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February 7, 2014
09:31 EDTOCN, WFCOcwen Wells Fargo mortgage deal likely to be approved, says Sterne Agee
After New York regulators indicated that they were not going to approve the servicing sale of $39B in mortgages between Wells Fargo and Ocwen, Sterne Agee thinks that Ocwen will reach a deal with regulators, and the deal will ultimately be approved. Sterne Agee keeps a Buy rating on Ocwen.
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November 18, 2014
17:34 EDTWFCWells Fargo, U.S. not as optimistic on settling mortgage suit, Reuters says
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16:48 EDTWFCWells Fargo, U.S no longer confident on settlement, Bloomberg says
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09:56 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Allergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... CBS (CBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Key Energy (KEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Statoil (STO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Urban Outfitters downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded at BMO Capital
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07:24 EDTWFCWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:20 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTOCNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
November 13, 2014
17:35 EDTOCN, WFCOcwen unit signs mutual termination agreement with Wells Fargo
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17:32 EDTWFCWells Fargo, Ocwen agree to cancel sale of mortgage servicing rights
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) announced that its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and Ocwen Loan Servicing have mutually decided to cancel a previously announced sale to Ocwen of certain Wells Fargo residential mortgage servicing rights. Cancelation of the transaction is not expected to be material to Wells Fargo’s consolidated financial results.
12:53 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3
Expects Q4 mortgage originations to decline from Q3, reflecting normal seasonality in purchase market, while gain on sale margin is expected to remain within range of last four quarters. Expects to operate within targeted efficiency ratio range of 55%-59% in Q4. Wells Fargo said that while there is potential for continued net interest margin pressure, focus remains on growing net interest income over time. The comapny said it expects future reserve releases absent signification deterioration in the economy, but expect a lower level of future releases as the rate of improvement in credit loans and loan portfolio grows. Expects share count to continue to decline in Q4 as result of anticipated net share repurchases. Says mortgage business profitable and very pleased with that segment. Comments taken from slides for presentation at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banking and Financial Services Conference.
08:33 EDTWFCWells Fargo sells federal student loans to Navient
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) Education Financial Services announced that Navient (NAVI) will purchase a principal balance of $8.5B of Federal Family Education Loan Program loans, which are included in Wells Fargo’s held-for-sale loan portfolio. Due to a change in federal law, Wells Fargo has not issued federal student loans since June 30, 2010. This sale supports Wells Fargo’s ongoing strategic focus on its private student lending business. “By selling these FFELP loans to Navient, Wells Fargo will be in a position to focus more on meeting the needs of our private student loan customers,” said John Rasmussen, head of Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services. “We are deeply committed to the private student loan business because next to purchasing a home or saving for retirement, paying for an education is one of the most important financial events for our customers.” ). The sale is expected to close in a series of transactions, substantially all of which are expected to be completed in fourth quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the sale is not material to Wells Fargo.
November 12, 2014
09:36 EDTWFCInformation Management Network to hold a symposium
Private Label RMBS Reform Symposium is being held in New York on November 12.
07:28 EDTWFCBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 11, 2014
15:12 EDTOCNOcwen Financial puts active on New York DFS Lawsky undecided on leaving report
Ocwen Financial November 27 puts are active on following press reports that New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky was planning to leave his post. November put option implied volatility is at 65, December is at 67, January is at 71; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data. Active option volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:50 EDTOCNLawsky undecided on leaving NYDFS, Inside Mortgage Finance says
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08:30 EDTOCNLawsky reports a positive for mortgage space, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views reports of New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky’s plans to step down in 2015 as a positive for mortgage servicing space. FBR notes Ocwen Financial (OCN) has been the company under the most scrutiny with Lawsky in charge and that Nationstar Mortgage (NSM)) has also received a letter from the regulator. It also views the reports as a positive for Walter Investment (WAC), which it notes has avoided a targeted communication by Lawsky thus far. FBR thinks a softening of the regulatory environment could allow the big banks to start moving product again.
07:06 EDTWFCJinkoSolar subsidiary signs $20M credit agreement with Wells Fargo Bank
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November 10, 2014
13:22 EDTOCNBenjamin Lawsky expected to leave post in early 2015, Daily News reports
New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky is expected to leave Gov. Cuomo's cabinet in early 2015 for the private sector, New York Daily News reports, citing sources. Lawsky has been waging a public battle against Ocwen (OCN) over the company's mortgage servicing practices. Reference Link
07:12 EDTWFCCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:46 EDTWFCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
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