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January 7, 2014
09:02 EDTUSB, RBSU.S. Bancorp acquires Chicago branch banking ops of RBS Citizens Financial
U.S. Bancorp (USB) announced today that its lead bank, U.S. Bank National Association, has reached an agreement to acquire the Chicago branch banking operations of the Charter One Bank franchise owned by RBS Citizens Financial Group (RBS). The acquisition includes Charter Oneís Chicago retail branch network, small business operations, and select middle market relationships. Once complete, the acquisition will nearly double U.S. Bankís deposit market share in the Chicago metro area. Under the terms of this transaction, U.S. Bank will acquire approximately $5.3B of deposits, $1.1B of loans, 94 branches, and 800 employees for a deposit premium of approximately $315M, or 6%. At close, U.S. Bank will have combined deposits of approximately $11.3B in Chicago. Approximately 35 percent of the $5.3B of acquired deposits are non-interest bearing and NOW accounts; 48 percent are money market and savings accounts; and 17% are time deposits. This acquisition is expected to meet or exceed U.S. Bancorpís internal financial hurdles for internal rate of return and earnings per share accretion. This transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is anticipated to close in mid-2014. RBS Citizens Financial Group Chicago branches will continue to operate under their current name, Charter One, during the transition, and will be re-branded as U.S. Bank branches once the transaction is complete.
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January 21, 2015
09:45 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees efficiency ratio remaining in low 50s going forward
Sees efficiency ratio remaining in low 50s going forward. Sees net charge offs "relatively stable" in Q1. Says capital position is "strong." Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. U.S. Bancorp shares are up 1.82% to $41.96 in morning trading.
07:24 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp CEO says well positioned for growth as economy improves
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07:22 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports book value per share $21.68 at end Q4
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07:22 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 9.7%
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07:20 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees net charge-offs to stay relatively stable in Q1
Given current economic conditions, the company expects the level of net charge-offs to remain relatively stable in the first quarter of 2015.
07:19 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 net charge-offs down 8.3% on linked quarter basis
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07:16 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 EPS with items 79c, consensus 77c
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUSBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:06 EDTRBSCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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07:30 EDTRBSU.K. banks see Bitcoin as threat to sterling, boon to terrorists, Telegraph says
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January 16, 2015
14:17 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:19 EDTRBSRBS reviewing loans to small businesses on new issue, Independent says
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January 15, 2015
10:41 EDTRBSRBS general counsel, others leave bank, NY Times reports
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06:42 EDTRBSECB most likely will unveil bond buying program, NY Times says
The European Central Bank is "all but certain" to announce at its next meeting that it will buy government bonds, according to The New York Times. But the ECB may announce that it will buy bonds but say that it will only provide details about the program in March, some believe, the newspaper reported. Some economists contend that the initiative could be a case of "too little, too late," The Times added. Publicly traded European banks include 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
January 14, 2015
09:13 EDTRBSRoyal Bank of Scotland gets exemption from Fed, Reuters says
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06:44 EDTRBSTop court official backs ECB bond buying, NY Times reports
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06:37 EDTRBSRBS has shortlisted Sarasin, DBS consortium for Coutts Intl sale, Reuters says
J Safra Sarasin and a consortium comprising of DBS Group are among the banks shortlisted for the second round sale process of RBS' Coutts International, reports Reuters. According to people familiar with the matter, no firm date has been set for the final bids although all the shortlisted parties have commenced due diligence. Reference Link
January 13, 2015
15:12 EDTUSBU.S. Supreme Court decision gives homeowners leeway to rescind mortgage loans
In an unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jesinoski vs. Countrywide Home Loans that homeowners are allowed to rescind home mortgages within the three years allotted under the Truth in Lending Act of 1968 by providing written notice to his/her lender. The court ruled that the borrowers were not required to file suit against the lender, which the respondents, Countrywide, claimed. The notice of rescission was sufficient to clear the homeowners of any obligation to the loan, provided they do it within the allotted time. Countrywide Home Loans is a subsidiary of Bank of America (BAC). Other publicly traded companies in the banking space include Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
10:00 EDTUSBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Midstream Partners (AMID) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ameriprise (AMP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Axalta Coating (AXTA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Core-Mark (CORE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dick's Sporting (DKS) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Dynegy (DYN) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Gannett (GCI) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gran Tierra (GTE) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Sensata (ST) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Suncor (SU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... United Financial (UBNK) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
07:44 EDTUSBNationstar, non-bank lenders could get boost from refis, WSJ says
As a decline in interest rates and a reduction in federal loan fees boosts refinancing activity, smaller banks and non-bank lenders, such as Quicken Loans, loanDepot, and Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), may be in a better position than large banks to benefit, said The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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