Tue, Mar. 17, 11:10 AM
- A possible harbinger of things to come next month when the big banks report Q1 earnings, profits at Jefferies plunged in FQ1 (ended Feb. 28), with FICC, capital markets, and investment banking particularly weak.
- Previously: Poor results at Jefferies sinks Leucadia (March 17)
- Jefferies parent Leucadia is lower by 3.7%. Goldman Sachs (GS -1.1%), Morgan Stanley (MS -0.9%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.2%), Citigroup (C -0.1%), Bank of America (BAC -0.8%).
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, KBWC, FINZ
Thu, Mar. 12, 12:47 PM
- Citigroup's (C +2.7%) $7.8B in buybacks was 10% higher than estimated by MKM analyst David Trone. Combined with the nickel dividend, that's total shareholder returns of $8.4B vs. his $7B expectation.
- Bank of America (BAC -1%) - though given just conditional approval - is set for $4B in buybacks and a nickel dividend. That's a total return of $6.1B vs. Trone's $3.1B estimate. Trone notes the bank can proceed with its buyback prior to resubmitting plans.
- JPMorgan's (JPM +1%) $6.4B buyback was shy of Trone's $7B estimate, but the 10% dividend increase was better than forecast. The total capital return of $12.9B vs. his $13.2B forecast is a "marginal negative."
- The dividend hike to $0.65 at Goldman (GS +2.1%) beat Trone's expectation of $0.62. As for the buyback, Goldman's policy of not disclosing the amount remains in place.
- Morgan Stanley's (MS +4.5%) capital return of $4.3B is more than double Trone's $1.9B estimate.
- Source: Benzinga
Thu, Mar. 12, 8:07 AM
- Citi's (NYSE:C) quarterly dividend of $0.05 and $7.8B in buybacks were somewhat better than expected, and Regions Financial's (NYSE:RF) buybacks of $875M was higher than the $625M estimate (Regions also boosted its dividend by 20%).
- KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), and SunTrust (NYSE:STI) were also winners after announcing larger-than-forecast buybacks.
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) is a "slight disappointment," but some investors had feared an outright rejection of the capital plan, so maybe the resubmission request isn't the worst outcome.
- Previously: Corbat likely keeping his job as Citi cruises through CCAR (March 11)
- Previously: Regions Financial boosts payout by 20% after CCAR approval (March 11)
- Previously: KeyCorp declares $0.075 dividend (March 11)
- Previously: Morgan Stanley intends to declare $0.15 dividend (March 11)
- Previously: SunTrust Banks declares $0.24 dividend (March 11)
- C +3.4%, RF +3.8%, KEY +1.7%, MS +2.7%, STI +2.1%, BAC +0.6% premarket
Wed, Mar. 11, 5:24 PM
- There's no boosted capital return at Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), which holds its quarterly dividend at a nickel per share and the annual buyback pace at $4B after the Fed's CCAR.
- The bank will need to submit an additional capital plan by the end of September to address the Fed's concerns over certain weaknesses in its capital planning processes.
- Source: Press Release
- Shares -1.4% after hours.
- Previously: BofA must resubmit capital plan; Deutsche and Santander rejected (March 11)
Wed, Mar. 11, 4:36 PM
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) has deficiencies including loss and revenue modeling practices in its internal controls, says the Fed, requiring the bank to resubmit its capital plan before winning approval for boosted shareholder returns. The lender has until the end of September to address the Fed's concerns.
- Santander (NYSE:SAN) has "widespread and critical deficiencies," and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) has "numerous and significant deficiencies." We're talking about the U.S. units here, and the capital returns in question are back to the parents, not to shareholders.
- CCAR results
- BAC -1.25%, DB -1.2%, SAN -1% after hours
Tue, Mar. 10, 10:39 AM
- "Slowing earnings growth, deterioration in the quality of earnings, loan growth largely limited to low-yielding assets, continuing NIM pressure, loss absorbing capital issuance, and rising loan loss provision costs are some of the headwinds," says SocGen's Murali Gopal, downgrading Wells Fargo (WFC -1.9%) to Sell from Neutral.
