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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 13, 2014
14:33 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report with shares up 11% over last six months
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13:48 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
Citigroup October call option implied volatility is at 39, November is at 25, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
07:19 EDTCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. 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
October 10, 2014
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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October 9, 2014
17:28 EDTCCitigroup not hit by hacking incident, CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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13:52 EDTCAttorney General announces agreement with Citi to return $16M to customers
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09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:40 EDTCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTCFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTCCitigroup to return $16M to customers for fees on investment accounts, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTCCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
October 8, 2014
18:26 EDTCCitigroup, Etrade, others attacked by same JPMorgan hackers, Bloomberg reports
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12:02 EDTCCitigroup's OneMain Financial preparing for $50M IPO, NY Times reports
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08:06 EDTCAstoria Financial appoints Hugh J. Donlon as Chief Lending Officer
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07:13 EDTCBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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