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May 5, 2014
06:23 EDTSCGLY, WFC, RYBanks offering leverage to investors in CLOs, WSJ reports
Banks like Wells Fargo (WFC), Societe Generale (SCGLY) and RBC Capital Markets (RY) are again dispensing money to hedge funds and other investors to finance purchases of complex debt securities, the Wall Street Journal reports. The banks are offering leverage to investors to buy CLOs ahead of rules that will limit holdings. Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
07:14 EDTRYCity National volatility elevated into Royal Bank of Canada acquiring for $5.4B
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07:05 EDTRYRoyal Bank of Canada to acquire City National for $93.80 per share
City National Corporation (CYN) and Royal Bank of Canada (RY) announced a definitive agreement by which Royal Bank of Canada will acquire all outstanding shares of City National Corp. Total consideration is valued at approximately $5.4B at announcement, or approximately $93.80 per City National share, comprised of a mix of cash and common stock, based on RBC's closing stock price on January 21. The agreement has been approved by the boards of both companies. Following completion of this transaction, Russell Goldsmith will remain Chairman and CEO of City National, and he also will be responsible for RBC's U.S. Wealth Management unit. Goldsmith has served as City National's CEO since 1995. RBC will pay, on average, approximately $47.25 in cash and 0.7489 of an RBC common share for each share of City National common stock. City National stockholders will be entitled to elect to receive the merger consideration in RBC common shares or cash, subject to certain adjustments and limitations. The aggregate consideration will be paid with approximately $2.7B in cash and approximately 44M RBC common shares. This represents approximately a 50% cash and 50% share mix as of announcement. The total number of RBC common shares to be issued and the amount of cash to be paid in the transaction are both fixed. As part of the transaction, the Goldsmith family stockholders have agreed to vote their City National holdings in favor of the transaction and to hold at least 50% of the RBC common shares received by them in the transaction until the third anniversary of closing. The transaction is expected to be accretive to RBC's earnings per share in the latter part of year three and accretive to earnings in year two. Given RBC's strong capital position and internal capital generation, the company expects to maintain its ongoing capital management program, and to maintain a Common Equity Tier 1 ratio at closing broadly in line with its current level. RBC's CET 1 ratio was 9.9% as of October 31, 2014. Closing is expected before the end of calendar 2015 subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals and the approval of City National's stockholders.
07:02 EDTRYRoyal Bank of Canada to acquire City National for $93.80 per share
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January 20, 2015
06:12 EDTSCGLYSociete Generale says to split chairman and CEO roles
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January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTWFCMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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10:06 EDTRYHigh option volume stocks
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January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:49 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo says 'can tolerate' being at high end of efficiency ratio goal
Says bank spending more money on cybersecurity, risk management, compliance-related issues.
10:42 EDTWFCWells Fargo says taking 'hard look' at expenses
Says around 2% of bank's loans are to oil and gas sector. Says always taking "hard look" at expenses. Says "no specific" provisioning for oil volatility. Says "difficult" to find attractive entry points in fixed-income markets. Says clarity on liquidity encouraged bank to find entry point. Says examining loans on "name by name basis" regarding oil volatility.
10:23 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q1 mortgage origination volume consistent with Q4
Sees Q1 mortgage origination volumes "relatively consistent" with Q4 levels. Says bank won't rely on higher interest rates for growth. Says rates could benefit origination volumes in Q1. Says capital levels "strong." Says capital ratios could fluctuate from quarter to quarter. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
10:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO Stumpf says low oil prices 'positive' for U.S. economy
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10:05 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15
On slides that are being presented on the Q3 earnings conference call, Wells Fargo said that it sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15.
09:16 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 home lending originations of $44B
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08:11 EDTWFCWells Fargo released $250M from allowance for credit losses in Q4
08:10 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO says credit quality continued to improve in Q4
Wells Fargo CFO John Shrewsberry said, “Our performance in the fourth quarter was a great example of the benefit of our diversified business model and reflected a continuation of the solid results we generated all year. Compared with the prior quarter, we increased deposits and grew commercial and consumer loans while maintaining our risk and pricing discipline. Revenue increased as net interest income benefited from loan growth and the prudent deployment of our liquidity. Fee income remained strong and diversified. Credit quality continued to improve. We also maintained strong capital and liquidity, and returned more capital to shareholders in the quarter."
08:09 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 net interest margin 3.04%
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08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 net charge-offs $735M, provision for credit losses $485M
Reports Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III of 10.44%. Reports Q4 ROE 12.841%, ROA 1.36%.
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.02
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