- The stock owes much of its recent move higher to expanding multiples, but Gopal sees little hope for further advance on that front.
- "With the stock’s performance likely to be a function of earnings growth, and consensus forecasting 3% EPS growth in FY15, we recommend investors Sell the stock at current levels," says Gopal, who remains positive on the TBTFs in general, and suggests investors instead buy Bank of America (BAC -1.8%) and JPMorgan (JPM -1.7%).
Fri, Mar. 6, 9:46 AM
- A turnaround from the action earlier this year - financials (XLF +0.9%) are marching higher in early action as the averages slip, as nervous investors buy back in following the stress test results. Also helping are surging interest rates following the strong jobs number.
- Looking at a pretty broad screen of bank names, just two - Goldman Sachs and Zions, both of which barely passed the stress test - are lower. Among the others: Bank of America (BAC +3.7%), JPMorgan (JPM +1.1%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.6%), Regions FInancial (RF +2.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.7%), PNC Financial (PNC +2.3%), BB&T (BBT +2.4%), Fifth Third (FITB +2.2%), Comerica (CMA +3.8%), BNY Mellon (BK +2.9%).
- Among those starved for higher rates: MetLife (MET +3%), Prudential (PRU +3.3%), Lincoln National (LNC +4.1%), AIG (AIG +1.4%), Hartford (HIG +2%), E*Trade (ETFC +3.9%), Schwab (SCHW +4.4%), Ameritrade (AMTD +4.3%).
- Previously: Futures slip after jobs number as yields and dollar soar (March 6)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, QABA, FINU, KCE, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, KBWC, FINZ, KRS
Thu, Mar. 5, 8:28 PM
- The minimum Tier 1 common capital ratio for banks is 5%, according to the Fed, and here's how the 31 lenders stacked up under the central bank's severely adverse scenario vs. a year ago (h/t: WSJ):
- Deutshce Bank (NYSE:DB): 34.7%, not tested a year ago
- DIscover (NYSE:DFS): 13.9% vs. 13.2% a year ago
- Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK): 12.6% vs. 13.1%
- American Express (NYSE:AXP): 12.5% vs. 12.1%
- Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS): 12.3% vs. 11.7%
- State Street (NYSE:STT): 11.8% vs. 13.3%
- Citizens Financial (NYSE:CFG): 10.7% vs. 10.7%
- KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY): 9.9% vs. 9.2%
- Capital One (NYSE:COF): 9.5% vs. 7.8%
- PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC): 9.5% vs. 9%
- Santander Holdings USA (SAN's U.S. unit): 9.4% vs. 7.3%; shares +0.8% after hours
- BMO Financial (BMO's U.S. unit): 9% vs. 7.6%
- Comerica (NYSE:CMA): 9% vs. 8.6%
- Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN): 9% vs. 7.4%
- HSBC North America (NYSE:HSBC): 8.9% vs. 6.6%
- U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB): 8.5% vs. 8.2%
- Regions Financial (NYSE:RF): 8.3% vs. 8.9%
- Citigroup (NYSE:C): 8.2% vs. 7.2%
- SunTrust (NYSE:STI): 8.2% vs. 8.8%
- BB&T (NYSE:BBT): 8.1% vs. 8.4%
- MUFG Americas Holdings (NYSE:MTU): 8% vs. 8.1%
- Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY): 7.9% vs. 6.3%
- Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB): 7.9% vs. 8.4%
- Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC): 7.5% vs. 8.2%
- M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB): 7.3% vs. 6.2%
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC): 7.1% vs. 5.9%; shares +2.1% after hours
- JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM): 6.5% vs. 6.3%
- BBVA Compass (NYSE:BBVA): 6.3% vs. 8.5%
- Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS): 6.3% vs. 6.9%
- Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): 6.2% vs. 6.1%
- Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ:ZION): 5.1% vs. 3.6%; shares -1.7% after hours
- The lenders were also informed today whether their capital return plans would put them below the Fed's 5% threshold, giving them a 6-day window with which to change those requests, if need be. Last year, both BofA and Goldman scaled back their dividend/buyback requests, allowing them to pass the CCAR. This year's CCAR results will be announced on Wednesday.
