Sep. 30, 2015, 2:16 PM
- The Federal Reserve has signed off on M&T Bank's (MTB +0.8%) acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp (NASDAQ:HCBK). The latter's shares have jumped on the news.
- The deal had been stalled for over 3 years as regulators probed Hudson City's money laundering controls. The Fed previously told MTB and HCBK it would make a decision by the end of September.
Sep. 1, 2015, 2:47 PM
- The dream of higher interest rates is looking a little fuzzier at the moment, as China leads markets lower again, and the Fed's Eric Rosengren suggests the conditions for a rate hike have still yet to be met. If Friday's payroll number disappoints - and there's at least some reason to expect that - a Sept. move looks off the table.
- The Financial SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLE) is down 3% vs. the S&P 500's 2.3%.
- Life insurers: MetLife (MET -3.7%), Prudential (PRU -3.9%), Lincoln National (LNC -4.2%)
- Money-center banks: Citigroup (C -4.4%), JPMorgan (JPM -3.6%), Wells Fargo (WFC -3.8%)
- Regional banks: U.S. Bancorp (USB -4.3%), Regions Financial (RF -4.1%), KeyCorp (KEY -4.3%), SunTrust (STI -4.2%), M&T Bank (MTB -4.2%)
- Online brokerage: E*Trade (ETFC -4.8%), Schwab (SCHW -3.8%), Ameritrade (AMTD -3.4%)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KBWR, KRU, RWW, RYF, FINZ, KRS
Jun. 9, 2015, 2:45 PM
- Yield-starved financial sector names were mercilessly punished to start 2015 as sharply falling interest rates in January again disappointed investors waiting for the return of some spread income.
- The rout in bond prices since, alongside what now seems the near-certainty of the beginning of Fed rate hikes in as soon as three months has helped turn things around, and the sector - as measured by the Financial Select SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLF) - is now in the green for the year, and trails the S&P 500 by just about 150 basis points.
- Among the notable movers today as the 10-year yield rises to another 2015 high: Bank of America (BAC +1.4%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.2%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.4%), Regions Financial (RF +1.3%), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +1.6%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.6%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.3%), M&T (MTB +1.1%), Bank of Hawaii (BOH +1.6%), First Horizon (FHN +1.2%), Lincoln National (LNC +1.1%), E*Trade (ETFC +0.9%)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, BTO, IAT, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, FINU, QABA, KRU, KBWR, RWW, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
Apr. 17, 2015, 8:10 AM
- Hudson City Bancorp (NASDAQ:HCBK) and M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB) agree yet again to extend their merger agreement, this time from April 30 to October 31.
- Originally announced about three years ago, the merger received its latest - and some thought fatal - blow earlier this month when the Fed signaled it's still not ready to approve.
- HCBK +6.3% premarket.
- Previously: Hudson City mulling options as sale to M&T delayed again (April 6)
- Previously: Hudson City lower on report of discriminatory lending (April 15)
Apr. 15, 2015, 2:30 PM
- Another potential stumbling block to its long-delayed sale to M&T Bank (MTB +1.1%) - now about three years and counting - Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK -1.1%) is under investigation by the DOJ and CFPB over vioations of the Fair Housing Act, with a preliminary CFPB review finding the bank denied loans to those in minority communities.
- Source: Bloomberg
- The sale to M&T has been delayed all this time over concerns about M&T's money-laundering controls, and it's unclear what delays this new probe could bring.
- So far, the banks have signaled their sticking with the deal, but should it fall through, it could be a long way down for both. HCKB was trundling along at less than $6 per share prior to the agreement, and it's above $9 today.
- Previously: Hudson City mulling options as sale to M&T delayed again (April 6)
Mar. 23, 2015, 9:43 AM
- Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK +2.7%) notifies participants in its ESOP of a "blackout period" expected to begin on April 21 in anticipation of the possible closing of its sale to M&T Bank (MTB +0.8%).
- To review, the $3.7B deal was originally announced almost three years ago, but has been held up until the Fed finds itself satisfied with M&T's money-laundering controls.
- Source: SEC Form 8-K
Feb. 18, 2015, 2:49 PM
- The financial sector had begun to turn around a dismal start to the year as February brought forth a string of hawkish Fed heads suggesting a June rate hike, but the XLF is lower by 0.8% after just-released FOMC minutes suggest markets and the hawks are getting ahead of themselves. KBE -1.7%, KRE -2%
- The TBTFs: BofA (BAC -2.2%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.4%), Wells Fargo (WFC -1.6%), Ciitgroup (C -0.8%)
- The regionals: Regions Financial (RF -1.6%), KeyCorp (KEY -1.6%), PNC Financial (PNC -1.3%), BB&T (BBT -1.5%), Fifth Third (FITB -1.6%), SunTrust (STI -1.7%), First Niagara (FNFG -2.1%), M&T (MTB -1.9%), U.S. Bancorp (USB -1.3%), First Horizon (FHN -2.7%).
