Break Up Wells Fargo. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tells The Fed

Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged the United States Federal Reserves to break up Wells Fargo following a series of financial scandals over the past few years.

Senator Warren Wants Wells Fargo Broken Up

Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged the United States Fed to break up Wells Fargo. She cited the numerous financial scandals the bank has been involved in over the past few years, stating that it is putting consumers at risk.

Warren made this known in a letter to Fed chair Jerome Powell. She stated that “I write to urge the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (the Fed) to take immediate action in response to the repeated, ongoing, and inexcusable failure of Wells Fargo & Company (Wells Fargo) to eliminate abusive and unlawful practices that have cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars.”

She stated that the Fed could break up the bank by revoking its license to provide services as a financial holding company. Warren added that the Federal Reserve has the power to put the interest of the consumers first and must exercise that power.

Warren suggests that the Fed should break up Wells Fargo by separating its consumer-facing banking arm from the rest of its financial activities. Doing so would ensure the protection of consumers and their assets.

Wells Fargo didn’t respond directly to Warren’s letter. However, the bank issued a press release stating that it is making efforts to change its practices and ensures it meets the demands of the financial regulators. Wells Fargo maintained that it has introduced some changes over the past five years and will continue to improve its services.

WFC Up By Less Than 1%

The shares of Wells Fargo are up by less than 1% today, despite the bank coming under fire from Senator Warren. WFC has been up by 0.68% since the US market opened a few hours ago. The stock is currently trading at $46.

WFC stock chart. Source: FXEMPIRE

Year-to-date, WFC is up by over 50%. The stock started trading at $29 per share at the beginning of the year, and it is now trading at $46 per share.

The Shares Of Wells Fargo Dips After Receiving A $250 Million Fine

The shares of Wells Fargo dipped earlier today after the bank received a fine of $250 million for its regulatory negligence.

Wells Fargo Receive A $250 Million Fine

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has fined leading bank Wells Fargo $250 million. According to the regulatory agency, the fine was due to shortcomings in the bank’s earlier efforts to pay back customers it harmed in the past.

According to the latest report, the OCC has also placed certain restrictions on Wells Fargo’s businesses until the bank sought out the issue and paid for the damages it had caused. The OCC said the bank is yet to meet the requirements of a 2018 consent order.

At the time, the OCC ordered Wells Fargo to pay back the bank customers who were charged excessive or improper fees. Acting Comptroller Michael Hsu pointed out that Wells Fargo is yet to meet the requirements of the 2018 OCC order, and it is unacceptable.

Furthermore, the OCC stated that the bank’s efforts to track and pay back customers who had been harmed in the past by Wells Fargo were insufficient. The regulatory agency cited deficiencies in the bank’s earlier attempts to make amends.

Wells Fargo’s Stock Price Slightly Drops

The fine didn’t affect Wells Fargo’s stock price massively as it only went down by less than 1%. WFC is down by 0.02% so far today and is trading at $44.30 per coin. Despite its recent challenges, Wells Fargo is one of the best-performing stocks in the banking sector this year.

WFC stock chart. Source: FXEMPIREwells fargo

WFC is up by nearly 80% so far this year after an excellent performance in recent months. At the start of the year, Wells Fargo’s stock was trading at $29 per share. However, it has experienced a massive surge in value since then, and it is now trading at $44 per share.

Nasdaq Ekes Out Record Finish as Wall St Ends Higher

The energy sector rose, reversing most of the losses suffered during the first three days of the week. Thursday’s performance was fueled by U.S. crude prices jumping 2% on a sharp decline in U.S. inventories and a weaker dollar.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp and Occidental Petroleum Corp were among the largest risers, with oil majors Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp also posting solid gains.

The technology index slipped into negative territory, as some of the industry’s largest companies saw their recent upward momentum stall.

Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc and Google-owner Alphabet Inc were all under water. A notable exception was Netflix Inc, which hit an all-time high intraday.

U.S. stocks have regularly hit record highs over the past few weeks as a solid corporate earnings season and hopes of continued central bank support underpinned confidence as data showed the country’s post-pandemic economic growth was beginning to slow.

Data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week, although the focus will be on the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report on Friday to set the stage for the Fed’s policy meeting later this month.

The report is likely to show job growth slowed to 750,000 in August from 943,000 the previous month.

“You have to see very wide beats or misses in this data to really change people’s minds,” said Greg Boutle, U.S. head of equity and derivative strategy at BNP Paribas.

“Investors are either in this renormalization camp that thinks inflation will not happen, or they believe there will be some persistence to inflation. Really, it will be a collection of beats or misses that will move the needle for investors and the Fed, rather than a single data point.”

Unofficially, the S&P 500 gained 12.92 points, or 0.29%, to end at 4,537.01 points, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average  gained 129.38 points, or 0.37%, to 35,441.91. The Nasdaq Composite  rose 21.15 points, or 0.14%, to 15,330.53.

Despite deadly flash floods in New York City, trading on Wall Street was operating normally.

Wells Fargo rose after three straight sessions of losses. The lender had been weighed by a report it could face further regulatory sanctions over the pace of compensating victims of a years-long sales practice scandal.

Contracting services company Quanta Services Inc jumped to a record high after saying it would buy privately held Blattner Holding Company in a deal valued at about $2.7 billion.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru and David French in New York; Editing by Aditya Soni and Lisa Shumaker)

Nasdaq Ends Lower as Investors Sell Big Tech

Amazon, Apple Tesla and Facebook all fell. Nvidia tumbled around 4%.

The S&P 500 technology sector index ended a four-day winning streak. Earlier this week, investors’ favor for heavyweight growth stocks pushed the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq to record highs.

The S&P 500 energy sector index fell more than 1% and tracked a drop in crude prices on expectations of more supply after a compromise agreement between leading OPEC producers.

Fresh data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to a 16-month low, while worker shortages and bottlenecks in the supply chain have frustrated efforts by businesses to ramp up production to meet strong demand for goods and services.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers he anticipated the shortages and high inflation would abate. Yet many investors still worry that more sustained inflation could lead to a sooner-than-expected tightening of monetary policy.

