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January 15, 2014
13:13 EDTCEarnings Preview: Outlook mixed for Citigroup into Q4 results
Citigroup (C) a bank holding company, is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, January 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 96c on revenue of $18.18B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 83c-$1.14 on revenue of $17.23B-$19.01B. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported weaker than expected third quarter results. The bank stated that its third quarter performance was hampered by the economy. The company’s fixed income business was especially hurt by the macro situation, the bank stated. Among the macro issues that hurt Citi were global spread compression and regulatory changes in certain markets, and headwinds from North America mortgages. The bank’s net interest margin inched down to 2.81% in the third quarter, from 2.85% in the second quarter. Citi predicted that its net interest margin would remain "roughly flat" in the fourth quarter, adding that it expected to release loan loss reserves above the necessary amount in order to offset reduced mortgage origination rates in the fourth quarter. PEERS: So far the fourth quarter results of the large banks have been mixed, with JPMorgan (JPM) reporting higher than expected profits excluding certain items but lower than expected revenue, and Wells Fargo (WFC) and Bank of America (BAC) both reporting results that surpassed expectations. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on January 7, research firm Oppenheimer called Citigroup's stock undervalued. Citigroup's Citicorp is the last great value in the banking sector, the firm contended. Moreover, Citigroup will eventually return its approximately $68B in excess capital to shareholders, according to Oppenheimer, which thinks that Citigroup's stock is worth $73-$78 per share if the value of the $68B is included in the calculation. It kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Less optimistic was research firm Jefferies, which listed several concerns about Citigroup in a note to investors on January 8. Specifically, the firm was concerned that analysts may cut their EPS estimates for the company, due to a weaker trading environment and a slowdown of emerging market economies. Although it's unlikely that the stock will drop significantly, it could underperform other large banks, added Jefferies, which kept a Hold rating on the stock. Similarly, Deutsche Bank on December 4 cut its rating on Citigroup to Hold from Buy, citing concerns about the macro economy and the valuation of its stock, along with the impact of the Fed's tapering program. Deutsche reduced its price target on Citigroup to $56 from $61. PRICE ACTION: Citigroup's stock is up nearly 8% over the last month, and is up 1.7% in today's trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
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September 10, 2014
07:16 EDTCRepublicans, Democrats both push for harder 'too big to fail' rules, WSJ says
Lawmakers from both the Republican and Democrat sides of the aisle urged U.S. regulators to push forward additional regulations to ensure the biggest banks aren't "too big to fail," said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks 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
07:09 EDTCCitigroup CEO pledges to beef up Banamex, WSJ reports
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06:35 EDTCFed may raise capital requirement for some banks to 11.5%, NY Times reports
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTCApple announces Apple Pay
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL KNDI NFLX YHOO TWTR TSLA C BAC FB MCD
06:33 EDTCFed looks set to pressure large banks to shrink, NY Times says
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06:32 EDTCCitigroup CFO says Q3 expenses up 'slightly' vs Q2, Reuters says
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06:32 EDTCFed to require large US banks to have extra financial padding, WSJ reports
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September 8, 2014
09:41 EDTCCitigroup CFO sees September trading to be better than August
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09:30 EDTCCiti CFO says won't think about potential capital return until 'much later'
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09:29 EDTCCitigroup CFO sees Q3 trading revenue 'in-line' with same quarter of last year
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09:28 EDTCCitigroup sees consumer revenues up 'modestly' this quarter
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09:02 EDTCCitigroup says core Citicorp franchise growing loans, deposits
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09:00 EDTCCitigroup names Peter Charrington as global head of citi Private Bank
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07:24 EDTCBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
September 5, 2014
09:06 EDTCCFTC concerned about banks shifting trading operations overseas, WSJ says
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07:26 EDTCApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
September 4, 2014
09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:40 EDTCAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. 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).
06:13 EDTCCitigroup settles potential civil liability for violating sanction programs
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