- 2015 Stress Test Methodology and Results
Thu, Mar. 5, 4:57 PM
- Investors are buying back some of the Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) they sold last week amid some nervousness about the lender not passing the Fed's stress test.
- Previously: Selloff in BofA continues; down another 2% at the open (Feb. 27)
- The bank showed a 7.1% CET1 ratio under the severe adverse scenario vs. the 5% minimum required. Whether this is enough to ensure a sizable increase in capital returns is another story, and one might bet the bank did not get terribly aggressive with its dividend and buyback requests. The CCAR results are due after the close on Wednesday.
- Previously: Citigroup and Zions pass stress test, but not by a lot (March 5)
- Previously: All 31 lenders pass the stress test (March 5)
Wed, Mar. 4, 3:39 PM
- Executive vice chairman of Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) investment bank, Harry McMahon has resigned, according to a memo from COO Thomas Montag. McMahon advised on more than 300 deals during his career, according to a 2009 memo announcing his promotion to executive vice chairman.
- McMahon's exit makes at least three senior BofA execs with long ties to Merrill Lynch who have departed Montag's division since bonuses were paid last month.
Fri, Feb. 27, 9:54 AM
- Nervousness grows ahead of the stress test and CCAR results, with UBS downgrading Bank of America (BAC -2%) to Neutral from Buy, saying disclosures in the just-released 10-K increase the risk of a qualified failure in the CCAR.
- Even should the bank pass the CCAR, says UBS, its regulatory capital ratios are below those of peers, meaning lower capital returns.
- A note published yesterday from Evercore ISI makes a similar argument.
- Previously: Bank of America falls 3% ahead of stress test results (Feb. 26)
Thu, Feb. 26, 3:51 PM
- WIth the major averages little-changed, and the rest of the money-center banks in the green, Bank of America (BAC -3%) is a serious outlier to the downside on no apparent news.
- Stress test results are slated for release after the close next Thursday, with the CCAR results (the Fed's thumbs up/thumbs down on capital return plans) due six days later.
- A year ago Bank of America's capital return plans were initially approved, but then embarrassingly rescinded after discovery of a calculation error (they were approved again after redoing the numbers). The Fed will no doubt be doubly sure all "T's" are crossed and "I's" dotted before anything is greenlighted this year.
Tue, Feb. 24, 12:25 PM
- Continuing to try and put the housing bust behind in, Bank of America (BAC +1.5%) discloses more job cuts in legacy assets and servicing (LAS) - 116 jobs in Dallas, bringing total recent layoffs in that city to 177. In addition, Newsday reports 53 are set to lose jobs on Long Island.
- Earlier this month, the bank announced another 450 cuts in Charlotte and Norfolk. Headcount as LAS fell to 17.1K at the end of last year vs. 28.8K a year earlier, and more than 55K at the peak.
- In other news, Bloomberg reports Head of America Equities Henry Mulholland is leaving the bank after less than four years on the job.
Fri, Feb. 20, 4:48 AM
- Squeezed by new capital and risk rules and tough markets, Wall Street is taking the ax to its workforce, a report by London research firm Coalition shows.
- The number of investment bankers, traders, salespeople and research analysts at the world’s largest banks has fallen 20% globally since its recent peak in 2010.
- While job cuts on the front end have become standard, firms have been increasing their back-office hiring to beef up controls in areas ranging from compliance to risk.
- Related tickers: BAC, BCS, OTCQX:BNPQY, C, CS, DB, GS, JPM, MS, UBS
Wed, Feb. 18, 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)
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Tue, Feb. 17, 7:52 PM
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan reportedly took a 7% pay cut in 2014 to $13M, down from a personal record $14M a year earlier.
- Moynihan received $11.5M in stock-based compensation, down from $12.5M for 2013, while his base salary remained unchanged at $1.5M.
- The payout for shows BofA’s board at least kept the CEO’s paycheck moving in the same direction as the company’s bottom line, which plunged 58% in 2014, weighed down by the costs of the DoJ settlement and other litigation; the bank’s profit did increase across most major units, including consumer and business banking and global markets.
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