“People are very nervous and concerned about inflation, tax rates and the (2022 midterm) election. Those three things are very much on people’s minds,” said 6 Meridian Chief Investment Officer Andrew Mies, describing recent phone calls with his firm’s clients.

Unofficially, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 54.52 points, or 0.16%, to 34,987.75, the S&P 500 lost 14.29 points, or 0.33%, to 4,360.01 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 101.82 points, or 0.7%, to 14,543.13.

Morgan Stanley dipped as much as 1.2% after it beat expectations for quarterly profit, getting a boost from record investment banking activity even as the trading bonanza that supported results in recent quarters slowed down.

Second-quarter reporting season kicked off this week, with the four largest U.S. lenders – Wells Fargo & Co, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co – posting a combined $33 billion in profits, but also highlighting the industry’s sensitivity to low interest rates.

Blackstone said late on Wednesday it would pay $2.2 billion for 9.9% stake in American International Group’s life and retirement business. AIG and Blackstone both rallied.

Johnson & Johnson dipped after it voluntarily recalled five aerosol sunscreen products in the United States after detecting a cancer-causing chemical in some samples.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Additional reporting by Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

 

Marketmind: “A Ways Off” and That’s Good

You couldn’t call China’s data dismal — average growth actually surpassed Q1 while June retail sales and industrial output beat expectations. But it does show authorities, who last week unleashed one trillion yuan into the financial system, will ensure conditions stay loose.

But markets’ delight after Powell told Congress he saw no need to rush the shift towards tighter post-pandemic monetary policy, has not lasted long.

World stocks are off recent record highs, tempered possibly by spiking COVID-19 cases across Asia and signs the post-pandemic bounce in company earnings is hitting a peak.

Asian shares rallied, led by a 1% rise in Shanghai but U.S. futures are mostly lower, with the exception of the tech-heavy Nasdaq. European markets too, are opening weaker and 10-year Treasury yields are down at 1.33%, almost 10 basis points off Wednesday’s high point.

The news from the corporate world is all good — the four biggest U.S. banks, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan have posted a combined $33 billion in profits. Asset manager BlackRock beat estimates, with assets at a record $9.5 trillion.

Omens in Europe are good too, with Sweden’s SEB, carmaker Daimler and food delivery firm Just Eat all reporting buoyant earnings. And earlier in Asia, Taiwanese chipmaker, TSMC, posted an 11% rise in Q2 profits.

Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Thursday:

– South Korea held rates but signalled pandemic era record-low interest rates was coming to an end

-UK added 356,000 jobs in June

-ECB Board Member Frank Elderson speaks

-Philly Fed index

-Bank of England interest rate-setter Michael Saunders speaks

Fed events: Powell testimony continues, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans speaks

US earnings: BNY Mellon, Charles Schwab, US Bancorp, Morgan Stanley, Alcoa

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Sujata Rao; editing by Dhara Ranasinghe)

 

Wells Fargo Unlikely to Reward New Shareholders

Wells Fargo and Co. (WFC) is trading higher by less than 1% in Wednesday’s pre-market after beating Q2 2021 top and bottom line estimates by wide margins. America’s third-largest bank earned $1.38 per-share during the quarter, $0.47 higher than expectations, while revenue rose a modest 10.8% year-over-year to $20.27 billion, more than $2.50 billion better than consensus. Net interest income fell 11% in reaction to lower interest rates, despite the near-panic about spiking bond yields earlier this year.

Fallout from Account Fraud Scandal

Rapid improvement in the U.S. economic landscape allowed the company to reduce credit loss reserves by $10.8 billion, compared to an $8.4 billion increase in the same quarter last year. Home lending revenue shined during the quarter, with the ultra-hot housing market generating a 40% increase in mortgage servicing income. However, those increases were partially offset by lower gains on loan portfolio sales and lower correspondent origination volume.

Well Fargo has underperformed other U.S. commercial banks in recent years, with its reputation destroyed by a 2016 account fraud scandal that forced major operational changes. In reaction, the Federal Reserve issued a 2018 directive forbidding the company from growing its balance sheet until the central bank is “satisfied” that compliance issues had been rectified. That prohibition remains in force three years later, translating into billions in lost income.

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street consensus is mixed compared to other commercial banks, with an ‘Overweight’ rating based upon 13 ‘Buy’, 3 ‘Overweight’, and 11 ‘Hold’ recommendations. No analysts are recommending that shareholders close positions and move to the sidelines. Price targets currently range from a low of $40 to a Street-high $65 while the stock is set to open Wednesday’s session more than $5 below the median $49 target.

Wells Fargo posted an all-time high at 66.31 in 2018 and sold off, entering a decline that accelerated to an 11-year low during 2020’s pandemic decline. It hit an even lower low in November and turned higher, stalling less than a point below the .618 Fibonacci selloff retracement level in May. Heavy price action since that time has flipped long-term relative strength readings into sell cycles, predicting downside that could test the 200-day moving average in the upper 30s.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication. 

Marketmind: It’s Jay Time!

Inflation in the world’s top economy barrelling ahead for a third straight month has doused the equity rally, just as stocks were staging a come-back after navigating last week’s bond market volatility.

Powell will face questions on how transitory price pressures might be and how fast the Fed might need on withdrawing the monetary support which has been critical for markets.

Wednesday’s figures prompted markets to bring forward the timing of the Fed’s first rate hike, bets that lifted the dollar to a three-month high versus the euro and a one-week high versus the yen.

An added complication was weak demand at Wednesday’s auction of 30-year Treasury bonds, which pushed 10-year yields above 1.4%. And after a softer Wall Street close, Asian stocks fell while European and U.S. markets are tipped to open lower.

Price pressures are a hot topic elsewhere too, with data showing British inflation rising further above the Bank of England’s target, hitting 2.5%.

