Dec. 9, 2014, 1:53 PM
Dec. 9, 2014, 11:38 AM
- Even as energy markets are buffeted by unusual volatility, some of Wall Street's biggest banks are ready to write billion-dollar checks to finance Cheniere Energy's (LNG +0.4%) $15.5B Corpus Christi natural gas project on the Gulf coast, CNBC reports.
- The commitments could put banks including JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on the hook if the market for liquefied natural gas goes south, according to the report.
- The gas terminal, now under development and expected to produce as much as 13.5M tons of liquefied natural gas starting in 2018, is now seeking $11.5B in a seven-year bank credit facility that would depend in part on the issuance of new bonds next year and the year after to repay its debt; private lenders reportedly have provided LNG with an initial $2.5B in funding to construct the terminal.
Dec. 9, 2014, 8:52 AM
- A check of the other major banks premarket amid a global selloff of some note and BofA's Brian Moynihan's warning about sluggish Q4 trading revenue finds JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) -1.5%, Citigroup (NYSE:C) -1.5%, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) -1.2%, Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) -1.7%, and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) -1.5%.
- XLF -1.1%
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, IYF, IAI, SEF, IYG, FXO, FNCL, FINU, KCE, RWW, RYF, KBWC, FINZ
Dec. 8, 2014, 10:28 AM
- A combination of new regulations and near-zero interest rates has some banks - including JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup (NYSE:C), HSBC, Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), and Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) - privately telling larger clients to take their deposits elsewhere or face fees on accounts which have long been free.
- “Ultimately my balances aren’t as profitable for the banks, and that’s going to impact my business,” says an executive with a title insurance company, complaining of sleepless nights amid negotiations with his bankers.
- BNY Mellon (NYSE:BK) has begun charging institutional clients money to park money in euros, and State Street (NYSE:STT) says itwill soon begin doing so.
- Some bankers are advising large clients to break up large deposits across a number of lenders (including smaller banks not subject to the new regulations), and other corporations are going to find themselves needing to build more sophisticated (and riskier) portfolios likely including vehicles like short-term bond funds and uninsured money-market funds.
Dec. 5, 2014, 10:19 AM
- Jamie Dimon has told JPMorgan (JPM +2.4%) staff that post-treatment tests show no signs of cancer, reports Bloomberg.
- Previously: Financial sector leads the way on strong jobs number
Dec. 5, 2014, 10:06 AM
- Among those counting on higher interest rates to boost profits are banks, insurers, and online brokers, and all are outliers to the upside in today's session after a strong November jobs report has rate hike expectations on the rise. The XLF is up 1%.
- TBTFs: Bank of America (BAC +2.1%), Citigroup (C +1.8%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.2%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.2%)
- Regionals (KRE +1.9%): Regions Financial (RF +2.6%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.3%), Huntington (HBAN +1.5%), BB&T (BBT +1.6%), Zions (ZION +4%)
- Custodials: BNY Mellon (BNY), State Street (STT +1.6%), Northern Trust (NTRS +1.8%)
- Life insurers: MetLife (MET +2.1%), Prudential (PRU +2.5%), Lincoln National (LNC +2.3%)
- Online brokers: Schwab (SCHW +3.8%), E*Trade (ETFC +3%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2.7%)
- Previously: Short end of yield curve on the move after jobs number (Dec. 5, 2014)
- Previously: Bonds and dollar higher, gold slumps after strong jobs report (Dec. 5, 2014)
- ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, KRE, VFH, KBE, IYF, KIE, IAT, IAI, SEF, IYG, IAK, FXO, FNCL, KBWB, RKH, QABA, FINU, KRU, RWW, KBWR, RYF, KBWP, KBWI, PSCF, FINZ, KRS
Dec. 5, 2014, 9:56 AM
- Highbridge's management has been mulling an exit for some time, reports Institutional Investor, and has been in discussions with JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) for at least six months.
- The management team - led by CEO Scott Kapnick - would need financing for the deal (Highbridge manages $26B in assets),or an investment from a third party. Alternative investment firms typically sell for about 5x revenue, according to one banker.
- As of the end of 2007, JPMorgan was the world's biggest hedge fund manager with $44.7B in AUM. It ranks #2 this year, behind Bridgewater Associates.
- For Highbridge, a split allows it to break free of Dodd-Frank restrictions and from having to compensate employees with JPMorgan stock - both competitive disadvantages compared to other hedge funds.
Dec. 2, 2014, 3:42 PM
- "Our concern is that the market has become complacent on the setting of the SIFI surcharge for the mega banks, which means there may be surprise at just how onerous the surcharge could be for JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)," writes Guggenheim's Jaret Seiberg.
