Banking & Financial Services

First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 6 reports

Umpqua, Sterling Financial Complete Merger

Umpqua Holdings Corp. (UMPQ: Quote) and Sterling Financial Corp. announced the completion of their merger. The combined company will operate as Umpqua Holdings Corporation and conduct banking operations under the Umpqua Bank name and brand.Umpqua now ... [Published RTTNews.com - 1 hour ago]
First reported Apr 18 2014 - Updated 1 hour ago - 7 reports

Utah Plane In Iran Raises Conspiracy Theories Related To Bank

A Utah plane in Iran has some raising conspiracy theories in regards to why a jet owned by the Bank of Utah would be parked at the Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran.In a related report by The Inquisitr , Iranian clerics ... [Published Inquisitr - 1 hour ago]
Entities: Iran, Conspiracy, Bank
First reported 23 hours ago - Updated 3 hours ago - 11 reports

Majority of VC Money Invested in D.C. Region in Q1 Went to Software Firms

Software firms hit it big with venture capitalists to start off 2014.New data from The MoneyTree Report shows that VC firms poured $133 million of a total $217.5 million invested in Q1 in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region into software companies. ... [Published Citybizlist - 3 hours ago]
First reported 13 hours ago - Updated 7 hours ago - 3 reports

Bank Earnings: Goldman Sachs Vs. Morgan Stanley

The interesting thing to me in the earnings reports of these two major firms is the stress each management gave to different financial measures.Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) stressed its return on equity, which came in at 10.9 percent.Morgan Stanley (MS) ... [Published Citybizlist - 9 hours ago]
First reported 17 hours ago - Updated 9 hours ago - 5 reports

Wells Fargo cuts 37 mortgage jobs in Fort Mill

Wells Fargo said it has given layoff notices to 37 employees in Fort Mill, the latest round of job cuts to hit the Charlotte area’s mortgage industry. The layoffs are among 323 cuts nationwide the lender announced Wednesday, as it continues to reduce ... [Published Charlotte Observer - 9 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated 11 hours ago - 8 reports

Google Given Overweight Rating at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (GOOGL)

Tweet[embedded content]JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed their overweight rating on shares of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) in a report released on Thursday, American Banking and Market News reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a $645.00 price objective ... [Published Zolmax News - 13 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated 12 hours ago - 4 reports

U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. Announces May Distributions for Closed-End Funds

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The closed-end funds listed below, which are advised by U.S. Bancorp Asset Management, Inc. (NYSE:USB), today declared their May distributions. The distributions will be allocated on a per-share basis on the common stock. ... [Published Investor's Business Daily - 12 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated 14 hours ago - 11 reports

AstraZeneca plc Given “Underweight” Rating at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (AZN)

Tweet[embedded content]JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated their underweight rating on shares of AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning, AnalystRatings.Net reports.JPMorgan Chase & Co. has also modified their ... [Published Mideast Time - 14 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated 18 hours ago - 67 reports

Goldman and Morgan Stanley's Impressive Earnings, Chipotle's Weird-Tasting One, and GE Misses NBC

Because the stock market is closed for Good Friday, we've already started stuffing our faces with marshmallow Peeps. Wall Street continued its sugar rush to end the holiday-shortened week, as the S&P 500 rose for the fourth straight day, and the Dow  ... [Published Motley Fool Discussion Boards - 18 hours ago]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 21 reports

BARCLAYS : Banking: Thousands more jobs may go at Barclays

Barclays could axe thousands more jobs, mainly at its investment banking arm, under a strategic review which will report next month.Chief executive Antony Jenkins wrote to all group staff yesterday as the bank announced that the review would be published ... [Published 4 Traders - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 20 reports

Post to Buy Michael Foods for $2.45B

Post Holdings ( POST ) said Thursday it agreed to buy eggs and dairy producer Michael Foods for $2.45 billion, as the cereal maker looks to expand its breakfast portfolio.Michael Foods, which is being sold by private equity owners that include Thomas ... [Published FOXBusiness.com - Apr 17 2014]
First reported Apr 17 2014 - Updated Apr 17 2014 - 39 reports

Weibo IPO ‘raises $286 mil.’ in U.S.

Bloomberg NEW YORK (Bloomberg)—Weibo Corp., the Chinese microblogging service owned by Sina Corp. and Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., raised $285.6 million its U.S. initial public offering after pricing the shares at the low end of a marketed range, people ... [Published The Japan News - Apr 17 2014]

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Recently, in reviewing the largest domestically chartered banks in the United States, I wrote , referring to the banking week ending April 2, 2014, "As far as the largest domestically chartered banks, their business lending actually declined modestly over the last four-week period, although these loans rose by over $26.0 billion in the last quarter."
...MTNL has been directed to launch SDCN in the next two months, something that the telecom company feels is a major challenge. "Network testing by C-DoT on security issues like encryption levels, intrusion safeguards, and operator passwords are still pending and the power systems also remain unstable" an MTNL official was quoted by ET
On Thursday, April 17, 2014, the finance minister announced new taxes, following the banks' model, with a "levy on the use of ATMs/ABMs, electronic banking, points of sale, cheques and Internet transfers, which will reap (RAPE) $2.5 billion in revenues"
..."Right now, only one dealer is doing this, so it's an artificial market," said a trader at a U S house. "Until we get any dealer consensus on the shape and form, I don't think you're going to see any liquidity."

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