Some central banks, meanwhile, are going full steam ahead with stimulus withdrawal plans — New Zealand announced a halt to its pandemic-linkd QE programme. Bets on a rate hike this year have sent the Kiwi dollar surging 1%.

Later in the day, the Bank of Canada is also expected to announce plans to taper asset purchases.

Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Wednesday:

-UK inflation jumps to 2.5% in June

-Bank of Canada expected to taper

-New Zealand c.bank ends bond purchases, paves way for possible rate hikes

-Turkey, Chile and Croatia central bank meetings

-India WPI inflation

-Swedish CPI

-Euro Area Industrial Production

-ECB Board Member Isabel Schnabel speaks

-Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden speaks

-Auctions: German 10-year Bund

-Earnings: Citi, BofA, BlackRock, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Reporting by Karin Strohecker; editing by Sujata Rao)

S&P 500 and Nasdaq End Down After Hitting Record Highs

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq reached fresh record highs but quickly fell into negative territory after an auction of 30-year Treasuries showed less demand than some investors expected and pushed yields higher.

Data indicated U.S. consumer prices rose by the most in 13 years last month, while so-called core consumer prices surged 4.5% year over year, the largest rise since November 1991.

Economists viewed the price surge, driven by travel-rated services and used automobiles, as mostly temporary, aligning with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s long-standing views.

“Any time you get an uptick in interest rates the stock market is going to get nervous, especially on a day like today,” said Joe Saluzzi, co-manager of trading at Themis Trading in Chatham, New Jersey.

The S&P 500 growth index dipped 0.05%, while the value index fell 0.70%.

“With growth outperforming value, the takeaway is clearly that inflation from a market perspective is not a real threat in the long term,” said Keith Buchanan, a portfolio manager at GLOBALT Investments in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ten of the 11 major S&P 500 sector indexes ended lower, with real estate, consumer discretionary and financials each down more than 1%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co stock fell 1.5% after the company reported blockbuster quarterly profit growth but warned that the sunny outlook would not make for blockbuster revenues in the short term due to low interest rates.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc dipped 1.2% after its quarterly earnings exceeded forecasts.

Citigroup, Wells Fargo & Co and Bank of America were due to report their quarterly results early on Wednesday.

PepsiCo Inc gained 2.3% after raising its full-year earnings forecast, betting on accelerating demand as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

June-quarter earnings per share for S&P 500 companies are expected to rise 66%, according to Refinitiv data, with investors questioning how long Wall Street’s rally would last after a 16% rise in the benchmark index so far this year.

All eyes now turn to Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s congressional testimony on Wednesday and Thursday for his comments about rising price pressures and monetary support going forward.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.31% to end at 34,888.79 points, while the S&P 500 lost 0.35% to 4,369.21.

The Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.38% to 14,677.65.

Conagra Brands Inc dropped 5.4% after the packaged foods company warned that higher raw material and ingredient costs would take a bigger bite out of its profit this year than previously estimated.

Boeing Co fell 4.2% after the Federal Aviation Administration said late on Monday some undelivered 787 Dreamliners have a new manufacturing quality issue.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.85-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 3.06-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 39 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 61 new highs and 73 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.5 billion shares, compared with the 10.5 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

(Additional reporting by Devik Jain and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Wells Fargo Q2 Earnings to Rise Over 245%; Target Price $44

The fourth-largest U.S. lender, Wells Fargo, is expected to report a profit in the second quarter after posting its first loss last year since the global financial crisis of 2008.

The San Francisco, California-based multinational financial services company is expected to report earnings per share of $0.97 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 245% from a loss of -$0.66 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

But Wells Fargo’s revenue would decline 0.3% to $17.777 billion from $17.84 seen a year earlier. In the last four consecutive quarters, the company has delivered earnings surprise only twice.

Wells Fargo Stock Price Forecast

Eighteen analysts who offered stock ratings for Wells Fargo in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $49.29 with a high forecast of $60.00 and a low forecast of $43.00.

The average price target represents an 11.79% change from the last price of $44.09. From those 18 analysts, 11 rated “Buy”, seven rated “Hold” while none rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the stock price forecast of $49 with a high of $68 under a bull scenario and $21 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the fourth-largest U.S. lender’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. Jefferies raised the target price to $51 from $50. RBC upped the target price to $45 from $40. Credit Suisse lifted the target price to $54 from $50. Raymond James raised the price target to $52 from $50.

Analyst Comments

Wells Fargo (WFC) appears to be beginning to take action to restructure its business mix as it works to exit the Fed consent order/asset cap and reduce its expense base. While uncertainty remains around impact of business exits and timing of consent order/asset cap exit, we believe risk more than accounted for in the stock at 9x our 2022e EPS,” noted Betsy Graseck, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

WFC benefit to EPS from rising long end rates is the highest in the group, with each ~50bps increase in the 10yr driving ~4% to NII and as much as ~8% to EPS. We model WFC driving their expense ratio down to 64% by 2023 on reduced risk and compliance spend, operational efficiencies, and branch optimization. Lower expense ratio possible.”

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Earnings to Watch Next Week: Most Big U.S. Banks, PepsiCo, Delta Air Lines and UnitedHealth in Focus

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of July 12

Monday (July 12)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
FRHC Freedom $0.72

 

Tuesday (July 13)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JPMORGAN, PEPSICO, GOLDMAN SACHS

JPMorgan: The New York City-based multinational investment bank and financial services holding company is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $3.16 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 128% from $1.38 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

In the last four consecutive quarters, on average, the company has delivered earnings surprise all four times, with of over 32%.

JPM has less excess capital as a % of the market cap relative to other names in the group, which drives a lower benefit from buybacks. We are valuing the group on normalized 2023 EPS. We expect a V-shaped recovery will drive higher reserve release and share buybacks over the next 2 years, with “normalized” post-recession earnings beginning in 2023,” noted Betsy Graseck, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“We see more upside elsewhere in the group, particularly in consumer finance stocks which have been under more pressure. This drives our Underweight rating.”

