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March 17, 2014
06:32 EDTWFC, JPM, MS, GS, AXP, STTU.S. banks' $75B payout on the line in fed tests, Bloomberg says
The largest U.S. banks are about to learn whether they can pay out more than $75B in excess capital to investors as the Federal Reserve finishes stress tests of their ability to overcome new economic catastrophes, reported Bloomberg. Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan (JPM) would lead a 69% rise in dividends and stock buybacks over the next year after the central bank releases results of its yearly tests. The tests also cover the largest regional banks and security firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), credit card issuers such as American Express (AXP) and custodial banks such as State Street (STT). Reference Link
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September 24, 2014
07:46 EDTGSPeterson Institute for International Economics to hold a conference
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07:41 EDTMSMorgan Stanley price target raised to $42 from $38 at UBS
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06:16 EDTSTTState Street initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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05:45 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded its rating on Morgan Stanley (MS) to Neutral saying shares look expensive and that it does not see the bank meeting its 10% return on equity target. JPMorgan sees better value in other investment banks, specifically UBS (UBS), and keeps a $34 price target for Morgan Stanley shares. The stock closed yesterday down 16c to $35.02.
September 23, 2014
10:33 EDTJPMWebster Financial to acquire HSA business from JPMorgan
Webster Financial (WBS), the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A., said that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the health savings account, or HSA, business from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., a subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase (JPM). Under the agreement, approximately 700,000 accounts, including an estimated $1.3B in deposits and $175M in investments, will migrate from JPMorgan Chase Bank to HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank, over a transitional period. In the near term, Webster will use approximately 60% of the deposits to pay down short-term borrowings with the remaining funds invested in securities. Transaction consideration will be all cash; the purchase price was not disclosed. Webster expects the transaction to be modestly accretive to earnings per share and return on equity in the first year following closing. The transaction is expected to improve Webster's loan-to-deposit ratio to approximately 80% from 87% pro forma at June 30. The company estimates the transaction will have tangible book value dilution of approximately 3%. JPMorgan Chase has advised Webster that the transaction is not expected to have a material impact on JPMorgan Chase's earnings.
07:14 EDTGSGoldman spot FX trading boss in EU to depart, Bloomberg says
Mitesh Parikh, the manager of Goldman Sach's spot foreign-exchange trading in Europe, is departing the company to trade currencies at an investment company, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. Parikh joined Goldman Sachs twelve years ago. Reference Link
06:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo Advisers fined $5M by SEC for failing to maintain controls
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday charged Wells Fargo Advisors LLC with failing to maintain adequate controls to prevent one of its employees from insider trading based on a customerís nonpublic information. The SEC also charged Wells Fargo for unreasonably delaying its production of documents during the SECís investigation and providing an altered internal document related to a compliance review of the brokerís trading. Wells Fargo, which admits wrongdoing, has agreed to pay a $5M penalty to settle the SECís charges, which are the first-ever against a broker-dealer for failing to protect a customerís material nonpublic information. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
18:20 EDTWFCSEC fines Wells Fargo Advisors $5M for not stopping inside trade, FT reports
The brokerage arm of Wells Fargo (WFC), Wells Fargo Advisors, was fined $5M by the SEC for not stopping an employee from trading on customer information ahead of the 2010 acquisition of Burger King (BKW), sometimes called ďthe sandwich deal," FT reports. Reference Link
06:11 EDTJPMEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 18, 2014
14:31 EDTAXPCapital One said to bump Amex as Costco Canada card issuer, Bloomberg says
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14:14 EDTAXPCapital One said to replace American Express as Costco Canada card issuer
MasterCard said to be processor for new Costco Canada cards. Reported by Bloomberg.
14:08 EDTWFC, MS, GS, JPMBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTAXPCostco to stop accepting Amex cards in Canada on Jan 1, 2015 Globe and Mail says
Costco (COST) said it will not renew its credit card relationship with American Express (AXP) when it expires on December 31 of this year. Therefore, it will not accept Amex cards in Canada beginning January 1, 2015, The Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
05:31 EDTJPMVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visaís holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visaís investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
September 17, 2014
13:51 EDTJPMJPMorgan to replace some credit cards following Home Depot breach, Reuters says
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13:28 EDTWFCWells Fargo eases lending requirements for buying apartments, Financial Times says
Wells Fargo (WFC) is easing lending requirements for apartment purchases, reports the Financial Times. In an interview, the head of Wells Fargo mortgage production Franklin Codel said, ďWeíre tweaking our condo approvals to make them more consistent with what Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) allow." Reference Link
13:16 EDTMS, JPM, GS, WFCHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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08:19 EDTWFCNational Press Club holds a luncheon meeting
Wells Fargo & Co. CEO John Stumpf discusses the role of financial services in the real economy at a National Press Club luncheon meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on September 17 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
07:37 EDTSTT, JPMMorningstar to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTJPMNY Attorney General announces NYC bank identity-theft ring takedown
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