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Bank of America Corporation (BAC)

  • Jan. 31, 2014, 12:14 PM
    • Judge Barbara Kapnick has approved Bank of America's (BAC -0.6%) hotly contested $8.5 MBS settlement with private investors, saying the trustee acted in good faith when negotiating the deal.
    • Still lower on the session, BofA has narrowed its losses by about 1%.
    | Jan. 31, 2014, 12:14 PM | 25 Comments
  • Jan. 15, 2014, 9:03 AM
    • "We still have not approached the true earnings potential of Bank of America (BAC)," says CEO Brian Moynihan, leading off the earnings call. The bank reported EPS of $0.29, beating estimates for $0.26, but adjusting for DVA, litigation, and the artificially low tax rate brings core EPS up to $0.42, notes Hedgeye's Josh Steiner.
    • CC webcast and presentation slides
    • Declining to answer a question about the Fed stress tests and BofA's capital return plans (will the nominal $0.01 dividend be hiked this year), CFO Bruce Thompson notes the bank's Tier 1 common capital ratio is around 9%, higher than the proposed 8.5% minimum which doesn't take effect until 2019.
    • The bank cut 5,826 jobs in Q4 - with the cuts coming in branches and mortgage servicing/origination.
    • Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) investors take note: BofA's FICC revenue of $2.1B jumped 16% Y/Y. JPMorgan yesterday reported a 1% Y/Y gain vs. expectations for an 11% decline. The Street expects Goldman to report a 23% decline (after Q3's 44% tumble) and Morgan Stanley an 8% increase. Is a positive surprise looming?
    • BAC +2.9% premarket to $17.25, the highest price in nearly 4 years.
    | Jan. 15, 2014, 9:03 AM | Comment!
  • Jan. 15, 2014, 7:21 AM
    • Net interest income of $11B, up 4% Y/Y, with net interest margin growing to 2.56% from 2.35% a year ago.
    • Noninterest income of $10.7B, up 28% Y/Y, thanks to lower provisions for reps and warranties, and improvement in investment banking and brokerage income (global wealth management income of $777M, up 35%). Credit loss provisions of $336M are $1.9B lower than a year ago. Net charge offs of $1.6B in the Q compare to $3.1B a year ago.
    • Expense cutting remains on track: Noninterest expense of $17.3B is down 6% Y/Y, thanks to job cuts in Legacy Assets and Servicing (LAS). Full-time equivalent employees fall 9% in 2013 to 242K. This was offset by litigation expenses rising to $2.3B in Q4 from $1.1B in Q3 and $916M a year ago.
    • Like with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan, mortgage business continues to disappear, with first-mortgage originations falling 46% Y/Y and core production revenue falling to $403M from $986M. The difference - at least as far as with Wells Fargo - is the mortgage business makes up for a far smaller chunk of BAC's business.
    • CC at 8:30 ET
    • Press release, Q4 results
    • BAC +2% premarket
    | Jan. 15, 2014, 7:21 AM | 8 Comments
  • Jan. 3, 2014, 10:16 AM
    • Bank of America (BAC +2.2%) tacks more onto yesterday 3.4% move, touching its highest level in nearly three years.
    • Yesterday's catalyst looked to be an upgrade from Citi, but that report added little to the widely-known bull case on BofA. Perhaps a favorable ruling on the bank's Article 77 hearing - in which a judge can uphold or throw out BofA's $8.5B mortgage settlement with investors - is at hand.
    • The Bank of America Tarp Warrants (A-series) - struck at $13.30 and expiring in January 2019 - are higher by 2.9% to $6.90.
    | Jan. 3, 2014, 10:16 AM | 4 Comments
  • Jan. 2, 2014, 10:47 AM
    • Trading at 1.2x tangible book value, the stocks of Goldman Sachs (GS +0.1%) and Morgan Stanley (MS -0.7%) look to have mostly priced in management's ability to drive returns above cost of capital, says analyst Keith Horowitz, who nevertheless raises Goldman's PT to $195 and Morgan's to $35.
    • Bank of America's (BAC +2.2%) new price target of $19 "reflects a cost of equity more in line with history and no longer impacted by legacy issues."
    • Lazard (LAZ -0.5%) - which had a big 2013 - may do little more than tread water this year, says Horowitz, as weak M&A activity weighs on earnings.
    • Previous coverage of CIti's BofA upgrade
    | Jan. 2, 2014, 10:47 AM | 1 Comment
  • Jan. 2, 2014, 7:01 AM
    • Bank of America (BAC) should be able to boost earnings with cost cuts and investors might look to the lender's stock as a play on an improving economy, says Citigroup, upgrading to Buy with price target raised to $19 from $16.
    • Already a Buy, JPMorgan (JPM) has its price target upped to $72 from $66.
    • BAC +1% premarket
    | Jan. 2, 2014, 7:01 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 5, 2013, 12:01 PM
    • The Too Big To Fail banks lead to the downside amid a report the set-to-be-voted on Volcker rule will not contain language allowing portfolio hedging - trades supposedly designed to protect against losses in a broad portfolio of assets.
    • Banks can thank JPMorgan's (JPM -1.7%) London Whale fiasco for this as the Whale's trades were ostensibly set up for this portfolio hedging, but ended up costing the bank $6B.
    • The move is a big blow to the banks which had sent their big lobbying guns in to try and prevent the disallowing of this practice. Banks often hedge to offset risks from trading with clients, but often there is no great hedge, and this is where portfolio hedging comes in ... or used to.
    • "Volcker has morphed a bit, thanks to the Whale," says UBS' Brennan Hawken. "Now a big component of it has become about hedging. What can you hedge, and what can't you? It's really unclear." The CFTC and SEC are each set to vote on the rule on Dec. 10.
