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October 22, 2014
15:19 EDTBACBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
13:58 EDTGSHumana hires Goldman to explore sale of urgent care unit, Reuters reports
Humana has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to advise on a potential sale of its urgent care subsidiary, Concentra, according to Reuters, citing three people familiar with the matter. A deal could value the subsidiary, which Humana acquired less than four years ago, at around $1B, the report noted. Reference Link
12:53 EDTBACSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR YHOO BAC GILD FB THRX DOW CAR
07:44 EDTGSSterigenics exploring sale, sources say, Reuters reports
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October 21, 2014
14:41 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may sell natural gas export business, FT says
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08:18 EDTGS, MS, BACBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. 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). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 20, 2014
07:21 EDTMSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 19, 2014
16:10 EDTGSGoldman reluctant to join U.K.'s BSRC, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTBAC, GS, MSStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:52 EDTMSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
11:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says 'no basis' to take adjustment on FVA
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10:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley trades down from open, levels to watch
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10:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says still hard to tell when markets will reset from 'choppiness'
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10:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says volatility may affect institutional results
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10:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says well positioned for further capital actions
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10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
09:17 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q3 Institutional Securities net revenues ex-DVA $4.3B
Wealth Management net revenues were $3.8B. Investment Management reported net revenues of $655M. Fixed Income & Commodities sales and trading net revenues were $997M. James P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO, said, “Morgan Stanley has delivered another quarter of earnings growth and strong performance based on consistent execution for our clients. We are well positioned to create superior returns for our shareholders, particularly as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen.”
07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q3 EPS 65c ex-DVA, tax benefit, consensus 54c
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Common Equity Tier 1 capital ratio 14.3% at Sept. 30
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07:16 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says Q3 included net discrete tax benefit of 12c per share
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07:16 EDTMS Morgan Stanley reports Q3 EPS 77c ex-DVA, consensus 54c
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05:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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October 16, 2014
18:04 EDTGSGoldman Sachs looks like a buy, Barron's says
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16:41 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CEO says important to avoid deflation
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15:59 EDTGSGoldman Sachs discussing possible acquisition of IndexIQ, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs is in talks to acquire IndexIQ, an exchange-traded fund provider, Reuters reports, citing three sources familiar with the situation. Goldman would be able to introduce passively managed and actively-managed ETF's within months if they purchase IndexIQ, Reuters added. Reference Link
15:26 EDTMSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report after Goldman beat expectations
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14:09 EDTBACApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
10:31 EDTGSGoldman CFO says would consider accretive acqusitions, but environment tough
Goldman Sachs CFO Schwartz says the regulatory environment makes it harder generally for all financial institutions to do deals, but that Goldman remains willing to consider a deal in any of its segments if the transaction would be accretive and a good fit.
10:18 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says liquidations contributed to market move over last two days
10:01 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says yesterday 'painful' but global growth forecast unchanged
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09:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says investment banking backlog at highest level since 2007
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09:34 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says global share of announced M&A 29%, up 300 bps from 2013
Goldman Sachs CFO Harvey Schwartz is speaking on the company's Q3 earnings conference call.
09:23 EDTGSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTBACBank of America weakness overdone, buy shares, says Morgan Stanley
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08:23 EDTBACBofA CEO steps point to extended stay in post, Reuters reports
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan has taken more control over the bank's retail business, has shifted executives into new positions and his sway with directors has increased since he recently became chairman, all of which signal that he plans to remain at the bank for "a minimum of five years," according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:06 EDTFIATYAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:44 EDTBACBank of America quarterly results trumped by market sell-off, says UBS
UBS believes Bank of America posted better than expected earnings with core expenses declining, but that the results were overshadowed by the market sell-off. The firm saw improved expense management and believes the company's changes to its portfolio will eventually be impacted by short term interest rates. UBS reiterates its Buy rating and $20 price target on Bank of America.
07:40 EDTGSGoldman: Net provisions for litigation for Q3 $194M vs. $142M a year ago
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07:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs says total staff increased 3% during Q3
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07:39 EDTGSGoldman CEO: Client activity driven by improving U.S. economic conditions
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07:38 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Common Equity Tier 1 ratio 11.8% at September 30
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07:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs raises quarterly dividend to 60c per share
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07:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs reports Q3 EPS $4.57, consensus $3.21
Reports Q3 revenue $8.39B, consensus $7.85B.
06:34 EDTFIATYChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Bank of America to Outperform with a $20 price target citing book value growth following the company's Q3 results. Shares closed yesterday down 28c to $15.48.
October 15, 2014
15:28 EDTGSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:02 EDTGSGoldman Sachs October 177 straddle priced for 3.7% move into Q3
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12:36 EDTBACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:23 EDTMSMorgan Stanley October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:47 EDTBACBank of America reports September default rate 2.93% vs. 3.33% last month
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09:37 EDTBACBank of America downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Portales
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08:54 EDTBACBank of America says largely done with debt footprint reduction
Comment from Q3 earnings conference call.
