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January 22, 2014
09:01 EDTWFC, OCNWells Fargo to sell mortgage servicing rights on approx. 184,000 loans to Ocwen
Wells Fargo (WFC) announced that its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., has signed an agreement with Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC (OCN) for the sale of residential mortgage servicing rights on a portfolio consisting of approximately 184,000 loans with a total principal balance of $39B, or approximately 2% of Wells Fargo’s total residential servicing portfolio as of the end 4Q13. The sale will be finalized as servicing is transferred, which the company expects will occur during 2014. The transaction will not be material to the company’s financial results. The loans underlying the residential mortgage servicing rights sold are primarily owned by private investors and were not originated or owned by Wells Fargo. The loans are serviced under the trade name, America’s Servicing Company.
News For WFC;OCN From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
16:18 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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12:11 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
The Wall Street averages began the session slightly lower, soon turned mixed and have all returned to positive ground near midday. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indexes throughout. The S&P 500 is trying to hold onto its gain of about 1.5% for the month as July comes to a close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the employment cost index for the second quarter increased 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. The Chicago PMI business barometer index bounced to 54.7 in July, topping the expected reading of 50.8. The final reading of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for July came in at 93.1, which was down from the 93.3 flash reading and below the 94 that was expected. In Europe, Athex stated that the Athens Stock Exchange will reopen on August 3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) declined 2.9% and 3.6%, respectively, after both energy majors reported lower than expected earnings due to falling oil prices. Exxon noted that its Downstream and Chemical segment earnings increased significantly from the second quarter of last year, but that those higher earnings were more than offset by the impact of weaker Upstream realizations and lower asset management gains. Chevron, meanwhile, recorded impairments of $1.96B and other charges of approximately $670M relating to project suspensions and adverse tax effects, all of which stemmed from a downward revision in the company’s longer-term crude oil price outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), which rose 13% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced merger talks with Coca-Cola bottlers for Germany and the region of Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Also higher following their earnings reports were MoneyGram (MGI), which gained 27%, Expedia (EXPE), which added 10%, and SkyWest (SKYW), which rallied 20%. Among the noteworthy losers was FireEye (FEYE), which fell 5% after reporting quarterly results and announcing that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ocwen Financial (OCN), which fell 28.5%, and Hanesbrands (HBI), which dropped 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 10.36, or 0.06%, to 17,756.34, the Nasdaq was up 18.60, or 0.36%, to 5,147.38, and the S&P 500 was up 3.98, or 0.19%, to 2,112.61.
10:02 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:25 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:23 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT
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08:57 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:40 EDTWFCU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space 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). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. 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
06:07 EDTOCNOcwen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
July 30, 2015
19:35 EDTOCNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: YRC Worldwide (YRCW), up 17.7%... SkyWest (SKYW), up 11.5%... Zeltiq Aesthetics (ZLTQ), up 9%... Columbia Sportswear (COLM), up 11%... Expedia (EXPE), up 7.9%... Ellie Mae (ELLI), up 7%... Comfort Systems (FIX), up 6.2%... DigitalGlobe (DGI), up 5%... Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), up 8%... Amgen (AMGN), up 1.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), up 1.7% after getting FDA clearance for IND application for JCAR015... Priceline (PCLN), up 1.5% following Expedia's quarterly results... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), up 9.6% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in advanced talks with Coca-Cola bottlers... Endurance Specialty (ENH), up 2.6% after being added to the S&P MidCap 400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Oculus (OCLS), down 17%... Computer Programs (CPSI), down 11.9%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 9.2%... FireEye (FEYE), down 5.2% after reporting quarterly results and that CFO Michael Sheridan intends to leave the company... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 8.5%... Solazyme (SZYM), down 8.8%... Boston Beer (SAM), down 5.2%... Ocwen Financial (OCN), down 10.7%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 4.5%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 3.2%.
16:30 EDTOCNOcwen reports Q2 EPS 8c, consensus 20c
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13:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo to withdraw from mortgage marketing service agreements with RE firms
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. announced that it will withdraw from mortgage marketing services and desk rental agreements with real estate firms, builders and certain other referral sources. The decision was made as a result of increasing uncertainty surrounding regulatory oversight of these types of arrangements and as part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing efforts to simplify the process that customers experience as they weigh all of their choices when shopping for a mortgage. “Real estate firms and builders always have been—and will continue to be—very important to Wells Fargo’s retail mortgage operations, and we are exploring a number of new options for enhancing and strengthening those relationships over the long term,” said Franklin Codel, executive vice president for mortgage production at the company. “Because we value our strong relationships with real estate professionals and builders, the decision to exit these marketing services agreements was difficult, but we are taking this action to ensure that we continue to conduct our business in a way that represents the best interests of all of our customers and clients. We believe the best way to earn the relationship with real estate firms and builders is through timely, dependable service delivered by the best team in the business.” The decision is effective Aug. 1 and the wind down will occur over the following 90 days. Termination of these marketing services agreements is not expected to have a material impact on Wells Fargo’s total mortgage production.
July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
07:21 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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July 27, 2015
06:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo currently testing mobile biometrics, WSJ reports
Wells Fargo is currently testing voice recognition and eye scanning in an effort to use biometrics technology to authenticate customers using their mobile applications, the Wall street Journal reports, citing comments from Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo's new Innovation Group. Wells Fargo's mobile development efforts include testing an assist using artificial intelligence technology and the bank expects to launch the software in 2016, the report says. Reference Link
July 23, 2015
18:57 EDTWFCWells Fargo 'poised for growth,' Barron's says
Wells Fargo is a "high quality" value stock and the "well-managed" company could be "poised for growth" given the potential for interest rate hikes before the end of the year, Barron's contends in its 'Weekday Trader' column. Reference Link
09:06 EDTWFCSEI Investments extends long-term realtionship with Wells Fargo
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July 22, 2015
09:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Pelos to oversee commercial, corporate, treasury mangement
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTWFCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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