    • Citigroup (C -1.9%), Bank of America (BAC -1.2%), Goldman Sachs (GS -1%), Morgan Stanley (MS -2.2%).
    | Dec. 5, 2013, 12:01 PM | 47 Comments
  • Nov. 21, 2013, 4:05 PM
    • It's a milestone of sorts for Bank of America (BAC +2.9%) and its CEO as the stock for the third session in a row trades above the level it was at the day before Brian Moynihan took over on January 1, 2010.
    • Unlike some other bank bosses (Jamie DImon) Moynihan pursued a strategy of getting lawsuits out of the way and not speaking out against waves of new bank regulations (word is, it's Moynihan, not Dimon, who gets to sit next to the President now at occasional banker/WH get-togethers).
    • Following Moynihan taking over in 2011, the stock rose to near $20 per share before closing the year closer to $5. Today's close: $15.56.
    • The TARP warrants (A-series) closed the session up 3.8% at $6.54.
    | Nov. 21, 2013, 4:05 PM | 8 Comments
  • Nov. 8, 2013, 10:41 AM
    • Up sharply as interest rates fly higher (the 10-year is up 15 basis points to 2.75%) are the life insurers - all of whom have had their investment returns more than a little constrained by puny yields. IAK +2.4%
    • MetLife (MET +5.9%), Prudential (PRU +4.5%), Lincoln National (LNC +6.8%), Hartford (HIG +3.1%).
    • Also set to benefit from a steeper yield curve (if we're to believe their models) are the banks, and they're leading the S&P 500 higher. The TBTFs: Bank of America (BAC +3.3%), JPMorgan (JPM +3.1%), CItigroup (C +3.3%), Wells Fargo (WFC +2.6%). The regionals (KRE +3.4%): Huntington (HBAN +2.6%), Regions (RF +4.2%), PNC (PNC +2.8%), FIfth Third (FITB +3.4%), First Niagara (FNFG +2%), Keycorp (KEY +3.5%), Zions (ZION +4.1%), Comerica (CMA +3.1%).
    • The XLF +1.9%.
    | Nov. 8, 2013, 10:41 AM | 5 Comments
  • Sep. 23, 2013, 7:36 AM
    • Citigroup (Cslips 1% in the premarket after its weekend "pre-announcement" of a big fall in FICC revenue in Q3. The bank had been hoping to get bailed out by a big September, but the Fed's non-taper last week squelched the chance of major portfolio moves by clients.
    • Anybody paying attention surely noticed last week's evaporation of profit at Jefferies (now owned by Leucadia) as fixed-income trading revenue essentially disappeared.
    • Deutshce Bank (DB) is expected to soon be out with a warning similar to Citibank's. Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse (CS) have already waved their own red flags over this issue.
    • Not yet heard from are Goldman (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan (JPM), and BofA (BAC), but Goldman is also off nearly 1% premarket.
    | Sep. 23, 2013, 7:36 AM | 3 Comments
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    | Sep. 12, 2013, 5:37 PM | 4 Comments
  • Jun. 21, 2013, 11:54 AM
    A check of the TBTFs finds Wells Fargo (WFC +0.9%) the only gainer amidst a floated report the Fed and FDIC are weighing a doubling in the "simple leverage ratio." Wells already exceeds the 6% proposed ratio, but presumably BofA (BAC -2.8%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.3%), Citigroup (C -4%), Goldman (GS -1.7%), and Morgan Stanley (MS -3.1%) would need to halt or pare back dividends and buybacks should the rule be implemented. The financial SPDR (XLF -1.4%).
    | Jun. 21, 2013, 11:54 AM | 8 Comments
  • May 6, 2013, 12:54 PM
    More on the BofA/MBIA settlement: Bank of America (BAC +4%) will pay MBIA's mortgage insurance arm about $1.6B plus some IOUs, bringing the total amount to $1.7B, reports the WSJ. Additionally, the bank will take about a 5% stake in the holding company, MBIA (MBI +41.9%). It's a win-win as MBIA Insurance gets a lifeline and BofA removes the potential of a far larger award at trial. Congrats to BTIG's Mark Palmer and keen bloggers like Christian Herzeca who recognized MBIA's legal "loss" last week as a big push for BofA to get this thing settled.
    | May 6, 2013, 12:54 PM | Comment!
  • May 6, 2013, 12:16 PM
    MBIA (MBI +40.7%) soars on a rumored settlement with Bank of America (BAC +3.2%) over mortgage putback issues. BofA will reportedly take a 5% stake in MBIA, paying $1.65B along with a $500M credit line.
    | May 6, 2013, 12:16 PM | 10 Comments
  • Apr. 30, 2013, 11:54 AM
    MBIA (MBI -5.8%) investors are disappointed at not winning summary judgement in the case against Bank of America, but the ruling as a whole sends "a very strong message to BAC about how difficult it would be for it to win at trial," writes Mark Palmer. He still expects BofA to cut a deal either out of self-interest or after being forced to the table by regulators. MKM Partners agrees and maintains its Buy rating and $18 price target.
    | Apr. 30, 2013, 11:54 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 29, 2013, 7:49 PM
    MBIA (MBI) sinks 5.5% AH after it fails to win summary judgement against Bank of America's (BAC) Countrywide unit in a lawsuit over whether the bank breached its obligations to repurchase loans. Attorney Christian Herzeca notes the judge found each point of law in MBIA's favor, but as "sufficient facts remain in dispute," a trial is necessary.
    | Apr. 29, 2013, 7:49 PM | 1 Comment
Company Description
Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding and a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, it provides banking and non-banking financial services and products throughout the United States and in selected international markets.