PEPSICO: The Harrison, New York-based global food and beverage leader is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $1.53 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 15% from $1.32 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The U.S. multinational food, snack, and beverage corporation would post revenue of $17.91 billion. In the last four consecutive quarters, on average, the company which holds approximately a 32% share of the U.S. soft drink industry has delivered an earnings surprise of over 6%.

GOLDMAN SACHS: The New York-based leading global investment bank is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $9.52 per share, which represents year-over-year growth of over 52% from $6.26 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

It is worth noting that in the last two years, the world’s leading investment manager has surpassed market consensus expectations for profit and revenue most of the time. The better-than-expected number would help the stock hit new all-time highs.

“Our 2Q EPS est. increases to $10.05 from $9.53 on positive markets and higher equity investment revs. The equity investment line will likely again be a meaningful rev. swing factor (we model $1.4B vs. $3.1B in 1Q21). Post-DFAST, GS indicated that the dividend will increase to $2.00/qtr. from $1.25/qtr., but did not provide specifics on buybacks. We model 2Q share repurchase of $1.5B (vs. $2.2B cons.) and $2.5B/qtr. (vs.$2.3B/qtr. cons.) for the remainder of this year,” noted Daniel T. Fannon, equity analyst at Jefferies.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JULY 13

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
FAST Fastenal $0.41
CAG Conagra Foods $0.52
JPM JPMorgan Chase $3.16
PEP PepsiCo $1.53
GS Goldman Sachs $9.96
FRC First Republic Bank $1.73
HCSG Healthcare Services $0.30
AMX America Movil Sab De Cv Amx $0.32

 

Wednesday (July 14)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, CITIGROUP, DELTA AIR LINES, BLACKROCK

WELLS FARGO: The fourth-largest U.S. lender is expected to report a profit in the second quarter after last year posting its first loss since the global financial crisis of 20028.

Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan will tother report profits of $24 billion in the second quarter, up significantly from $6 billion seen last year.

There is no relief for Delta Air Lines, which is expected to post a loss of $1.36 per share on $6.19 billion in revenue.

BLACKROCK: The world’s largest asset manager is expected to report its second-quarter earnings of $9.28 per share, which represents year-on-year growth of over 18% from $7.85 per share seen in the same quarter a year ago.

The New York-based multinational investment management corporation’s revenue would grow over 25% of $4.56 billion. In the last four consecutive quarters, on average, the investment manager has delivered an earnings surprise of over 11%.

The better-than-expected number would help the stock hit new all-time highs. The company will report its earnings result on Wednesday. BlackRock’s shares rose over 24% so far this year. The stock ended 2.83% higher at $901.31 on Friday.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JULY 14

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
WFC Wells Fargo $0.95
BAC Bank Of America $0.77
PNC PNC $3.09
C Citigroup $1.99
DAL Delta Air Lines -$1.36
BLK BlackRock $9.28
INFY Infosys $0.17

 

Thursday (July 15)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
WIT Wipro $0.07
WNS Wns Holdings $0.68
BK Bank Of New York Mellon $1.00
MS Morgan Stanley $1.66
CTAS Cintas $2.31
UNH UnitedHealth $4.43
USB US Bancorp $1.12
TFC Truist Financial Corp $0.98
HOMB Home Bancshares $0.46
AA Alcoa $1.28
VLRS Controladorauelaavcncv $0.80
PGR Progressive $1.07
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg $0.93
PBCT People’s United Financial $0.34
WAL Western Alliance Bancorporation $1.96

 

Friday (July 16)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
ERIC Ericsson $0.13
ALV Autoliv $1.40
FHN First Horizon National $0.40
ATLCY Atlas Copco ADR $0.45
STT State Street $1.77
KSU Kansas City Southern $2.18
SCHW Charles Schwab $0.76

 

Today’s Market Wrap Up and a Glimpse Into Friday

Inflation worries finally caught up with investors, triggering a sell-off on Wall Street. The S&P 500 shed nearly 1% in a stark reversal from Wednesday when the broader market index reached a new all-time high. Investors are starting to question the sustainability of the economic recovery due to too few workers for a surplus of jobs coupled with supply chain constraints.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed more than 250 points, while the Nasdaq was down over 100 points. No sector was left unscathed, from technology to the banks, though the three major indices closed off their worst levels of the day.

Stocks to Watch

Wells Fargo was trending on Twitter after revealing that it would shutter its personal lines of credit product, leaving consumers outraged. Not only will customers lose access to the product but the move could affect their credit scores.

Bank customers were previously able to access between USD 3K and USD 100K and tended to use the credit line for everything from consolidating credit card debt to home repairs to preventing overdraft fees. Wells Fargo is set to report its quarterly earnings on July 14.

Pfizer is seeking regulatory approval to increase the dose of its COVID-19 vaccine in an attempt to thwart the Delta variant that has been spreading. The pharmaceutical company is looking to do so in the next month and has approached the FDA for the green light. Pfizer is planning clinical trials next month.

Levi Strauss was more than 2% higher in after-hours trading after reporting its Q2 results.  The company’s earnings and revenue surpassed Wall Street estimates, with sales poised to revisit pre-COVID-19 levels in Q3. The apparel company raised its full-year outlook as long as the pandemic remains under control.

On the meme stock front, AMC Entertainment bounced back, adding 6% after four straight days of declines. GameStop similarly found its stride and avoided another day in the doldrums. The winner on the meme-stock front was Virgin Galactic, whose value ballooned by 17% to close above USD 52 per share ahead of Richard Branson’s upcoming spaceflight this weekend.

Economic Outlook

Wells Fargo economists have revised their second-quarter and full-year 2021 GDP forecasts lower. They now expect GDP to expand at 9.2% in Q2 and 7% for the year, down from previous forecasts of 10.9% for the quarter and 7.3% for 2021. The economists cited “softer than expected data performances at quarter’s end.”

