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News For GS;JPM;USB;MS;BAC;WFC;C From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 31, 2015
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15:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo approved to use advanced approaches for capital requirements
Wells Fargo announced the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have permitted it and its national subsidiary banks to begin using the ďadvanced approachesĒ capital framework to determine risk-based capital requirements starting in Q2. Additionally, the company noted that the approval did not include stipulations requiring Wells Fargo to increase its current estimated advanced approach risk-weighted assets, or RWA.
09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:29 EDTC, JPM, BAC, WFCDOJ examining dealership loans to minority auto buyers, NY Times says
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07:27 EDTUSBFederal Reserve Bank of Chicago to hold a conference
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05:40 EDTCCiti agrees to sell Citi Cards Japan to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited. Approximately 743,000 customer accounts of Citi Cards Japan will be included in the sale. The financial terms of the transaction are not material to Citi. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions. From now until closing, there will be no change in the way Citi serves its cards customers in Japan. Citi and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank agreed to cooperate to ensure a smooth transition of the business to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, and for the continued offering of products and services to customers of Citi Cards Japan.
March 30, 2015
16:46 EDTWFCEastern Company retains Wells Fargo Securities to assist in strategic review
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 30, 2015
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12:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to divest Wentworth natural gas business, Reuters says
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11:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan advances, levels to watch
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07:44 EDTGS, JPM, MS, WFC, C, USB, BACBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:28 EDTWFCPalo Alto Networks to hold a security conference
Ignite 2015 is being held in Las Vegas on March 30-April 1.
06:32 EDTGSGoldman's co-chairman of investment banking to retire, Reuters reprots
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06:12 EDTMSBNY Mellon denies initiating CEO search, FT says
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March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTC, JPM, BAC, MS, USB, GS, WFCECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
17:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan could climb 30% in a year, Barron's says
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17:43 EDTCArgentina halts Citigroupís local unit from trading in capital markets, WSJ says
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March 27, 2015
13:47 EDTBACBofA Merrill's John Cavanagh leaves bank, Reuters reports
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09:37 EDTGS, C, MS, JPM, BACGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTJPM, MSBNY Mellon may have contacted recruitment firm for CEO candidates, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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14:38 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui Trust planning to buy Citi Cards Japan for $332M, Nikkei says
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank is planning to buy Citigroup's credit card unit in Japan for $332M, according to the Nikkei. Reference Link
11:46 EDTBACBofA: Naming CEO Moynihan chairman followed 'probing independent review'
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09:02 EDTCGoodyear Tire and Citi Retail Services announce renewal of credit card agreement
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08:17 EDTBAC, WFC, C, JPM, USB, MS, GSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO planning further changes to management team, WSJ reports
Over the next few months, sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman is planning further changes to the bank's management team as part of Gorman's efforts to prepare the bank for the next phase of its turnaround. Sources say Gorman is also looking to lay the groundwork for a succession plan. The bank said this week that Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO. Reference Link
06:11 EDTWFCWells Fargo to close Milwaukee office, cut 1,000 jobs, AP reports
Wells Fargo will eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Milwaukee as the bank closes its home lending servicing office in the city, The Associated Press reports. The bank said in an emailed statements that fewer customers have become delinquent on their payments as the economy has improved, and fewer customers have needed assistance to stay in their homes. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
14:46 EDTCArgentina's economy minister says Citigroup bond deal illegal, Reuters says
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09:02 EDTJPMCitizens names Donald McCree as vice chairman, head of commercial banking
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07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO selected partly due to experience with regulators, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman selected Jonathan Pruzan to succeed Ruth Porat as CFO in part because Pruzan "understands the current regulatory environment" due to his role advising other banks on the Fed's stress test, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo from Gorman. The Journal notes that Pruzan is a diplomatic "banker to other bankers," having advised Morgan Stanley's peers and rivals on financial matters as well as managing relationships with regulators. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
10:44 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO change a 'manageable uncertainty,' says Wells Fargo
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09:09 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTMSMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruthís departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fedís stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firmís Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTMSGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTMSGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:53 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat leaving bank for role in Silicon Valley, DJ reports
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07:45 EDTJPM, GS, WFC, BAC, MS, USB, CMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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07:27 EDTWFCTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
09:56 EDTBACMassachusetts securities regulator fines Merrill Lynch $2.5M, Reuters reports
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin has fined Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit $2.5M for failing to supervise employees properly, Reuters reports. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith was accused of failing to stick to its own compliance rules. Reference Link
09:44 EDTCCiti fires two over inflation trading error, Bloomberg says
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08:53 EDTCAmazon VP and General Manager of Payments departs, TechCrunch says
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07:19 EDTMS, C, WFCCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 22, 2015
18:05 EDTCCitigroup authorized to process Argentine bond payments, Reuters says
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17:10 EDTCCiti shares could rise faster, Barron's says
Citi shares have remained relatively flat and shares could rise a little faster as the company continue to improve, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 20, 2015
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10:36 EDTBACBank of America changes bylaws to allow some investors to nominate directors
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10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
05:57 EDTBACBank of America faces pressure to defend structure, Financial Times reports
Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May after the SEC allowed a small shareholder the right to challenge the board on a break-up, reports the Financial Times. Bank of America's board could be under pressure to appoint a committee to examine a plan for divesting all non-core banking businesses if a proposal from Barlett Naylor of Public Citizen is adopted. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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15:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan execs 'brace' for potential investment/commercial bank cuts, FBN says
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12:29 EDTJPMJudge dismisses lawsuit over $13B JPMorgan-Justice Dept settlement, Reuters says
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block a $13B settlement reached between JPMorgan and the U.S. Justice Department over mortgage loans, reports Reuters. Judge Beryl Howell accepted a motion by the Justice Department to dismiss the lawsuit, which argued the non-profit group Better Markets lacked standing to sue. Howell said, "The plaintiff has failed to meet its burden to show it has suffered an injury in fact." Reference Link
11:53 EDTGS, BAC, JPM, WFC, C, MS, USBU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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09:06 EDTCCiti Retail Services extends long term consumer relationship with Office Depot
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07:15 EDTCCiti CEO tells shareholders 2015 targets 'within reach,' Reuters reports
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTBACSEC says BofA must put investment bank spinoff to shareholder vote, Reuters says
The SEC has told Bank of America that it must allow shareholders to vote on whether the company will attempt to spin off its investment bank unit, reports Reuters, citing a decision by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A bank spokesperson said the company "will respond to the proposal in our proxy statement." Reference Link
06:06 EDTCCiti files lawsuit over Swiss franc surge, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
13:56 EDTCArgentina to bar Citi from exiting custody business, Reuters says
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08:25 EDTJPMSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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07:44 EDTJPMJPMorgan to purchase $45B of mortage service rights from Ocwen, NY Post says
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:10 EDTBACPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
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