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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, MS, GS, JPM, USBSEC 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, C, MS, BAC, WFC, USBMetLife 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, WFC, CCapital 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 EDTC, BAC, USB, WFC, GS, MS, JPMU.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
March 17, 2015
16:41 EDTJPMJPMorgan formally authorizes $6.4B equity repurchase program
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
14:37 EDTC, JPMCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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13:10 EDTJPMJPMorgan could acquire Ocwen's Fannie MSR portfolio, IMF reports
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12:26 EDTCCitibank to exit custody business in Argentina following ruling, WSJ reports
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08:34 EDTBACBank of America reinstated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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07:15 EDTCCiti price target raised on positive news flow at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Citi (C) shares to $56 from $54 citing recent positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, the credit card deal with Costco (COST) and last week's stress test results. Deutsche notes the stock still trades at a 6% discount to tangible book. It keeps a Buy rating on Citi.
05:34 EDTJPMJPMorgan providing financial advice to UK government to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:09 EDTCCiti reports February credit loss 2.55% vs. 2.30% last month
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13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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10:22 EDTBACBank of America February default rate 2.98% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.86% vs. 1.83% last month.
08:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports February net credit losses 2.42% vs. 2.53% last month
Reports February delinquency rate 1.35% vs. 1.34% last month.
06:20 EDTJPMU.S.poised to charge JPMorgan hacking suspects, NY Times says
U.S. authorities probing last summer's cyberattack on JPMorgan are increasingly confident that they will be able to file criminal charges against perpetrators of the attack in coming months, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources who have been briefed on the investigation. Several of the suspects are located in countries with whom the U.S. has extradition treaties, the newspaper explained. Reference Link
March 13, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; March 13, 2015
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15:40 EDTJPM, CDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTJPM, CDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
05:57 EDTCJudge blocks Citi from processing Argentine bond payment, Financial Times says
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March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTC, BACOptions Update; March 12, 2015
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12:29 EDTC, BACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nationís M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banksí new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinsonís disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
10:46 EDTBAC, CCiti, American Express, Regions Financial seen as CCAR winners
Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC) after the CCAR results were announced. WHAT'S NEW: Citi and Regions Financial were the biggest winners of the CCAR process, Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O' Connor wrote. Noting that Citi won approval to pay a quarterly dividend of 5c per share and buy back $7.8B of its shares, the analyst wrote that the figures were in-line with expectations or better than expected. Many investors probably were relieved by the news, the analyst stated. Addressing Regions Financial, O'Connor wrote that the bank's $875M share buyback plan was much higher than the $625M that Deutsche Bank had expected. The analyst had a mixed take on Bank of America. After the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime, the analyst wrote that the news was slightly disappointing. However, since some had worried that the Fed would reduce Bank of America's capital ratios when it exits parallel run, the news was positive overall for the bank, O'Connor wrote. Also upbeat on Citi and Regions was BMO Capital analyst Lana Chan, who predicted that Citi's stock should "re-rate" on the news and kept a $63 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Regions Financial's buyback was 85% above Chan's forecast, she reported. The large size of the buyback indicates that the company believes its stock is undervalued, the analyst added. Bank of America "seems to have just squeaked by with a conditional pass," and its $4B share buyback plan "is more than a token," wrote Oppenheimer analyst Chris Kotowski . The analyst continued to recommend Bank of America's stock. American Express (AXP) was the "standout of the CCAR process," as it received permission for a total payout of over 100% to shareholders in 2015, Kotowski stated. The analyst, however, kept a Perform rating on AmEx shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Citi jumped 3.2% to $54, Regions rallied 3.3% to $9.85, American Express added 1.5% to $80.62, and Bank of America slid 0.6% to $16.
09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL C PBR POT MRVL AMAT MSFT TSLA X TWTR
09:21 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTCCiti shares to re-rate after capital return approved, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital predicts that Citi's shares will "re-rate" after the Fed approved the bank's 5c per share dividend and $7.8B share buyback initiative. The firm keeps a $63 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
07:44 EDTC, MS, BACDeutsche calls Citi, Regions biggest stress test winners
Deutsche Bank views Citi (C) and Regions Financial (RF) as the biggest winners coming out of the Federal Reserve's stress tests. Citi's non-objection, buybacks of $7.8B and a quarterly dividend of 5c were all in-line to better than expected, while Regions' buybacks of $875M was much higher than its $625M estimate, Deutsche points out. The firm believes KeyCorp (KEY), Morgan Stanley (MS) and SunTrust (STI) were also winners after announcing larger than expected buybacks. It views the results for Bank of America (BAC) as a "slight disappointment," but adds some investors may be relieved by the lack of rejection to the capital plan.
07:08 EDTBACBank of America risk/reward attractive, says RBC Capital
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06:58 EDTGSSoulCycle working with Goldman to examine options, mulling IPO, Reuters says
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06:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley removed buyback of preferred shares in capital plan, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTC, BACHSBC, Citi, others linked to foreign money laundering bank, WSJ says
HSBC (HSBC), Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), and Deutsche Bank (DB) reportedly had correspondent-banking relationships with Banca Privada díAndorra, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing the Treasury Departmentís Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. The Treasury Department Tuesday labeled Banca Privada a "primary money-laundering concern" allegedly working with organized crime, and HSBC "immediately terminated" its relationship with the bank upon learning of the link, said a person familiar with the matter. The three other banks stated they will or have taken appropriate action, and the Treasury Department has not accused the firms of any wrongdoing. Reference Link
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