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January 15, 2013
13:31 EDTJPMEarnings Preview: Outlook mixed into JPMorgan's Q4 results
JPMorgan (JPM) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Wednesday, January 16, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. JPMorgan is a bank that engages in investment and commercial banking, as well as other financial services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.16 on revenue of $24.42B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 98c-$1.29 on revenue of $23.05B-$26.55B. LAST QUARTER: JPMorgan reported Q3 EPS of $1.40 against estimates for $1.21, on revenue of $25.15B against estimates for $24.53B. Last quarter the bank reported that the credit metrics of its mortgage banking business had improved modestly, enabling it to lower its related loan loss reserves by $900M. However, JPMorgan added that it expected to see high default related expenses for awhile longer. The credit trends in the bank’s credit card portfolio continued to improve, and its capital reserves increased. Investment banking fees jumped 38% compared with the same period in 2011, but fixed income and equity markets revenue was flat. On November 8, the bank announced that it had received permission from the Fed to buy back up to $3B of its stock in 1Q13. On the legal front, the bank agreed on November 16 to pay $297M to settle charges by the SEC that the bank and its Bear Stearns subsidiary had misled investors in mortgage-backed securities that they issued. On December 4, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake said the bank’s mortgage business was benefiting from low interest rates, while it could offset the pressure on its net interest margin through net interest income. It also said its Q4 mortgage banking origination levels would be at or above Q3 levels, while its total quarterly net charge-offs would come in below $600M. On January 9, the bank said that it expected to take a $700M pre-tax charge for Q4 related to the settlement of improper foreclosure charges. STREET RESEARCH: On January 3, Sterne Agee upgraded the bank’s stock to Buy from Neutral, due to improved unit performance in large corporate/middle market lending and mortgage banking, improving credit quality, respectable loan growth, and its dominant market share position. Conversely, on January 4, Goldman Sachs lowered its rating on JPMorgan to Buy from Conviction Buy, citing what it sees as a lack of earnings catalysts, and relative valuation. Goldman had a $52 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, JPMorgan’s stock has risen almost 9% to above $46, after reaching a trough of ~$39 in mid-November.
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February 25, 2015
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
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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07:21 EDTJPMSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTJPMBanks 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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08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan to host investor day
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February 20, 2015
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
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
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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