Wells Fargo Names Ulrike Guigui As Head Of Payments Strategy

Guigui was most recently managing director and head of payments practice at audit firm Deloitte, Wells Fargo said.

The incoming payments strategy chief has previously held positions at Citigroup Inc, where she worked for about ten years, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Guigui also worked at Mastercard and GE Capital, the financial services unit of U.S. conglomerate General Electric Co. She will report to Ather Williams III, Wells Fargo’s head of strategy, digital and innovation, the statement from the bank said.

(Reporting by Niket Nishant in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)

Wells Fargo Q1 Earnings Blow Past Estimates on Release of Loan Loss Reserves; Target Price $47

San Francisco, California-based multinational financial services company Wells Fargo reported better-than-expected earnings in the first quarter, largely driven by the release of $1.6 billion in its reserves for credit losses.

The fourth-largest lender in the U.S. reported adjusted earnings per share $1.05, beating analysts’ expectations of $0.69 per share. With $18.06 billion in revenue, Wells Fargo surpassed Wall Street’s consensus estimates of $17.5 billion.

“Our results for the quarter, which included a $1.6 billion pre-tax reduction in the allowance for credit losses, reflected an improving U.S. economy, continued focus on our strategic priorities, and ongoing support for our customers and our communities. Charge-offs are at historic lows and we are making changes to improve our operations and efficiency, but low-interest rates and tepid loan demand continued to be a headwind for us in the quarter,” said Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf.

Wells Fargo shares, which slumped more than 40% in 2020, rebounded over 31% so far this year.

Wells Fargo Stock Price Forecast

Sixteen analysts who offered stock ratings for Wells Fargo in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months of $39.64 with a high forecast of $47.00 and a low forecast of $32.00.

The average price target represents a -0.38% decrease from the last price of $39.79. Of those 16 analysts, nine rated “Buy”, seven rated “Hold” while none rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave the base target price of $47 with a high of $67 under a bull scenario and $21 under the worst-case scenario. The firm gave an “Overweight” rating on the financial services company’s stock.

Several other analysts have also updated their stock outlook. BofA raised the price objective to $44 from $43. Wells Fargo & Company had its price target lifted by Barclays to $42 from $36. They currently have an equal weight rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Seaport Global Securities raised to a buy rating from a neutral and set a $42 target price. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a hold rating on shares.

Analyst Comments

Wells Fargo (WFC) appears to be beginning to take action to restructure its business mix as it works to exit the Fed consent order/asset cap and reduce its expense base. While uncertainty remains around the impact of business exits and timing of consent order/asset cap exit, we believe risk more than accounted for in the stock at 9x our 2022e EPS,” noted Betsy Graseck, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

WFC benefit to EPS from rising long end rates is the highest in the group, with each ~50bps increase in the 10yr driving ~4% to NII and as much as ~8% to EPS. We model WFC driving their expense ratio down to 64% by 2023 on reduced risk and compliance spend, operational efficiencies, and branch optimization. Lower expense ratio possible.”

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Wells Fargo Posts Strong First Quarter Earnings

Wells Fargo and Co. (WFC) is ticking higher in Wednesday’s pre-market after beating Q1 2021 top and bottom line estimates by wide margins. America’s third largest bank posted a profit of $1.05 per-share, $0.40 better than expectations, while revenue rose  just 2.0% year-over-year to $18.06 billion, beating consensus by $600 million. Credit loss provisions decreased by $5.1 billion, underpinned by “continued improvements in the economic environment.”

Waiting on Fed Approvals

The bank is overhauling its risk management and governance as part of a Fed-guided plan to lift asset caps, which in turn will improve shareholder benefits and allow greater risk taking. It’s now expected that temporary restrictions on bank holding company dividends and share repurchases put into place at the start of the pandemic will end for most firms on June 30. Wells is scrambling to get required policies in place ahead of final approvals later this quarter.

Credit Suisse analyst Susan Roth Katzke summed up improved sentiment recently, noting, “We asked for targets and supporting disclosure to increase clarity on the path to improved returns; both were delivered with fourth quarter results. To be sure, the path forward has its obstacles and revenue growth remains a challenge, but the combination of evident progress, incremental investment, excess capital, and the inherent franchise opportunity reduce the downside risk and render the aspiration of a 15% ROTE achievable, in time”.

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street consensus now stands at an ‘Overweight’ rating based upon 14 ‘Buy’, 3 ‘Overweight’, and 10 ‘Hold’ recommendations. No analysts are recommending that shareholders close positions. Price targets currently range from a low of $34 to a Street-high $65 while the stock is set to open Wednesday’s session about $3 below the median $43 target. While modest upside is possible with this placement, prolific gains many have to wait for the Fed’s OK on dividends and buybacks.

Wells Fargo underperformed its rivals after 2016’s disclosure it created millions of fraudulent savings and checking accounts. The stock posted an all-time high in January 2018 and turned sharply lower through 2019 and into 2020 when the bottom dropped out following the Wuhan outbreak. The recovery wave since October has stalled at the .618 Fibonacci retracement of the selloff that began in December 2019, generating much weaker gains than bank indices and commercial rivals that are now trading at multiyear and all-time highs.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication. 

Wells Fargo Shares Plunge as Q4 Revenue Disappoints

The United States’ fourth-largest bank Wells Fargo’s profit modestly beat consensus estimates for the fourth quarter, but its revenue fell short of market expectations, sending its shares down over 7% on Friday.

The San Francisco-based financial services company reported a net income of $2.99 billion, or 64 cents per share, beating the Wall Street consensus estimates of 58 cents after missing expectations in the last six consecutive quarters. The company’s total revenue plunged 10% to $17.93 billion, missing forecasts of $18.127 billion.

“Expect FY ’21 expense to come down $1 billion to $53 billion which includes $3.7 billion of cost saves from efficiency initiatives and offsets from biz investments, revenue-related comps, and other items. Wells Fargo (WFC) expects restructuring charges to remain flat in ’21 vs. ’20 and notes that operating losses can be unpredictable with $1 billion currently baked into the guide. The guide looks in-line with cons. at $53 billion.”

