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News For JPM;USB;BAC;MS;GS;WFC;C From The Last 14 Days
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August 4, 2015
16:00 EDTBAC, WFCOptions Update; August 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 5c to 15.83 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX TWTR DIS WFC INTC AAL XOM SUNE
06:19 EDTJPM, BAC, GSGoldman Sachs hired by Petco to lead potential IPO or sale, Reuters reports
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August 3, 2015
19:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan to double cybersecurity spending to $500M in FY15, WSJ says
JPMorgan will spend $500M in FY15 after spending $250M in FY14, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 3, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 15.92 Option volume leaders: AAPL MWE TWTR FB RIG BAC DIS WMB NFLX CHK XOM CCE
09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AAL TWTR MU BAC NFLX ABX FIT
09:20 EDTCCitigroup subject to regulatory probe over student-loan servicing practices
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09:08 EDTCCiti to provide accounting services for 27 John Hancock Mutual Funds
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08:43 EDTMSBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
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08:20 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to host fixed income investor conference call
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August 2, 2015
19:43 EDTMSMorgan Stanley brokers claim being underpaid, FT says
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16:21 EDTBACBofA vote on Moynihan chairmanship likely to come this year, Reuters says
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16:17 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tentatively agrees to $270M settlement, Reuters says
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July 31, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 31, 2015
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11:00 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp, Zions sign renewable-energy tax-equity syndication
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09:45 EDTBACBofA shareholders to vote on rule change that made Moynihan chairman
Bank of America will hold a special shareholder meeting to vote on the rule change that allowed CEO Brian Moynihan to become chairman a year ago, according to a regulatory filing. "In October 2014, we amended the company’s Bylaws to provide flexibility in considering the appropriate leadership structure for the Board as facts and circumstances may require," the company said in a filing with the SEC. "As discussed in the proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and in the enclosed proxy materials, we determined it currently is in the company’s and stockholders’ best interests to have Brian Moynihan serve as Chairman and Jack Bovender serve as Lead Independent Director—a new Board leadership role with robust powers and responsibilities to facilitate strong independent Board leadership. Since we established this governance structure, the Board has continued its diligent and active oversight of management, and we are confident this Board’s leadership structure serves the best interests of the company and all of us as stockholders by providing effective and efficient Board leadership while maintaining strong, independent oversight of management. We undertook a thorough and thoughtful process before changing the company’s Bylaws, and, through our engagement with you, we have heard your desire to vote on this action. We now seek your support of our decision. We encourage you to read the attached proxy materials to understand why we believe you should ratify the Bylaw change." No date has been yet for the meeting. Reference Link
06:40 EDTUSB, MS, JPM, WFC, GS, BAC, CU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. 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
July 30, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 16.05. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB SPLS X TWTR BAC NFLX MU CHK BIDU WFM HPQ LNKD MDLZ XOM
13:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo to withdraw from mortgage marketing service agreements with RE firms
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. announced that it will withdraw from mortgage marketing services and desk rental agreements with real estate firms, builders and certain other referral sources. The decision was made as a result of increasing uncertainty surrounding regulatory oversight of these types of arrangements and as part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing efforts to simplify the process that customers experience as they weigh all of their choices when shopping for a mortgage. “Real estate firms and builders always have been—and will continue to be—very important to Wells Fargo’s retail mortgage operations, and we are exploring a number of new options for enhancing and strengthening those relationships over the long term,” said Franklin Codel, executive vice president for mortgage production at the company. “Because we value our strong relationships with real estate professionals and builders, the decision to exit these marketing services agreements was difficult, but we are taking this action to ensure that we continue to conduct our business in a way that represents the best interests of all of our customers and clients. We believe the best way to earn the relationship with real estate firms and builders is through timely, dependable service delivered by the best team in the business.” The decision is effective Aug. 1 and the wind down will occur over the following 90 days. Termination of these marketing services agreements is not expected to have a material impact on Wells Fargo’s total mortgage production.
