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Bank Of America: Diamonds Are Forever
Fairlight Capital • 107 Comments
Fairlight Capital • 107 Comments
Fri, Dec. 2, 11:51 AM
- The financial sector is taking a breather from its staggering post-election run, with a post-jobs report dip in rates a good enough excuse for satiated bulls to cash in some chips.
- XLF -1%, KBE -0.7%, KRE -0.7%.
- Individual issues: Bank of America (BAC -1.8%), Morgan Stanley (MS -1.2%), Citigroup (C -1.9%), M&T (MTB -1.1%), Flagstar (FBC -1.7%), Fifth Third (FITB -1.6%), PNC Financial (PNC -1.4%), Prudential (PRU -1.1%), Lincoln National (LNC -1.9%), Schwab (SCHW -2.1%), State Street (STT -1.8%)
- No longer part of the financial sector as far as the GICS classification, REITs are enjoying the respite in rates. IYR +1.6%, VNQ +1.6%
- Realty Income (O +4.1%), Vereit (VER +3%), Omega Healthcare (OHI +3.2%), Welltower (HCN +3.5%), HCP (HCP +2.7%), Universal Health (UHT +4.4%), W.P. Carey (WPC +2%), Lexington Realty (LXP +2.5%), Essex Property (ESS +1.2%), Aimco (AIV +1.5%), General Growth (GGP +2.6%), Brixmor (BRX +1.6%), Federal Realty (FRT +1.8%), Kimco (KIM +1.2%), Public Storage (PSA +1.4%), Life Storage (LSI +1.4%), Boston Properties (BXP +1.2%), Stag Industrial (STAG +2.4%).
Thu, Dec. 1, 12:22 PM
- The 10-year Treasury yield is up another seven basis points to 2.46%, and bank investors continue to wrap their arms around the idea that real regulatory loosening is on the way. The XLF is higher by 1.7% vs. the S&P 500 being flat. KBE +2.15%, KRE +2%.
- Bank of America (BAC +3%), Citigroup (C +1.7%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.2%), MetLife (MET +2.2%), Voya Financial (VOYA +3.3%), Northern Trust (NTRS +3.5%).
- Oil is now ahead 4.6% to $51.72, helping the XLE to another 2.1% advance.
- Tech (QQQ -1.4%) continues to struggle. Its decline today puts it lower by 1.1% since the election vs. the S&P's 2.8% advance, a 10% gain for the XLE, and a 14.5% move for the XLF.
Thu, Dec. 1, 9:31 AM
- November monthly performance was: +0.62%
- 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: -5%
- No dividends were paid in November
- Top 10 Holdings as of 10/31/2016: Apple Inc (AAPL): 4.78232%, Microsoft Corp (MSFT): 3.6545%, General Electric Co (GE): 2.09427%, Procter & Gamble Co (PG): 1.43859%, Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM): 1.36332%, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC): 1.34175%, Intel Corp (INTC): 1.2948%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC): 1.2811%, Pfizer Inc (PFE): 1.22767%, Alphabet Inc C (GOOG): 1.22159%
Thu, Dec. 1, 8:46 AM
- November monthly performance was: +5.59%
- 52-week performance vs. the S&P 500 is: 0%
- No dividends were paid in November
- Top 10 Holdings as of 9/30/2016: JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM): 3.11216%, Citigroup Inc (C): 2.91346%, US Treasury Note 1.125%, US Treasury Note 0.5%, Bank of America Corporation (BAC): 2.04729%, Morgan Stanley (MS): 1.65388%, Apache Corp (APA): 1.61818%, Merck & Co Inc (MRK): 1.45989%, US Treasury Note 0.75%, Devon Energy Corp (DVN): 1.39074%
Wed, Nov. 30, 11:45 AM
- While the pick of ex-Goldmanite and Hollywood player Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary can hardly be called "draining the swamp," Pantheon's Ian Shepherdson says it should make Wall Street happy.
- In his first public comments after being selected, Mnuchin promised to "kill" swaths of Dodd-Frank.
- Also making Wall Street (and other bankers/insurers/brokers) happy today is another big move higher in interest rates, with the 10-year Treasury yield up 10 basis points to 2.394%.
- The S&P 500 is just marginally higher, but the KBE is ahead 1.9%, and the KRE 2%. XLF +1.35%
- Bank of America (BAC +3.4%), Citigroup (C +1.9%), JPMorgan (JPM +1.5%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.8%), Morgan Stanley (MS +2.1%), Goldman Sachs (GS +3.9%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +1%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.4%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.2%), Fifth Third (FITB +2.5%), Regions Financial (RF +2.9%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), SunTrust (STI +2%)
- MetLife (MET +2%), AIG (AIG +0.8%), Lincoln National (LNC +1.7%), Prudential (PRU +1.1%), Hartford (HIG +1.3%)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, BTO, IYG, FNCL, SEF, FXO, RYF, FINU, RWW, XLFS, FINZ, JHMF, FAZZ, FNCF
Wed, Nov. 30, 6:53 AM
Tue, Nov. 29, 3:11 PM
- More confidence that rates are rising for real this time, "wide-sweeping" regulatory changes to come, and a better FICC environment have analyst Brian Kleinhanzi upgrading Bank of America (BAC) and Goldman Sachs (GS +0.9%) to Outperform from Market Perform.
- Kleinhanzi keeps JPMorgan (JPM +0.8%) and Bank of New York (BK +0.2%) at Outperform.
