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March 14, 2014
12:17 EDTOCN, NSM, GMNationstar 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.
News For NSM;OCN;GM From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
16:45 EDTGMGeneral Motors, Hertz in pact for purchase of GM vehicles
On December 15, The Hertz Corporation (HTZ) and General Motors (GM) entered into an agreement relating to Hertz’s purchase of GM vehicles for the 2015 vehicle model year. The agreement also sets forth the terms and conditions related to GM’s repurchase of a portion of the vehicles purchased by Hertz under the agreement.
15:11 EDTGMGM considering options if Takata recall expands, Reuters reports
General Motors (GM) is developing back-up plans on the chance that Takata's (TKTDY) air bag recall expands, according to Reuters. General Motors has asked Takata to share air bag specifications with rivals TRW (TRW) and Autoliv (ALV), so that replacements can be readily available, the company told Reuters. Reference Link
December 18, 2014
11:33 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; GM EWZ
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08:50 EDTOCNOcwen facing new probe over delays on underwater home sales, Bloomberg says
The New York Department of Financial Services and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are investigating whether Ocwen improperly delayed short sales by borrowers who are underwater on their homes, according to Bloomberg, citing two people briefed on the case. A spokeswoman for Ocwen said the company “has no desire to delay short sales” and that costs increase when the process is prolonged, Bloomberg noted. Reference Link
08:23 EDTGMSeveral automakers halt Russia car sales due to ruble, Bloomberg reports
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:58 EDTOCNOcwen says will file corrective action plans as needed based on OMSO report
Ocwen Financial has been working closely with the Office of Mortgage Settlement Oversight, or OMSO, on two issues identified in the report covering the first six months of 2014, the National Mortgage Settlement Monitor said in a public filing, according to the company. OMSO's fourth report on mortgage servicers' compliance with the National Mortgage Settlement discloses two items that precluded the Monitor from reporting on Ocwen's progress for the first half of 2014. The first concerns the processes used by the company's NMS Internal Review Group and was flagged by a complaint from an IRG employee. The IRG is responsible for reporting on Ocwen's compliance with the NMS. The second issue concerns the letter dating issue raised by the New York Department of Financial Services in October. To the extent the Monitor determines that Ocwen did not meet the minimum compliance standards mandated by the NMS in any period, Ocwen will file a corrective action plan in accordance with the NMS protocols.
07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:45 EDTOCNRegulator says Ocwen reports unreliable, NY Times reports
A monitor put in place as part of a mortgage settlement between banks and the government said he could not rely on information provided by Ocwen Financial, according to The New York Times.The monitor, Joseph Smith, Jr., said he concluded that he could not rely on Ocwen's reports for the first half of 2014, the newspaper explained. Ocwen said it would seek to allay Smith's concerns, The Times reported.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTGMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
06:55 EDTGMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 12, 2014
16:06 EDTOCNOcwen announces $253M early buyout of mortgages from Ginnie Mae pools
Ocwen Financial announced the purchase of 1,705 delinquent FHA-insured loans with a principal balance of $253.1M from Ginnie Mae pools for which Ocwen Loan Servicing was already the servicer. The purchase was made by the company's mortgage servicing arm, Ocwen Loan Servicing, and closed on December 1. On the same day, the Ginnie Mae EBO Loans were sold to an unrelated third party. Ocwen Loan Servicing will remain the servicer of the loans. Ocwen's Ginnie Mae buyout program began in the first quarter of 2014. "We expect to execute more such purchases in the next few months, as long as market conditions are favorable," said John Britti, Chief Investment Officer.
13:31 EDTOCNOcwen misdating issue being reviewed by Treasury, Inside Mortgage Finance says
Ocwen’s misdating of loan modification letters has been a subject of focus for the NYDFS, as widely reported, but in the Treasury Department is now also reviewing what impact Ocwen's misdating may have had on the Making Home Affordable program, reported Inside Mortgage Finance. Reference Link
December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
December 5, 2014
14:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors ticks key resistance at the $34 area
The $34 level played a role as major support through the year until the breakdown in share price in September. Today the stock is ticking that level once again. Powering through this level would be bullish, while a failure at $34 would be bearish. Resistance is at $35.14. Support is at $33.24.
10:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon pickups, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTGMGM looking to sell 500K Cadillacs annually by 2020, Reuters reports
GM plans to increase global annual sales of its Cadillac brand to over 500,000 cars by 2020, Reuters quoted Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen as saying. Reference Link

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