Tue, Jun. 23, 7:22 AM
- Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (NYSE:SMFG) has expressed interested in General Electric's (NYSE:GE) U.S. railway-leasing business, as the latter continues to sell the bulk of its financial services division.
- GE Capital Rail Services, which could be worth around $4B, also has drawn interest from Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and other U.S. financial institutions.
- Source: WSJ
Wed, Jun. 17, 11:30 AM
- While the OCC lifted consent orders against Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citibank (NYSE:C), and PNC Financial (NYSE:PNC) after finding unsafe and unsound mortgage-servicing and foreclosure practices back in 2011, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is part of a group facing new restrictions.
- Among other items, report Deon Roberts and Rick Rothacker, Wells Fargo is banned from entering new contacts to perform mortgage servicing for other lenders. The bank may still make and service new mortgages.
- OCC Deputy Controller Morris Morgan expects corrections from the group to be made in months, not years. “We have reserved the ability to take additional action against the six, and we plan to do so based on how quickly and effectively they remediate the remaining actions."
- The other five: JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), HSBC Bank USA (NYSE:HSBC), Santander Bank (NYSE:SAN), U.S. Bank (NYSE:USB), and EverBank (NYSE:EVER)
Thu, Jun. 11, 12:46 PM
- Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), TD Bank (NYSE:TD), Capital One (NYSE:COF), and U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) are considering making a play for a $40B chunk of GE's U.S. commercial lending business, reports Bloomberg, which says the lenders have signed NDAs in order to review four lines.
- GE reportedly will accept bids for one or multiple lines, and this week is expected to set a date for when initial offers are due.
- While Wells and TD are among a handful of North American banks which have the capacity to buy all four lines, neither is interested in all of them, say sources.
- In total, GE has about $74B in U.S. commercial loans and leases, with nearly all of it up for sale.
Wed, Jun. 10, 12:28 PM
- "If they fit our business model and we're comfortable from a customer standpoint, we'd love to grow that way," says Wells Fargo (WFC +1.3%) CFO Tim Sloan, speaking at an investor conference.
- Webcast and presentation slides
- The bank recently announced an agreement to purchase a $9B property loan portfolio from GE, and Sloan says more acquisitions could as GE continues to divest its GE Capital holdings, or from elsewhere.
- A word of caution from Sloan: "In today's low interest rate environment you could make any acquisition look attractive, and that's dangerous ... You have to use more of a cost of funds over a longer period of time to look at the returns from an acquisition."
Tue, Jun. 9, 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%)
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Fri, Jun. 5, 10:27 AM
- This morning's strong nonfarm payroll report may put to rest the idea of a continuing economic slowdown and puts on the table a rate hike maybe as soon as September.
- The 10-year Treasury yield is up nine basis points to 2.40%.
- The KRE +1.5%, KBE +1.6%, and the XLF +1.1% amid a flat S&P 500.
- Regional banks: Regions Financial (RF +3.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +2.5%), PNC Financial (PNC +1.9%), SunTrust (STI +2.3%), U.S. Bancorp (USB +2.2%), Zions (ZION +3.7%), First Niagara (FNFG +1.4%)
- Too Big Too Fails: Citigroup (C +2.2%), Bank of America (BAC +3.4%), JPMorgan (JPM +2.2%), Wells Fargo (WFC +1.9%)
- Life insurers: MetLife (MET +2.7%), Prudential (PRU +2.8%), Sun Life (SLF +1.9%), Lincoln Financial (LNC +2.5%)
- Online brokerage: Schwab (SCHW +3.8%), TD Ameritrade (AMTD +2.8%), E*Trade (ETFC +2.3%), Interactive Brokers (IBKR +2.5%)
- Previously: Jobs up 280K in May; UE rate ticks higher (June 5)
- Previously: Treasury yields surge amid strong job gains, boosted wage growth (June 5)
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Fri, May 29, 9:05 AM
- Higher interest rates would "absolutely" help his bank, says former Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) CEO Dick Kovacevich, appearing on CNBC, and he sees the first Fed rate hike probably coming in September.
- It's government regulation to blame for the lame economic recovery, he says, as new rules strangle the economy's growth engines - small businesses. "The real problem with regulation is it really helps large companies. Large companies can deal with regulation. It's the high fixed cost that hurts small companies even more."
- Kovacevich says the small business owners his bank deals with put regulation above taxes in listing their problem issues.
Thu, May 21, 2:50 PM
- Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is close to a deal to add Financial Engine's (FNGN +3.9%) services to its retirement platform, reports Reuters, in a move which would make FNGN's offerings available to another 3.8M 401(k) participants.
- As of the end of Q1, FInancial Engines provided online advisory services to 8.9M 401(k) participants, and served eight of the ten largest 401(k) record-keepers (Wells Fargo is number 7).
- No deal has yet been inked, but talks have been going on for month, and, in February, FNGN CEO Larry Raffone said an LOI had been signed with a leading provider of 401(k) plans.
Thu, May 21, 11:11 AM
- Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) becomes the last fund operator to adopt changes to its money market funds to comply with new regulatory rules. Among the major changes: Dropping the fixed $1 per share NAV on institutional prime and municipal funds, and moving to a floating NAV.
- Those funds will also be subject to so-called "gates," in which redemption fees could be assessed during a time of financial stress.
- The changes will become effective on or before Oct. 2016.
- Wells Fargo Advantage Funds had $110.5B in money market AUM as of the end of Q1.