At the time of writing, Wells Fargo shares traded 7.28% lower at $32.21 on Friday; the stock fell more than 40% in 2020.

On the other hand, the world’s largest asset manager BlackRock reported better-than-expected earnings in the fourth quarter with 11% increase in full-year revenue reflecting strong organic growth, record performance fees and 17% growth in technology services revenue.

Executive Comments

“Although our financial performance improved and we earned $3.0 billion in the fourth quarter, our results continued to be impacted by the unprecedented operating environment and the required work to put our substantial legacy issues behind us,” Chief Executive Officer Charlie Scharf commented on the quarter.

Wells Fargo Stock Price Forecast

Fifteen analysts who offered stock ratings for Wells Fargo in the last three months forecast the average price in 12 months at $34.23 with a high forecast of $40.00 and a low forecast of $27.00.

The average price target represents a 6.57% increase from the last price of $32.12. From those 15 analysts, nine rated “Buy”, six rated “Hold” and none rated “Sell”, according to Tipranks.

Morgan Stanley gave a base target price of $40 with a high of $54 under a bull scenario and $20 under the worst-case scenario. The firm currently has an “Overweight” rating on the financial services company’s stock.

Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Compass point raised the target price to $41 from $31. UBS upped their price objective to $41 from $23 and upgraded their ratings to buy from neutral. Citigroup raised the stock price forecast to $37 from $33. JP Morgan upped the target price to $32 from $31.

In addition, Wells Fargo & Company had its target price hoisted by Deutsche Bank to $37 from $35. The firm currently has a buy rating on the financial services provider’s stock. Credit Suisse Group raised their price objective to $35 from $33 and gave the company a neutral rating. At last, Barclays lifted their price target to $36 from $33 and gave the stock an equal weight rating.

Analyst Comments

“Wells Fargo (WFC) appears to be beginning to take action to restructure its business mix as it works to exit the Fed consent order/asset cap and reduce its expense base. While uncertainty remains around impact of business exits and timing of consent order/asset cap exit, we believe risk more than accounted for in the stock at 7.7x our 2022e EPS and 0.9x BV,” said Betsy Graseck, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“WFC benefit to EPS from rising long end rates is the highest in the group, with each ~50bps increase in the 10yr driving ~4% to NII and as much as ~10% to EPS. We model WFC driving their expense ratio down to 66% by 2023 on reduced risk and compliance spend, operational efficiencies, and branch optimization. Lower expense ratio possible.”

Upside and Downside Risks

Risks to Upside: 1) New CEO’s financial targets higher than expectations. 2) Fed asset cap and consent order lifted in 1H21. 3) Business exits have minimal EPS impact and increase ROE. 4) Rates rise faster than forward curve – highlighted by Morgan Stanley.

Risks to Downside: 1) Fed does not lift asset cap until well into 2022+ 2) Business exits reduce EPS more than 10%. 3) Lower than expected operating leverage. 4) 10-year yield below expectations Macro environment remains challenging through 2021.

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Biden’s Stimulus Plan Fails To Push Stocks Higher

Traders Take Some Profits Off The Table At The Start Of The Earnings Season

S&P 500 futures are moving lower in premarket trading as traders take some profits off the table after Biden’s stimulus plan announcement.

Yesterday, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a new stimulus plan worth $1.9 trillion which included $1,400 stimulus checks. Early reports suggested that the plan would be worth $1.5 trillion – $2 trillion so Biden’s proposal was in line with traders’ expectations.

Meanwhile, Fed Chair Jerome Powell stated that it was not the time to talk about changing the pace of monthly bond purchasing, refuting rumors about potential cuts to the current asset purchase program.

While the additional stimulus package and the continued bond purchases should be supportive for stocks in the longer run, traders have decided to take some chips off the table at the beginning of the earnings season.

Big Banks Report Earnings

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have provided their quarterly reports today ahead of the market open, marking the beginning of the earnings season.

All three banks easily beat analyst estimates on earnings as they released some of the reserves they built to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Stimulus programs provided support to banks’ customers which allowed banks to enjoy stronger results.

Interestingly, the market is not satisfied with the reports, and banks’ stocks are losing ground in premarket trading. Financials enjoyed a very strong rally in recent months so traders may be using better-than-expected reports as an opportunity to take profits.

Retail Sales Declined By 0.7% In December

The U.S. has just reported that Retail Sales decreased by 0.7% month-over-month in December while analysts believed that they would remain unchanged compared to November levels. On a year-over-year basis, Retail Sales increased by 2.9%.

The slowdown in Retail Sales is due to the negative impact of the second wave of the virus. However, Retail Sales may soon get a boost when additional stimulus checks are delivered.

Later today, the U.S. will provide Industrial Production and Manufacturing Production reports for December. Industrial Production is expected to grow by 0.5% month-over-month while Manufacturing Production is also projected to increase by 0.5%.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

US Stock Futures Edge Lower as Biden Unveils Stimulus Plan; Major Banks Set to Kickoff Earnings Season

The major U.S. stock index futures are edging lower in the pre-market session on Friday as investors digested the details of President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan revealed Thursday evening local time.

In the early trade, futures tied to the benchmark S&P 500 Index were down 21.75 points. Futures associated with the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average were off by nearly 200 points and futures connected with the tech-driven NASDAQ Composite Index traded lower by about 45 points.

Biden’s American Rescue Plan

A quick recap of President-elect Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, includes increasing the additional federal unemployment payments to $400 per week and extending them through September, direct payments to many Americans of $1,400, and extending federal moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures through September.

The plan also calls for $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, $70 billion for COVID testing and vaccination programs and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Earnings Season Begins

On Friday, investors will get fresh looks at major banks as Wells Fargo, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase report their fourth quarter earnings.

JPMorgan kicks off fourth-quarter earnings season for big banks on Friday at about 12:00 GMT, followed by releases from Wells Fargo and Citigroup.

