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January 29, 2013
07:45 EDTBK, MA, FISV, CYN, UNH, C, FITBStrategic Solutions Network to host a summit
Healthcare Payments Innovations Summit is being held in Tempe, Arizona on January 28-29.
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July 27, 2015
08:09 EDTFISVFiserv to integrate Fujitsu PalmSecure tech into DNA processing platform
Fujitsu (FJTSY) Frontech North America said that Fiserv (FISV) has signed an agreement that will allow them to integrate Fujitsuís PalmSecure biometric technology into the DNA account processing platform from Fiserv. PalmSecure technology enables positive identification of accountholders across multiple delivery channels. The Fiserv integration will initially facilitate the authentication of accountholders in the branch to provide positive identity verification for activities such as withdrawing funds or accessing a safety deposit box.
July 24, 2015
10:46 EDTCCiti's Mexico unit facing expanding money laundering probe, Bloomberg says
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July 23, 2015
16:44 EDTCYNCity National reports Q2 EPS $1.13, consensus $1.08
14:17 EDTMAEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
July 22, 2015
16:26 EDTCCiti releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
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15:01 EDTMAEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:58 EDTCCiti says to wind down banking operations at Banamex USA
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12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
10:01 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFITBFifth Third downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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July 21, 2015
10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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09:43 EDTFITBFifth Third says fundamental drivers continue to be healthy
09:28 EDTFITBFifth Third sees 'stable' NIM in 2H vs. Q1
Sees CEO transition going "smoothly." Says "pleased" with core trends, though environment continues to challenge banks. Says "comfortable" with current portfolio. Says plans to close 105 branches by the middle of 2016. Sees $65M in savings from plan, $5M than original expectations. Updated outlook "not materially different" from January, April outlook. Says "comfortable" with FY NII expectations. Expects NII to grow y/y, sees Q3 NII slightly higher than Q2; sees NII growing in Q4 over Q3. Sees NIM "stable" in 2H vs. Q1, doesn't expect NIM to widen further in Q3. Sees 2H NIM stable with 1H. Sees Q3 mortgage banking net revenue somewhat below Q2, but above last year's Q3. Sees strong 2H for total fee income. Sees 2H IT expenses about 10% higher than 1H. Sees core expenses up in Q3 vs. Q2, driven by marketing. Sees total expenses in 2H about 2.5% higher than 1H. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
06:43 EDTFITBFifth Third sees $155M share repurchase completed on or before July 28
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06:36 EDTBKBNY Mellon reports Q2 EPS 73c, consensus 66c
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06:33 EDTFITBFifth Third reports Q2 EPS 36c, consensus 38c
Reports Q2 return on assets of 0.90%, return on average common equity of 8.1%, return on average tangible common equity of 9.7%. Reports Q2 pre-povision revenue of $496M. Reports Q2 net charge-offs declined 15%. Reports Common equity Tier 1 ratio of 9.41%. Reports Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 10.49%. Reports tangible common equity ratio of 8.51%. Reports book value per share of $17.62.
July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:01 EDTBK, FITBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:03 EDTC, BKFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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