Company Reports

USB 4Q20: Conservative Reserve Stance, Looking to Stock Buybacks


USB takes a more conservative reserve stance as only regional not to reslease. Looking for gradual economic pickup for earnings growth and to lift its payments business. On the stock buyback trail as well. Buy Stock, Sell benchmark bonds. Systemic risk is Very Low and counterparty risk Low.

KEY 4Q20: Strength in I-Banking & Mortgage, Can it Continue?


Key had a record revenues year driven by investment banking and consumer mortgage and fintech generated consumer loans. With attractive financial metrics we move to a Buy on the Stock. Still a Sell on rich benchmark bonds. Sytemic risk Low. Counterparty risk Low-to-Medium. 

FITB 4Q20: Lacking Growth Drivers Except Economic Lift


Fifth Third seems to have run out of gas as it lacks growth drivers and is reliant on macro forces for potetential revenues lift. Remain a Sell on the stock and Sell on benchmark bonds. Sytemic and counterparty risks are Low. 

MS 4Q20: Plans for Accelerated Growth with Acquisitions & Market Share Gains


Morgan Stanley enjoyed the 4Q20 windfall in equity underwriting and trading as it further integrates its major acquisitions: E*TRADE (closed) and Eaton Vance (closing in 2Q21). Much more sustainability of earnings given external and internal moves. Buy Stock, Sell on benchmark bonds. Systemic risk Very Low, Counterparty risk Low. 

CFG 4Q20 : Very Optimistic, Still Has Issues


CFG seems to be in another optimistic world of economic rebound, buybacks and being a buyer in the M&A world. We are more pessimistic and are a Sell on Stock and benchmark bonds. Systemic risk is low and counterparty risk is Low-to-Medium. 

GS 4Q20: Crushes Consensus, Advancing on Strategics, Shrugs off 1MDB


Goldman Sachs had an explosive 4Q20 as its equities machine pumped out windfall gains in underwriting and trading. Still, it made good progress on its strategic targets. We move to Buy on Stock, maintain Sell on benchmark bonds. Systemic and counterparty risk is Medium. 

BAC 4Q20: Awash in Liquidity, Resorting to Buybacks


BAC has lots of deposit powder to put to work as it waits for higher rates, a steeper yield curve, and economic recovery. Leans on stock buybacks to keep stock going. Buy Stock, Sell on benchmark bonds, Low systemic risk. Counterparty risk Medium. 

PNC 4Q20: Waiting for BBVA USA Close, Tough Rates Environment


PNC in deal closing flight pattern as it waits for the BBVA USA deal to close in the summer. Still experiencing rate pressures as most banks are, but without a stock buyback route. We are Neutral on Stock, Sell on benchmark bonds. Systemic risk Very Low. Counterparty risk Low. 

Citi 4Q20: New CEO, New Vision, Same Old Citi


Citi trying to spin a new strategic look as the new CEO Fraser takes over in February. Still, its results were driven by big reserve release and above-trend capital markets trading/underwriting given the sizable year-long decline in rates. Consent order and operating/risk platform rehab a big challenge. Still a Sell on Stock, benchmark Bonds. Regulatory/counterparty risk falls to Medium from Medium-to-High. 

WFC 4Q20: Better Pitches, Still Operationally Weighed


WFC wants to be a normal bank, but still has major restructuring to do to get back into regulators graces. Looks to sell asset management, corporate trust and rail finance to reposition and add capital in our view. Sell on Stock & benchmark Bonds. Systemic & counterparty risk remains High. 

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