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Wells Fargo reports Q3 EPS 84c including litigation accrual, consensus $1.03
Reports Q3 revenue $21.93B, consensus $22.39B.
Wells Fargo revenue headwinds can persist, says UBS
UBS analyst Saul Martinez said proprietary analysis suggests Wells Fargo's difficult backdrop for client acquisition remains and the recent disclosures have kept the company in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. He believes earnings growth depends on efficiency improvement and more aggressive stock buybacks. Martinez maintained his Neutral rating and lowered his price target to $56 from $59 on Wells Fargo shares.
PNC Financial downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor downgraded PNC Financial (PNC) to Hold as he seeks to lessen exposure to traditional banks. The analyst sees net interest income growth slowing and credit costs inching up as the Fed raises short rates and the yield curve flattens. He believes a number of positives are priced into PNC shares. O'Connor upped his price target for the stock to $136 from $130. The analyst continues to prefer banks with a "turnaround angle," like Goldman Sachs (GS) and Wells Fargo (WFC), and remains positive on capital markets businesses like Morgan Stanley (MS). O'Connor this morning also downgraded JPMorgan (JPM) to Hold.
U.S. Bancorp downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet analyst Bill Carcache downgraded U.S. Bancorp (USB) to Neutral saying he sees downside risk to net interest income and provision expectations. Consensus expects U.S. Bancorp's loan growth to accelerate to 6% by 2018, which is too optimistic given the bank's recent comments, the analyst contends. He lowered his price target for the shares to $55 from $57. Carcache remains bullish on Wells Fargo (WFC) and raised his price target for the shares to $65 from $64.
Wells Fargo initiated with a Sell at Vertical Group
Vertical Group analyst Richard Bove initiated earlier shares of Wells Fargo with a Sell rating and $49.67 price target.
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