- Source: Reuters
Thu, May 21, 9:30 AM
- Alongside Goldman's list of 50 stocks appearing most as top holdings at hedge funds is its list of the 50 top shorts.
- New additions this quarter: Baxter Intl (NYSE:BAX), UPS, Marriott (NASDAQ:MAR), NextEra (NYSE:NEE), Ford (NYSE:F), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV), McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), M&T Bank (NYSE:MTB), CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Pioneer Natural (NYSE:PXD), Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO).
- The full list (in order of $ value of short interest): AT&T (NYSE:T), Disney (NYSE:DIS), IBM, Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), Exxon (NYSE:XOM), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), J&J (NYSE:JNJ), Deere (NYSE:DE), Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT), Exelon (NYSE:EXC), GE, Boeing (NYSE:BA), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), UTX, Regeneron (NASDAQ:REGN), Merck (NYSE:MRK), salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), AbbVie (ABBV), Conoco (NYSE:COP), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), Emerson (NYSE:EMR), McDonald's (MCD), Reynolds (NYSE:RAI), Target (NYSE:TGT), Accenture (NYSE:ACN), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO).
Wed, May 6, 3:17 PM
- In its 10-Q filing today, Wells Fargo (WFC -2%) said it could suffer as much as $1.2B in losses over and above its legal reserves, up from $1.1B the previous quarter.
- The bank also said loans to oil and gas companies on "non-accrual" increased 26% to $96M. The size of Wells' energy portfolio is $18.48B, or about 2% of the total loan portfolio, and energy loans make up 14% of all C&I loans classified as non-accrual.
Tue, May 5, 8:16 AM
- "Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) has generated a virtual fee-generating machine, through which its customers are harmed, its employees take the blame, and Wells Fargo reaps the profit,” according to the lawsuit filed by L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer.
- At issue are high-pressure sales quotas driving employees to open unauthorized accounts for customers and stick them with bogus fees. Wells, of course, likes to boast about its "cross-selling" success.
- The bank blames the problems on a few rogue employees who have already been fired or disciplined. The suit: "On the rare occasions when Wells Fargo did take action against its employees for unethical sales conduct, Wells Fargo further victimized its customers by failing to inform them of the breaches, refund fees they were owed, or otherwise remedy the injuries that Wells Fargo and its bankers have caused."
- Source: L.A. Times
Fri, May 1, 3:05 AM
- More than seven years after the global financial collapse, regulators and investors are still working through a mile-high pile of lawsuits and other civil actions, and it seems like the fines keep on coming.
- Since the crisis, banks and other institutions have paid more than $150B in fines, settlements and other penalties, according to a tally by FT. That compares with the roughly $700B in profits generated by U.S. banks between 2007 and 2014.
- So where have all the payments gone? The biggest have landed in the Justice Department, which has collected some $50B. Other heavy collectors include the FHFA, Fannie Mae, HUD and the SEC.
- Among the banks paying the biggest amounts, BofA (NYSE:BAC) tops the list - with nearly $58B, followed by JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) ($31.3B), Citigroup (NYSE:C) ($12.8B) and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) ($9.7B).
Wed, Apr. 29, 2:30 PM
- With slimming margins putting a lid on the borrow short/lend long business, Wells Fargo (WFC +0.4%) looks to insurance as a growth center, and has hired or reallocated about 50 executives to the business in recent months.
- Insurance recently accounted for 4% of Wells' noninterest income, or 2% of revenue.
- The moves are especially notable because it wasn't long ago the bank was slimming that business - in 2013, Wells fell to #8 of the world's largest insurance brokers, down from #5 the year earlier (revenue fell 14.3% to $1.35B).
- The next step, says Laura Schupbach, head of Wells Fargo Insurance, is to leverage the bank's existing customer base - whether middle-market clients or those taking out mortgages - to pick up their insurance through the lender.
- Source: WSJ
Tue, Apr. 28, 2:39 PM
Tue, Apr. 21, 9:37 PM
- "This whole discussion today about when interest rates move is torture for us,” said U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) CEO Richard Davis on last week's earnings call. “I remain very optimistic for the economy … a little less optimistic for the bankers until interest rates start to move up.”
- Earlier today, Regions Financial (NYSE:RF) and Fifth Third (NASDAQ:FITB) became the latest in a line of lenders reporting slimming net interest margins. For Regions, the average yield on its loan portfolio fell to 3.45% from 4.03% a year ago. "You’re trying to book the prudent loans that you have the opportunity to, but with the level of competition in the market, it’s hard to move those rates up absent some kind of interest-rate increase," said Regions chief Grayson Hall on the earnings call.
- On average, U.S. banks with more than $10B in assets showed a NIM of 2.97% in Q4, the lowest level in 25 years according to the FDIC ... And it got worse in Q1. Six of the nine big commercial banks reporting so far - including Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and PNC Financial - had Q1 margins lower than Q4.
- Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Regions - two banks seen as particularly sensitive to interest rates - are unsurprisingly the worst performers in the KBW bank index (NYSEARCA:KBE) this year, off 13.9% and 9.3% respectively.
- What to do? Regions, for one, is trying to emulate the Wall Street big boys by bulking up its wealth management and capital markets operations. And maybe there's some more fat to trim. “We’re going to turn up the heat on expenses…and we’ll see where we get to,” said PNC boss William Demchak on last week's conference call.
- Source; WSJ's Peter Rudegeair
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