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April 10, 2014
12:36 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Wells Fargo to report results after dividend hike
Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $20.6B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 90c-$1.02 on revenue of $19.5B-$22.41B. LAST QUARTER: Wells Fargo reported higher than expected Q4 EPS and revenue. The company said that it believes it can continue to grow its net interest margin over time. In a statement, CEO John Stumpf said, "Strong earnings power and capital levels, and an improving economic outlook are major reasons why we look ahead to 2014 with optimism." On March 26, Wells Fargo reported that the Federal Reserve had approved the bank’s capital allocation plan. Under the plan, Wells plans to pay a dividend of 35c per share. The dividend, which was increased 16.7% over prior levels, must be approved by the bank’s board of directors at its April 29 meeting. The bank also authorized the repurchase of an additional 350M shares of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH. In a note to investors on April 8, UBS wrote that Q1 may be the first quarter in four years that Wells Fargo’s EPS will not grow versus the previous quarter, as it believes the bank was hit with seasonal costs in Q1 that were not offset by revenue increases. The bank’s EPS will drop to 97c in Q1, down from $1.00 in Q4, but will still be up 5% versus the first quarter of 2013, the firm predicted. On a positive note, UBS contended that Wells Fargo was "a relative winner" of the Fed’s capital plan approval process. Although Wells' board has approved a 350M share increase in the bank’s stock repurchases, it typically doesn’t carry out large share repurchases, UBS stated. Wells should benefit from a continued U.S. economic recovery, but its shares already reflect such an outlook, according to UBS, which kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer was somewhat upbeat about the sector's outlook. In a note to investors on April 3, the firm predicted that bank stocks would outperform the broader market by a few hundred basis points per year. Loan growth "remains sluggish," but reduced credit costs and expenses should enable banks to report results that show slight year-over-year improvements, the firm contended. PRICE ACTION: Wells’ stock is little changed over the last month, but is up 6% so far this year and nearly 29% over the last 12 months.
News For WFC From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
07:32 EDTWFCRaymond James affiliate Steward Partners recruits Wells Fargo team
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October 29, 2014
19:18 EDTWFCAppellate court upholds $203M judgement against Wells Fargo
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07:26 EDTWFCSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
The SIFMA Complex Products Forum is being held in New York on October 29.
October 28, 2014
08:12 EDTWFCBurdale to adopt Wells Fargo trade name
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October 27, 2014
07:38 EDTWFCCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
07:25 EDTWFCCitigroup, others careful of Ergen amid possible T-Mobile offer, Bloomberg says
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06:32 EDTWFCGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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October 22, 2014
08:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees opportunity with deeper move into Europe, WSJ says
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October 21, 2014
08:18 EDTWFCBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWFCStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link

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