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January 29, 2014
07:48 EDTOCNOcwen Financial shares should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
After Ocwen preannounced its Q4 results, Oppenheimer lowered its 2014 EPS estimate for the company to $5.25 from $5.55. However, the firm doesn't think the company's longer term earnings outlook has really changed, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
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January 27, 2015
11:06 EDTOCNStocks with call strike movement; OCN LINE
Ocwen (OCN) July 8 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 112, LINN Energy (LINE) July 12 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 59 according to IVolatility.
January 26, 2015
13:10 EDTOCNOcwen shopping $10B of MSRs to pay for settlements, IMF News says
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12:23 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firm’s failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
09:19 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTOCNOcwen to 'vigorously defend itself against' BlueMountain allegations
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08:53 EDTOCNBig name mortgage investors take step toward Ocwen lawsuit, Reuters says
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08:31 EDTOCNOcwen-linked stocks jump after California settlement
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07:59 EDTOCNOcwen denies any basis for default under trust agreements
Ocwen sent a letter to Gibbs & Bruns in response to its letter dated Friday, January 23. The letter satated, "We represent Ocwen Financial Corporation and respond to your letter on behalf of certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers, dated January 23, in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. The letter purports to describe certain contractual breaches that you contend could result in Events of Default under the Trust transaction documents. These are essentially the same baseless allegations that you have already asserted on behalf of some of these same investors in their failed attempt to block the transfer of servicing from OneWest to Ocwen. As you know, those claims were thoroughly reviewed by an independent expert firm retained by the Trustees, and after reviewing that expert report, the Trustees cleared the transfer to Ocwen. The allegations are as groundless now as they were then. Ocwen denies that there is any basis for a default under the Trust agreements, and it will respond, at the appropriate time, after it has had a chance to review the exhibits mentioned in your letter. In the meantime, however, because it is apparent that your letter was drafted in an inflammatory tone, with misleading content, and coordinated with media release so as to create wildly false impressions, we make the following initial points in response. Your letter obscures the ultimate objective of your investor clients: to stop servicers from modifying loans and force them to foreclose on and evict as many struggling homeowners as quickly as possible. While knee-jerk foreclosures may redound to the special economic interests of your clients, they are not in the best interests of the Trusts as a whole, not consistent with industry practice, and therefore prohibited under the servicing agreements. Contrary to the suggestions in your letter, all of Ocwen's mortgage loan modifications, including principal reductions, are designed to be Net Present Value positive. As a result, Ocwen's approach makes sound economic sense because, again, it seeks to service loans in the best interest of the Trusts as a whole. Perhaps most egregious is your clients' continuing objection to the principal reduction modification targets in the government's national mortgage settlements with RMBS issuers and servicers. Indeed, Ocwen's national mortgage settlement provides that such modifications shall be done subject to, and within the confines of, the servicing agreements. We note that your clients' ill-conceived effort to push foreclosures and stop principal reduction is not directly solely at Ocwen but is part of their ongoing industry-wide pro-foreclosure campaign, which has been roundly criticized by numerous national housing, consumer protection and civil rights groups as anti-consumer and contrary to good public policy."
06:10 EDTOCNOcwen implied volatility of 157 at upper end of index mean range
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January 25, 2015
14:24 EDTOCNOcwen settles dispute with California for $2.5M
On Friday evening, the California Department of Business Oversight-DBO announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing, over the firm’s failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess Ocwen’s compliance with state mortgage lending laws.“The Department is committed to supporting a fair and secure financial services marketplace for all California consumers,” said DBO Commissioner Jan Lynn Owen. “This settlement allows us to move forward and ensure that Ocwen is meeting its obligations under the law.” Under the consent order agreement, the DBO will select an independent, third-party auditor, paid for by Ocwen, whose duties will include ensuring Ocwen provides the DBO all the information it has requested from loan files. Ocwen also will pay $2.5M in penalties and cover the DBO’s administrative costs associated with the case. The settlement also prohibits Ocwen from taking on any new California customers until the DBO determines the firm can fully respond in a timely manner to future requests for information, and the DBO will drop its effort to suspend Ocwen’s license to operate in California. Filed Oct. 3, the formal accusation grew out of Ocwen’s conduct during a routine regulatory examination and will now be withdrawn. Shares of Ocwen were up over 27% in after hours trading on Friday to $8.08. Reference Link
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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13:28 EDTOCNOcwen Financial volatility increases on wide price movement
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05:58 EDTOCNOcwen implied volatility of 150 at upper end of index mean range
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January 21, 2015
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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08:50 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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