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News For JPM;CS;DELL;PENN;SHF;FLO;DVAX;SHLD From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
06:32 EDTCSLarge EU banks may come under scrutiny for reciprocity, WSJ says
The banking practice of reciprocity -- giving work to competitor banks in order to foster relationships or reward past deals -- may come under investigation by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the regulator. The FCA believes the practice may be anticompetitive, but it hasn't yet determined the scope of its investigation into EU banks. Publicly traded companies in the 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). Reference Link
06:23 EDTJPMBanco Santander's U.S. unit expected to name Powell as CEO, WSJ reports
Santander Holdings USA, the U.S. unit of Banco Santander (SAN), is expected to announce as today that Scott Powell will become its new CEO, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Powell, a former head of JP Morgan Chase's (JPM) consumer-banking operations, would replace Roman Blanco. Reference Link
06:17 EDTDVAXDynavax announces second recommendation to continue Helpisav-B Phase 3 study
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February 27, 2015
10:32 EDTSHLDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTPENNNevada reports January statewide gaming win up 7.75% to $952.7M
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08:29 EDTJPMJPMorgan, Deutsche Bank pause plans for $2B Argentina bond sale, WSJ says
Deutsche Bank (DB) and JP Morgan (JPM) have suspended plans to sell $2B of Argentinian bonds after a U.S. district judge ordered an emergency hearing on the potential sale, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources said the banks believed they had found a way to sell the bonds without being blocked by a prior U.S. court ruling.Reference Link
08:01 EDTCSWells Fargo fires Ocwen as bond overseer, hires Credit Suisse, Bloomberg says
Wells Fargo (WFC) has issued notices to Ocwen (OCN) terminating it as overseer of debt backing for two bond deals, reports Bloomberg, citing letters sent from Wells Fargo to bondholders. Wells Fargo stated in notices sent to bondholders that a majority of investors felt the move was correct. Wells Fargo plans to transfer responsibility to Credit Suisse (CS). Reference Link
February 26, 2015
15:02 EDTJPMFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:01 EDTJPMBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
10:50 EDTJPMNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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10:36 EDTSHLDOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:44 EDTSHLDSears says targeting REIT formation in May or June
Sears said "We are continuing our efforts to develop Sears Holdings as a membership company, without the significant asset intensity of its traditional retail business. To this end, we announced in November that we have been exploring the formation of a Real Estate Investment Trust to purchase some of our properties and to manage them like a pure real estate company. While we can offer no assurances that such a transaction will be consummated, we have made progress and are proceeding towards its formation and separation, which is projected to occur in May or June of this year. We are currently targeting between 200 and 300 Sears and Kmart stores to be sold to the REIT with expected proceeds to Sears Holdings in excess of $2B. The REIT itself would be funded by equity and debt with the equity raised through a rights offering. The subscription rights would be distributed pro rata to all stockholders of record of the company, and every stockholder would have the right to participate, except that holders of the company's restricted stock that is unvested as of the record date would be expected to receive cash awards in lieu of subscription rights."
06:09 EDTSHLDSears reports Q4 EPS ($1.50), one estimate ($1.89)
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05:32 EDTCSCredit Suisse initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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February 25, 2015
15:05 EDTSHLDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:34 EDTJPMDeutsche Bank hires JPMorgan senior banker Jeff Urwin
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08:59 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan valuation discount overdone, says Goldman
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08:33 EDTJPMJPMorgan core franchise outlook positive, says Bernstein
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06:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks with DOJ over auto loan pricing
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06:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan to close 300 bank branches over two years, AP reports
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February 24, 2015
13:07 EDTCSEU official: Euro banks shouldn't also go through Fed's stress test, WSJ says
Jonathan Hill, the European Unionís new financial markets chief, told The Wall Street Journal that he does not see a need for the U.S. to give stress tests to European banks that have already received health checks in Europe. Hill says banks across Europe are "properly and sensibly capitalized." The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. units of two European banks, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander (SAN), are set to fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, though they passed ECB stress tests last year. Reference Link
10:53 EDTJPMJPMorgan rises, levels to watch
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09:25 EDTJPMJPMorgan sees pro forma net income growing to about $30B over 3 year horizon
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09:11 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says will 'aggressively' manage G-SIB exposures
CFO Lake says may take at actions to reduce G-SIB buffer to 4% if required actions are accretive.
09:06 EDTJPMJPMorgan CFO says company seeks to raise dividends if approved
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09:01 EDTJPMJPMorgan expects legal costs to ease, but remain above pre-crisis levels
08:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan expect net charge offs to remain low at $4B+ in 2015
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07:31 EDTDVAXRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTPENNJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTJPM, CSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTJPM, CSBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan plans to charge fees for deposits from large clients, WSJ says
JPMorgan is planning to charge corporate clients, hedge funds, private-equity firms, and foreign banks for deposits due to regulatory rules that impose costs on holding money viewed as "prone to fleeing" during financial stress, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo and people familiar with the plan. Clients will be asked to pay a fee or move funds to other products such as money-fund sweep accounts. Retail customers are unaffected. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
11:08 EDTJPMJPMorgan weekly volatility elevated into investor day
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09:59 EDTPENNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan to host investor day
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07:08 EDTPENNPenn National upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Penn National to Buy from Neutral. The firm views Penn National as the regional stock to own for a segment recovery and notes January 2015 gross gaming revenues had the biggest increase since 2006 and February is tracking strong. This, and improving low end consumer commentary at other operators and easy comps, makes risk-reward more favorable. Price target raised to $20 from $17.
06:22 EDTPENNPenn National upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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February 20, 2015
14:46 EDTSHLDSears Holdings volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:20 EDTCSHigh option volume stocks
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06:03 EDTJPMAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg reports
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February 19, 2015
17:58 EDTJPMAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg says
14:21 EDTCSS&P reportedly says Greece contagion not a major risk, Reuters reports
The risk of contagion spreading from Greece to other European countries is not that large, a German newspaper quoted S&P's chief sovereign ratings officer as saying, according to Reuters. The euro zone would be able to handle an exit of the bloc by Greece, the ratings officer was quoted as saying, Reuters reported. Publicly traded European banks 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). Reference Link
06:47 EDTJPMReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. 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
06:04 EDTCSFCA to investigate investment and corporate banking
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February 18, 2015
07:21 EDTJPMJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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07:15 EDTJPMPeterson Institute for International Economics to hold a discussion
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06:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan may shrink interest-rate trading, other units, Bloomberg says
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February 17, 2015
10:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports January net credit losses 2.53% vs. 2.56% last month
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