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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 Citigroupís 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.
News For C From The Last 14 Days
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September 30, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; September 30, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 37c to 31.18. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN HTZ DOW C F NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
14:44 EDTCSEC grants Citigroup waivers from restrictions, WSJ says
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07:12 EDTCCitigroup head feels banks to likely earn more stable profits, Bloomberg says
Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat said that he thinks that banks will most likely gross steadier profits, though the levels will not be as high as those prior to the 2008 financial crisis, as company adjusts to new regulations and pressure to reduce risk, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Corbat. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
07:58 EDTCWarren calls for hearing on 'disturbing' Fed tapes, Reuters reports
Two members of the the Senate Banking Committee, Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, called for an investigation into the issues raised by secretly taped conversations between officials at Goldman Sachs (GS) and supervisors at the New York Federal Reserve, reported Reuters. Other large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:29 EDTCCitigroup allowed to make Argentina bond payment, NY Post reports
A U.S. federal judge agreed to stay his prior order that would have prevented Citibank from making its September 30 payments on Argentinaís bonds, which the bank said would break the country's law and could lead it to lose its license there, reported the New York Post. However, the judge did not lift his injunction against Citi related to the disputed payments, the report noted. Reference Link
06:23 EDTCCitigroup, JPMorgan meet with FCA to settle forex rigging probe, WSJ reports
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September 26, 2014
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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September 25, 2014
15:10 EDTCHolder resignation as AG positive for banks, says Rafferty Capital
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September 24, 2014
15:04 EDTCGoldman, other banks near deal to buy Bloomberg messaging alternative, WSJ says
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09:34 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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September 23, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; September 23, 2014
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07:33 EDTCCitigroup threatened by Argentina over bond payments, Reuters reports
Argentine Economy Minister Axel Kicillof threatened Citigroup with "penalties" if the bank failed to make a $5M interest payment due to bondholders by Sept. 30 and the bank plans to ask a U.S. judge to stay an order barring it from processing payments on $8.4B in bonds issued after the country's 2002 default, reported Reuters. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; September 22, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 91c to 28.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX C TWTR AMZN BP PBR CLF WLT according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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September 20, 2014
21:15 EDTCCitigroup and Argentina's appeal on bond case dismissed, Reuters says
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September 19, 2014
11:14 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui, Mitsubishi UFJ on short list for Citigroup unit, WSJ reports
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holding, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU) and Shinsei Bank have been shortlisted by Citigroup (C) as buyers for the U.S. bank's retail bank in Japan, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Citi could pick a buyer for the unit by the end of the year or early next year. Citigroup could sell its Diners Club branded credit card unit in Japan along with the retail bank, a source says. Reference Link
09:37 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:17 EDTCCitigroup up against hard situation in Argentina bond plea, Reuters says
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September 18, 2014
14:08 EDTCBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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September 17, 2014
13:16 EDTCHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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