08:45 EDTBACMerill Lynch brokers threaten to leave 'in mass,' Fox Business reports
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06:55 EDTJPM, MS, BAC, GSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:21 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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07:21 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
Guggenheim downgraded Morgan Stanley to Neutral due to shares approaching its fair value estimate of $43.
July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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09:32 EDTCCaterpillar announces $1.5B accelerated stock repurchase
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July 27, 2015
10:44 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp, Chrome River sign strategic agreement
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10:44 EDTUSBU.S. Bank forms strategic channel partnership with Adelman Travel
U.S. Bank is entering into a strategic alliance with global travel management services provider Adelman Travel, through which Adelman will offer U.S. Bank’s suite of corporate payment products, including its virtual payment technology, to corporate payment clients. Under the agreement, U.S. Bank’s global payment tools will be integrated with Adelman’s booking and back-office solutions. As part of the agreement, U.S. Bank’s virtual payment solution will be made available to joint clients with no additional fees.
10:15 EDTJPMJPMorgan breaks support, levels to watch
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09:53 EDTGSFINRA fines Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing $1.8M for OATS violations
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08:33 EDTBACBank of America increases environmental initiative from $50B to $125B
Bank of America said it has pledged to increase the company’s current environmental business initiative from $50B to $125B in low-carbon business by 2025 through lending, investing, capital raising, advisory services and developing financing solutions for clients around the world.
06:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo currently testing mobile biometrics, WSJ reports
Wells Fargo is currently testing voice recognition and eye scanning in an effort to use biometrics technology to authenticate customers using their mobile applications, the Wall street Journal reports, citing comments from Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo's new Innovation Group. Wells Fargo's mobile development efforts include testing an assist using artificial intelligence technology and the bank expects to launch the software in 2016, the report says. Reference Link
06:26 EDTMS, GS, JPMSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
14:01 EDTBACBank of America's Lynch to step down as general counsel, Bloomberg reports
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10:46 EDTCCiti's Mexico unit facing expanding money laundering probe, Bloomberg says
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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July 23, 2015
18:57 EDTWFCWells Fargo 'poised for growth,' Barron's says
Wells Fargo is a "high quality" value stock and the "well-managed" company could be "poised for growth" given the potential for interest rate hikes before the end of the year, Barron's contends in its 'Weekday Trader' column. Reference Link
10:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July weekly calls active
Goldman Sachs July 215 and 217.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts). July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August and October is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 28. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
09:06 EDTWFCSEI Investments extends long-term realtionship with Wells Fargo
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07:16 EDTJPMChase Card Services, Southwest announce extension to co-branded card agreement
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07:15 EDTBACBank of America could underperform after executive changes, says Wells Fargo
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07:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 22, 2015
18:59 EDTBACBank of America announces CFO Bruce Thompson to step down
Bank of America announced that CFO Bruce Thompson has decided to step down after more than five years as Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Paul Donofrio, who has been with Bank of America since 1999 and has 25 years of global corporate and investment banking experience, will become CFO, effective August 1. Additionally, Global Human Resources executive Andrea Smith will assume a newly created position as Chief Administrative Officer. Replacing Smith as Global Human Resources executive is Sheri Bronstein.
18:37 EDTBACBank of America CFO Bruce Thompson to step down, WSJ reports
Bank of America CFO Bruce Thompson is leaving the bank, according to an internal memo, and will be replaced with Paul Donofrio, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:26 EDTCCiti releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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12:58 EDTCCiti says to wind down banking operations at Banamex USA
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12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
09:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Pelos to oversee commercial, corporate, treasury mangement
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06:09 EDTJPM4 arrested men suspected of JPMorgan hacking, NYT reports
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July 21, 2015
19:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase to expand into Washington D.C., NY Post says
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16:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
Common Equity Tier 1 ratio would be 8.1% in severe adverse scenario and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio would be 9.6%. Reference Link
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley price target raised to $46 from $40 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital raised its price target on Morgan Stanley after the company reported higher than expected core Q2 EPS. The firm says that all of the company's segments delivered results that beat expectations. The firm raised its annual EPS estimates for the company by 2% and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:35 EDTGS, JPMVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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06:07 EDTMSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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