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January 7, 2013
07:51 EDTNCT, NSM, BAC, FIGNewcastle Investment to acquire excess MSRs, spin-off residential assets
Newcastle Investment (NCT) announced that it has agreed to acquire an interest in Excess Mortgage Servicing Rights, or MSRs. The total unpaid principal balance of the underlying loans was approximately $215B as of November 30, 2012. In a separate transaction on January 4, 2013, Newcastle acquired an interest in the Excess MSRs on a $13B Ginnie Mae pool. These transactions are expected to bring Newcastle’s total investment in Excess MSRs to approximately $610M and the UPB of the underlying loans to over $310B. Newcastle has agreed to acquire Excess MSRs on approximately $215B UPB from Nationstar Mortgage Holdings (NSM), in conjunction with Nationstar’s purchase of MSRs from Bank of America (BAC). Newcastle has committed to invest approximately $340M to acquire a one-third interest in the Excess MSRs. The majority of the investment is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory and third-party approvals. Nationstar will service the loans and will retain a one-third interest in the Excess MSRs; a Fortress (FIG) Fund will acquire the remaining one-third interest. The loans comprise four pools, of which 47% are expected to be loans that are owned, insured or guaranteed by Agency/Government entities and 53% are expected to be non-conforming loans in private label securitizations. Separately, Newcastle invested $27M for a one-third interest in the Excess MSRs on a $13B UPB Ginnie Mae loan pool from Nationstar. As in the transaction described above, Nationstar is the servicer and owns a one-third interest. The Fortress Fund acquired the remaining one-third interest. Newcastle intends to spin off these and certain other residential assets.
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTBACOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
07:19 EDTBACAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTBACRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTBACBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTBACBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
18:46 EDTFIGFortress looking for $4B to acquire distressed debt, Bloomberg reports
Fortress Investment is seeking approximately $4.3B to buy distressed debt from around the world, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The firm is looking for a $2B private-equity structured credit fund with the rest of the balance coming from managed accounts that will invest alongside the deals, two people familiar with the plans added. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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06:45 EDTBACBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTBACCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
October 8, 2014
08:34 EDTBACBank of America October volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Bank of America October call option implied volatility is at 28, November is at 23, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
07:13 EDTBACBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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October 7, 2014
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTBACWells Fargo ups price target ranges for capital markets banks
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06:51 EDTBACJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:49 EDTBACBNP seeks assistance from banks as ban approaches, Reuters says
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October 6, 2014
10:04 EDTNSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:29 EDTBACHead of NYDFS reaching out to banks in wake of JPMorgan breach, FT says
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06:27 EDTBACJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
05:19 EDTNSMNationstar downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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