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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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October 1, 2014
11:46 EDTCDavid Tepper says economy good, stock market not at high multiple currently
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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 Argentina’s 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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