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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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October 14, 2014
09:13 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1%... Dominos Pizza (DPZ), up 2.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 2.5% following earnings report, announcement of plans to exit consumer businesses in 11 markets... MagneGas (MNGA), up 14% after signing Letter of Intent with Pioneer Recycling... Skyworks (SWKS), up 6% after raising its outlook for Q4. Shares of peers Avago (AVGO), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and RF Micro Devices (RFMD) are also moving higher in pre-market trading after Skyworks pointed to "broad-based strength" of its business in raising its outlook... Halcon Resources (HK), up 6% after upgraded at KLR Group... Quantum (QTM), up 8.8% after issuing Q2 earnings guidance. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1.4% after reporting in-line Q3 earnings... JPMorgan (JPM), down 1.8% after Q3 headline earnings miss... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 1% following downgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch.
08:16 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports book value per share $31.55 at quarter end
Reports Q3 net interest margin 3.06%, down from 3.15% at June 30 and down from 3.39% in prior year period.
08:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q3 Home Lending orignations $48B
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08:09 EDTWFCWells Fargo continues to see signs of steadily improving economy
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08:08 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports $300M reserve release due to improved credit quality
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08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q3 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.02
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October 13, 2014
15:24 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:40 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
Wells Fargo October call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 20, January is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
07:19 EDTWFCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
06:44 EDTWFCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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00:04 EDTWFCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTWFCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
06:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $5M to settle discrimination allegations
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October 9, 2014
11:22 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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October 8, 2014
07:20 EDTWFCCapital Link to hold a forum
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07:13 EDTWFCBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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06:56 EDTWFCBarclays lists several Large-Cap banks with the most Q3 upside
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October 7, 2014
06:51 EDTWFCJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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October 6, 2014
07:29 EDTWFCHead of NYDFS reaching out to banks in wake of JPMorgan breach, FT says
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06:27 EDTWFCJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
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