Wells Fargo faces $1 billion fine to settle loan abuses

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The financial services provider reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.07 by $0.05, RTT News reports. This repurchase authorization authorizes the financial services provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WFC.

The announcement comes after Wells Fargo previous year disclosed problematic practices involving auto insurance and mortgage products. Capital World Investors now owns 111,753,448 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $6,192,259,000 after acquiring an additional 10,927,679 shares during the period. The Wells Fargo & Company has 5.02B shares outstanding with 79.58% insider ownership. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 2,511,003 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $111,188,000 after buying an additional 1,240,585 shares during the period. Even if the individual investor chooses to trade conservatively during earnings, they can still do the necessary research and have stocks lined up to purchase when the time is right. Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Wells Fargo by 2.4% in the 2nd quarter. Holowesko Partners Ltd. now owns 2,052,981 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $113,756,000 after buying an additional 13,000 shares during the last quarter.

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Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected Wells Fargo to report income of $ 1.07 per share on revenue of $ 21.75 billion for the first quarter.

Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) last posted its earnings results on Friday, April 13th. Wells Fargo & Company institutional proprietorship is held at 78.7% and beta stands at 1.12. Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded Wells Fargo from a "market perform" rating to an "outperform" rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $64.00 to $69.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Wells Fargo had a return on equity of 12.24% and a net margin of 22.57%. Wells Fargo earnings rose to $1.12 per share on $21.9 billion in revenue, while the Street had been looking for $1.06 per share on $21.7 billion in revenue. Plaintiff's complaint alleges that for several years prior to his termination, he made multiple complaints to many members of Wells Fargo's upper-level management teams about what he perceived were significant risks of illegal activity, mail and wire fraud, unlawful profiteering, and regulatory violations he believed would result from the compensation plan used by Wells Fargo to compensate members of the FX sales team.

The restrictions on balance sheet growth will cut its annual profit by $300-$400m this year, Wells Fargo said. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $55.98 per share, for a total transaction of $503,820.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 81 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,534.38. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

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A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Robert W. Baird maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Monday, February 5 report. On Sunday, February 4 the rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Hold". Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The price target set for the stock is $63.2, and this sets up an impressive set of potential movement for the stock.

The No. 3 US lender has been talking to customers who legally manufacture firearms, but is "not now setting policy in our extension of credit", Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry said during a call with reporters.

The Company is a financial services company, which offers banking, insurance, trust and investments, mortgage banking, investment banking, retail banking, brokerage, and consumer and commercial finance.

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