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February 18, 2014
05:35 EDTJPM, GS, WFCWall Street bankers cashing in, WSJ reports
Insiders at the six major Wall Street banks sold $26M of stock last month, the busiest start to a year since 2007, according to data compiled for the Wall Street Journal by Equilar, an executive compensation research firm, reports the Journal. For example, J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) COO Matt Zames sold $4.2M of shares. Goldman Sachs Group's (GS) controller and chief accounting officer, Sarah Smith, also sold, as did Wells Fargo (WFC) CFO Timothy Sloan. Reference Link
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September 25, 2014
14:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs close to acquiring Neovia Logistics for $1B, Reuters says
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September 24, 2014
15:04 EDTGS, JPM, WFCGoldman, other banks near deal to buy Bloomberg messaging alternative, WSJ says
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07:46 EDTGSPeterson Institute for International Economics to hold a conference
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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.
07:14 EDTGSGoldman spot FX trading boss in EU to depart, Bloomberg says
Mitesh Parikh, the manager of Goldman Sach's spot foreign-exchange trading in Europe, is departing the company to trade currencies at an investment company, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Parikh joined Goldman Sachs twelve years ago. Reference Link
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 EDTGS, JPM, WFCBanks 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.
September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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13:28 EDTWFCWells Fargo eases lending requirements for buying apartments, Financial Times says
Wells Fargo (WFC) is easing lending requirements for apartment purchases, reports the Financial Times. In an interview, the head of Wells Fargo mortgage production Franklin Codel said, ďWeíre tweaking our condo approvals to make them more consistent with what Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) allow." Reference Link
13:16 EDTGS, JPM, WFCHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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08:19 EDTWFCNational Press Club holds a luncheon meeting
Wells Fargo & Co. CEO John Stumpf discusses the role of financial services in the real economy at a National Press Club luncheon meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on September 17 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:37 EDTJPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTJPMNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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September 16, 2014
14:44 EDTJPM, GSVirginia AG files $1.15B lawsuit against banks that sold RMBS during crisis
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10:22 EDTJPMBanks set for ad battle to be default choice for Apple Pay, Apple Insider says
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07:51 EDTGSGoldman Sachs-led investor group backs Privia Health for national expansion
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07:19 EDTWFC, GSCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
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