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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 21, 2014
10:02 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Hold from Buy at Rafferty Capital
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July 17, 2014
07:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO John Stumpf says economy stronger than people think
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July 15, 2014
10:37 EDTWFCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:03 EDTWFCCBS reports results of CBS Outdoor exchange offer
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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTWFCCapital One has positive read from Wells Fargo report, says Janney Capital
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08:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo price target raised to $56 from $51 at RBC Capital
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05:56 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Wells Fargo to Neutral citing the company's higher expenses in Q2 and the year-to-date outperformance of shares. The firm lowered its price target for the stock to $52 from $54.50.

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