08:17 EDTBACBofA says $2B quarterly 'New BAC' cost savings target reached in Q3
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07:11 EDTBACBofA Q3 results include $5.3B, or 43c per share, charge for DOJ settlement
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07:08 EDTBACBank of America reports Q3 net charge-offs $1.04B
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07:06 EDTBACBofA reports tangible book value per share up 4% to $14.13
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07:02 EDTBACBank of America CEO says saw 'solid' customer and client activity
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07:01 EDTBACBank of America reports Q3 EPS (1c), consensus (9c)
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October 14, 2014
15:29 EDTBACNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:14 EDTBACEarnings Preview: Bank of America to report after upbeat notes from analysts
Bank of America (BAC) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the open on Wednesday, October 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Bank of America is a financial services company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of (9c) on revenue of $21.36B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (14c)-(5c) on revenue of $20.73B-$21.93B. LAST QUARTER: Bank of America reported stronger than expected second quarter results, as its net charge-offs dropped to $1.1B in Q2 from $1.4B in Q1 and $2.1B in Q2 of 2013. Its provision for credit losses tumbled to $411M from $1.2B in the same period a year earlier. The drop was driven by lower levels of delinquencies across its consumer lending portfolio, as well as improvement in its consumer real estate portfolios, the bank stated. Bank of America added that its net interest income was positioned to rise as interest rates increased.. The bank's investment banking pipeline remained strong, while the second half of 2014 "looks healthy," the bank's CEO said. On August 6, the bank increased its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. On August 21, Bank of America announced that it had reached a $16.65B settlement with the Department of Justice and state Attorneys General on charges related to its residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligation businesses. On September 10, the bank said its credit quality continued to improve, while most of its exposure to legacy mortgages had been eliminated. PEER RESULTS :Three large banks reported their Q2 results today. Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected Q3 results today, while Wells Fargo's (WFC) results were roughly in-line with expectations. JPMorgan's (JPM) profit beat expectations, but its revenue came in slightly lower than expected. JPMorgan reported that its consumer and business banking deposits had risen 9%, and it lowered its fiscal 2014 charge-off guidance. The global economy faces challenges, but the U.S. economy is steadily improving, the bank stated. Citi said that its net credit losses had tumbled 14% from year ago levels, while its book value per share had risen 4% versus the same period a year earlier. Citi added that its consumer banking revenue was continuing to grow. As for Wells Fargo, the bank released $300M of its reserves due to improved credit quality, and said that it continued to sees signs of an improving economy. However, the bank added that its net interest margin had fallen to 3.06% from 3.15% as of June 30. STREET RESEARCH: On October 2, UBS upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Hold. The bank should be under less pressure than its peers to raise the interest rates it pays on deposits as the Federal Reserve starts to increase rates, the firm believes. Research suggests that holders of deposit accounts at Bank of America are less sensitive to rates than holders of deposit accounts at other banks, the firm explained. This situation should enhance the bank's ability to benefit from rising interest rates, according to UBS, which raised its price target on the shares to $20 from $16.80. On September 8, Goldman Sachs upgraded Bank of America to Buy from Neutral. The bank's business mix has improved significantly, as it has begun obtaining a greater percentage of its revenue from more profitable businesses, Goldman stated. Consequently, the bank's earnings per share volatility has decreased, Goldman believes. The firm increased its price target on the shares to $19 from $17. On September 20, Barron's echoed Goldman's enthusiasm, saying that Bank of America's earnings per share could hit $2 by 2017, up from an estimated 75c this year, while its cumulative dividends between now and 2017 could reach $1 per share. The stock could be worth $25 by 2017, the magazine stated. PRICE ACTION: Bank of America's stock is up 15% in the last year, but it is down 1.5% in the last month.
15:02 EDTBACBank of America October 16.5 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:47 EDTBACBank of America technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages in the last three months, trading up over 5%. The trend in the shares has been bullish with relatively low volatility. In technical terms the short-term and intermediate-term picture is bullish. On a longer-term basis however, the stock is at an interesting juncture. On a 5-year chart, the last 2.5 years to present are a mirror of the period from 5 years to 2.5 years ago. That puts the stock right back at resistance levels from early 2010. The key for the stock now is either breaking through resistance at the $18.50 area, or, fading. A breakout above $18.50 on strong news and a positive outlook would be very long-term bullish for share price. Resistance above $18.50 is at $18.99. Equally, news that fails to push the stock above that area could be a catalyst for a resumption of consolidation as traders await another upside catalyst. Support in that event is at $15.45, $14.98, and $14.02.
08:08 EDTGSGoldman Sachs October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTBACOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
07:19 EDTBACAmEx, 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
07:15 EDTGSNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTBAC, FIATY, GS, MSRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTMS, GSBlackRock, Morgan Stanley to buy shares in Link Net, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may not close Rosneft deal, WSJ reports
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00:04 EDTBACBanking 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 EDTGS, BAC, MSBanks 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 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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08:21 EDTGSGoldman, Credit Suisse invest in digital surveillance start-up, Bloomberg says
A group of banks, led by Goldman Sachs (GS) and Credit Suisse (CS), invested $24M in Digital Reasoning, a data analytics start-up whose CEO, Tim Estes, said the banks want a way to surveil millions of e-mails, instant messages, and transcripts of calls to spot suspicious behavior "when it happens, not in an investigation three years later.” Reference Link
06:45 EDTBACBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTBACCitigroup 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.
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