- Turning to regional banks, KBW boosts its estimates for 2017 and 2018 for the large players, and upgrades Citizens Financial (CFG +1.9%) and Comerica (CMA +1.6%) to Outperform, while downgrading KeyCorp (KEY +0.3%) and PNC (PNC -0.2%) to Market Perform. The switch comes as KBW turns its focus on those lenders best positioned for a rising rate environment, and from regulatory relief, not to mention other levers should rates not rise.
- Source: Bloomberg
Tue, Nov. 22, 3:33 PM
- Looking at the top 50 hedge fund hotels, it's probably little surprise that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) top the list, with Amazon making for a top 10 holding in 61 funds, and Facebook in 57.
- Rounding out the top 10 are Charter Communications (NASDAQ:CHTR), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Allergan (NYSE:AGN), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).
- Looking at another gauge - the percent of market cap owned by hedge funds - shows CommScope (NASDAQ:COMM) leading the way, with hedge funds owning 37%. Next is Dell Technologies (NYSE:DVMT) and Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) at 30%, and after that: Liberty Broadband (NASDAQ:LBRDK) at 24%, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD) at 21%, Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) at 20%, and Humana (NYSE:HUM) and WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) at 19%.
- Previously: Goldman's list of shorts mattering most to hedge funds (Nov. 22)
Mon, Nov. 21, 2:53 PM
- Up for sale are about €1B of non-performing assets as Spain's Banco Popular speeds efforts to clean up its balance sheet.
- Also eyeing a bid alongside Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is Bain Capital.
- Talks are ongoing, and a deal could be reached in coming weeks.
- Source: Bloomberg
Mon, Nov. 21, 5:53 AM
- U.S. lenders appear to present a bigger risk to the financial system than last year.
- Citigroup (NYSE:C), BofA (NYSE:BAC) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) all face higher capital surcharges after they rose in the Financial Stability Board's latest ranking of the most systemically important banks in the world, while HSBC, Barclays (NYSE:BCS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) saw their buffer levels fall.
Wed, Nov. 16, 12:33 PM
- “Take profits and selectively reduce exposure,” says Baird's David George, pulling his Outperform rating on Bank of America (BAC -1.9%) after the stock blasted through his $17 price target.
- BofA is higher by nearly 20% since the election, and by more than 60% since late June.
- The rally over the last few sessions alone has priced in higher rates, lower taxes, and more aggressive capital return, he says, and he advises investors to wait and actually see if structural improvement in macro trends actually materializes.
- George also cuts Capital One (COF -2.9%) to Neutral from Outperform, and Fifth Third (FITB -3%) to Underperform from Neutral.
- Previously: Sell-side takes profits on banks (Nov. 16)
Tue, Nov. 15, 9:18 AM
- This just in ... Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is a $20 stock again. With the post-election surge in the shares now nearing 20%, BofA closed at $20.08 yesterday - the first time above $20 in a lot of years.
- Guggenheim is heading to the cashier's cage, downgrading to Neutral from Buy.
- Kicking off the BAML Futures of Financials Conference, COO Tom Montag is optimistic about growth and higher interest rates. Commenting on the markets business - which bounced back in a big way in Q3 - Montag says Q4 is going pretty well, but not as strong as the last quarter. On a year-over-year basis, though, Montag expects Q4 trading revenue to top last year's by double digits (via WSJ's Liz Hoffman).
- Shares -1.5% premarket to $19.78.
Mon, Nov. 14, 9:53 PM
- Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Fund showed ownership of 1.7M common shares of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) as of Sept. 30 - that's down from 13M three months earlier. As for the TARP options, Fairholme held about 14.5M of them, down from 17.3M.
- Berkowitz cut his holdings of AIG TARP options to 4.4M from 5.3M the previous quarter.
- SEC form 13F
Mon, Nov. 14, 3:47 PM
- Unsurprisingly given their run of late, financials dominate the list:
- Bank of America (BAC +5%)
- Citigroup (C +1.5%)
- Citizens Financial (CFG +3.1%)
- Discover (DFS +3.1%)
- First Republic (FRC +2.5%)
- Goldman Sachs (GS +2.2%)
- Humana (HUM +3%)
- Manulife (MFC +2.9%)
- Northern Trust (NTRS +3%)
- PNC Financial (PNC +1.7%)
- Regions Financial (RF +6.5%)
- Schwab (SCHW +1.6%)
Mon, Nov. 14, 7:27 AM
- Rates are flying across the globe again this morning, with the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield up 10 basis points to 2.25%.
- Though S&P 500 futures are flat, financial names are set for another big open. Premarket: Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) +1.4%, Citigroup (NYSE:C) +1.1%, JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) +0.75%, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) +0.7%. The XLF +0.6%
Thu, Nov. 10, 11:03 AM
- For now, the 10-year Treasury yield is holding onto the huge gain in posted yesterday, up two basis points today to 2.086%. TLT -0.4%, TBT +0.8%. Fed Funds futures have priced in about a 100% chance of a December rate hike.
- The yield curve has shifted both higher and steeper - pure manna for the companies that borrow short and lend long. There's also a new sheriff coming to town, and bank investors are no doubt mulling an eased regulatory regime. KBE +2.45%, KBE +2.4%
- Bank of America (BAC +3.5%), Wells Fargo (WFC +4.5%), JPMorgan (JPM +3.1%). Underperformers among the TBTF players: Citigroup (C +1.1%), Goldman (GS +1.1%)
- Regional banks: Regions (RF +4.2%), PNC Financial (PNC +3.3%), Fifth Third (FITB +1.7%). Online brokers: E*Trade (ETFC +2.9%), Schwab (SCHW +2.8%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2.6%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR +2.7%)