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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.
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
October 16, 2014
16:43 EDTWFCWells Fargo commercial banking veteran in Florida Howard Halle to retire
Wells Fargo head of Commercial Banking in Florida, Howard Halle, will retire at year-end. A search for Halle’s successor is underway and is expected to be announced in early November.
14:09 EDTWFCApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
10:01 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:31 EDTWFCWells Fargo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
Argus upgraded Wells Fargo to Buy with a $54 price target based on valuation and high levels of profitability and returns.

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