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News For JPM;WFC From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2014
05:51 EDTJPMBank of America upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded its rating on shares of Bank of America (BAC) to Buy saying the company's deposit profile will benefit from rising interest rates. UBS believes the bank will be under less pressure than peers to pass on rate increases to deposit holders, driving higher long-term earnings power from higher rates. The firm raised its price target for shares to $20 from $16.80. UBS coupled its upgrade of Bank of America with a downgrade of JPMorgan (JPM) to Neutral.
05:02 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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October 1, 2014
12:59 EDTJPMJPMorgan to receive $869M in credit for client mortgage activity, WSJ says
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11:46 EDTWFC, JPMDavid Tepper says economy good, stock market not at high multiple currently
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09:10 EDTWFCKapStone begins accounts receivable securitization program
KapStone Paper and Packaging (KS) entered into an accounts receivable securitization arrangement with Wells Fargo Bank (WFC) and PNC Bank (PNC) on September 26. The Securitization generated proceeds of $175M which were used to partially prepay the Company's existing term loans. Due to a lower interest rate on the Securitization, KapStone's gross annual interest expense will be reduced by approximately $2.0M. The Company's weighted average annual interest rate on its bank debt is now 1.8%. The Securitization can be repaid at any time without penalty.
September 30, 2014
19:34 EDTJPMJudge says JPMorgan must face class action suit over $10B MBS case, Reuters says
A federal judge ruled that JPMorgan must face an investor led class action lawsuit that claims the bank misled investors about the safety of $10B of mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it sold before the financial crisis, Reuters reports. Judge Paul Oetken certified a class action for JPMorgan's liability, but not for damages, saying it was unclear how investors could value the certificates they bought. Judge Oetken said the plaintiffs could attempt to certify a class on damages. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
07:58 EDTWFC, JPMWarren calls for hearing on 'disturbing' Fed tapes, Reuters reports
Two members of the the Senate Banking Committee, Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown, called for an investigation into the issues raised by secretly taped conversations between officials at Goldman Sachs (GS) and supervisors at the New York Federal Reserve, reported Reuters. Other large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:15 EDTWFCNational Association of Business Economics to hold annual meeting
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06:23 EDTJPMCitigroup, JPMorgan meet with FCA to settle forex rigging probe, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2014
15:10 EDTWFC, JPMHolder resignation as AG positive for banks, says Rafferty Capital
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September 24, 2014
15:04 EDTJPM, WFCGoldman, other banks near deal to buy Bloomberg messaging alternative, WSJ says
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September 23, 2014
10:33 EDTJPMWebster Financial to acquire HSA business from JPMorgan
Webster Financial (WBS), the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A., said that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the health savings account, or HSA, business from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Under the agreement, approximately 700,000 accounts, including an estimated $1.3B in deposits and $175M in investments, will migrate from JPMorgan Chase Bank to HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, over a transitional period. In the near term, Webster will use approximately 60% of the deposits to pay down short-term borrowings with the remaining funds invested in securities. Transaction consideration will be all cash; the purchase price was not disclosed. Webster expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings per share and return on equity in the first year following closing. The transaction is expected to improve Webster's loan-to-deposit ratio to approximately 80% from 87% pro forma at June 30. The company estimates the transaction will have tangible book value dilution of approximately 3%. JPMorgan Chase has advised Webster that the transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chase's earnings.
06:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo Advisers fined $5M by SEC for failing to maintain controls
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday charged Wells Fargo Advisors LLC with failing to maintain adequate controls to prevent one of its employees from insider trading based on a customerís nonpublic information. The SEC also charged Wells Fargo for unreasonably delaying its production of documents during the SECís investigation and providing an altered internal document related to a compliance review of the brokerís trading. Wells Fargo, which admits wrongdoing, has agreed to pay a $5M penalty to settle the SECís charges, which are the first-ever against a broker-dealer for failing to protect a customerís material nonpublic information. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
18:20 EDTWFCSEC fines Wells Fargo Advisors $5M for not stopping inside trade, FT reports
The brokerage arm of Wells Fargo (WFC), Wells Fargo Advisors, was fined $5M by the SEC for not stopping an employee from trading on customer information ahead of the 2010 acquisition of Burger King (BKW), sometimes called ďthe sandwich deal," FT reports. Reference Link
06:11 EDTJPMEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 18, 2014
14:08 EDTWFC, JPMBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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05:31 EDTJPMVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visaís holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visaís investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.

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