Bank of America did not show the same nominal lift in capital markets trading and investment banking that the other peer trading banks did. Still, Merrrill retail held its own by growing units via customers and products. Rate pressure really harming the biggest retail deposit bank with swaps hedges rather ineffective. So back to cash securities strategies. Sell on Capital Structure (debt & equity). Regulatory/Counterparty Indicatiors stays at Medium risk.
JPMorgan tried to wow the investor/risk mgt crowd with seemingly blockbuster results. Excluding one-offs it was a yawn of a quarter. JPM overconfident that worst of pandemic impacts is over. We are a Sell on the Equity and benchmark debt. And systemic risk and counterparty rise to Medium levels.
Fifth Third is on happy pills as it believes that its loan credit quality won't spill into the red. We beg to differ and believe it is very short of common equity capital under a more severe economic/health climate. We are a Sell across its Stock & benchmark Bonds. And recognize Medium Systemic and Counterparty Risk.
KEY was another cool regional bank presenter that was not too panicky on its future credit development and reserves. We beg to differ and see a big capital need if losses go to new highs given the health pandemic. Sell Stock, Buy benchmark Bonds on relative value basis. Higher regulatory and counterparty risk.
Ferroglobe has an improved EBITDA 2Q20 quarter. And it has fulcrum security leverage on its 9 3/8s notes and as it renegotiates bank lines. Good for the bonds, but bad for the stock in the short term. Buy Bonds, Sell Stock.
Copper's on a roll, and Viola Risk is riding the bull case with Taseko Mines, among the most cost efficient in the world. As the world normailizes, post-Covid-19, Taseko will rocket higher on its bonds (BUY) and stock (BUY).
Curo may have the magic elixer to ricochet out of the deep subprime lending doldrums. Though VERT risk is high, Curo does have strong equity drivers to reset the EBITDA trend rate higher. Buy on HY Bonds, Buy on Stock.
Ferroglobe (GSM) is a flexible metal alloy production company that is able to expand its cashflow as the pandemic conditions and market pricing improves. Can weather many bankruptcy scenarios given low entry dollar price. Viola Risk a Buy on its 9.375% Sr. Notes with a YTW of 155%. Has Very High VERT indicators for Very Positive event risk attributes.
Goldman Sachs (GS) used to be at the top of Mt. Olympus as a god amongst mere mortal broker-dealers/investment bankers. Now it is pin-balling off the regulatory bumpers as it tries to flipper its way to more sustainable performance. We do not see it. Sell capital and regulatory-risk stacks.
BAC is treading water hard as deposit spread pool is draining away. Lots of exertion and frustration as cost of its core deposit system offseting potential return on invested capital. Sell entire capital stack, although Stock could get attractive again if valuations improve even more. Counterparty risk and Regulatory risk are both Medium.