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Bank of America Corporation (BAC)

  • Wed, Oct. 7, 8:33 AM
    • A badly-burned Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) won't do it anymore, but JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) - aiming to make up for slowing business in its mortgage operation - is increasingly buying loans from smaller lenders, writes Dan Freed for Reuters.
    • In H1, the Bank of Dimon bought 62% of the $58B in residential mortgages added to its books, up from 56% in 2014 and 37% in 2011. According to Inside Mortgage Finance, JPMorgan has shown the biggest increase among peers in so-called correspondent lending.
    • "As they gain more confidence about the environment, they go right back to the correspondent channel for more volume," says analyst Charles Peabody. "There's more risk in being that far away from the customer," says BofA's Steve Boland, who leads mortgage and auto lending. For its part, JPMorgan  says it only works with "experienced, well-managed, and high quality lenders," and reviews every loan in detail.
    • Wells Fargo's (NYSE:WFC) Eric Stoddard - who runs the bank's correspondent business - says it's cheaper to buy mortgages from other lenders than to make the loans itself.
    • "I think Bank of America's (policy) is a little foolish," says lender Ken Perimutter, whose PERL expects to make about $1.6B in home loans this year, and sell about 60% of those to JPMorgan.
    | Wed, Oct. 7, 8:33 AM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, Oct. 7, 7:59 AM
    • JPMorgan's (NYSE:JPM) five-year run atop Institutional Investor's 2015 All-America Research Team ends, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC) taking the number one spot. Rounding out the top five are Barclays (up one from last year), Evercore ISI (also up one), and Morgan Stanley (unch).
    | Wed, Oct. 7, 7:59 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 5, 3:31 PM
    • The Street has priced in earnings declines for pretty much every sector, but Q3 and Q4 estimates for the financials have barely budged, and consensus sees Q3 results 10% above that of a year ago.
    • Morgan Stanley's Huw van Steenis, however, sees FICC revenue declines of 10-25% - far more than the 5% or so that's been talked about by bank managements at recent investor conferences - as the commodity price crash combines with collapsing fixed-income trading, and the lack of volatility in forex action.
    • With just $20B in FICC revenues, says van Steenis, Q3 is shaping up to be the second worst quarter for banks in the last two years. Leaving his own bank (NYSE:MS) out of the analysis, he sees FICC revenue declines of 17% at JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), 9% at Goldman (NYSE:GS), and 6% at BofA (NYSE:BAC) and Citi (NYSE:C).
    • Bottom line: "On EPS, we are 4% below consensus on average across our coverage for 2015, and 5% below for 2016. The biggest delta is for Barclays (NYSE:BCS), BNP Paribas (OTCQX:BNPQY), and Goldman in 2015, and SocGen (OTCPK:SCGLY), HSBC, and BNP in 2016."
    • Source: ZeroHedge
    | Mon, Oct. 5, 3:31 PM | 10 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 2, 9:08 AM
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  • Thu, Oct. 1, 5:11 PM
    • JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) will pay almost a third of a $1.86B settlement to resolve accusations that a dozen big banks conspired to limit competition in the credit default swaps market, Bloomberg reports.
    • JPM reportedly will pay $595M, followed by Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) with $230M, Barclays (NYSE:BCS) at $175M, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) at $164M, Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS) at $160M and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) at $120M; BofA (NYSE:BAC), BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY), UBS, Citigroup (NYSE:C), Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) and HSBC would pay less than $100M each.
    • The deal would avert a trial and end years of litigation by hedge funds, pension funds, university endowments, small banks and other investors, who sued as a group.
    | Thu, Oct. 1, 5:11 PM | 35 Comments
  • Wed, Sep. 30, 8:23 AM
    • With some questioning if Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) cost-cutting strategy under CEO Brian Moynihan is losing steam, the bank yesterday began laying off roughly 200 employees in its trading and investment-banking units.
    • In recent years, those units generated up to 40% of bank revenue with less than 10% of the company's staff, but BofA is the only major U.S. bank which posted a decline in trading and investment banking revenue in H1. It's also lost ground in areas targeted for growth like M&A.
    • "The rules have changed," says COO Thomas Montag, who is in charge of the units. The bank, he says, is no longer going to do business in some products and activities it previously engaged in.
    • The news is not all bad. Montag's push to get the investment bank to work with the wealth management and the consumer bank (he showed up at one bank function with a hat and t-shirt emblazoned with the words "Cross Sell") appears to be paying some dividends. Referral volume of 4.2M in 2014 gained from 300K in 2010, with a success rate of 20%.
    • Source: WSJ's Christina Rexrode and Peter Rudegeair
    | Wed, Sep. 30, 8:23 AM | 6 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 29, 11:12 AM
    • As early as today Bank of America (BAC -0.2%) is expected to announce a couple of hundred layoffs in its global banking and global markets units, according to the WSJ.
    • The action is not surprising given the bank's focus on trimming costs (especially if revenues don't improve), and a more general industry pattern of cutting jobs ahead of bonus season.