Earnings expectations for the fourth quarter have been on the rise, thanks to climbing interest rates and expectations for solid trading and investment banking results.

The biggest U.S. banks (with the exception of Wells Fargo) all saw per-share earnings estimates jump by at least 8% in the past month, according to Barclays analysts Jason Goldberg.

Thursday US Stock Market Recap

Wall Street closed lower on Thursday after turning down late in the session as reports emerged about U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pandemic aid proposal following earlier data that showed a weakening labor market.

Of the 11 major S&P sectors, only four closed higher with economically-sensitive energy, up 3%, showing the biggest percentage gains as oil prices rose. The biggest percentage decliner on the day was the information technology sector.

The domestically-focused small-cap Russell 2000 Index closed up 2%, while the Dow Jones Transports Index ended up 1% after both sectors, which are seen as big beneficiaries of stimulus, scaled all-time highs during the day.

Helping the transport index was a 2.5% rise in shares of Delta Air Lines after Chief Executive Ed Bastian forecast 2021 to be “the year of recovery” after the coronavirus pandemic prompted its first annual loss in 11 years.

The S&P 1500 Airlines Index closed up 3.4%.

The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index also hit a record high with a big boost from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd. The chip manufacturer’s U.S. shares closed up 5% after it announced its best-even quarterly profit and raised revenue and capital spending estimates.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Wells Fargo Could Book Outsized Returns

Well Fargo & Co. (WFC) is trading at a 10-month high on Tuesday after a key analyst upgrade. The banker has underperformed since 2016 when it got hit with a $185 million fine for creating 1.5 million fake deposit accounts and a half-million fake credit cards. Remediation efforts backfired after 5,300 low level employees were fired, in an effort to deflect blame from the executive office. CEO John Stumpf eventually resigned and gave up millions in compensation.

Bounce-back Effect

The company reports earnings on Friday morning, with Wall Street analysts looking for a profit of $0.61 per-share on $17.4 billion in Q4 2020 revenue. If met, earnings-per-share (EPS) will mark a 34% profit decrease compared to the same quarter in 2019. The stock has posted a negative 20% return since the scandal, underperforming the industry by an astounding 95%. Given these metrics, small improvements in operating results could generate significant upside.

UBS analyst Saul Martinez upgraded the stock to ‘Buy’, noting, “A positive narrative has emerged (for the banking sector): faster economic growth and expansionary fiscal policy drive rising net interest income (NII) and falling credit costs, while the resumption of share buybacks further boosts profitability and EPS. Wells Fargo is now our top pick … and is our sole Buy rated regional bank.”

Wall Street and Technical Outlook

Wall Street consensus has improved in 2021, with widening yields and higher interest rates set to underpin profits. It’s now rated as a ‘Moderate Buy’, based upon 9 ‘Buy’, 6 ‘Hold’, and 0 ‘Sell’ recommendations. Price targets currently range from a low of $27 to a Street-high $40 while the stock opened Tuesday’s U.S. session right on top of the median $34 target. Friday’s confessional could offer a perfect opportunity for analysts to lift ratings and targets.

Wells Fargo hasn’t bounced as strongly as bank sector funds since March 2020’s 11-year low, recouping just one-third of the losses posted since October 2019. However, price action has finally cleared resistance at the 200-day moving average, setting the stage for additional gains up to broken 2019 support in the low 40s. That marks potential upside of more than 30%, making it an interesting January Effect candidate.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.

Disclosure: the author held no positions in aforementioned securities at the time of publication.

Earnings to Watch Next Week: Delta Airlines, BlackRock, Citigroup and Wells Fargo in Focus

Earnings Calendar For The Week Of January 11

Monday (January 11)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SYNNEX, CARNIVAL

SYNNEX: California-based business process services company’s earnings to decline to $2.89​ per share the fourth quarter, down from $4.26 per share reported the same quarter last year. The leading provider of business-to-business information technology services’ quarterly revenue will fall more than 5% to just over $6 billion from $ 6.58 billion a year ago.

“For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, revenues are expected between $6.45 billion and $6.65 billion. Non-GAAP net income is estimated in the range of $190.5 to $203.5 million. Moreover, the company projects non-GAAP earnings between $3.68 and $3.93 per share,” noted analysts at ZACKS Research.

CARNIVAL: The world’s largest cruise ship operator is expected to report a loss for the third consecutive time in the fourth quarter. The Miami, Florida-based company’s revenue will plunge ​nearly 100% to $142.09 million from $4.78 billion posted in the same period a year ago. Carnival is expected to report a loss of $1.83 per share, worse compared to a profit of 62 cents per share registered in the same quarter last year.

“We think the cruise industry will be one of the slowest sub-sectors to recover from the COVID-19. Cruising needs just not international travel to return, but ports to reopen, authorities to permit cruising, and the return of customer confidence,” said Jamie Rollo, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“We expect cruising to resume in January 2021, and only expect FY19 EBITDA to return in FY24 given historically CCL has lacked pricing power, and EPS to take even longer given dilution of share issues and higher interest expense. We see debt doubling in FY21 vs FY19 due to operating losses and high capex commitments, and leverage looks high at 4-5x even in FY23-24e, so we see risk more equity might need to be raised,” Rollo added.

According to the mean Refinitiv estimate from eleven analysts, Carnival Corp is expected to show a decrease in its fourth-quarter earnings to -186 cents per share. Wall Street expects results to range from a loss of $-2.10 to ​a loss of $-1.64 per share, Reuters reported.

Tuesday (January 12)

No major earnings scheduled for release.

Wednesday (January 13)

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
INFY Infosys $0.16
WIT Wipro $0.06
SJR Shaw Communications USA $0.24
INFO IHS Markit Ltd $0.67
AONNY Aeon ADR -$0.11

 

Thursday (January 14)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DELTA AIRLINES, BLACKROCK

DELTA AIRLINES: The Airline company which provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world is expected to report a loss for the fourth consecutive time of -$2.47 in last quarter of 2020 as the airlines continue to be negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to Ticket Report, analysts expect Delta Airlines to post $-11 EPS for the current fiscal year and $0 EPS for the next fiscal year.