- Online brokerage: Schwab (SCHW -2.3%), E*Trade (ETFC -1.7%), Ameritrade (AMTD -1.1%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR -0.9%).
- Previously: FOMC minutes: June rate hike not a slam dunk yet (Feb. 18)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
Jan. 22, 2015, 12:35 PM
- Mercilessly sold since the year turned, banks are putting in a rare session of outperformance, helped along by some earnings beats from regional lenders and the return of animal spirits in M&A with RBC's purchase of City National (CYN +18.6%) for $5.4B.
- The XLF +1.4% vs. the S&P's 0.6% gain today, and the regional bank ETF (NYSEARCA:KRE) is higher by 3.1%.
- Among today's reporters putting in big gains are KeyCorp (KEY +5.5%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +2.6%), though Flagstar Bancorp (FBC -4.8%) missed estimates.
- Others: Regions Financial (RF +3.9%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.6%), Synovus (SNV +3.2%), M&T Bank (MTB +3%), Hudson City (HCBK +3.1%), First Horizon (FHN +2.7%), and First Republic (FRC +4.9%).
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
- Among the TBTFs, Citigroup (C +2.7%) and Bank of America (BAC +2.5%) are leading the way.
May 12, 2014, 9:53 AM| May 12, 2014, 9:53 AM
Jan. 21, 2014, 9:58 AM
- M&T Bank (MTB -1%) and Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK -1.1%) are again the laggards in a nicely green regional bank sector (KRE +1.9%) as Raymond James pulls its Buy rating on M&T following last week's earnings report.
- At issue with the results are the high costs M&T is experiencing to upgrade its infrastructure to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws. The immediate need for all the work is to please regulators currently holding up the Hudson City takeover, but management insists it's something which would need to be done anyway.
Jan. 17, 2014, 3:16 PM
- "You can't give a measure of completion because it's a dynamic process, so we work with our teams to build out a process, we go through that, we have those processes validated by outside parties," says M&T (MTB -2.8%) CFO Rene Jones on the earnings call to analysts who mostly just wanted to hear about progress the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering compliance - and when the Hudson City takeover (HCBK -2.7%) might close.
- CC transcript
- Previous earnings coverage
- Management expects expenses on upgrading the bank infrastructure to begin declining in size by Q4. Jones does say both banks have reviewed the economics of the deal and remain very committed to it.
- Sterne Agee's Todd Hagerman: "It seems as almost the agreement is becoming ... an agreement in principle, such that when the stars align sometime in the future, the boards will revisit the transaction and determine whether or not it makes sense."
- Rene Jones: "Put Hudson City aside for a minute ... We tend to think long-term. So regardless of any specific merger transaction, we think in order to survive and be around, you've got to have a pretty strong infrastructure ... These investments that we're making, particularly in risk management, don't relate to any one particular transaction."
Jan. 17, 2014, 1:19 PM
- The big losers in a largely green regional bank sector (KRE +0.4%) today are M&T Bank (MTB -3.3%) and Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK -3.2%). M&T's excuse is a big earnings miss as the bank was unable to cut expenses the way some of its competitors had. At issue is the cost to come into compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering programs in order to win the favor of regulators for the Hudson City takeover.
- It's possible a negative development was mentioned in the earnings call, or - maybe more likely - since the deal is set to be an all-stock one, the decline in M&T is being felt by Hudson City.
Dec. 17, 2013, 9:11 AM
- Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) and M&T Bank (MTB) agree to extend the time to complete their merger until December 31, 2014.
- To review, M&T agreed to buy Hudson City in August 2012, but regulators - displeased with M&T's money laundering policies - put the deal on ice, chilling not just this transaction, but a lot of other possible regional bank M&A.
- "M&T has received no assurance from the Federal Reserve as to whether or when the Federal Reserve will approve the merger. However, M&T and Hudson City believe that the earliest time the merger could be completed is in the latter half of 2014."
- Hudson City CEO Ronald Hermance: "While all parties are disappointed that the transaction is delayed further, we are gratified that M&T continues to see the value in the Hudson City franchise. Our Board of Directors continues to believe that the M&T transaction is ultimately in the best interest of the company and our shareholders, but is also committed to diversifying our business model by continuing to pursue our Strategic Plan."
- HCBK -1.2% premarket
Jun. 18, 2013, 11:30 AM
May 1, 2013, 3:58 PM
Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK -1.5%) slides post-earnings after slashing its quarterly dividend by 50% to $0.04/share amid a continuing interest margin squeeze. NIM fell to 1.78% from 1.97% in Q4, and 2.15% a year ago. The company provided no update on regulatory approval for its still-in-limbo merger with M&T Bank (MTB).| May 1, 2013, 3:58 PM | 1 Comment
Apr. 12, 2013, 9:29 AM
M&T Bank (MTB) and Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) both tumble about 4.5% as they have been unable to gain regulatory approval for their merger. "The timeframe for closing the transaction will be extended substantially beyond the date previously expected." The date for terminating the agreement is moved from August 27 to January 31, 2014. (PR)| Apr. 12, 2013, 9:29 AM