    • Speaking at a conference earlier this month, CEO Brian Moynihan said he expected FICC revenue to fall another 5-6% in Q3.
    | Tue, Sep. 29, 11:12 AM | 23 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 22, 10:18 AM
    • Bank of America (BAC -1%) CEO Brian Moynihan can retain the chairman role as well after winning a hotly contested shareholder vote. Sixty-three percent of the votes were in favor of keeping the roles combined.
    • Special meeting webcast
    | Tue, Sep. 22, 10:18 AM | 65 Comments
  • Tue, Sep. 22, 9:22 AM
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  • Tue, Sep. 22, 2:21 AM
    • Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan faces one of the toughest tests of his career today when shareholders decide whether to strip him of his role as chairman of the board.
    • The bank argues that it needs the flexibility to grant him one or both titles, but opponents say the two roles should be separated to allow for greater oversight.
    • The vote is expected to be close and BofA says it will honor the outcome.
    | Tue, Sep. 22, 2:21 AM | 16 Comments
  • Sun, Sep. 20, 11:03 AM
    • HP (NYSE:HPQ) recently announced that it would cut around 30K jobs, but despite its size, the corporate layoffs are not the largest of the recent past.
    • According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the following list can claim that distinction.
    • IBM (NYSE:IBM) layoffs: 60K - July 1993
    • Citigroup (NYSE:C) layoffs: 50K - November 2008
    • Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) layoffs: 50K - January 1993
    • General Motors (NYSE:GM) layoffs: 47K - February 2009
    • AT&T (NYSE:T) layoffs: 40K - January 1996
    • Ford (NYSE:F) layoffs: 35K - January 2002
    • Kmart (SHLD) layoffs: 35K - January 2003
    • Circuit City layoffs: 34K - January 2009
    • Boeing (NYSE:BA) layoffs: 31K -September 2001
    • Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) layoffs: 30K - September 2011
    | Sun, Sep. 20, 11:03 AM | 66 Comments
  • Fri, Sep. 18, 9:01 AM
    • New York City's $165B pension funds hold 25.2M shares of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), putting them in about the top 60 shareholders. Overseen by New York Comptroller Scott Stringer, they will vote on Sept. 22 to strip CEO Brian Moynihan of his chairman title.
    • NYC joins other heavyweights like the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System in lining up against Moynihan for what's expected to be a very close vote.
    | Fri, Sep. 18, 9:01 AM | 36 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 17, 2:37 PM
    • It'll be at least a little while longer until banks and insurers get the higher rates they are hoping will boost sluggish profits, as the Fed holds its fire this month.
    • The "dots" however are still projecting at least one rate hike before year-end.
    • The SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF (KRE -1.4%), and the SPDR KBW Bank ETF (KBE -1.2%).
    • BofA (BAC -1.7%), Wells Fargo (WFC -1.2%), Regions (RF -2%), KeyCorp (KEY -1.8%), BB&T (BBT -1.7%), Fifth Third (FITB -2.4%), MetLife (MET -2.2%), Prudential Financial (PRU -1.9%), Schwab (SCHW -2.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD -2%), E*&Trade (ETFC -1.2%).
    | Thu, Sep. 17, 2:37 PM | 17 Comments
  • Thu, Sep. 17, 8:59 AM
    • Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan's prepared presentation is mostly familiar material to anyone who's followed the bank - where things stood when he took over, and the improvement since.
    • Presentation slides
    • Notable is the $1.15T deposit base - its value will be more visible when rates rise, says Moynihan. The FOMC decision comes later today.
    • Taking questions, Moynihan says he expects FICC revenue to fall 5-6% in Q3, about the same as what Ciit's John Gerspach hinted at in his presentation yesterday.
    • The topic of the vote on whether Moynihan can keep both the CEO and chairman title did not come up.
    | Thu, Sep. 17, 8:59 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Sep. 16, 12:39 PM
    • Merger-and-acquisition volume in 2016-17 should be $3.3T-$4.5T, says Guggenheim, up from its previous forecast of $2.7T-$4.5T. The current drivers of M&A are likely to remain in place; macroeconomic conditions may remain uneven; and several specific factors may compel consolidation in certain industries. Health care, media, and telecom activity has been robust, and should stay so. Activity in energy should increase, but banking M&A should stay subdued.
    • The winners? U.S. bulge bracket and boutique firms have gained market share at the expense of European and other non-U.S. companies. Showing the most market share gains is Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), followed by Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and Citigroup (NYSE:C). Goldman remains Guggenheim's Best Idea, and BofA and Ciit remain buys, partly thanks to the M&A thesis.
    | Wed, Sep. 16, 12:39 PM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, Sep. 15, 3:07 PM
    • Korea Investment Corp. first invested $2B in Merrill Lynch in 2008, later bought more stock in Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), and now is among the top 10 shareholders with a stake valued at roughly $1.2B (ouch).
    • Not only is the fund voting against the proposal to keep Brian Moynihan in both the chairman and CEO roles, it has contacted a number of U.S. institutional owners of BofA to work and communicate regularly on shareholder issues.
    • Among the changes sought by KIC are "a more realistic business vision," and "a more tangible succession plan."
    • Source: WSJ
    | Tue, Sep. 15, 3:07 PM | 23 Comments
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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.