dow Jones yesterday reported that Citigroup would pay about $4B to settle the probe. Reference Link
July 8, 2014
16:56 EDTCCitigroup near $4B settlement with U.S. over mortgage probe, CNBC says
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16:33 EDTCCitigroup near multi-billion settlement with U.S. over mortgage probe, DJ says
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07:45 EDTCCitigroup July volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
Citigroup July call option implied volatility is at 24, August, September and December is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 14.
06:08 EDTCCitigroup assumed with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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