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Wells Fargo & Co. customers accused the bank in a lawsuit of forcing them to pay for unnecessary auto insurance that drove some of them so far into a financial spiral that their vehicles were repossessed.
The complaint comes after a year of handwringing and internal changes brought on by an earlier snafu at Wells Fargo. Bank workers opened up possibly 2.1 million checking and credit-card accounts without customers’ permission over about half a decade, and the bank paid $185 million to regulators to settle.
Wells Fargo last week said it may have pushed thousands of car buyers into loan defaults and repossessions by charging them for the unwanted insurance. The bank said an internal review of its auto lending found more than 500,000 clients may have unwittingly paid for protection against vehicle loss or damage while making monthly loan payments, even though many drivers already had their own policies. The firm said it may pay as much as $80 million to affected clients — with extra money for as many as 20,000 who lost cars, “as an expression of our regret.”
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- [By Lisa Levin]
DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. (NYSE: DFT) shares shot up 10 percent to $61.07. Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) announced plans to merge with DuPont Fabros.
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Jefferies Upgraded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) from Hold to Buy
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- [By Lisa Levin]
Monday afternoon, the non-cyclical consumer goods & services sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (ADR) (NYSE: BBVA).
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Today, Deutsche Bank (DB) pretty much signals an all-clear based on that call and says things are indeed getting better. So there are buyers all over the place.
- [By Diane Alter]
The New York Times first reported that Frontier Airlines is prepping for an initial public offering. The Denver, Colo.-based low-cost carrier has hired Deutsch Bank (NYSE: DB), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), and Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) to handle the IPO. The airline started the process late last year when it approached a number of bankers.
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- [By Casey Wilson]
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Best Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Wells Fargo & Company(WFC)
- [By Chris Dier-Scalise]
Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.
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Cramer’s game plan for next week’s trading starts on Monday, when Warren Buffett is scheduled to be on CNBC. Cramer said he wants to hear Buffett’s thoughts on his portfolio’s biggest under-performers, like American Express (AXP) , Coca-Cola (KO) and Wells Fargo (WFC) .
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Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.02 per share on revenue of $22.51 billion.
Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.26 per share on revenue of $17.71 billion.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.65 per share on revenue of $25.61 billion.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.00 billion.
First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.1 per share on revenue of $675.70 million.
First Horizon National Corp (NYSE: FHN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.28 per share on revenue of $337.89 million.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Big banks like JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), and Bank of America (BAC) have surged more than 20% during the past three months–causing many investors to doubt the possibility for further gains. I’m note one of them–after my disastrous financials call last year, I’m bullish on them in 2017–and neither is Morgan Stanley’s Betsy Graseck, who remains Overweight the big banks, despite their big gains. She explains why:
- [By Teresa Rivas]
Wells Fargo (WFC) is lower Monday, after the board of directors released the results of its internal investigation of the firms sales practices scandal.
The company is clawing back some $75 million in pay from former Chief Executive JohnStumpfand former retailbankleaderCarrie Tolstedt, which the bank, in its 113-page report, holds largely responsible for the problems.
The Wall Street Journal has more details on Wells Fargos conclusions:
The boards results cap a six-monthindependent investigation that has not only rocked the countrys third-largest bank by assets but also the broader banking industry, with dozens of firms examining their own sales practices at the behest of regulators.
Many directors on the San Francisco banks board now face their own scrutiny. Last week, proxy advisory firmInstitutional Shareholder Services Inc. suggested Wells Fargo investorsvote against 12 of the banks 15 directorsat the firms annual meeting April 25.The bank also continues to face federal and state investigations about its sales practices.
A couple of analysts are weighing in on the stock today. Evercore ISIs John Pancari reiterated an Outperform rating and $64 price target on the stock:
We reiterate our constructive thesis onWFCfrom a long term perspective as we expect abating headline risk (in part due to the conclusion of this investigation), still-intact above-peer ROE (despite our modeled expectation for a $0.25 per share go-fwd annual impact from the sales practice issue), and solid competitive position to drive a return of the stock’s premium valuation over time. While we acknowledge concerns around a potential CCAR failure (quantitative and/or qualitative), the broader fundamental impact could prove quite manageable asWFCmay still be permitted to deploy capital at the prior year (2016) level – just not increase deployment, while the related operational costs have
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Bank stocks have had quite a run since Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory–such a run, in fact that Baird’s David George and team worry that most of the benefits of “potential improvement in macro growth, regulatory relief, and corporate tax reform” seem priced into their stocks. They recommend investors “selectively reduce bank exposure” but still like Wells Fargo (WFC), which they call a “top buy idea.” They explain why: