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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.
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March 31, 2015
15:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo approved to use advanced approaches for capital requirements
Wells Fargo announced the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have permitted it and its national subsidiary banks to begin using the “advanced approaches” capital framework to determine risk-based capital requirements starting in Q2. Additionally, the company noted that the approval did not include stipulations requiring Wells Fargo to increase its current estimated advanced approach risk-weighted assets, or RWA.
08:29 EDTWFCDOJ examining dealership loans to minority auto buyers, NY Times says
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March 30, 2015
16:46 EDTWFCEastern Company retains Wells Fargo Securities to assist in strategic review
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07:44 EDTWFCBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the 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
07:28 EDTWFCPalo Alto Networks to hold a security conference
Ignite 2015 is being held in Las Vegas on March 30-April 1.
March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTWFCECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the 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
March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTWFCSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the 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
06:11 EDTWFCWells Fargo to close Milwaukee office, cut 1,000 jobs, AP reports
Wells Fargo will eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Milwaukee as the bank closes its home lending servicing office in the city, The Associated Press reports. The bank said in an emailed statements that fewer customers have become delinquent on their payments as the economy has improved, and fewer customers have needed assistance to stay in their homes. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTWFCMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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07:27 EDTWFCTelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
March 23, 2015
07:19 EDTWFCCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTWFCU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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