45.40 +0.19 (0.42%)
Pre-Market: 7:16AM EDT
|Bid||45.08 x 3100|
|Ask||46.02 x 1800|
|Day's Range||45.20 - 45.74|
|52 Week Range||43.02 - 59.53|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.19|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.34|
|Earnings Date||Oct 15, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.80 (3.97%)|
|1y Target Est||49.12|
(Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. took a beating for a second straight day over its controversial cryptocurrency plans as Democratic lawmakers argued the proposal posed vast privacy and national security risks.At a Wednesday hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, Chairwoman Maxine Waters compared Facebook to Wells Fargo & Co. and Equifax Inc., two scandal ridden companies that have come under scrutiny for harming consumers. If Facebook issues its Libra token, she added, the company will “wield immense power that could disrupt” governments and central banks.California’s Waters and other committee Democrats have crafted legislation to bar the company from proceeding with the coin until it can be properly vetted. In his testimony, Facebook executive David Marcus reiterated that the company won’t go ahead ahead with the cryptocurrency until regulators and governments across the world are satisfied. Democrats, however, were unmoved.Still, Marcus found more friends in the House than he did Tuesday in front of the Senate Banking Committee, giving some hope that Facebook could weather the political storm it unleashed a few weeks ago when it announced its Libra plans. One Republican on the financial services panel called the digital money idea brilliant, while others said they worried their Democratic colleagues were trying to stifle progress and thwart vital financial technology.“Washington must go beyond the hype and ensure that it’s not the place where innovation goes to die,” said Representative Patrick McHenry, the panel’s highest-ranking Republican. While saying he was appropriately skeptical of Facebook’s proposal, North Carolina’s McHenry urged lawmakers to move beyond making the company a political whipping boy.@RepMaxineWaters says of Facebook, and its plan to launch Libra Watch LIVE https://t.co/fdm5CaESeG— Beth Ponsot (@bponsot) July 17, 2019 “Change is here. Digital currencies exist,” he said. “And Facebook’s entry in this new world is just confirmation.”Read More: Big Tech Is Taking a Bipartisan Beating All Over WashingtonIt hasn’t been an easy few weeks for Facebook and its cryptocurrency project. Ahead of its Capitol Hill grillings, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to lambaste Libra, while Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated that the company would have a tough time satisfying a slew of regulatory issues.A parade of senators from both parties criticized Facebook at Tuesday’s Senate Banking hearing, saying the company can’t be trusted to handle consumers’ financial transactions. Much of the day focused on Facebook’s missteps involving privacy breaches and allowing Russian propaganda designed to influence the 2016 presidential election on its platform.Despite the outcry, it would be difficult for Congress to block Facebook’s plans. U.S. lawmakers haven’t passed any significant laws on cryptocurrencies, and no federal agency has established itself as the primary overseer for virtual coins. At least half a dozen regulators including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and parts of the Treasury Department have claimed some turf.Read More: Why Everybody (Almost) Hates Facebook’s Digital CoinIn his House testimony Wednesday, Marcus again said the company knew it was only “at the beginning of this journey” and was eager to get input from governments, central banks and others across the globe. The digital money operations are being headquartered in Switzerland.“We expect the review of Libra to be among the most extensive ever,” he said. “We are fully committed to working with regulators here and around the world.”But his refusal to agree to the moratorium proposed by Democrats, or even a pilot program that would test how Libra functions before a full-scale launch, enraged Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat whose constituency includes many Wall Street bankers. “You’ve breached the trust of users over and over again,” she said, adding that lawmakers should consider halting the project.Under questioning, Marcus alluded to the regulatory gray area that its digital coin could occupy.He told the panel that Facebook doesn’t consider the token to be a security or an exchange-traded fund, meaning it would not be regulated by the SEC. And though he said Libra may be seen as a commodity under current law, its oversight is still an open question. “We believe it is a payment tool,” Marcus said.Read More: Facebook Spurs Washington to Confront Its Crypto DitheringFacebook is currently talking to the Swiss financial regulator as well as the Group of Seven about what rules might apply, he added. Among the issues that are being addressed: privacy concerns, money laundering, terrorism finance and any potential impact on sovereign currencies.Marcus also sought to downplay Facebook’s leading role in the project, noting that it would be just one of dozens of corporations involved. However, he acknowledged that thus far the social media giant was the only company to have spent money or developed the technology for the project.Republicans on the panel generally argued that it was premature for Congress, or regulatory agencies, to clamp down on Libra. The government, they noted, shouldn’t get in the way of private sector progress.