“Delta is the airline most exposed to corporate travel, which was positive pre-pandemic. Corporate travel remains down 85% and the only corporate traveller flying now appears to be those at small and medium-sized businesses. Delta had hoped for a recovery in business travel in 2H21, but it is becoming increasingly clear that business travel will not be a meaningful contributor to revenue in 2021 as vaccination timelines continue to shift out,” said Helane Becker, equity analyst at Cowen and company.

BLACKROCK: The world’s largest asset manager is expected to report a profit of $8.66 in the fourth quarter, which represents a year-over-year change of more than +3%, with revenues forecast to grow over 7% year-over-year to $4.27 billion.

“We believe BlackRock is best positioned on the asset management barbell given leading iShares ETF platform, multi-asset & alts combined with technology/Aladdin offerings that should drive 10% EPS CAGR (2020-22e) via 5% average long-term organic growth & continued op margin expansion. We see further growth ahead for Alts, iShares, international penetration, and the institutional market in the US,” said Michael Cyprys, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“We expect the premium to widen as BlackRock takes share in the midst of market dislocation and executes on improving organic revenue growth trajectory.”

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JANUARY 14

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
DAL Delta Air Lines -$2.47
BLK BlackRock $8.66
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg $0.94
FRC First Republic Bank $1.52
PRGS Progress Software $0.78

 

Friday (January 15)

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CITIGROUP, WELLS FARGO

CITIGROUP: New York-based diversified financial services holding company is expected to report a profit of $1.30 in the fourth quarter, which represents a year-over-year slump of more than 30%, with revenues forecast to decline about 10% year-over-year to $16.5 billion.

Citi is trading at just 0.7x NTM BVPS implying a through the cycle ROE of just 7%, well below our 9% estimate for 2023. While there is uncertainty around how much Citi needs to invest in technology to address the Fed and OCC consent orders around risk management, data governance and controls, we believe the stock is cheap even if expenses remain elevated. We have modelled in expenses rising to $44B for 2021 and 2022 well above $42B in 2019,” noted Betsy Graseck, equity analyst at Morgan Stanley.

“Moreover, Citi is not getting credit for its diversification (only 40% of total loans are consumer and only half of those are credit card). Citi also has a more resilient wholesale business, skewed to FX, EM and cash management.”

WELLS FARGO: The multinational financial services company is expected to report a profit of $0.58 in the fourth quarter, which represents a year-over-year slump of more than 30%, with revenues forecast to decline about 9% year-over-year to $18 billion. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Wells Fargo & Company’s Q2 2021 earnings at $0.60 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $3.10 EPS.

“Net interest income is anticipated to be $40 billion for 2020, lower than the previous guidance due to lower commercial loan balances and higher MBS premium amortization. Management expects fourth-quarter origination volume to be similar to third-quarter levels despite typical seasonal declines and fourth-quarter production margins should remain strong,” noted analysts at ZACKS Research.

“The company expects internal loan portfolio credit ratings, which were also contemplated in the development of allowance, will result in higher risk-weighted assets under the advanced approach and under the standardized approach in the coming quarters, which would reduce CET1 ratio and other RWA-based capital ratios.”

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EARNINGS CALENDAR FOR THE FULL RELEASES FOR THE JANUARY 15

Ticker Company EPS Forecast
VFC VF $0.90
JPM JPMorgan Chase $2.56
C Citigroup $1.30
WFC Wells Fargo $0.58
PNC PNC $2.59
HDB Hdfc Bank $0.54

 

3 Bank Stocks Trading Back Above Their 200 Moving Average

Bank stocks came under heavy selling pressure earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic upended economic activity, causing banks to significantly beef up their bad debt provisions. However, the group has almost doubled the broader market’s performance over the last month as investors bet that a vaccinated population and ongoing levels of record stimulus spending will spark a strong recovery in 2021.

Below, we look at three large-cap banking stocks that each trade above their 200-day simple moving average (SMA).

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

With a market value upwards of $370 billion and issuing a 3.01% dividend yield, New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) operates as a financial services company through four segments: consumer & community banking, corporate & investment bank, commercial banking, and asset & wealth management.

The financial giant eased concerns of ongoing loan defaults during its latest quarterly earnings release, disclosing that it had reduced provision for credit costs by $569 million.The bank had added more than $15 billion to loan loss reserves in the first half of 2020. Technical analysis shows price continuing higher after the 50-day SMA crossed above the 200-day SMA, marking the start of a new uptrend. Further bullish momentum may see the stock retest its 52-week high at $141.10.

Citigroup Inc.

Citigroup Inc. (C) provides diversified financial services and products in over 100 countries to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions. Like its competitors, the bank slashed its loan loss provisions in the third quarter, with net credit losses declining to $1.9 billion from $2.2 billion in the previous three-month period. Moreover, the bank’s CEO Michael Corbat told investors that credit costs have stabilized and deposits continue to increase, per CNBC.

The stock has a market capitalization of $119 billion and offers a 3.68% dividend yield. From a technical standpoint, the price trades above both a multi-month downtrend line and the 200-day SMA, which may see the bulls test the top of a previous trading range at $73.

Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company (WFC) serves its customers through three business divisions: community banking, wholesale banking, and wealth- and investment management. Although the 168-year-old bank reported a 19% year-over-year (YoY) decline in Q3 net interest income, it set aside just $769 million for credit losses – down substantially from the $9.5 billion put aside in the second quarter.

The company has a market value of $119.36 billion and pays investors a 1.43% dividend yield. Chart wise, since hitting its 2020 low in late October, the price has gained nearly 40% to now trade back above the 200-day SMA. Ongoing buying could see the stock test major resistance levels at $34 and $43.

For a look at today’s earnings schedule, check out our earnings calendar.