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February 7, 2014
14:36 EDTMS, FMCC, FNMAFHFA confirms $1.25B settlement with Morgan Stanley
The Federal Housing Finance Agency confirmed that it has reached a settlement with Morgan Stanley (MS) for $1.25B addressing claims alleging violations of federal and state securities laws and common law fraud in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities purchased by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) between 2005 and 2007. Under the terms of the agreement, Morgan Stanley will pay $625M each to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Morgan Stanley disclosed this settlement on February 4.
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March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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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 EDTMSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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07:19 EDTFNMA, FMCCOcwen to sell additional $25B portfolio to Nationstar
Ocwen Financial (OCN) announced that its subsidiary, Ocwen Loan Servicing and Nationstar Mortgage, an indirectly-held, wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM) have agreed in principle to the sale by Ocwen of residential mortgage servicing rights on a portfolio consisting of approximately 142,000 loans owned by Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) with a total principal balance of approximately $25B. Subject to a definitive agreement, approvals by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and FHFA and other customary conditions, Ocwen and Nationstar expect the transaction to close before mid-year.
March 23, 2015
07:19 EDTMSCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTMSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
11:36 EDTFMCCOcwen intends to sell $9.6B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Green Tree
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07:22 EDTFMCC, FNMAFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae could need more bailouts, WSJ says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) might be at risk of needing additional bailouts, due to weak Q4 earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a watchdog. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
13:10 EDTFNMAJPMorgan could acquire Ocwen's Fannie MSR portfolio, IMF reports
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08:26 EDTFNMA, FMCCFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae begin legal battle against Nomura, RBS, NY Post says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) alleged in court proceedings Monday that they bought "bad" mortgages because they were mislead by banks, reports the New York Post, citing court arguments. Monday was the first day of the lawsuit against Nomura (NMR) and co-defendant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) which seeks $1B in damages as well as the ability to return the securities to the banks. Lawyers presented internal bank emails that identified some mortgages as "crap" or from "extremely dysfunctional" lenders, while the banks alleged that they fully disclosed the poor quality of the products. Reference Link
March 16, 2015
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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March 12, 2015
09:21 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:44 EDTMSDeutsche 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.
06:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley removed buyback of preferred shares in capital plan, Reuters says
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