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April 14, 2014
08:32 EDTALLY, USBU.S. Bancorp to acquire document custodian business from Ally Bank
U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced that its lead bank, U.S. Bank National Association, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the document custodian business of Ally Bank (ALLY). The acquisition of Ally’s document custodian business, which is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2014, will add up to 40 employees to U.S. Bank, one new service location in Waterloo, Iowa and increase documents under custody by 15%.
News For USB;ALLY From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
19:19 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp likely to sell stake in Elavon do Brasil, Reuters says
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10:01 EDTUSBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Dr. Reddy's (RDY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Zelman... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive outlook at BTIG... Goodyear Tire (GT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PROS (PRO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Press Ganey (PGND) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Salesforce (CRM) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Shire (SHPG) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... SolarCity (SCTY) upgraded to Strong Buy on valuation at Raymond James... Spark Energy (SPKE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... TransDigm (TDG) upgraded to Gradually Accumulate from Hold at Wellington Shields... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
06:36 EDTUSBMorgan trading head says Q1 may be tough for Wall Street, WSJ says
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05:50 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Matthew Burnell upgraded U.S. Bancorp to Outperform citing valuation and his belief the company can weather an economic downturn better than peers. Burnell has a $44-$46 price target range for the shares.
February 9, 2016
18:37 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp, Santander reach settlements with Comptroller of the Currency
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15:45 EDTUSBFed telling banks to stress test for negative rates, CNBC reports
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08:17 EDTALLYAlly Financial to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in New York on February 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
06:31 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp volatility elevated
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February 8, 2016
06:31 EDTUSBNorway's oil fund tells U.S. banks to split CEO-chairman positions, FT says
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February 5, 2016
10:13 EDTALLYHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: SC YRCW MKTO MT LNKD EPAM SBGL ALLY QLIK
February 4, 2016
11:21 EDTALLYOptions with increasing call volume; FMC HST XME RIO BHP PAY DNDK BSX ALLY SWFT
06:58 EDTUSBFed official supports tougher bank stress tests, Reuters reports
Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren said that he supports tougher stress tests for "too big to fail" banks, including larger capital investments that would make them "even more binding," Reuters reports. Rosengren said that stress test changes have reduced the likelihood that systemically important financial firms would fail, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:51 EDTUSBBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
February 3, 2016
08:41 EDTALLYAlly Financial shares recommended at Morgan Stanley
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February 2, 2016
07:32 EDTALLYAlly Financial sees FY16 EPS growth target 15%
The company says "Ally's Board and management teams remain squarely focused on creating and building shareholder value, and we consider all options through that lens. We believe in the underlying strength of our businesses, value in the company and ability to drive returns for shareholders."
07:31 EDTALLYAlly Financial reports Q4 adjusted EPS 52c, consensus 51c
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February 1, 2016
14:32 EDTALLYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
January 31, 2016
12:33 EDTUSBU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link

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