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July 10, 2014
13:24 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Wells Fargo ahead of results
Wells Fargo (WFC) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Friday, July 11 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Wells Fargo is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $20.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.06 on revenue of $20.34B-$22.74B. LAST QUARTER: Wells reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as its net chargeooffs tumbled $594M year-over-year and its nonperforming assets sank 18% year-over-year. However, the bank’s revenue did decline to $20.6B, from $21.3B during the same period a year earlier. On May 20, Wells said that it was targeting a net payout ratio of 55%-75%. The bank defined net payout as dividend and share repurchases less issuances. The bank added that it would target return on equity of 12%-15%. Wells said it was "well-positioned for rising rates," and indicated that its competition was intensifying. On June 6, The New York Times reported that Wall Street's largest banks this year significantly cut the number of bonds they held, leaving them with a negative position in bonds in March, as they expected bond prices to drop, Since bond prices rose, a number of the large banks have said that their earnings would be hurt by this trade, the newspaper stated. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on July 7, FBR Capital named Wells as one of its favorite names in the banking space. Wells is one of the banks that’s benefiting from above average loan growth while taking market share from its peers, according to the firm. Wells also has above-average growth prospects, high-quality earnings streams, and solid underlying fundamentals, FBR Capital stated. Conversely, Barron’s warned on June 30 that Wells’ stock looked pricey at $52.46. According to Barron’s, Macquarie predicted that the bank’s EPS growth was set to slow, while the stock rose more than it should have in the first half of 2014. Macquarie, which downgraded Wells to Underperform from Neutral on June 30, said that the bank’s core earnings had declined in the past four quarters, added Barron’s. Banks’ results remain challenging, as net interest income, fee revenues and core pre-provision earnings are all essentially unchanged since 2011, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors on July 7. Meanwhile, chargeoffs have likely hit bottom, the firm stated. But on a positive note, consumer lending is finally increasing and banks’ current expansion cycle likely has a few years to go, Oppenheimer believes. However, the firm kept a Perform rating on Wells Fargo. PRICE ACTION: Wells Fargo’s stock is up more than 14% this year and is not far from its 52-week high of $53.08.
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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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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTWFCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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July 17, 2015
18:08 EDTWFCPredatory lending lawsuits against Wells Fargo dismissed, Reuters says
Wells Fargo won the dismissal of two lawsuits that had accused the company of violating the federal Fair Housing Act by engaging in predatory lending practices in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. Reference Link
16:41 EDTWFCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
14:00 EDTWFCEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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July 15, 2015
11:00 EDTWFCWells Fargo to host investor meeting
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