- The Fed is expected to announce the capital surcharge on December 9.
- Previously: U.S. banks to be hit with tougher capital rule
Nov. 17, 2014, 8:05 AM
- Dag Skattum spent more than two decades at JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), eventually rising to co-head of global M&A in 2006, before exiting along with the boom in 2007. After six years at P-E firm TPG, he's returning to the bank as vice-chairman of EMEA. Among his roles will be leading a strategic advisory council that will help mentor JPMorgan's future dealmaking stars.
- It's the latest in a series of European hires for JPMorgan which is looking to overtake Deutsche Bank as #1 in investment banking fee rankings for the region.
Nov. 15, 2014, 5:00 PM
- JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) has settled a lawsuit by Texas mineral-rights owners who accused the bank of cheating them of $681M in compensation for drilling rights in the Eagle Ford Shale.
- The case went to trial Nov. 12 after deal talks stalled.
- The jury has now been excused. The Trust's lawyer believes "a sufficient number of beneficiaries" will now sign the settlement.
- Source: Bloomberg
Nov. 13, 2014, 10:17 AM
- Real sweethearts if you believe the reports, the likes of JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), and Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) are being investigated by the Feds for still going after borrowers after their debt has been legally discharged in a bankruptcy.
- Paying little attention to such court-ordered discharges, the banks reportedly are keeping the debt alive on credit reports, more or less attempting to force borrowers to pay on bills which they no longer owe.
- The issue, say sources, is the way banks report to credit agencies. Once a debt is voided through bankruptcy, creditors must update credit reports showing that debt is cleared. Banks, however, routinely fail to do so, instead leaving notations of "past due" or "charged off." A clerical mistake would be one thing, but, according to a number of bankruptcy judges,, banks refuse to make corrections unless the borrower pays.
- The banks contend they are complying with all federal laws in their collection and sale of debt. Class-action suits have also been filed and the banks are trying to have them thrown out, arguing its third-party debt buyers who are in control.
Nov. 12, 2014, 10:32 AM
- In what appears to be in addition to the already-announced global $3.4B fine for banks over forex manipulation, the OCC announces $950M in penalties against Bank of America (BAC -0.6%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.1%), and Citigroup (C -0.7%) for "unsafe or unsound" practices related to their forex trading operations.
- BofA will pay $250M, JPM $350M, and Citi $350M.
- Previously: Global banks fined $3.4B in forex probe
Nov. 12, 2014, 2:24 AM
- Global regulators have fined five major banks, including UBS (NYSE:UBS), HSBC (NYSE:HSBC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) a total of $3.4B over allegations of price fixing and manipulating benchmarks in the $5T-a-day foreign exchange market.
- The penalties were imposed by Britain's Financial Services Authority, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Swiss regulator FINMA.
- Barclays (NYSE:BCS) had been expected to be part of the settlement but the FCA said its investigation into the U.K. bank was continuing.
Nov. 11, 2014, 4:47 PM
- "The exchanges (apparently ICE's NYSE and NDAQ) who have a hand in this and seek to benefit from the onerous version of a trade-at basically put the screws to us," says Michael Masone, legal counsel for equities at Citigroup (NYSE:C), speaking at a SIFMA-sponsored conference.
- At issue is a SEC pilot program meant to boost trading in smaller-cap names. One of the provisions - the so-called "trade-at" rule - is a stealth attempt at hurting brokerages which run private trading systems (dark pools), said both JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Citi at the conference.
- The one-year program - if approved (the SEC began seeking public comment this month) - would begin next year and widen the minimum tick at which bids and asks are quoted on exchanges to more than a penny. The plan would create four groups of companies with market caps of less than $5B. One segment would require quotes in increments of a nickel or more, and another will require both quotes and trades to be in five-cent steps. In a third group, trading will be discouraged in dark pools. A fourth group would trade normally.
- Opposition has been pretty fierce - even within the SEC - but the agency for now has decided to move forward anyway.
Nov. 11, 2014, 3:00 PM
- "Capital allocation decisions are probably getting the most airtime right now," says Chris Ventresca, global co-head of M&A at JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), after being asked what's being talked about in corporate boardrooms at the moment.
- An optimistic lot, M&A bankers have for several years predicted an M&A boom in the face of continued lackluster action. This year though, the gap between bankers' pipe dreams and reality is perhaps the narrowest since the financial crisis, writes the WSJ's Maureen Farrell, and Ventresca expects the elevated level to continue.
- For buyers, says Ventresca, there's a disconnect between their ability to drive growth and what shareholders/markets expect, so acquisitions are a key tool. And sellers are more receptive because a multi-year bull market means they're not selling at anywhere near the bottom.
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