“This is absolutely brilliant,” Representative Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican, told Marcus. “I was shocked at how bright it was.”(Adds details on hearing throughout.)To contact the reporters on this story: Ben Bain in Washington at email@example.com;Robert Schmidt in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jesse Westbrook at email@example.com, Molly SchuetzFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- If there were any doubts left about the strength of the U.S. consumer, Bank of America Corp.’s latest round of earnings should put those to rest.The bank on Wednesday announced a record second-quarter profit, with Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan crediting “solid consumer activity across the board, with spending by Bank of America consumers up 5% this quarter over the second quarter of last year.” He added that he sees a steadily growing economy, informed by observing trends among “the one-in-two American households we serve.”Revenue and net income both increased in Bank of America’s consumer business, while credit provisions were stable. That mirrors much of what the other big U.S. banks reported earlier this week: Citigroup Inc.’s consumer division had its best second quarter since 2013; JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s consumer and community banking unit reported a 22% year-over-year increase in net income; and Wells Fargo & Co. had sharply lower credit-loss provisions than analysts estimated. Long story short, Bank of America, with its wide footprint across the country, affirmed the health of the consumer.It would be hard to get the same takeaway from just listening to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, however. In a speech on Tuesday, the Fed chief mentioned U.S. consumers just once,(2) and even then, he appeared to play down their strength, which would seem surprising given that consumer spending makes up more than two-thirds of the American economy. But it has become abundantly clear since his congressional testimony last week that Powell is going to lean heavily on “trade tensions” and slowing global growth as reasons to justify interest-rate cuts and will go out of his way to add caveats when mentioning positive aspects of the economy.He didn’t disappoint on either front during his comments in France (emphasis mine):“Growth in consumer spending, which was soft in the first quarter, looks to have bounced back, but business fixed investment growth seems to have slowed notably. Moreover, the manufacturing sector has been weak since the beginning of the year, in part weighed down by the softer business spending, weaker growth in the global economy, and, as our business contacts tell us, concerns about trade tensions.”The Fed looms large in just about every aspect of today’s markets, given the central bank’s abrupt shift toward favoring interest-rate reductions starting later this month. And the difference in tone about consumers between the central bank and the biggest U.S. banks is especially notable because the Fed’s about-face on interest rates has caused Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo to all miss on net interest margins relative to expectations. That trend has led the leaders of those banks to face some uncomfortable questions this earnings season about their outlooks.Bank of America’s Paul Donofrio adjusted expectations for net interest income on the lender’s analyst call on Wednesday. During the first-quarter call, he had said it could increase by 3% in 2019 compared with 2018. Now, he said the growth will be closer to 2% if interest rates remain stable, and just 1% if the Fed cuts rates twice before the end of the year as bond traders expect.It’s worth noting that Moynihan didn’t see the Fed capitulating to the market’s demands for lower interest rates. I was in attendance when he spoke to the Economic Club of New York on June 4, and at the end of a question-and-answer segment he said he didn’t think the central bank would cut rates this year. What were his reasons for that call? Among them: “We feel very good about the consumer.”What Moynihan, and anyone who thought similarly, couldn’t have predicted is just how locked in the Powell Fed would become to easing policy. Even stronger-than anticipated figures on retail sales, factory output and housing on Tuesday failed to budge the market-implied odds of a July rate cut, not to mention the outlook for the rest of the year. That’s because Fed officials haven’t even pretended to push back on that pricing.U.S. consumers may be as strong as ever, but if Powell is content with brushing that off, then the biggest U.S. banks will have no way to escape the Fed squeeze.(1) Excluding a reference to "consumer price inflation."To contact the author of this story: Brian Chappatta at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Niemi at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brian Chappatta is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering debt markets. He previously covered bonds for Bloomberg News. He is also a CFA charterholder.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Wall Street???s rally ended on Tuesday after President Donald Trump expressed his doubts about a near term solution to the lingering trade battle between the United States and China.
Modest loan growth, higher rates and prudent cost management aid BofA's (BAC) Q2 earnings. However, dismal trading and investment banking performance, and rise in provisions pose concerns.
The San Francisco-based banking giant is considering renovations as leases come up throughout the company.
U.S. Bancorp's (USB) Q2 performance reflects higher revenues, aided by growth in loan balances, partly offset by elevated expenses and provisions.
