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May 21, 2014
09:50 EDTWAC, OCN, NSM, ASPSLawsky says extending probe of Ocwen, other mortgage servicers
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of Financial Services for the State of New York, delivered remarks yesterday at the Mortgage Bankers Association National Secondary Market Conference, during which he said the regulator has highlighted its concerns about ancillary services with "one particular non-bank servicer," most likely referring to Ocwen Financial (OCN), which the regulator has said it is probing. However, Lawsky added "they are not the only industry player doing this. So you should expect us to expand our investigation into ancillary services in the coming weeks and months," according to prepared remarks posted to the DFSNY website. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS) was previously spun-off from Ocwen. Other mortgage servicing companies include Nationstar (NSM) and Walter Investment (WAC). Reference Link
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February 27, 2015
09:24 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:28 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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08:27 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded Walter Investment to Underperform from Market Perform with a $14 price target following the company's Q4 results. Shares were also downgraded this morning at Credit Suisse.
08:01 EDTOCNWells Fargo fires Ocwen as bond overseer, hires Credit Suisse, Bloomberg says
Wells Fargo (WFC) has issued notices to Ocwen (OCN) terminating it as overseer of debt backing for two bond deals, reports Bloomberg, citing letters sent from Wells Fargo to bondholders. Wells Fargo stated in notices sent to bondholders that a majority of investors felt the move was correct. Wells Fargo plans to transfer responsibility to Credit Suisse (CS). Reference Link
07:48 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point
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06:23 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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February 26, 2015
10:00 EDTNSMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryStarz
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08:55 EDTNSMNationstar downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee downgraded Nationstar to Neutral following the disappointing Q4 report.
07:20 EDTWACWalter Investment sees reduction in HARP volumes from 2014
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07:18 EDTWACWalter Investment says current economic conditions favorable for business
The company commented, "The Servicing segment is expected to benefit from improving borrower credit quality and declining delinquency rates which generally drive a reduction in related servicing costs. In recent months we have seen an increase in MSR portfolios available for sale in the market as large depositories shed portfolios associated with non-core clients, strategic MSR sales from non-bank servicers increase and small and mid-sized originators monetize their MSR assets. The market has remained competitive for these assets though the Company anticipates pricing may improve as the significant supply of MSR is absorbed by the market during 2015. Walter Investment remains opportunistic in reviewing potential acquisitions. Active regulatory oversight of the sector continues and the company expects that in the current market participants who have scale, are appropriately capitalized, are compliant with regulatory requirements, and have significant experience and a strong track record in transferring servicing assets will be best positioned to grow their portfolios in the future. Market expectations indicate that originations volume in the United States will grow approximately 7% over 2014 to $1.2 trillion. The broader market remains challenging but has improved over the last couple of months as rates have declined, refinance activity has increased and margins have firmed. Our retention channel has benefited from an increase of "in the money" borrowers in our serviced portfolios while our correspondent lending channel has seen improved volumes. The retail channel remains competitive as purchase money volumes remain relatively light. The company's business plan for 2015 targets strong operational performance in each of its core businesses. Targets for the Servicing, ARM and Insurance businesses include growth of the serviced portfolio of approximately 10%, including additions from the Originations segment as well as a blend of bulk MSR purchases and sub-servicing and combined AEBITDA margins in the range of 14 - 18 bps, consistent with the 2014 combined AEBITDA range."
07:17 EDTWACWalter Investment reports Q4 adjusted EPS (6c), consensus 63c
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07:12 EDTNSMNationstar says growth prospects 'significant' in 2015
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07:12 EDTNSMNationstar reports Q4 core EPS 58c, consensus 91c
Reports Q4 revenue $449.4M, consensus $515.14M.
February 23, 2015
11:43 EDTOCN, NSMOcwen volatile after MSR sale, New Residential deal for Home Loan Servicing
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11:24 EDTOCNOcwen resumes trading, shares now up 17c to $9.77
11:22 EDTOCN, NSMOcwen halted for volatility after bounce off lows
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09:25 EDTOCN, NSMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTNSM, OCNOcwen up 6.8% following sale of mortgage servicing rights to Nationstar
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07:47 EDTNSM, OCNOcwen to sell $9.8B portfolio of mortgage servicing rights to Nationstar
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February 18, 2015
09:16 EDTOCNOcwen comments on Home Loan Servicing agreement with HSART Trust
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