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March 14, 2014
12:17 EDTNSM, GM, OCNNationstar advances after Kyle Bass ups stake
Shares of mortgage servicer Nationstar Mortgage (NSM) are climbing after hedge fund Hayman Capital announced earlier this morning that it had increased its stake in the company to 5.3% from about 1.2%. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview earlier today on CNBC, Hayman Capital Managing Partner Kyle Bass indicated that the firm was upbeat on Nationstar's outlook in the mortgage sector. About $1.8T of mortgages have moved to nonbank servicers like Nationstar from banks, Bass stated. More importantly, companies like Nationstar are much more effective at servicing mortgages than banks, he said. "We think that this market opportunity will grow from $10 trillion to $11-$12 trillion over the next five years, and (the companies') servicing profitability will increase annually as the number of delinquent loans drop," the hedge fund manager stated. Asked about an investigation launched earlier this month by New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky into Nationstar, Bass said, "New York is important but it's one state." Moreover, the ratio of complaints per delinquent loan handled by Nationstar is 1.9%, versus an average ratio of 7% for banks, Bass stated. Nationstar's ratio in this area is also lower than that of all of its peers, the hedge fund manager noted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The second best ratio of complaints per delinquent loans in the mortgage service industry is held by Ocwen Financial (OCN), Bass reported. Addressing a separate issue, Bass said that General Motors (GM) is "one of the cheapest companies" in the S&P Index, and should reach the high $40s or $50 in the next 18 months. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Nationstar rose $1.50, or 4.8%, to $32.75. Ocwen climbed 4.6% to $40.80 and GM rose 2% to $34.50.
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January 23, 2015
16:32 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:01 EDTOCNOcwen, Home Loan Servicing slide after BlueMountain claims default event
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13:38 EDTNSMNationstar volatility elevated
Nationstar February call option implied volatility is at 67, March is at 70, April is a 66; compared to its 26-week average of 49 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
13:28 EDTOCNOcwen Financial volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:54 EDTGMGoodyear Tire recalls 48,500 SUV tires after finding small tread cracks, AP says
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07:28 EDTGMGeneral Motors has too much capital on balance sheet, Bass says
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05:58 EDTOCNOcwen implied volatility of 150 at upper end of index mean range
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January 22, 2015
10:07 EDTGMGM invests $300M to upgrade plant for new Cadillac sedan, Reuters reports
GM has invested $300M to upgrade and automate its Detroit-Hamtramck plant ahead of the launch of the 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan, reports Reuters. The investment includes the construction of a new body shop equipped with 205 robots and designed to use advanced manufacturing techniques as aluminum laser welding. Reference Link
07:20 EDTGMGM bringing Spark electric vehicle to Maryland by June, WSJ says
General Motors will start selling its Spark EV in Maryland by late June, reports the Wall Street Journal. The state joins California and Oregon in offering the $17,845 electric-only car, which can travel 119 miles per charge. Official GM announcements are expected at the upcoming Washington D.C. auto show. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
19:18 EDTGMLower oil prices could boost car and truck sales, CNBC reports
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13:54 EDTGMJPMorgan could lose $1.5B as a result of 2008 error, Reuters says
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13:53 EDTGMGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
05:59 EDTOCNOcwen implied volatility of 152 at upper end of index mean range
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January 20, 2015
10:45 EDTOCNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:01 EDTOCNOcwen says Erbey's decision to resign not due to disagreements with company
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08:59 EDTGMGM receives 108 new ignitition claims, $400M earmarked for cases, Reuters says
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08:50 EDTOCNAltisource downgraded at Sterne Agee
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07:43 EDTOCNAltisource CEO doubts California's case against Ocwen, NY Post says
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January 16, 2015
10:27 EDTOCNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:29 EDTGMJudge rules GM lawyer notes protected by attorney-client privilege, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers suing General Motors could not access notes prepared by the company's lawyers, to prepare an internal report on the ignition-switch flaw, due to those notes being protected under attorney-client privilege, reports Reuters. Reference Link
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