The bulls tried, but it was never going to happen. The S&P 500 fell 0.34% on Tuesday, sliding lower on sizeable volume, calling into question just how much more stocks can climb.Source: Shutterstock Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) was a relatively big drag, falling more than 3% following an earnings beat that was dinged and dented by lackluster guidance.At the other end of the spectrum, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) soared more than 7% after being one of the big hits of this year's Prime Day, while Blue Apron Holdings (NYSE:APRN) was up more than 30%. Shares of the meal-kit company rallied on word that it was partnering up with Beyond Meat (NASDAQ:BYND) to offer meatless-hamburger meal options.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks Driving the Market to All-Time Highs (And Why) However, as for names that merit a closer trading look headed into Wednesday's session, it's the stock charts of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) and American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) that are of the most interest. Here's what to look for. Delta Air Lines (DAL)With nothing more than a quick glance, Delta Air Lines look like a rocket. A large number of people saw last month's big move, wanted to plug into it, and fueled even more bullishness with that buying. Volume has been particularly strong of late.Caution is advised though. This is action we've seen from DAL stock multiple times since early 2017, and sooner or later, each of these run-ups end with a sizeable pullback. That pattern, in fact, has been alarmingly well established, and shares are within sight of a familiar technical ceiling. Click to Enlarge * The big boundary here is right around $64, where the upper boundary of a trading range that extends back to late-2016 currently rests. * The weekly chart is already stochastically overbought, which has proven problematic rather quickly over the course of the past couple of years. * Although its ripe for a wave of profit-taking, the precise tops within the confines of the trading range have never been clear. American Airlines Group (AAL)While Delta looks like it may be near a major peak, shares of rival American Airlines appear as if they're just getting started on a breakout move. That effort gelled in a huge way on Tuesday though, as the last vestige of resistance was rolled over. There's still a chance the advance could fall apart before it gets going in earnest, but the foundation is actually -- even if subtly -- rather firm. * 10 Monthly Dividend Stocks to Buy to Pay the Bills Click to Enlarge * The "trigger" here is Tuesday's move above the 200-day moving average line, plotted in white on both stock charts. * Fanning the bullish flames is the way this week's gain has pushed AAL stock above the upper boundary of a descending wedge. This convergence builds up pressure that, once unleashed, can fuel a prolonged rally. * Although Tuesday's action was catalytic, it could take several more days before the breakout thrust gels above the pivotal 200-day moving average line. Salesforce (CRM)When Saleforce was last examined in early May, it was well up since the end of last year, but putting pressure on the lower boundary of a short-term trading range. It was also acting overbought, struggling to continue making forward progress with or without the trading range. A month later, it had broken below its 200-day moving average line.The bulls pushed back, dragging CRM back above the 200-day moving average line (plotted in white on both stock charts) with a pretty impressive jolt. The bears are growling again though, and yesterday's action waves several red flags. Click to Enlarge * One of those red flags is the shape and placement of Tuesday's bar. The open above Monday's high and close below Monday's low constitutes an "outside day," which portends weakness. * It's imperceptible on both stock charts, but as of Tuesday, the 200-day moving average line is sloped downward. It's an indication of longer-term weakness. * Should the 200-day moving average line fail to act as a floor, if tested again, the next most likely landing spot is the Fibonacci retracement line near $129.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Retail Stocks Goldman Sachs Says Are Ready to Rip * 7 Services Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 6 Stocks to Buy and 1 to Sell Based on Insider Trading The post 3 Big Stock Charts for Wednesday: Delta Air Lines, Salesforce and American Airlines appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Wells Fargo (WFC) posted better-than-expected second-quarter results on Tuesday. The bank’s revenues and EPS beat analysts' expectations.
Shares of Well Fargo & Co. fell Tuesday after yet another disappointing earnings report and conference call with analysts, as downbeat guidance on net interest income and expenses, and still no word on a new chief executive overshadowed profit and revenue beats.
Investing.com - Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) followed its Wall Street rivals in reporting a second quarter that showed strength in its consumer and business lending, offset by a decline in revenue at its investment bank that reflected the growing impact of trade disputes and slowing growth on financial markets.
JPMorgan reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings early Tuesday, helped by an income tax boost. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo also beat.
Wells Fargo & Co. has more work to do when it comes to reducing operating expenses. Executives addressed this multiple times during Wells Fargo's investor call this morning following the release of its second-quarter earnings report.
The bank’s shares initially traded lower Tuesday morning, but were up 42 cents at $114.32 in mid morning. The early losses came as investors reacted to news that (JPM) reduced its forecast for 2019 net interest income to about $57.5 billion, below the guidance of $58 billion it issued when it disclosed its first-quarter earnings. The scaled-back forecast reflects the impact of anticipated rate cuts by the Federal Reserve.
While the biggest risk ahead is that lower interest rates will pressure banks' bottom lines in the coming months, the squeeze is already beginning. JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co both reported drops in net interest margins as they paid more for deposits. JPMorgan, the nation's biggest bank, lowered its outlook for net interest income to "about $57.5 billion" in 2019 from the $58-plus billion it estimated in February. On Monday, Citigroup similarly reported a decline in net interest margin.